Principal’s Pen: to the class of 2020



These are my comments directed to Lakeside’s Class of 2020 at this year’s graduation. I extend my words to all graduates in our federation.

It wasn’t supposed to end this way.

In recent weeks, everyone’s lives were overturned. Many lost their jobs. Busy schedules were vacated and then made busy again in other ways. Pandemic, social distancing, and the new normal are today’s buzzwords. Face masks, shortages, and uncertainty about life are what we face today.

No, it wasn’t supposed to end this way.

Yet, the Class of 2020 is not the first group to think or utter these words. There have been other upheavals throughout history that quickly reshaped society: the 1950s polio scare, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the Great Depression, to name several. In a matter of minutes or days, the fragile flow of life—as we know it—can be overturned or even destroyed. It has happened before. It will likely happen again. No, it wasn’t supposed to end this way.

Nearly 2,000 years ago, a group of bewildered men huddled behind locked doors. Their rabbi had been arrested, tortured, and crucified. They may well have wondered if they were next. All likely felt guilt since they deserted their Master in his hour of need. One, particularly, may well have felt this pain most keenly because his actions fulfilled the very words of his Master’s prophecy. Among them, there was fear, uncertainty, and perhaps even the sentiment, “No, it wasn’t supposed to end this way.”

A17year28gcThen, the risen Savior entered that room. He stood among his disciples with visible nail marks in his hands and a spear slash in his side. He spoke words that were most unexpected. Instead of chastising and berating those who failed him, he said, “Peace be with you” (John 20:19). These were ordinary words of greeting. Yet, they bear extraordinary meaning.

In John’s gospel, Jesus explained peace. It’s not the peace “as the world gives” (John 14:27). It is peace from the forgiveness of sins that he earned for all. It is the assurance that whatever happens “will [not] be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).

“Peace be with you.” This was the Savior’s greeting to those confused men. It assured them that their sins were forgiven. It gave them courage to meet the challenges, trials, and death threats they would face in the coming years for preaching the gospel. The Savior’s promise of peace was their sure hope in dark and uncertain times.

Jesus’ words of greeting are also for us. Like believers of all times, you and I have the assurance of our Savior’s forgiveness. No matter how unsteady our lives become or how unsure our future appears, we have the same peace that Jesus spoke to his disciples. We know that God loves us, has made us his own through baptism, and will see us through whatever the future brings.

Some might still be tempted to say, “No, it wasn’t supposed to end this way.” The end of senior year of high school should have been a time of fun, celebration, and joy. Yet, it wasn’t this year. The events of the pandemic are so close to us that we cannot see the larger picture. But, God can. He will use all that has happened in the past months to praise and glorify his name and even serve as blessings for all who trust in him.

Congratulations, Class of 2020. You have made it! It did end in the way it was supposed to. You will receive your high school diplomas. Most importantly, you have the certainty of your Savior’s forgiveness with the peace that can never be taken from you.

“Peace be with you.”
God bless you always with Jesus’ peace. Amen.

Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 or

Graduation 2019 feature: Year in Review

(Provided to Lake Mills Leader for a feature in special graduation insert published in the 5/23/2019 edition of the newspaper.)

This year Lakeside Lutheran High School theme celebrated “Decades of Faithfulness,” recognizing the completion of 60 years of education.

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Photos of the LLHS Class of 2019 from throughout their senior year, many featured in a collage made for the Lake Mills Leader special graduation feature published on May 23, 2019. Individual photos and more can be seen and downloaded free from

During the summer of 2018, students kept busy. For the 16th year, the girls track team were conference champs. The boys’ team joined them at the top of the Capitol North. Danielle Schilling broke the school record in pole vault at 11’3 and Collin Schulz set the school record for high jump at 6’9 and placed first at State with a jump of 6’6.

Junior Lukas Heckmann became the 2018 WIAA D2 State Champ in golf.

Warrior baseball finished 12-6 and made an exciting comeback attempt at the regional championship. First team conference honorees included Dustin Pampel, Eric Pillard, and Alex Ryan. Warrior softball ended its season with a 10-7 overall record and saw Shannon Jones awarded 1st-team all-conference honors.

