Badger State reps announced

Lakeside Lutheran High School has announced its 2019 Badger Boys and Girls State representatives. The boys selected to represent Lakeside Lutheran at the 78th session of Badger Boys State at Ripon College from June 8-15 are Alex Ryan, son of Jeffery and Christine, Lake Mills, and Carter Schneider, son of Scott and Laura, Jefferson. The girls representing Lakeside Lutheran at the 76th session of Badger Girls State at UW-Oshkosh from June 16-21 are Annika Bilitz, daughter of Jon and Mary, Cottage Grove, and Lauren Thiele, daughter of Dan and Teresa, Poynette.

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Lakeside Lutheran has chosen its representatives for the 2019 Badger Boys and Girls State Conferences in June. The reps for the class of 2019, pictured L-R, are Annika Bilitz, Lauren Thiele, Alex Ryan, and Carter Schneider.

Annika Bilitz has participated in choir, track, Teens for Christ, and National Honor Society. Also a member of the forensics team, she has received second-team all-state honors and a gold medal at the WHSFA state meet. At Wisconsin Lutheran Chapel on the UW-Madison campus, she is a Sunday school teacher, helps with Christmas for Kids, and is active in the teen group.

Currently ranked eighth in the class in GPA, she is considering a career in business public relations or journalism. A sophomore transfer from Luther High School, Onalaska, Wis., Bilitz says, “My family moved after my first year of high school, so it was like starting over. New friends, new teachers, new city, new everything! I jumped in with both feet and embraced the move and my new circumstances. I have actually thrived in my new school and feel honored that they have chosen me to represent the school at Badger Girls State! I am excited to meet more new people and make new friends.”

Lauren Thiele, currently tied for first in class GPA, has been the Student Council class President for all three years and helps plan the annual blood drive, as well as homecoming and winter carnival. She has participated in Teens for Christ for three years (New Friends), is a member of the National Honor Society, and serves as the secretary for Lakeside’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. Thiele is considering a career in business or engineering.

A member at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Madison, Thiele participates in vacation Bible school, as well as the church’s sports camps and fundraising activities. At school she played volleyball for two years, has been on varsity for both basketball and track for three years, and served as a captain of the basketball team. She has attended the Lake Mills Leadership Optimist’s Club Breakfast and received second place (regional Wisconsin) for the Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

“It’s an honor to be chosen from a group of high-excellence students at Lakeside. I am excited to work with new people and make a contribution to advance myself and those around me,” she says. She is also looking forward to “developing new skills in leadership and hear from many different people who have years of experience.”

Alex Ryan, a member of St. Paul, Lake Mills. volunteers at Twice is Nice Resale store, Second Harvest food bank, and with Adopt-A-Highway cleanup with National Honor Society. In addition, he ushers at his church.

At school, Ryan participates in Teens for Christ,  the student newspaper, and the school yearbook. He is the team captain for the baseball team and made first team all-conference his freshman and sophomore years. He travels to play baseball for Stiks Academy and was invited to the Prep Baseball Report Future Games representing Team Wisconsin in Indianapolis. He also played basketball for two years and has been a Lakeside representative to the Lake Mills Leadership Optimist’s Club Breakfast.

“I am looking forward to spending time with many great people and learning new things about leadership,” says Alex. “There are many guys in my class that are deserving of this honor, and I am grateful to be chosen.”

Carter Schneider is “a hard worker who puts his heart into things. I would much rather be a hands-on guy than letting someone else do it, whatever it is,” he says. “I consider myself easy to talk to, whether it’s kids my age or adults, and I don’t mind speaking in front of people.”

Schneider is a member of St. Paul, Lake Mills, where he ushers, canvasses, and serves as a VBS counselor. He works on a chicken farm and has prepared food for people at the Ronald McDonald house. At school, he is his class Vice-President of Student Council and has received academic letters all three years. He received an all-conference honorable mention for baseball last year. Also a member of the National Honor Society, he is considering a career in engineering, business, or accounting.

