Seniors receive National Merit Scholarship Program recognition

Two Lakeside Lutheran High School seniors have been recognized by the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Lydia Buxa

Lydia Buxa, Oconomowoc, has been named a Semifinalist. Daughter of Greg and Linda Buxa, she is one of 16,000 Semifinalists throughout the U.S., representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.

Ashley Grundman, Waterloo, has been named a Commended Student. Daughter of Todd and Sherry Grundman, she is one of 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation who are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Though she will not continue in the 2021 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers.

Ashley Grundman

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. For more information about the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, visit

For more information about Lakeside Lutheran High School, contact Principal James Grasby at 920-648-2321 or visit

New school year to begin

Lakeside Lutheran High School has spent the summer preparing to open its doors to incoming freshmen on Monday, August 17. Freshmen will begin their school year a day early to orient and learn schedules, meet teachers and other students, and explore co-curricular opportunities. Classes begin on campus for all students on Tuesday, August 18.

An opening service and installation of new faculty will take place as part of the first day’s events on August 18 at 10 a.m. in the east gymnasium. Pastor Timothy Redfield from St. Luke Lutheran Church, Watertown, will offer the devotion during this special chapel service. The theme for the 2020-21 school year continues with “Witness,” a reminder of Acts 1:8, “You will be my witnesses…to the ends of the earth.” The biennial theme is a focus in devotions and other events throughout the school year.

A new full-time faculty member to be installed is Mrs. Shelly Coron, a teacher in the Extended Learning Center and JV volleyball coach. A 2004 graduate of Lakeside herself, she previously taught at Genesee Lake School in Oconomowoc and lives in Watertown. Two part-time teachers will also be installed. Mrs. Kristi Bredendick of Fort Atkinson, a teacher with over 35 years of experience, will be responsible for Family and Consumer Science and Health classes. Mrs. Sara James of Madison has already been serving part-time at Lakeside as a teacher in the Extended Learning Center, and this year will also join the World Languages department as she takes over teaching all levels of German. A Martin Luther College graduate, she has a master’s degree in German and Education from UW-Madison and a second M.A. in German from Middlebury College in Vermont.

Along with faculty additions this fall, Lakeside Lutheran has added two more courses in its STEM Academy—Engineering Essentials, the new introductory academy course, and Aerospace Engineering, an upper level elective. The Academy bases its curriculum on Project Lead the Way, a nationally-recognized pathway for students interested in engineering or biomedical sciences in post-secondary education.

Faculty 2020-21
Lakeside Lutheran faculty number 34 for the 2020-21 school year, including front row, from left: Pastor Don Schultz, Assistant Principal, Religion; Sara James, World Languages, Extended Learning; Shelly Coron, Extended Learning; Kristi Bredendick, FACS, Health; Nate Sievert, PhyEd, Math. Second row, L-R: Justin Vanderhoof, English, Social Studies; Steve Lauber, Director of Admissions, English; Jeff Meske, Career and Technical Education; Eric Dorn, Religion; Pastor Mike Helwig, Religion; Todd Hackbarth, Math, Videography, Religion; Todd Jahns, Activities Director, PhyEd. Third row: Andy Asmus, Social Studies; Nathan Koerber, World Languages; Lori Tetzlaff, Art, Health; Jodie Schommer, English, STEM Academy; Dorlene Schroeder, Counselor; Jenny Krauklis, PhyEd, Math; Ruth Hirschfeld, Director of Extended Learning; Hannah Uher, Science. Back row, sitting: Paul Bauer, Science, Math; Matt Doering, Social Studies; Dan Kuehl, Director of Instruction, English; Pastor Mark Toepel, World Languages; Phil Dretske, Math, Computing, STEM Academy; Andrew Willems, Technology Director, STEM Academy, Computer Science; Jim Buege, Director of Choirs, English; Phyllis Huska, Librarian; Damon Tracy, Science; Tim Matthies, Math. Standing: James Grasby, Principal, Religion; Cameron Ausen, Social Studies, Religion. Missing are Andy Rosenau, Guidance Director, Computing; Glen Pufahl, Director of Bands, English.