For two weeks, the Warrior Marching Band traveled to the East Coast, performing in parades in Ontario, Canada, and several U.S. cities. At the Enfield, Conn., parade they received Best Marching Band Award.

When school began in August, we had 427 students and four new faculty: Hannah Uher, Science; Nate Sievert, Math and Phy Ed; Michael Helwig, Religion; and Justin Vanderhoof, English and Geography.

Lakeside A Cappella Choir traveled to 20 area churches sharing God’s Word and also spent spring break in California singing in four churches and two schools. Warrior Band and choirs presented four concerts during the year. The band also marched in the annual Jefferson Gemutlichkeit parade and presented its annual concert in November with Federation elementary school bands.

2018 ACT results placed LLHS in the top 2% in the state. Of 85 members in the 2018 class, 73, or 86%, wrote the exam. Based on a 36-point scale, the composite score of these students was 24.2, which is above the state composite of 20.5.

Three students participated in Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship program, working in farming and manufacturing. This allows them to receive hands-on learning in an occupational area at a worksite.

Lakeside Lutheran boys cross country team saw junior August Gresens earn 1st team all-conference honors. Former cross country coach and current German teacher Gerry Walta was inducted into the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in January.

With a record of 11-1 Warrior football took conference and made the longest trek in program history, reaching Division 4 semifinals. Brevin Jegerlehner, Cam Paske, Caleb Raymond, Tyler Holzhueter, Casey Ponyicsanyi, Will DeNoyer, and Charlie Miller all received first-team honors. Casey Ponyicsanyi was named conference Offensive Player of the Year. Coach Paul Bauer was named Wisconsin State Journal/ All-Area football coach of the year.

Girls golf took third in the Rock Valley Conference. Sophomore Maya Heckmann was named conference Golfer of the Year, topping it off with a trip to State.

With a record of 9-1, Warrior Volleyball took the Capitol North Conference for a sixth straight year and also won region. Ella Collins and Kaitlyn Shadoski received first-team all-conference honors.

Lakeside boys soccer ended its season with a 7-9-0 overall record.

The varsity math team took first in the highly competitive Madison LaFollette meet and first in both fall and spring Capitol Conference Math Meets.

Senior Noelle Gates won the overall medal for the World History category at the Capitol North Conference Academic Bowl—for the fourth year in a row!

Senior Abby Buxa was named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Our STEM Academy began this year with 19 students enrolled in Introduction to Engineering Design. LLHS is also one of the first high schools in the state to start a chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.

Boys basketball finished as conference champions with an overall record of 17-4. Jack Monis and Cameron Paske received first-team honors, and Monis was named Conference Player of the Year.

Girls basketball finished with an 11-11 overall record; Kaitlyn Shadoski of Janesville received first team honors.

In wrestling, the team went 10-4 overall and Cole Lauersdorf (182) and Austin Meyer (220) were Capitol Conference Champs.

Dance team was the WACPC Regional Champ and placed fifth in the state after competing in D3 jazz for the first time in school history.

This year, 127 students participated in Teens for Christ. The group held three “New Friends” events, where young people with special needs join with Lakeside teens in fun activities such as human bowling, karaoke, basketball, crafts, and devotion. Students also visited residents at London Lodge, Cambridge, on several Mondays after school. At Christmas, Teens held a bake sale with proceeds funding a foosball table for the ROC in Watertown. Teens hosted a school-wide “Life Day” and heard from speakers about life-related issues to youth today.

In February, students enjoyed a week of costume contests sponsored by Student Council, which also organizes Homecoming festivities and a blood drive in March.

In February, Warrior FFA celebrated National FFA Week with many ag-related contests and activities. The almost 50-strong group held its annual banquet and recognition night in early March. In addition, they joined forces with the construction class and renovated the school’s greenhouse.

The 8th annual Grand Event dinner/auction “Called to Serve” featured a WWII era military theme. Generous supporters raised over $90,000.

The forensics team took its ninth straight conference championship and received The Excellence in Speech Award for the 10th year at State WHSFA Festival in April.

