Forensics 10th consecutive year of “Excellence”

For the tenth year in a row, the Lakeside Lutheran High School Forensics team was awarded the Excellence in Speech Award for scoring in the top 5% among 340 participating high schools at the 124th annual Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WHSFA) State Festival at UW-Madison April 12.

The UW-Madison campus hosted more than 4,200 students from 340 schools across the state at this, the largest forensics festival in the state. “Students in our academic sport practice long hours to hone their skills and meet the expectations upon which they will be judged,” says WHSFA Executive Director Adam Jacobi. “These schools represent consistent performance across a variety of contest events at our festival, and should be lauded for their performance.”

The top 19 high schools at the 2019 festival, in alphabetical order, include Baldwin-Woodville, Boscobel, Burlington, Darlington, DeForest, Ellsworth, Fennimore, Hudson, Lakeside Lutheran, Lincoln High School, Wisconsin Rapids, Menomonie, New Berlin Eisenhower, Prescott, Regis High School, Eau Claire, Sauk Prairie, St. Lawrence Seminary/Mt. Calvary, Waterford Union, Waunakee, Wrightstown.

At the State Festival, individual competitors receive a gold medal for a perfect score of 25, silver for a score of 23 or 24, a bronze for a score of 20-22 and a small bronze for lower scores. The whole team then receives points based on members’ individual scores, earning four points for each gold, three points for each silver, two points for each bronze and one point for each small bronze. After qualifying all 25 entries—the maximum allowable—through sub-district and district competitions, the Lakeside Lutheran competitors earned a total of 14 gold, nine silver, and two bronze medals at state. “Working with this dedicated group of students and seeing them progress as speakers has been very rewarding to see,” says Coach Steve Lauber.

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For the 10th straight year, the Lakeside Lutheran High School Forensics team was awarded the Excellence in Speech Award at the WHSFA Forensics State Championship on April 12. Pictured on the UW campus, back row, left-right: Cannon Kerr, Grace Loescher, Maddie Triebold, Sami Anderson, Connor Dobson, Matt Gunst. Middle row standing, L/R:  Caleb Raymond, Ryann Burger, Megan Reinke, Annika Bilitz, Abbie DiGiovanni, Bronte Perkins, Ella Butzine, Megan Grambsch, Matthea Lenz, Evelyn Schauer, Kiara Wolfram. Front row, standing, L/R: Max Thiele, Will Jorgensen, Brendan McKenna, Jacob Horta, Kaylee Raymond, Greta Pingel, Douglas Weittenhiller. On ground: Justin Learned. (Missing from picture: Sophie Griffin, Maddie Klug, Chad Nolte).

The 14 gold medal entries include Grace Loescher, Watertown and Caleb Raymond, Sun Prairie (Group Interp); Justin Learned, Watertown (Demonstration); Brendan McKenna, Lake Mills (Moments in History); Connor Dobson, Johnson Creek (Poetry); Sophia Griffin, Lodi and Maddie Klug, Ixonia (Playacting); Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc, and Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie (Playacting); Abbie DiGiovanni, Fort Atkinson (Solo Acting, Humorous); Ryann Burger, Lake Mills (Storytelling); Kiara Wolfram, Fort Atkinson (Storytelling); Evelyn Schauer, Watertown (Farrago) Megan Reinke, Watertown (Poetry); Greta Pingel, Sun Prairie (Prose); Ella Butzine, Oconomowoc (Prose) Matthea Lenz, Oconomowoc (Solo Acting, Humorous).

Silver medals were awarded to Matthew Gunst, Hartford (Informative); Megan Grambsch, Columbus (Prose); Annika Bilitz, Cottage Grove (Prose); Jacob Horta, Helenville (Moments in History); Bronte Perkins, Madison (Solo Acting, Humorous); Chad Nolte, Janesville (Farrago); Cannon Kerr, Watertown (Radio Speaking) Kaylee Raymond, Sun Prairie (Public Address); Douglas Weittenhiller, DeForest (Informative).

Max Thiele, Oconomowoc (Impromptu) and Will Jorgensen, McFarland (Radio Speaking) were awarded bronze medals.

For more information about the WHSFA, visit whsfa.org. For more information about Lakeside Lutheran High School, contact Principal Grasby at 920-648-2321 or visit the LLHS website at llhs.org.

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Warrior forensics medal in area events

The Lakeside Lutheran High School Forensics Team has had two successful showings at recent tournaments. At the 14-team Watertown Forensics Tournament, held on January 20, Emma Guld, Lake Mills, and Isaiah Coleman, Watertown, finished first overall in Playacting. Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson, placed second overall in Solo Humorous, and Emily Raymond, Sun Prairie, placed 3rd in Solo Serious.

At the 28-team Milwaukee Marquette Tournamen, on Jan. 27, Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie, and Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc finished first overall in Playacting. Maria Werre, Sun Prairie, finished first in Storytelling and Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson, placed first in Solo Humorous; Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie, finished third in Solo Serious; and Devon Perkins, Madison, finished fourth in Moments in History.

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Lakeside Lutheran award-winning forensics members: (Back, from left) Devon Perkins, Charlie Pingel, Emma Guld, Samantha Anderson, Isaiah Coleman. (Front, from left) Maria Werre, Abbie DiGiovanni, Emily Raymond, Madelaine Triebold.

