ACT exam results among highest in state 

ACT Research Services of Iowa City, Iowa, recently released the ACT scores for the Lakeside Lutheran High School class of 2017.

Of the 93 members of the  2017 class, 87, or 94%, wrote the exam. Based on a 36-point scale, the composite score of these students was 23.9, above the state composite of 20.5 for almost 100% of students writing the exam statewide. This composite score keeps Lakeside Lutheran among the top 2% of over 460 high schools in the state, as reported by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction.

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According to ACT Inc., the test is not an aptitude or IQ test, but directly related to what students have learned in high school courses. They use the results to predict college readiness. For that, 52% of Lakeside Lutheran test-takers met all four standards for college readiness in English Composition, Algebra, Social Science, and Biology. That is more than twice the state average of 25%. According to ACT research, students who meet these benchmarks are more likely to succeed in college and earn a degree than those who don’t. “It is the rigor of coursework—rather than simply the number of core courses—that has the greatest impact on ACT performance and college readiness,” the non-profit organization states.

“In addition to having higher average ACT scores than many local schools, the College Board stated that our composite percentage of students who are ‘college ready’ in four core subjects is more than double the state’s composite,” says Principal James Grasby. “This means that a majority of Lakeside graduates are very likely to earn a “B” or above in English Composition, Algebra, the Social Sciences, and Biology in college-level courses. This is a great testimony to God’s blessing on our students’ work.”

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The ACT is a national college admission and placement examination that is used by more colleges than any other examination. Begun in 1959, more than 1.8 million students wrote the ACT last school year, including almost 67,000 students in Wisconsin. The ACT is a standard assessment for all 11th-graders in Wisconsin public high schools.

Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills is a ministry operated by a federation of 31 Lutheran congregations who are affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod or the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. The school holds accreditation from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), a division of AdvancED. For more information, contact Principal James Grasby at (920) 648-2321.

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College Scholarship Recipients Announced

Lakeside Lutheran High School announces that 45 students in the class of 2017 have reported over $612,000 in scholarship money from individuals, foundations, organizations and the schools they applied to attend. Of the 93 graduates, 82 have indicated plans to continue their education in the fall of 2017, while nine plan to enter the military. Scholarships marked with an asterisk (*) indicate a renewable scholarship.

Quinn Bilitz, son of Dan Bilitz, Lake Mills, and Jennifer Kornell, Lake Mills: MLC Service Grant, $1,000*. He plans to attend Martin Luther College to become a pastor.

Kaitlyn Birkholz, daughter of Gregg and Sheryl, Watertown: Lakeland University Achievement Scholarship $7,000*. She plans to attend Lakeland to pursue a degree in accounting and sports management.

Brett Burger, son of Mark and Denice, Lake Mills: Martin Luther College Witness Scholarship $1,500*. She plans to attend Martin Luther College for a degree in education.

Kyle Burger, son of Mark and Denice, Lake Mills: Wisconsin Lutheran College Theater scholarship $2,000; WLC Academic Scholarship $13,000; WLC Partners in Christian Education Scholarship $2,000. He plans to attend WLC to major in theater.

Elliott Butler, son of Matthew and Susan, Ixonia: Martin Luther College Messenger Scholarship, $2,000*; MLC Service Grant $1,000*. He plans to attend Martin Luther College for a degree in Secondary Physical Education and Elementary Education.

Annika Butzow, daughter of Mark and Sheila, Janesville: UW-River Falls Academic Award $1,000. She plans to attend UW-Stevens Point.

Nick Chesterman, son of Paul and Michelle, Sun Prairie: Wisconsin Lutheran College, Collegiate Scholarship $11,000*. He plans to attend UW-Whitewater for business.

Elizabeth Cichanofsky, daughter of Mike and Shelly, Watertown: Carroll Trustee Scholar $19,000*; Carroll University Donor Sponsored Grant $2,100*; Fort Health Care Robert G. Handeyside Scholarship, $2,000. She plans to attend Carroll University for a degree in Exercise Science and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Jacob Constien, son of Timothy and Deborah, Sun Prairie: Wisconsin Lutheran College Collegiate Scholarship, $11,000*. He will attend WLC for a degree in sports exercise science.

Rekha Drevlow, daughter of Steven Drevlow, Lake Mills, and Meena Vyas, Madison: Robert Muehrcke Foundation Scholar Athlete Award $7,000*; Concordia University Presidential Merit, $10,000*. She will attend Concordia University Wisconsin to study nursing.

Matthew Fisher, son of Mark and Mary, Madison: Wisconsin Lutheran College Academic Scholarship $13,000*; Concordia University Wisconsin Presidential Scholarship, $12,000*. He will attend Martin Luther College for a degree in education.