Six Warriors attended the WELS National Band Festival at Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Milwaukee, from March 15-17.

In April, the drama department produced “Murder in the House of Horrors.” Almost 20 students performed while many other students participated behind the scenes.

Sixteen Class A entries earned a starred-first rating at the WSMA Solo-Ensemble District level held in February at Lakeside, qualifying them to perform at State. Overall, Lakeside had 53 solo/ensemble entries involving more than 75 students.

At the Capitol Conference Art Show at the Madison Pyle Center, eight Warrior artists displayed their work.

Warrior Times Weekly was again awarded first place by the American Scholastic Press Association, newspaper division.

On May 26, 100% of the 111 seniors are expected to graduate. Co-valedictorians are Abigail Buxa, Will DeNoyer, and Brevin Jegerlehner, and the salutatorian is Kaitlyn Shadoski.

Seven Operation Go mission trips made up of 60 students will travel around the United States this year to help with church activities and summer camps.

For the 2019-2020 school year, Kirk DeNoyer will become Executive Director, while Todd Jahns joins the school as the Activities Director and boys varsity basketball coach.

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.

Lakeside Lutheran graduates 93

Lakeside Lutheran High School presented diplomas to 93 graduating seniors on Sunday, May 28, at 2 p.m. in the east gymnasium.


Pastor Bernt Tweit from Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Madison, father of graduate Benjamin Tweit, served as liturgist for the service. Graduation speaker was Pastor Caleb Davisson from the Lakeside Lutheran faculty. Organist was Mr. Peter Schaewe from St. John, Jefferson. Class valedictorian is Caleb Strutz, son of Pastor Nathan and Beth Strutz, Verona, and salutatorian is Danielle Schilling, daughter of Mike and Robin Schilling, Watertown. Mr. Scott Schneider, Chairman of the Board of Regents, along with Principal James Grasby, presented diplomas to the graduates.

The class verse is Romans 8:38-39: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The class hymn is “Speak, O Lord.” Class colors are lilac and silver, and the class flower is a rose.

Academic Top 10 announced

LLHS 2016 Academic Top 10
The Lakeside Lutheran “Top Ten” students in the class of 2016 were guests of honor at the recent Capitol Conference Honors Banquet in Madison. They are (front, L-R) Ashley Pagel, daughter of Michael and Lynn, Helenville (Nursing, Madison College); Hannah Hoffman, daughter of Brian & Carrie Hoffman, Waterloo (Agriculture, UW-Madison); Hollie Doyle, daughter of Jeffrey & Heidi Doyle, Watertown (Pre-Med, Carroll University); Clarissa Keller, Salutatorian, daughter of Dean & Patricia Keller, Madison (Nursing, UW-Madison). Back row, L-R: Jessica Schwanke, daughter of Pastor Larry & Martha Schwanke, Milton (Nursing, Wisconsin Lutheran College); Eli Lipasti, valedictorian, son of Mikko & Erica Lipasti, Lake Mills (computer engineering, UW-Madison); Abby Monis, daughter of Peder & Trisha Monis, Oconomowoc (Business/Sports Management, Maryville University); Alex Pillard, son of Paul and Brenda Pillard, Oconomowoc (Civil Engineering, UW-Madison); David Wilson, son of Noreen Wilson, Pardeeville, and James and Aimee Wilson, Brandon (Business, Wisconsin Lutheran College) Elijah Tesch, son of Peter & Dolores Tesch, Sun Prairie (Computer Science, Wisconsin Lutheran College).