Lakeside Lutheran High School is a four-year high school located in Lake Mills, operated and supported by a federation of 32 congregations affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. For additional information about Lakeside, go to or call 920-648-2321 and ask for Principal James Grasby.

Quarter 4, 2019-20 LLHS Honor Roll

ribbon award honor rollLakeside Lutheran High School is pleased to announce its academic honor for the fourth quarter of the 2019-20 school year:

High Honors Honor Roll (3.75-4.0 GPA)

Grade 9

Olivia Bartels, Lake Mills; Chloe Berg, DeForest; Molly Betschler, Watertown; Benjamin Buxa, Oconomowoc; Grace Cody, Juneau; Jack DePrey, Sun Prairie; Marissa Duddeck, Whitewater; Evan Ehlenbach, DeForest; James Faupl, Watertown; Jordan Genz, Watertown; Laura Giroux, Horicon; Tyler Gresens, Sun Prairie; Tyler Griffin, Lodi; Elijah Grow, Cottage Grove; Ethan Gulczynski, Sun Prairie; Juan Gulrud, Marshall; Liliana Haar, Lake Mills; Ava Heckmann, Middleton; Jonah Heyerholm, Cottage Grove; Rose Hissom, DeForest; Rebekah Hodkiewicz, DeForest; Cheyenne Johnson, Jefferson; Grace Korth, DeForest; Claire Langille, Lake Mills; Nora Larson, Columbus; Trey Lauber, Lake Mills; Kendall Lemke, Helenville; Anders Liermann, Madison; Nina Litherland, Columbus; Dane McIlvain, Edgerton; Abigail Minning, Watertown; Grace Plitzuweit, Oconomowoc; Natalie Punzel, Watertown; Natalie Raymond, Sun Prairie; Marin Riesen, Watertown; Ethan Schuetz, Lake Mills; Emma Schultz, Lake Mills; Jenna Shadoski, Janesville; Makenzie Sievert, Watertown; David Taylor Evert, Beaver Dam; Cooper Tetzlaff, Pardeeville; Litzy Toledo, Watertown; Madelyn Vanderhoof, Watertown; Charlie Vogen, Oconomowoc; Hadley Wendorff, Watertown; Isaac Winters, Watertown; Averi Wolfram, Sun Prairie; Japheth Yahnke, Watertown; Carlee Zimmermann, Jefferson

Grade 10

Kaylea Affeld, Watertown; Caleb Andrews, DeForest; Isaiah Asmus, Watertown; Caelan Baney, Columbus; Lydia Bilitz, Madison; Joshua Bittorf, Waterloo; Brynn Boche, Watertown; Ella DeNoyer, Sun Prairie; Keely Draheim, Madison; Emma Etheridge, Madison; Sarah Fisher, Madison; Aaron Fritz, Middleton; Mya Hemling, Beaver Dam; Logan Hilbelink, Lake Mills; Lola Hilbelink, Lake Mills; Naomi Hundt, Beaver Dam; Kayla Indra, Lake Mills; Benjamin Kasper, Helenville; Samuel Knapp, Ixonia; Caleb Koester, Fort Atkinson; Micah Koschnitzke, Waterloo; Nathaniel Krenke, Jefferson; Matthea Lenz, Oconomowoc; Claire Liddicoat, Watertown; Lauren Lostetter, Lake Mills; Kyle Main, Juneau; Matthew Martin, Watertown; Audrey Meier, Watertown; Grace Meinel, Verona; Morgan Mlsna, Lake Mills; Calvin Murray, Sun Prairie; Riley Parsons, Watertown; Carly Paske, Arlington; Greta Pingel, Sun Prairie; William Popp, Fitchburg; Alyssa Reinke, Watertown; Emily Schafer, Lake Mills; Brock Schneider, Jefferson; Sadie Schneider, Waterloo; Lily Schuetz, Lake Mills; Austin Schwab, Fort Atkinson; Sofia Shramek, Watertown; Nora Statz, Helenville; Jayden Thundercloud, Jefferson; Hannah Uttech, Watertown; Ketia Vater, Watertown; Katelyn Wagner, Reeseville; Douglas Weittenhiller III, DeForest; Logan Wensel, Johnson Creek; Ianna Wolfram, Sun Prairie