Andrew Fritz, son of Brian and Tiffany, Middleton: Martin Luther College Zachary D. Moyle Scholarship, $2,500; Morgan Turnquist Warrior Scholarship, $500. He will attend Martin Luther College to become a pastor.

Eli Gartner, son of Mark and Betsy, Watertown: Martin Luther College Witness Scholarship, $1,500*. He will attend Martin Luther College for a degree in secondary education.

Keyera Giese, daughter of Chris and Kristi, Watertown: Wisconsin Lutheran College Collegiate Scholarship $11,000*. She will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Derek Gulrud, son of Cody and Nidia, Marshall: MLC Scholarship $1,000*; Martin Luther College Ryan J. Zweifel Scholarship, $2,500; Christianos Agape Scholarship $750. He will attend Martin Luther College to pursue a Vocal Music Arts Program.

Abigail Hackbarth, daughter of Todd and Donna, Lake Mills: Wisconsin Lutheran College Collegiate Scholarship $11,000*; Rotary Scholarship, $1,000; Lake Mills Sons of the American Legion Scholarship, $500. She will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College for a degree in nursing.

Laura Hafenstein, daughter of Brian and Tammy, Lake Mills: University of North Dakota Athletic Scholarship-20%, $4,000*. She will attend the University of North Dakota for a degree in Kinesiology.

Fai Haw, daughter Steve and Heidi, Marshall: University of Northern Iowa Music Scholarship, $3,500*; University of Northern Iowa Multicultural Award, $1,000*; University of Northern Iowa, Out of State Award, $1,000*; Valparaiso University Music Scholarship, $1,500*; UW-Whitewater Music Scholarship, $1,000*. She will attend UW-Whitewater for a degree in Music Education.

Josh Higgins, son of Charles and Julie, Watertown: UW-La Crosse Soaring Eagle Scholarship $2,000*; WLC Presidential Scholarship, $15,000*; WLC General Endowed Scholarship Fund $1,500*; WLC Partners in Christian Education Scholarship, $2000*. He will attend Martin Luther College for a degree in education.

Brady Jensen, son of Jonathan and Jeanette, Juneau: WLC Academic Scholarship $13,000*; WLC General Endowed Scholarship $1,000*; WLC Regents Grant $3,050; Partners in Christian Education Scholarship $2,000*; Wisconsin Grant $2,900*; BLC Presidential Scholarship $12,000*. He will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to pursue a degree in Marine Biology.

Lillian Johnstone, daughter of Chad and Jan, Jefferson: WLC Academic Scholarship $13,000*. She will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College for a degree in Occupational Therapy.

Tina Kehl, daughter of Paul and Kristine, Waterloo: MLC Messenger Scholarship $2,000*. She will attend Martin Luther College for a degree in Elementary Education.

Robert Lang, son of Jay and Mary, Lake Mills: WLC Academic Scholarship, $13,000*; WLC General Endowed Scholarship Fund $1,000*; WLC Regents’ Grant $3,300*; WLC Partners in Christian Education Scholarship, $2,000*; WLC Congregational Match, $2,000*; Valpo Honors Scholarship $19,000*; Valpo Award for Excellence $2,000*; Valpo Fund Alumni Award $3,160*; Valpo Lutheran Gift Award $2,000*; Clarke Trustee Award $8,000*; Clarke Campus Impact Grant $5,000*; Concordia University Wisconsin Presidential Scholarship $12,000*; CUW Early FAFSA Filing Grant $1,500*; Concordia Grant $2,983*, CUW Luther Promise Guarantee $3,017*; Coastal Carolina The Coastal Scholar Award, $6,280 per year (25% off full-time tuition)*. He will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College for a degree in accounting.

Caleb Lindert, son of Thomas and Lisa, Watertown: MSOE Academic Scholarship $12,000*; Michigan Tech National Excellence Scholarship* $12,500; Michigan Tech University Student Award $4,400*; UW-La Crosse UWL First! Scholars Program $2,000*. He will attend Milwaukee School of Engineering for a degree in Computer Engineering.

Ian Lindloff, son of David and Phyllis, Lake Mills: Milwaukee School of Engineering Academic Achievement Scholarship $12,000*. He will attend UW-Platteville for a degree in Civil Engineering.

Kalandria Madrid, daughter of Angela, Watertown: Wisconsin Lutheran College Collegiate Scholarship $11,000*; WLC Partners in Christian Education $2,000*; Lake Mills Sons of the American Legion Scholarship, $500. She will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to study nursing.

Bethany Mahnke, daughter of Mike and Latonia, Sun Prairie: UW-Stevens Point, $1,500. She will attend UW-Stevens Point.