Lakeside Lutheran High School announced its Academic Top Ten from the Class of 2016. The students, in order of class rank, are: Valedictorian Elias Lipasti, Salutatorian Clarissa Keller, David Wilson, Jessica Schwanke, Alex Pillard, Hannah Hoffman, Hollie Doyle, Elijah Tesch, Abigail Monis, and Ashley Pagel. Their profiles, in alphabetical order, follow:

Top 10 Hollie Doyle, daughter of Jeffrey & Heidi Doyle, Watertown, plans to attend Carroll University to pursue pre-med studies toward a doctorate in Ophthalmology. Longer term, she says she would like to “open up my own clinic in a third world country for free eye screenings and exams.” She received a Carroll University Trustee Scholarship worth $18,000 a year, as well as the renewable $7,000 Robert Muehrcke Foundation Scholar Athlete Award. She and her family are members at St. Mark in Watertown. While at Lakeside, she has served as a piano accompanist, and played saxophone in the Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band and summer Marching Band. This spring she was awarded the Woody Herman Jazz Award, and multiple nominations for LLHS Outstanding Musician Awards. Her sports involvement included Basketball, Volleyball, Softball and Golf teams, where awards included the 2016 WIAA Scholar Athlete nomination and seven varsity letters. During her senior year, she was awarded Most Valuable Golfer; last spring she earned All-Conference 2nd team honors as a pitcher in softball. She is also a member of the Math Team and the National Honor Society, where she served as chapter Vice President in 2015-2016. Hollie was recognized this spring with a plaque for Perfect Attendance with No Tardies for all four years in high school, a rare honor. “I really enjoyed all the close relationships I built with teachers, and I appreciate all the support from everyone,” Doyle says.“I am thankful for all the opportunities Lakeside has given me.”

Top 10 Hannah Hoffman, daughter of Brian & Carrie Hoffman, Waterloo, and member at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lake Mills, plans to attend UW-Madison. She has been awarded a $750 Lake Mills Rotary Club Scholarship. “I know that wherever I end up, the Lord will bless me and allow me to do my best in everything I do. I’m excited to see what my future will bring,” she adds. At Lakeside she was involved in NHS, Math Team, A Cappella Choir, Swing Choir, and will be a 2016 participant in the summer Lakeside mission trip program called Operation GO, when she will travel to New Jersey to assist with a mission church VBS program. She was one of the school’s two 2015 Badger State Girls reps, and this spring won the Lakeside’s National School Choral Award. She has been active in FFA all four years, including being Historian and Vice-President, and was recently awarded the inaugural $500 LLHS FFA Alumni Scholarship. In sports she was in volleyball, lettered three years in Basketball, and twice in Softball. Also active in Rock Lake Troopers 4-H Club, she has been Reporter, Treasurer and Activity Leader, as well as showing dairy steers and other projects at the Jefferson County Fair. Her community service activities have included Toys for Tots, Valentines for Vets, Roadside Clean Up and several other projects. At her church she has been involved with its youth group and VBS. Says Hoffman, “Lakeside has been so rewarding. I have learned that no matter what, God always comes first in my life. He has the answers to everything, even if He does not make them clear to me. I have loved being able to share my faith with my friends and talk freely about God. I have also learned life can be difficult at times, so it’s important to have strong friendships, connections with teachers, and a strong love with family to make it through and make something good out of anything. Life is definitely what you make it. When there is a chance to crack a joke or make a situation lighter, I am all over it. I enjoy laughter and happiness and hope to keep my life full of good times and fun family and friends.”

Salutatorian Clarissa Keller, daughter of Dean & Patricia Keller, Madison, plans to attend UW-Madison to pursue a degree in Nursing. As a member of the Freshman Direct Admission nursing program, Keller also hopes to participate in a research project or study abroad program at UW. “I hope to specialize in either pediatric or emergency medicine, and one day, have a family of my own,” she says. During her Lakeside years, she earned seven letters on the Fall and Winter dance teams, and was a captain her senior year, as well as being voted Most Valuable Dancer both junior and senior years. Keller also participated in volleyball, track, NHS, yearbook, and Student Council. In 2013, she participated in a mission trip to New York with her church, St. Andrew in Middleton. She also volunteers at St. Mary’s Care Center in Madison. “My favorite part about Lakeside is the loving, Christian environment it provides. I have made many close friendships and relationships throughout my years, and this is something I will always treasure,” she says. “Lakeside constantly challenged me to become a better student, and a better individual.”