Grade 11

Isaiah Andress, Oconomowoc; Hailey Brandt, Juneau; Ella Butzine, Sun Prairie; Lydia Buxa, Oconomowoc; Kylee Gnabasik, Jefferson; Jada Gresens, Sun Prairie; Ashley Grundman, Waterloo; Julia Hallman, Watertown; Maya Heckmann, Middleton; Caitlin Heinrich, Madison; Rachel Huebner, Madison; AnaCristina Iglesias, Watertown; Elizabeth Isham, Watertown; William Jorgensen, McFarland; Anna Kreutz, Madison; Payton Kuepers, Madison; Sydney Langille, Lake Mills; Brendan McKenna, Lake Mills; Emily Meiller, Madison; Haylee Meske, Jefferson; Hailey Miller, Sun Prairie; Julia Neuberger, Lake Mills; Benjamin Neumann, Oconomowoc; Olivia Odrich, Verona; Kaylee Raymond, Sun Prairie; Carter Roekle, Middleton; Lillian Runke, Sun Prairie; Stephanie Schafer, Lake Mills; Evelyn Schauer, Watertown; Riley Schmidt, Janesville; Grace Seim, Beaver Dam; Morgan Slonaker, Sun Prairie; Claudia Stuebs, Lake Mills; Evelyn Terry, Ixonia; Jada Teteak, Middleton; Joy Thompson-Wurz, Lake Mills; Sarah Ulsberger, Fort Atkinson; Seth Veers, Cross Plains; Kendra Wilson, Cottage Grove; Laura Zank, Juneau

Grade 12

Jocelyn Asmus, Lake Mills; Emma Berg, DeForest; Anna Bilitz, Madison; Annika Bilitz, Cottage Grove; Ryann Burger, Lake Mills; Kaitlyn Buss, Watertown; Oliver Butler, Ixonia; Isabella Collins, Lake Mills; Samantha Detert, Watertown; Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson; Kyle Doering, Lake Mills; Jadyn Duddeck, Whitewater; Daniel Faupl, Watertown; Jacob Freson, Fort Atkinson; Matthew Gunst, Sun Prairie; Gilbert Haw, Marshall; Janae Jensen, Juneau; Kristin Karas, Milton; Kendra Kasper, Helenville; Hannah Koenig, Cambridge; Lydia Krenke, Jefferson; Serena Leis, Wilton; Rachel Mayer, Fort Atkinson; Elise Meier, Watertown; Alessandra Murray, Sun Prairie; Logan Pampel, Johnson Creek; Bronte Perkins, Madison; Madelyn Plitzuweit, Oconomowoc; Megan Reinke, Watertown; Alexander Ryan, Lake Mills; Owen Schoenherr, Cottage Grove; Collin Schulz, Fort Atkinson; Emma Statz, Helenville; Nathaniel Stout, Janesville; Molly Sturgill, Waterloo; Lauren Thiele, Poynette; Kirsten Thundercloud, Jefferson; Ashley Valerio, Delafield; Nathan Wagner, Roscoe; Amber Wardall, Waterloo; Grace Westrate, Lake Mills

Honors (3.25 – 3.749 GPA)

Grade 9

Shayla Asmus, Lake Mills; Levi Birkholz, Watertown; Bridget Cichanofsky, Reeseville; Grace Cook, Hartland; James DeNoyer, Fort Atkinson; Julianne Dollard, Deerfield; Nevaeh Dorn, DeForest; Kaitlynn Ganey, Lake Mills; Caleb Garcia, Fort Atkinson; Elizabeth Gunst, Hartford; Emma Horn, Watertown; Manuel Iglesias, Watertown; Benjamin Klug, Oconomowoc; Caden Knorr, Lake Mills; Owen Kraft, Sun Prairie; Brandon Kreutz, Madison; Kayley McLain, Juneau; William Miller, Sun Prairie; Jonah Ozminkowski, Johnson Creek; Reyna Rupnow, Ixonia; Celia Straubhaar, Waterloo; Carsen Uttech, Watertown; Ryan Vice, Watertown