Cara McElroy, daughter of Stewart and Robin, Madison: North Park University $10,000*; North Park Friends scholarship $3,000*; Calvin College $10,000*. She will attend North Park University for a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Maddie McKenna, daughter of Sam and Missy, Lake Mills: Concordia University of Wisconsin Regents Scholarship $11,000*; Luther Promise and Concordia Grants, $5,000*. She will attend CUW to major in Public Relations.

Melissa Melcher, daughter of Thomas Melcher, Ixonia: Ripon College Dean’s Scholarship $20,000*; University of Kentucky “See Blue” Scholarship $7,000*; University of Kentucky, Academic Scholarship $6,000*; Marquette University Pére Marquette $20,000*; UW-River Falls Academic Achievement Award $1,000*; UM-Morris Academic Achievement $1,500*; Findlay University Academic Achievement, $16,000*; JCHP Ambassador Scholarship, $500; JCHP Senior Scholarship, $500; Lakeside Lutheran FFA Alumni Scholarship, $300. She will attend UW-River Falls for a double major in Animal Science and Business.

Mindy Meske, daughter of Jeff and Jayne, Jefferson: Bethany Lutheran College, Presidential Academic Scholarship $12,000*; BLC Art Scholarship $2,000*; BLC Christian High School Waiver $2,000*. She will attend Bethany Lutheran College to study Elementary Education and 2D Studio Art.

Ben Odrich, son of Randy and Jennifer, Verona: Wisconsin Lutheran College Collegiate Scholarship $11,000*. He will attend Madison College.

Justin Rue, son of David and Diane, Fort Atkinson: Martin Luther College Leadership Grant $3,000*; MLC Witness Scholarship $1,500*; Bethany Lutheran Church Bethany Lutheran Scholarship $1,000* matched by MLC. He will attend Martin Luther College to become a pastor.

Benjamin Runke, son of David and Joan, Sun Prairie: University of Wisconsin-Stout Polytechnic Scholarship $1,000. He will attend UW-Stout for a B.S. in Computer Engineering.

Danielle Schilling, daughter of Michael and Robin, Watertown: UW-River Falls Outstanding Academic Achievement Award $2,000*; UW-River Falls Falcon Scholars Scholarship $1,000 per year + $2,000 stipend for study abroad. She will attend UW-River Falls to study animal science.

Jaden Schmidt, son of Steven and ReBecca, Watertown: WLC Collegiate Scholarship $11,000*. He will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College for a degree in secondary education and science.

Haley Stade, daughter of Michael and Georgia, Watertown: Martin Luther College Witness Scholarship $1,500*. She will attend Martin Luther College for a degree in Elementary Education.

Caleb Strutz, son of Nathan and Elizabeth, Verona: MLC Presidential Scholarship $3,000*; Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship $2,250*. He will attend Martin Luther College to become a pastor.

Krystal Taylor, daughter of Kris and Diana, Jefferson: Bethany Lutheran College Luther Scholarship $11,000*; BLC Christian High School Waiver $2,000*. She will attend Bethany Lutheran College.

Ben Tweit, son of Bernt and Katie, Madison: Bethany Lutheran College Presidential Scholarship $12,000. He will attend Bethany Lutheran College for a degree in English.

Pierce Varney, son of Jennifer, Madison: Milwaukee School of Engineering Academic Merit Scholarship $10,000*. He will attend MSOE for a Masters in Architectural Engineering.

Jordan Veers, daughter of Steve and Dana, Cross Plains: Wisconsin Lutheran College Collegiate Scholarship $11,000*. She will attend WLC to major in Sports and Exercise Science.

Nicholas Voigt, son of Kevin and Amy, Juneau: Lakeside Lutheran FFA Alumni Scholarship, $700; He will attend Fox Valley Technical College for a degree in Agriculture Power Equipment.

Samuel Weiss, son of Alan, Oconomowoc: Marquette University College of Business Administration $5,000*; MU Pére Marquette Award $15,600*; Bradley University Presidential Scholarship $13,000*; Bradley Out-of-State Scholarship $4,000*. He will attend UW-Madison to study business.

Jamee Wohling, daughter of Scott and Dawn, Beaver Dam: Martin Luther College Witness Scholarship $1,500*. She will attend MLC for a degree in Elementary Education.

Cichanofsky awarded Robert G. Handeyside Scholarship

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Lakeside Lutheran Senior Elizabeth Cichanofsky, daughter of Mike and Shelly Cichanofsky, of Watertown, was awarded the Handeyside Memorial Scholarship, which is funded and supported by the Fort HealthCare Medical Staff. The award was created by Dr. Robert Handeyside, a doctor at Fort Hospital for many years, and continued by his family when he became terminally ill. It was important to him to financially support students who were seeking careers in the health field.