Commenting on what he’s most looking forward to during the Badger Boy session, he reports that he is looking forward to the opportunity to learn “more about what it’s like to be a leader.”

Badger State Government and Leadership Conferences are an opportunity for students entering their senior year of high school to put the principles of democratic government into action during a weeklong assembly. Sponsored by the Wisconsin American Legion and its Auxiliary, the goals of Badger State assemblies are to prepare young men and women of high school age for citizenship in a modern world, teach principles of democracy, instill a love of country and desire to preserve our government. Schools are encouraged to select representatives based on a combination of interest shown, leadership qualities, character, fitness, scholarship and extra-curricular activities.

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Top LLHS News of 2018

As Lakeside Lutheran High School looks forward to the blessings a new year brings, there’s value—not to mention, enjoyment—in reviewing the year past. The LLHS good news team took a look at the 49 Warrior stories from our blog and 609 other social media posts released in calendar year 2018 and narrowed them to 10 newsbits that garnered the most attention, celebrated accomplishments, introduced a new aspect, or were a major change for your Lakeside Lutheran High School and its community. Enjoy the year in review!

April: 1st Youth Apprentice program participant

NehlsJeremy Nehls, class of 2018, was Lakeside’s first participant in the Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program. YA is designed for high school students who want hands-on learning at a worksite along with classroom instruction. Nehls worked at the Robert Schwandt Jr. and S.E. Schwandt Sr. Farms near Juneau. YA is part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative done under the supervision of the state’s Department of Workforce Development and serves a wide variety of career programs.

May: 1,000+ Warrior mark at Lighthouse

Lighthouse1000We broke the 1,000th-Warrior mark for visitors to the Lighthouse Youth Center of Milwaukee. This is the 12th year of a partnership that provides sophomore Warriors in Pastor Clark Schultz’s Word of God classes the opportunity to make new friends and enjoy new experiences. Pastor Jim Buske, LL class of ’93 and director at Lighthouse, visits his alma mater each year to present Warrior teens this opportunity to live their faith. On May 1, 2018, Lighthouse reported that Jacob Horta, class of 2020, was the 1,000th Lakeside Lutheran Warrior to step through the doors of under this program.

June: Two state champions in four days

With a score of 147 (+3), junior Lukas Heckmann captured the WIAA D2 golf championship on June 5. The previous day, Heckmann opened the state tournament at Madison’s University Ridge course with a 4-under-par 68 that was the best score of the day, regardless of division. He was named Capitol Conference Golfer of the Year, All-State Second-Team, Madison All-Area Player of the Year. Three days previous, sophomore Collin Schulz took the D2 boys high jump title with a jump of 6’6 at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships on Saturday, June 2, at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Collin also smashed the school record in 2018 with a jump of 6’9 earlier in the season.

June: A Cappella sings National Anthem

A CapOn June 11, more than 500 Warrior family and friends packed the stands for the second year in a row to hear our A Cappella choir members sing the National Anthem to kick off a Brewers game, this year vs. the Chicago Cubs. Though the Brew Crew lost the battle that night, they proceeded to capture the NL Central title with a 96-67 season win-loss record (winning the tiebreaker game over the Cubs [95-68] in October).

 

June: Drama wins prize for favorite photo

Nifty FiftiesOur “Nifty Fifties” script provider, Pioneer Drama Service, ran a contest for best photo submitted on its Facebook page in spring, as voted by its Facebook page visitors. Student photographer Taylor Wolfram, class of ‘19, snapped a great action pic of a dancing Donald (Isaiah Coleman, class of 2018). Our photo took 1st place (with 450 votes) and the LLHS drama department received a $200 gift certificate good for play materials, royalties, or books!