Warrior Forensics wins 7th straight Capitol Conference title

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The Lakeside Lutheran Forensics team, coached by Mr. Steve Lauber, recently won its seventh consecutive Capitol Conference championship at the meet held at Belleville February 6.

After earning the highest score among 340 teams at last spring’s Wisconsin High School Forensics Association (WHSFA) state meet, the Lakeside Lutheran Forensics team has entered its 2017 competition season.

On February 6, Lakeside traveled to the Capitol Conference tournament at Belleville High School, where high school students compete against each other in 16 different speaking categories. Out of the 11 conference schools that competed, Lakeside Lutheran, coached by Mr. Steve Lauber, finished the night with a total of 308 points, earning the Conference Championship ahead of second and third place teams Lake Mills (206) and Belleville (176). This win marks the seventh straight Conference championship for Lakeside Lutheran.

Leading the way in their individual categories were the following Lakeside Lutheran students:

  • Caleb Strutz, 2nd in Extemporaneous
  • Emily Weber, 2nd in Farrago
  • Maddie McKenna, 1st in Farrago
  • Lillie Johnstone, 1st in 4-minute speaking
  • Malachi Mortensen, 2nd in Moments in History
  • Devon Perkins, 1st in Moments in History
  • Kaitlyn Gehler and Derek Gulrud, 3rd in Playacting
  • Caleb Raymond and Max Thiele, 2nd in Playacting
  • Matt Gunst, 3rd in Prose
  • Bronte Perkins, 2nd in Prose
  • Emma Hans, 1st in Prose
  • Charlie Pingel, 2nd in Radio Speaking
  • Cannon Kerr, 1st in Radio Speaking
  • Kyle Burger, 1st in Solo Acting humorous
  • Ashley McLain, 1st in Special Occasion
  • Maria Werre, 2nd in Storytelling

The full team of 25 will now begin their state competition at sub-districts which are being held at Milton High School on Monday, February 27 in hopes to advance on to the district meet and from there advancing on to the Forensics State Tournament to be held at The University of Wisconsin in Madison on April 21.

Lakeside Lutheran Forensics wins 6th straight conference title

 

After earning the Excellence in Speech Award from the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association (WHSFA) the last six years by finishing in the top 5% from among 345 teams at UW Madison last April, the Lakeside Lutheran Forensics team has entered its 2016 competition season.

On February 1, Lakeside traveled to the Capitol Conference tournament at Wisconsin Heights in Mazomanie, where high school students compete against each other in 16 different speaking categories. Out of the 10 conference schools that competed, Lakeside Lutheran, coached by Mr. Steve Lauber, finished the night with a total of 294 points, earning the Conference Championship ahead of second and third place teams Luther Prep (237) and Belleville (175). This win marks the sixth straight Conference championship for Lakeside Lutheran.

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The Lakeside Lutheran Forensics team, coached by Mr. Steve Lauber, recently won its sixth consecutive Capitol Conference championship at the meet held at Wisconsin Heights February 1. Members of the 2016 team include: (Top row, L-R) Cannon Kerr, Watertown; Audra Sonntag, Janesville; Kaitlyn Gehler, Waterloo; Rachel Poyner, DeForest; Maddie McKenna, Lake Mills; Lillie Johnstone, Jefferson; Justin Gaal, Oconomowoc. (2nd from top, L-R): Caleb Strutz, Verona; Kyle Burger, Lake Mills; Malachi Mortensen, Beaver Dam; Sophie Griffin, Lodi; Lucas Schneider, Waterloo; Molly Lindloff, Janesville; Emily Weber, Helenville.  (3rd Row) Devon Perkins, Madison; Max Thiele, Oconomowoc; Rebecca Doering, Lake Mills; Maria Werre, Sun Prairie; Jenna Gaal, Oconomowoc; Ashley McLain, Juneau; Tina Kehl, Waterloo. (4th row): Caleb Raymond, Sun Prairie; Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie; Josiah Eaker, Watertown; Dave Wilson, Pardeeville; Derek Gulrud, Marshall; Emma Hans, Jefferson; Kayla Grundman, Waterloo. (Front Row) Coach Steve Lauber; Emma Guld, Sun Prairie; Josh Schoenfeld, Lake Mills; Emily Raymond, Sun Prairie; Justin Learned, Watertown; Mira Parker, DeForest; Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc.

Leading the way in their individual categories were the following Lakeside Lutheran students:

  • Demonstration: 1st Place-Max Thiele, 2nd Place-Justin Learned
  • Extemporaneous: 1st Place-Caleb Strutz
  • Four Minute:  3rd Place-Tina Kehl
  • Moments in History: 1st Place-Malachi Mortensen
  • Playacting: 2nd Place-Kaitlyn Gehler and Derek Gulrud
  • Prose: 2nd Place- Emma Hans, 3rd Place Audra Sonntag
  • Radio Speaking: 1st Place-Dave Wilson
  • Solo Acting Humorous: 1st Place-Becca Doering, 3rd Place-Kyle Burger
  • Special Occasion: 2nd Place-Kayla Grundman
  • Storytelling: 2nd Place-Maria Werre, 3rd Place-Emily Weber

The full team of 25 students has also begun its run to this spring’s WHSFA state competition. Sub-districts at Cambridge High School were Thursday, February 18, when each member of the full team of 25 earned advancement to District competition, to be held March 7 at Beaver Dam High School. With success there, the team advances to the State Tournament at the University of Wisconsin in Madison on April 15.