Valedictorian Eli Lipasti, son of Mikko & Erica Lipasti, Lake Mills, plans to attend UW-Madison to pursue a degree in Computer Engineering. As valedictorian with a perfect 4.0 GPA, he received a renewable $2,250 Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship that he will utilize at UW. He also received several academic scholarships offers, from Case Western Reserve, Valparaiso, Marquette, Iowa State and the University of Minnesota. “After earning a master’s, I hope to work for a large technology firm and be involved in designing future computer systems,” he says. “I plan to settle in the Midwest and raise a family here.” Academic honors have included several on the Math Team, where he was named to all-conference teams in the Madison Area Math League, in addition to a variety of team and individual placements in MAML and Capitol Conference meets. He has earned gold medals on the Level 2 and 3 AATG National German exams, A National Merit letter of commendation, and the Journal Sentinel Milwaukee Brewers Student Achiever Award each year, as well as being nominated as a 2015 Badger Boys State representative. Lipasti has been heavily involved in music inside and outside Lakeside, playing trumpet in Concert and Jazz Bands, six years of summer marching band, three years of Band Festivals and four years of competing in WSMA festivals where he earned a number of gold and silver medals at the state level for both solo and ensemble work. He has been awarded an Outstanding Musician Award since sophomore year, and this spring took the John Philip Sousa Band Award and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. He also plays trumpet and sings in his home congregation of St. John Lutheran, Newville, and was a member of Madison Youth Choirs boychoir. He played football for two years, and has been active with the school Academic Bowl team, NHS, and volunteered with Lakeside’s computer maintenance staff during the year and in summer, including organizing events such as the Community Electronics Recycling Event and assisting with the school’s 1:1 Chromebook program. At church he serves with DVD production, ushers, and participates in youth group service activities. “It has meant a lot to me to be able to learn in an environment where my teachers and peers share my faith and values, and I’ve appreciated being able to speak freely on those topics. Lakeside’s teachers care about the whole student, and I always felt like they wanted me to succeed,” Lipasti shares. “Our students form a strong community where we support each other, rather than compete with one another. I know I have made lifelong friends.”

Top 10 Abigail Monis, daughter of Peder & Trisha Monis, Oconomowoc, signed her letter of intent to attend Maryville University to pursue a degree in Accounting/Sports Business Management while she plays basketball for the Division 2 Maryville Saints. She received a Maryville Athletic as well as Academic Maryville Barat Scholarships. She also had basketball scholarship offers from California Baptist and Quincy Universities. She says, “I want to work for a major league sports team after college.” At Lakeside, she was a member of the National Honor Society. As an athlete, she played JV volleyball and softball, and has varsity letters for 3 years of basketball (Honorary Captain as a senior) and 2 years of Track & Field, where she was a member of the Conference champion 4×200 relay. Her basketball honors include All-Conference and All-County teams for three years, All-Area and All-State for two years and All-Star team her senior year. Monis says, “Some of my favorite memories from Lakeside are from the close friendships and bonds I have made with people from many different places I’ll also have very fond memories from all the sports I have taken part in.”

Top 10 Ashley Anne Pagel, daughter of Michael and Lynn, Helenville, plans to pursue a degree in nursing at Madison College. Her goal is “to get my Bachelor’s degree in Registered Nursing and to possibly work in Pediatrics or Women’s health,” she reports. While at Lakeside, Pagel has been an active member of the Teens for Christ educational and service group, serving as an officer for two years, as well as being involved with service activities for NHS. At her church, St. Peter Lutheran in Helenville, she has played in the handbell choir for four years, and teaches crafts during Vacation Bible School season. “I liked the close feel of all the students and teachers, and enjoyed learning with teachers who want to teach you and care about your success,” Pagel shares. “I liked coming to school every day in a positive, friendly, Christian environment.”