August: Several new faculty faces

IMG_2317 InstallmentFour new full-time faculty members were installed at the start of the 2018-19 school year, the largest number at once since the 2000-01 school year. Mr. Justin Vanderhoof (second from left) teaches English and Geography and coaches football and track. Mrs. Hannah Uher teaches Science and coaches soccer and cross country. Mr. Nate Sievert teaches in the Math and Phy Ed departments and coaches basketball and track. Pictured at right, Pastor Michael Helwig teaches Word of God classes and directs Operation Go mission trips. We also welcomed back Word of God adjunct instructor Pastor Christopher Koschnitzke (leftmost in photo) for another year.

 

August: Inaugural STEM Academy year

STEM-polos-logo-cross-colorThe 2018-19 school year marked the inaugural year of our STEM Academy, a special program for students interested in taking engineering or biomedical sciences in their post-secondary education. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, and the Academy is designed to add classes yearly as this first-year cohort ages through the school. The program is using Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curricula administered through Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). The first class includes 19 students enrolled in “Introduction to Engineering Design” (IED), facilitated by Academy Director Andrew Willems. Next fall, the second course in the series, “Principles of Engineering,” will be available. Successful performance in the high school courses earns students college credit at participating PLTW universities.

 

November: Fourth round playoff football

footballOur Capitol North Conference champs had the longest run in football program history through the WIAA playoffs this season, reaching the fourth round of the playoffs. They defeated Beloit Turner, River Valley, and Edgerton in consecutive Friday night playoffs before losing to eventual state champion Racine St. Catherine’s in the state semifinal on November 9.

Bsuer footballSome sweet icing was added when Head Coach Paul also received accolades from the Wisconsin State Journal:

“Lakeside Lutheran entered with an experienced core and delivered on that promise, led by coach Paul Bauer,” the release read. “For his efforts, Bauer was named the Wisconsin State Journal/WisconsinPrepZone.com All-Area football coach of the year.”

 

 

November: Math team participation sets record

After a remarkable October showing when both our Varsity and JV math teams took first place at the highly-competitive Madison LaFollette meet, November saw a record number of students—117!— participate in the Fall Capitol Conference Math Meet.

math(That’s more than a quarter of our students.) The results are in and, according to math team advisor Todd Hackbarth, “God once again blessed Lakeside with incredible success!” Varsity Team #1 took first overall. Juniors Gil Haw took 1st and Trevor Geerdts placed 5th individually. JV Team #1 took first & JV Team #2 took third in Capitol North. Individually, sophomores Lydia Buxa placed 3rd and Ashley Grundman & Ella Butzine tied for 4th.

December: Greenhouse updates complete

Thanks to a team effort from the Agricultural Survey class, FFA, and the construction class, the courtyard greenhouse, mostly unused for almost 10 years,  was recently renewed and revamped. The construction class built benches from recycled benches donated by St. Coletta, Jefferson, and a fan was added too. Jefferson County AgriBusiness Club also helped pay for benches, and over $2,000 of supplies and equipment were covered by donations from the Lake Mills Rotary Club and last spring’s Grand Event bidders. An HVAC contractor helped with a furnace over Christmas break and the greenhouse is winter-ready! This will help future students learn and work with the greenhouse as part of the Ag Survey course.

Sons of American Legion scholarships presented

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Matt Christian from the Lake Mills Sons of the American Legion Squadron #67 presented scholarships to​ Ashley McLain​ ​(left)​ and  ​Sophia Collins at the 2018 Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School. Founded in 1932, Sons of​ ​the American Legion exists to honor the service and sacrifice of Legionnaires. Collins is the daughter of Clark and Tricia Collins of Lake Mills; McLain is the daughter of Robert and Deanna McLain of Juneau.

FFA celebrates another year, looks forward to next

On Tuesday, March 6, the Lakeside Lutheran FFA Chapter held its fourth annual banquet.