The scholarship is given to students who display an interest in the health field, leadership qualities, scholastic achievement, and excellent moral character. Cichanofsky has a grade point of 3.91 and is ranked seventh in her class. She will attend Carroll University to receive a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Hackbarth awarded Rotary scholarship

SONY DSCAbigail Hackbarth, daughter of Todd and Donna Hackbarth of Lake Mills, was awarded a Lake Mills Rotary Scholarship at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School. The $1000.00 award was presented to Hackbarth by Steve Wilke of the Lake Mills Rotary Club.

Hackbarth was awarded the scholarship based on her academic success as well as character, leadership, and participation during her high school years, and her essay on the value of Rotary in the community and her future plans regarding community service. She plans to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, to pursue a career in nursing.

According to Rotary International, Rotary Clubs are committed to service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. Supporting education is one of the six top priorities of Rotary, along with promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, and growing local economies. The scholarships are funded primarily through the annual Scholarship Brunch offered to the public each February.

Warrior FFA hosts 3rd annual banquet

On Tuesday, March 28, the Lakeside Lutheran FFA Chapter held their third annual banquet with 106 people attending. For the 2016-17 school year, the Lakeside FFA grew from 37 members to 46.

Keynote speaker Garry Gard, a grain merchandiser from Didion Grain, spoke to the members, families, and guests about some of the 50 uses of field corn in their homes. He shared that 80,000 bushels of grain are milled in Cambria each day and shipped around the world for use in protein bars, grits, adhesives and ethanol.

The Lakeside FFA Alumni held its second annual live auction where an assortment of bird feeders, clothing, gift baskets and a rocking chair were auctioned. The total profit was $2,000; this year, $1,000 will be returned to senior FFA members who complete a scholarship application and plan to continue their education at tech schools or college.

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Officers for 2017-2018 Lakeside Lutheran FFA chapter were announced at the third annual Lakeside Lutheran FFA banquet: (standing, from left) Caitlin Condon, Cole Schuster, Matthew Gunst, Emily Meske, Benjamin Huebner, Jeremy Nehls, Connor Dobson, Emily Weber.

Members received a variety of membership awards. Four-year member seniors include Brett Cichanofsky, Haley Kooiman, Mindy Meske, Hailey Stade and Nick Voigt. Stars Over the Chapter are Star Greenhand: Cole Schuster; Most Active Sophomore: Emily Meske; Most Active Junior: Jeremy Nehls; Star in Placement: Brett Cichanofsky; and Star FFA Member and Dekalb Agriculture Award: Nick Voigt.

Retiring officers received a laser engraved plaque. Proficiency winners were recognized based on their supervised agricultural experiences (paid and unpaid hours along with entrepreneurship investment). Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) winners were: Sheep: Nick Voigt; Equine (placement and entrepreneur): Melissa Melcher; Dairy Placement: Jeremy Nehls; Dairy Entrepreneurship: Karleen Battist; Food Service: Emily Meske; Goat Production: Tyler Degner; Poultry: Savannah Steffen; and Specialty Animal (bee hive): Benjamin Huebner. Many members were also awarded for their participation in speaking contests, career development events (judging), and top sales in the fruit sale.

The Warrior FFA also gave out three key awards to adults who partnered with the chapter. Steve Duwe was bestowed the Honorary FFA Degree, Kevin and Amy Voigt were awarded the Blue and Gold FFA Alumni award, and Cody Aiken was recognized as the Friend of Lakeside FFA in helping with the second annual corn test plot.

Lakeside to host FAFSA workshop

Lakeside Lutheran High School hosts The FAFSA Workshop, a free event for parents and students on Wednesday January 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the school. All families are invited to attend and learn how to help students successfully achieve a college degree without exhausting family savings.

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In this workshop, featured presenter Mary Owen offers both her professional expertise—as a nationally licensed College Planning Relief Specialist—and her personal expertise, as a mother of five college-bound children. Insightful topics include: “Why and how to complete the FAFSA,” “How to avoid over-spending for college,” “Common costly FAFSA mistakes and myths,” “FAFSA, PROFILE, EFC, COA, FAO, APA, IPA,” “FAFSA Secrets—How to determine your EFC,” “How to determine AID ELIGIBILITY” and more. Workshop attendees also receive a professional one-on-one assessment of their family’s unique situation, a college tuition discount valued at $500 at participating universities, and “The ABCs of Financial Aid.”

Owen’s aim is to empower families through proper college planning and knowledge of the financial aid process. She says, “I’ve searched years for this valuable college planning and college funding information. And now that I’ve found it, I feel honored to be able to share it with fellow parents. It’s never too early—or too late—to start planning for your children’s future.”

Families with young children or teens, as well as late-stage planning parents (i.e., with students who are sophomores or older, or even freshman in college), are all encouraged to attend this event.

To register in advance, call the Lakeside Lutheran High School office at (920) 648-2321. Walk-ins are welcome.​