NHS raises mental health awareness

Student members of the Lakeside Lutheran National Honor Society recently hosted a cornhole tournament on campus to raise awareness and funds for teen mental health.

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Officers in the LLHS National Honor Society chapter recently organized a cornhole tournament to benefit teen mental health. Posing in front of the event banner are (L-R): Carter Schneider, Ryann Burger, Megan Reinke and Kyle Doering.

In partnership with social service agency Christian Family Solutions (CFS), Lakeside hosted “Tosses for Teens” on Nov. 17 that had a two-fold purpose— to raise funds and to bring awareness of the growing need for mental health support for teens. With more than 60 teams paying to participate and sponsorship, concessions and a bake sale, and donations from Lang Group Realty in Lake Mills, a Thrivent Financial Action Team, Kwik Trip, WalMart, and an anonymous $1,000 matching donor, well over $3,500 was raised for the cause.

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Before the tournament began, the crowd watched a video about teen mental health and the value of providing counseling to address teen issues such as anxiety and depression.

Statistics from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry show that one in five young adults live with a mental health condition that can include anxiety disorders, behavior or mood disorders or substance use disorders. Lakeside students facing these challenges qualify for up to five free sessions with a licensed professional Christian counselor. Many meetings take place via a secure video program, allowing students to receive these services at school in a private location. CFS serves 28 high schools and prep schools across the nation with this type of counseling through its Member Assistance Program, which the tournament proceeds went to support.

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Teachers Eric Dorn, left, and Nate Sievert beat out more than 60 other teams to take the championship. They are posing behind one of their prizes, a set of handcrafted and custom-painted cornhole boards.

The team that won the tournament was comprised of two Lakeside teachers, Eric Dorn and Nate Sievert. Other participants won drawings and other prizes including a costume competition. Several NHS senior officers— president Ryann Burger, Lake Mills; treasurer Kyle Doering, Lake Mills; vice-president Megan Reinke, Watertown; and secretary Carter Schneider, Lake Mills—worked with the group’s advisor and school Guidance Director, Andy Rosenau, to coordinate the event. A photo gallery of the day is at llhs.smugmug.com/LLFamily.

Lakeside Lutheran National Honor Society is dedicated to the development of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. NHS members plan and perform various service and leadership activities throughout the school year, such as a Christmas toy drive for foster families, Adopt-a-Highway clean up, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “Penny Wars” and more. Students are first eligible for selection at the end of the sophomore year. Candidates need a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher, at least three leadership roles, several hours of community service, and character references. For more information about NHS or Lakeside Lutheran High School, contact Principal James Grasby at 920-648-2321 or jgrasby@llhs.org.

Christian Family Solutions (CFS) is the Social Service Division of Wisconsin Lutheran Child & Family Service (WLCFS), a non-profit social service agency headquartered in Germantown, Wis. CFS licensed Christian counselors, through in-person and technology-assisted consultations, also assist children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in a supportive, Christ-centered atmosphere on a wide range of disorders, addictions, emotional pain and other mental health issues. For more information about CFS, contact Dan Nommensen at 800-438-1772 or dnommensen@wlcfs.org.

Volleyball benefits Tomorrow’s Hope

The Lakeside Lutheran High School volleyball teams and a crew of parent and other volunteers raised $2,966.00 for Tomorrow’s Hope on the evening of their conference match against Columbus High School on October 1. The event, called “Volley for Hope,” raised funds through raffles and concessions as well as a variety of sales: mums, pumpkins, concessions, t-shirts and a bake sale. The night also featured recognition of Lutheran grade school volleyball teams from surrounding communities (see photo gallery).

Tomorrow’s Hope, headquartered in Jefferson, is a non-profit that supports local health care organizations who help those touched by Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other life-limiting illnesses. They also foster health-related research, education, and support activities.

The 2019 Warrior varsity team, Capitol North Conference champions for the 7th straight year, begins its #2 regionally-seeded journey in the WIAA state tournament when it hosts Clinton High School on Tuesday, October 22 at 7 p.m.

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Members of the Lakeside Lutheran Varsity, JV and JV2 volleyball teams hosted Volley for Hope earlier this month and raised almost $3,000 for Tomorrow’s Hope, a nonprofit that supports local health care organizations. Team members include, L-R: (top row) Lillian Runke, Ella DeNoyer, Sydney Langille, Lily Schuetz, Isabella Collins, Kylee Gnabasik, Kaylee Raymond. (2nd row from top) Zoey Dremler, Hadley Wendorff, Alyssa Reinke, Morgan Mlsna, Katelyn Wagner, Greta Pingel, Lydia Bilitz. (Middle) Grace Plitzuweit, Marissa Duddeck, Kendall Lemke, Jenna Shadoski, Olivia Bartels, Cheyenne Johnson, Karli Johnson, Olivia Krieser. (2nd row from bottom) Nora Statz, Breanna Davis, Carly Paske, Emily Schafer, Hannah Uttech, Emma Schultz, Reyna Rupnow, Grace Korth. (front) Varsity Coach Jenny Krauklis, Natalie Punzel, Madelyn Vanderhoof, Claire Langille, Chloe Berg, Makenzie Sievert, Jordan Genz, Natalie Raymond.  Missing: Payton Kuepers

Volley for Hope results bring smiles

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Lakeside Lutheran Warrior volleyball teams and their families recently organized a “Volley for Hope” night to benefit Tomorrow’s Hope, a non-profit that supports local efforts to help those touched by Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other life-limiting illnesses, and fosters health-related research, education and support activities. Pictured are several event organizers as they stand behind a check representing the over $3,000 raised during the October 13 volleyball matches held at Lakeside Lutheran (L-R): Kelley Kilian, Dawn Coleman, Nicole Guld, Tomorrow’s Hope Executive Director Barb Endl and Gina Schultz.

Warrior volleyball to host Volley for Hope event

The Lakeside Lutheran High School volleyball teams will host a fundraiser called “Volley for Hope” before and during their home matches on Thursday, October 13. The activities that night benefit Tomorrow’s Hope, a non-profit that supports local health care recipients who help those touched by Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other life-limiting illnesses.

Sub-varsity volleyball matches v. Columbus High School begin at 5:15 p.m., and the varsity match follows. Organizers are planning a bake sale, T-shirt sales, raffles, Pick-a-Duck, and a silent auction featuring several Packer collectibles, among other items. Proceeds from the concession stand will also in part benefit the cause. Grade school volleyball teams have been invited to join the evening’s events, and the public is warmly encouraged to attend as well.


Packer items, including a signed Eddie Lacy jersey and several signed plaques such this Paul Hornung collectible, are some of the items up for silent auction the night of Volley for Hope, a fundraising event benefiting Tomorrow’s Hope, planned for the evening of Lakeside Lutheran home volleyball matches on October 13.

In addition to direct support for life-limiting illnesses, Tomorrow’s Hope, headquartered in Jefferson, also fosters health-related research, education and support activities. In 19 years, over $3.9 million has been granted within the Jefferson, Dodge and Dane county health care communities. According to Tomorrow’s Hope, every $1 raised creates $1.62 in economic benefit. Donations to support the Lakeside Lutheran effort may be directed to the school office (231 Woodland Beach Rd. Lake Mills 53551) or directly to Tomorrow’s Hope (147 W. Rockwell St. Jefferson, WI 53549). Make check payable to Tomorrow’s Hope. Please reference the team name on the memo/for line of the check or in a note with the check.