Dobson speaks at 2018 FFA banquetKeynote speaker, Annah Dobson, is a 2016 LLHS graduate who attends UW-River Falls, where she is majoring in Agricultural Marketing-Communications. With a passion for Hereford cattle, she served as the National Hereford Queen for 2017.

The Lakeside FFA Alumni held an auction, with the proceeds going to send four FFA members to the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C this summer.

Members received a variety of membership awards. Retiring officers received a laser engraved plaque. Four-year member seniors include Alyssa Condon, Jeremy Nehls, Emily Weber, Meghan Splinter, and Noah Gartner.

DSC09884Other students recognized were  Star Greenhand: Haylee Meske; Chapter FFA Degree: Breanna Preskar; Most Active Junior: Kyle Leis; State FFA Degree and State Proficiency: Jeremy Nehls; and State FFA Choir: Benjamin Huebner.

Proficiency winners were recognized based on their supervised agricultural experiences (paid and unpaid hours along with entrepreneurship investment). Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) winners were: Dairy Entrepreneurship: Karleen Battist; Ag Processing and Beef: Tyler Degner; Poultry: Savannah Steffen; Specialty Animal (bee hive): Benjamin Huebner; and Swine: Emily Meske. Many members were also awarded for their participation in speaking contests, career development events (judging), and top sales in the fruit sale.

LLHS FFA 2018-19 officersThe officers elected for the 2018-19 year are Treasurer, Savannah Steffen; Sentinel, Maddison Fenner; President, Caitlin Condon; Vice President, Matthew Gunst; Chaplain, Connor Dobson; Historian, Karleena Battist; Reporter, Breanna Preskar; Secretary, Emily Meske.

The Warrior FFA also gave out awards to adults who partnered with the chapter. Principal Jim Grasby was given the Honorary FFA Degree, Vicki and Mark Cichanofsky were awarded the Blue and Gold FFA Alumni award, and Ryan and Kim Degner and Pastor Clark Schultz were recognized as Friends of Lakeside FFA. Steve and Kathy Duwe were given the traveling donor plaque to display their support of the Lakeside FFA.

Warriors Celebrates National FFA Week

Joining over 600,000 other FFA members from across the nation, Lakeside Lutheran FFA Chapter members led the school in a celebration of National FFA Week from February 17-24.
To kick off the celebration, on Sat. Feb 17, Lakeside observed Career and Technology Education Month in Wisconsin by holding an open house for grade schoolers. They toured the tech ed wing and learned about the Ag Survey class, as well as videography, CAD, woods, metals technology, small engines, construction, advanced career tech, programming, web design, and FACS classes.
On Monday, Feb 19, 140 kindergartners attended Lakeside’s Kinderfest and saw an FFA-sponsored petting zoo and classroom lesson.
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Kinderfest—a day when over 150 Kindergarteners visit Lakeside Lutheran—included an opportunity for the children to learn about FFA—and pet pigs, cows, cats, and chickens.
 
Other FFA Week activities include a Kiss-A-Pig contest. Three teachers—Lance Johnson, Jim Bauer, and Caleb Davisson—were assigned piggy banks. Jim Bauer raised the most in donations and kissed a live pig at the school assembly on Friday. Almost $400 was raised and then matched by FFA. The money was sent to an Apache reservation mission in Arizona, where it will support garden plots for youth and home-building lessons.
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Mr. Jim Bauer, who has taught at Lakeside Lutheran since 1999, won the Kiss-A-Pig contest where students raised almost $800 for an Apache mission in Arizona. By having the most money donated to his “piggy bank,” Bauer won the opportunity to kiss a pig that junior Austin Meyer held; Bauer will be retiring at the end of this school year.
Before school activities included frozen chicken bowling, Lasso-a-Bale, bale toss, and “Hammer a Nail” race. Lunchroom festivities included a brain-freezing ice cream cup race and a race to drink a pint of milk through a straw.