Top 10 Alex Pillard, son of Paul and Brenda Pillard of Oconomowoc, plans to attend UW-Madison to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering, although he received scholarship offers from Valparaiso and UWM. He shares, “I want to be a leader in whatever way I can. I also want to look into starting my own business.” Athletically, he has earned letters in soccer, basketball and baseball. He sang with the A Cappella Choir and Swing Choir, and was a part of WSMA and Choral Fest activities. He served on Student Council and is Student Body President. He participated on Math Team and NHS, where he joined in the activities with Bethesda Ministries. He was a 2015 Badger Boys State rep. Pillard has written for the Warrior Times Weekly student newspaper, and this year served as Editor-in-Chief when the paper won a first merit in a national newspaper competition, and was named “Best Weekly High School Newspaper” for schools with a student body of under 500. At his home congregation of St. Matthew, Oconomowoc, he is a Live Nativity and VBS Volunteer. “One of the things that I liked about Lakeside was its size. Everyone knows everyone, even if they are not in the same grade,” he shares. “I also liked making lifelong memories with my friends, while staying rooted in my faith.”

Top 10 Jessica Schwanke, daughter of Pastor Larry & Martha Schwanke, Milton, plans to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to pursue a degree in Nursing. “I would possibly like to work in an ER, and might eventually become a Nurse Practitioner,” she reports. She has been awarded a $1,000 Volunteers of Watertown Regional Medical Center Scholarship, a $500 Mercy Health System Association of Volunteers Scholarship, and the WLC Academic, Christian Leadership, Partners in Christian Education, and Church Scholarships, totaling $15,000 per year. She also received scholarship offers from Concordia and Carroll Universities. Her years at Lakeside included serving with Teens for Christ all four years, and as an officer junior year. She was behind-the-scenes in the 2015 spring play, was on Math and Track & Field teams her freshman and sophomore years. She has also been in National Honor Society for three years. A member at St. John Lutheran in Milton, where her dad is pastor, she helps with Sunday School and plays organ. Schwanke says, “I liked the family feel of Lakeside. Everyone was always so happy, and would smile to me as I walked past. I enjoyed how the teachers knew me by name, and if I had a question, they tried to help me figure it out.”

Top 10 Elijah Tesch, son of Peter & Dolores Tesch, Sun Prairie, plans to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College for a degree in Computer Science. He received scholarships from WLC totaling $17,000 per year. “I also have as goals to run a marathon as well as run collegiate Track and Cross Country,” Tesch says. His time at Lakeside included singing in the A Cappella and Swing Choirs, membership in NHS, Academic Bowl and the Math team. He was a runner for Warrior teams, both in the fall and spring. He was Lakeside’s 2016 WIAA Scholar Athlete Nominee, and earned seven varsity letters on the Cross Country and Track teams, earning spots on All-Conference teams five seasons and being voted Honorary Cross Country team captain in 2015. A member at Peace Lutheran Church in Sun Prairie, he participates in its FYSH youth group. “At Lakeside I really appreciated the quality education with experienced teachers while still in a Christ-centered environment, as well as the wide variety of extracurriculars,” Tesch shares. “But what I like the very most about Lakeside was its commitment to its mission. Lakeside not only prepares students with the skills needed for careers, it also prepares us to share the life-changing message of the gospel with others.”

Top 10 David Wilson, son of Noreen Wilson, Pardeeville, and James and Aimee Wilson, Brandon, plans to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to pursue a degree in Business and Music. “I also plan to further my musical abilities in the band and choir programs at WLC,” Wilson reports. “I hope to create a progressive praise band to play in churches around the Milwaukee area and my home congregation.” He received a renewable $5,000 Kohl Initiative Scholarship and the $500 Welsh Prairie Livewires 4-H Scholarship, along with $19,000 per year from WLC. He also received scholarship offers from Concordia University and Carthage College. He accrued an extensive history of musical involvement at Lakeside, including Marching Band, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, A Cappella Choir, Swing Choir and Piano performance. He participated in Football, Soccer and Track. He was also involved with National Honor Society, Student Council, Teens for Christ, Math Team, the student newspaper, Yearbook and the state champion Forensics team, for which he most recently earned a WHSFA state gold medal in the Radio Speaking category. In his community he is involved with 4-H and is a United Way Volunteer. “I am very thankful for the many strong bonds I have created with my fellow students and teachers at LLHS, especially through band and choir trips,” Wilson shares. “I liked how Christ was a part of everything we learned, not only in Religion and Music, but also from PhyEd to Math classes.”

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.


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.​