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As part of Lakeside Lutheran’s FFA week, students participated in chicken bowling and lassoing contests before school. Gabe Uttech demonstrates an ability to lasso on fellow freshman John O’Donnell.
Lakeside Lutheran, in partnership with Lake Mills High School agriscience students, hosted a representative from Waupun Equipment who spoke about farming technology, such as use of drones, iPad apps, and GPS in a tractor from Case New Holland.
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Precision farming specialist Justin Premo, of Waupun Equipment, spoke to interested Lakeside and Lake MIlls High School students about GPS/ Engine technology in a CASE New Holland tractor.
 
The 4th Annual LLHS FFA Banquet will be held March 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. The Lakeside Lutheran FFA chapter, chartered in 2015, has grown to 42 members who attend leadership conferences, organize service projects, and develop projects related to animals, plants and natural resources in and outside of the classroom. Members can compete in career development or judging events in areas such as veterinary science, dairy products, floriculture and livestock.
Designated in 1947 during the week of George Washington’s birthday for his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer, National FFA Week aims to share the advantages of FFA membership and show appreciation for the diversity of careers relating to agriculture as it feeds, clothes and fuels the world’s population. It’s a reminder that agriculture is the foundation of our nation—yet fewer than two percent are farmers—and 10 percent of all jobs move food, fiber, and fuel to consumers. Whether in STEM careers or as veterinarians, researchers, and manufacturers, agriculture needs great young minds to continue the rich traditions of our past.
FFA is the world’s largest youth organization, creating leaders who explore careers through ag and technical education. From its start in 1928 in Kansas City, MO, with 33 young men, National FFA now offers a variety of awards, including over $2.7 million in scholarships annually.

Top LLHS News of 2017

top10school_15954bcAs we at Lakeside Lutheran High School look forward to the blessings a new year brings, there’s value — not to mention, enjoyment — in reviewing the year past. The LLHS good news team took a look at the 38 news stories and 719 social media posts released in calendar year 2017 and narrowed them to 10 newsbits that garnered the most attention or signified a new thing or major change for your Lakeside Lutheran High School and its community. Enjoy the year in review!

10. Lakeside Lutheran High School begins 60th school year
The 2017-18 school year began with a 4% increase in enrollment at 415 students, as well as one additional math teacher, making the number of full- and part-time faculty members number 33 this year. [Read more here]

9. Wonderful evening of historic Lutheran Reformation celebration
Our A Cappella choir and many Forever Warriors joined with several thousand other Western Wisconsin Lutherans at the Coliseum in Madison to mark the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting of the 95 theses, a milestone of the Lutheran Reformation. | 2,700 views | 196 Reactions, Comments & Shares [See post here] [See photos here]

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8. Warrior FFA wins photo contest
Members of LLHS FFA helped their chapter score $500 as it placed first overall in a six-state high school and college student image contest to document instances from among 14 types of corn disease and damage. The contest was sponsored by San Francisco-based Climate Corporation to further its efforts toward development of a disease database usable by growers in the field. Winners were awarded from each of the six states participating, and the LLHS FFA chapter was tops among all groups that entered. [Read more here]

7. Lakeside Lutheran receives mkCellular donation
As the recipient of a generous donation from mkCellular in Lake Mills of smartphones and virtual reality viewers, your LLHS is moving ahead in classroom technology use as virtual reality becomes a part of curricula as diverse as computer science to biology to history to religion and more. [Read more here] [See photos of the devices in use with elementary school visitors here]

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Our Redeemer, Madison 4th graders explored the world of virtual reality at LLHS through a donation of Google Cardboard viewers and smartphones from mkCellular. (Oct 2017)

6. Grand Event VII sets fundraising record
Our 2017 Grand Event celebrated an amazing new record in funds raised with a $108,000 net for student assistance, the building fund and special projects including buses, FACS kitchen supplies and much more! | 3,400 views | 186 Reactions, Comments & Shares [See post here] [See photos here]

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5. History-making student teacher on campus
We were privileged last spring to have Miss Annalies Brander on campus as the first special education student teacher sent out by Martin Luther College. Mrs. Ruth Hirschfeld, Director of the Extended Learning Center at LLHS, served as her mentor. [Read more here]

4. Great heritage, indeed.
Our Warrior Swing Choir joined more than 400 other teen vocalists and instrumentalists at the 50th WELS National Choral Fest, held at the site of the first Festival, in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. We posted a video of the combined choir and audience anniversary rendition of “God’s Word is Our Great Heritage” sung during the Sunday Sacred Concert, a low-resolution recording that nevertheless went a bit viral within WELS viewership as it accumulated 30,000 video views and 3,345 Reactions and Comments, including 423 shares on Facebook. We followed up the post with a story about Lakeside and 50 years of Choral Fest in November’s LL Link magazine. [Read more here – p. 4] [See video here]

3. Day 1 of our first-ever STEM Camp has 75+ campers
On the heels of the new Warrior STEM Club formed in late 2016 and preceding the new LLHS STEM Academy curriculum slated to begin in fall 2018, the LL Tech Ed department hosted the first-ever elementary student STEM Camp in July. The week-long day camp exposed grade 5-8 students to engineering concepts, expanded their God-given abilities and provided all of the above in a fun, Christian environment. Interest was so high the camp doubled its teaching staff to accommodate twice the campers originally expected. [See post here] [See photos here]

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2. Lakeside Lutheran students make New Friends
Members of Teens for Christ service group have begun a program designed by Jesus Cares Ministries that connects teens with young people with special needs and their families in a fun-filled atmosphere and builds relationships by focusing on abilities, not disabilities. On a Sunday in October, 63 LLHS students greeted 13 guests in the gym for activities that included face painting, cookie decorating and eating, pumpkin-painting, bean bag toss, basketball, manicures, slime-making and card games.  Some unplanned activities—human bowling, the Chicken Dance, and line dancing—also ensued. The day was such fun, two more days are planned for second semester.  [Read more here] [See photos here]

 1. Your Lakeside Lutheran Warriors are D2 state volleyball champions!
It’s hard to narrow down such an array of posts, photos and linked sports articles that accompany such a momentous event as a state sports championship; so, when in doubt, go with the first announcement, and then just enjoy all the reactions and comments. However, our news release about the fall sports season includes details about the numerous honors and records broken by members of the team and coaching staff as well, and we couldn’t help but include a gallery from one of our gifted student photographers that helped capture so many of the action and emotion throughout the big match. 4,500 views | 567 reactions, comments & shares [See post here] [Read more here] [See photos here]

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Lakeside Lutheran students make New Friends

Students at Lakeside Lutheran High School recently hosted an event called “New Friends,” where the high school teens and individuals from the community met on the high school campus to join in an afternoon of fun and new friendships.

Members of Lakeside’s Teens for Christ service group organized the day to connect teens with young people with special needs and their families in a fun-filled atmosphere and build relationships by focusing on abilities, not disabilities. On Sunday, October 22, 63 LLHS students greeted 13 guests in the Lakeside gym. Planned activities included face painting, cookie decorating and eating, pumpkin-painting, bean bag toss, basketball, manicures, slime-making, and card games.  Some unplanned activities—human bowling, the Chicken Dance, and line dancing—also took place.

Student teacher Josiah Nommensen shared a devotion, reminding everyone that while they made wonderful friends, they always have Jesus as their true friend.

New Friends events at Lakeside Lutheran are also planned for January 21 and March 11 from 1-3 p.m. Those interested in bringing someone are encouraged to contact LLHS Teens for Christ advisor Ruth Hirschfeld at rhirschf@llhs.org or call 920-648-2321 x2210.

New Friends is a program started by Jesus Cares Ministries, a national outreach ministry to people with developmental disabilities, their families, and their communities.

To see more photos from the day, visit our smugmug page.