Grade 10

Jonathan Abel, Fort Atkinson; Emily Becker, Janesville; Breanna Davis, Jefferson; Mason Eckhardt, Watertown; Lilianna Flint, Madison; Simon Fregien, Madison; Calvin Geerdts, Lake Mills; Blake Gullickson, Sun Prairie; Gabriel Helwig, Lake Mills; Trevor Holzhueter, Waterloo; Carter Huber, Columbus; Jeffrey Kalma, Hartland; Keegan Lamp, Helenville; Aaron Lindert, Watertown; Ethan Lozano, Waterloo; Tyler Marty, Fort Atkinson; Jackson Milbrath, Watertown; Michael Mittag, Beaver Dam; Nicholas Peterson, Sun Prairie; Annie Povich, Middleton; Faith Retzlaff, Columbus; Jameson Schmidt, Ixonia; Jesse Schultz, Columbus; Ethan Schulz, Beaver Dam; Spencer Sturgill, Waterloo; Nick Thomas, Watertown; Sierra Vogel, Janesville

Grade 11

Elizabeth Brudos, Janesville; Nathan Chesterman, Sun Prairie; Isabella Cook, Hartland; Noah Fields, Sun Prairie; Stephanie Georgi, Sun Prairie; Megan Grambsch, Columbus; Connor Griffin, Lodi; Kristel Hafenstein, Beaver Dam; Graham Hatcher, Oconomowoc; Emmilee Hillier, Sun Prairie; Joshua Hodkiewicz, DeForest; Samuel Ibeling, Cambridge; Jordyn Jaeger, Lake Mills; Kyle Jaeger, Watertown; Olivia Krieser, Stoughton; Remy Matthews, Sun Prairie; Hannah Meyer, Jefferson; Isaiah Minning, Watertown; Mia Murray, Middleton; Ian Olszewski, Johnson Creek; Christian Schmidt, Ixonia; Darren Schuster, Juneau; Connor Slattery, Lake Mills; Devin Splinter, Ixonia; Lily Storlie, Lake Mills; Gabriel Uttech, Fall River; Tersony Vater, Watertown; Amber Vertein, Watertown; Dakota Vogel, Janesville; Elijah Wohling, Beaver Dam; Nicholas Yaroch, Fall River

Grade 12

Madeline Abel, Fort Atkinson; Ashley Behnke, Watertown; Maximus Bennett, Fort Atkinson; Monica Bischoff, Juneau; Andrew Buelter, Juneau; Alicia Childs, Columbus; Matthew Davis, Lake Mills; Connor Dobson, Johnson Creek; Arthur Evangelist, Lake Mills; Adam Frohmader, Lake Mills; Trevor Geerdts, Watertown; Calvin Grant, Fort Atkinson; August Gresens, Lake Mills; Cody Gumz, Madison; Jeremy Hathaway, Sun Prairie; Karli Johnson, Jefferson; Karissa Kilian, Lake Mills; Elijah Knapp, Ixonia; Abel Krauklis, Lake Mills; Taylor Laures, Jefferson; Seth Lozano, Waterloo; Michael Martin, Watertown; Brynn McDermott, Poynette; Katelyn McGurk, Lake Mills; Wesley McLain, Juneau; Micah Missall, Rio; Kobe Paske, Arlington; Breanna Preskar, Juneau; Olivia Ryan, Lake Mills; Maria Saavedra, Watertown; Carter Schneider, Jefferson; Espen Storlie, Lake Mills; Katie Stuebs, Lake Mills; Dinesh Tadepalli, Sun Prairie; Isaiah Terry, Ixonia; Grace Thomas, Watertown; Keira Thurnbauer, Lake Mills; Christopher Yunck, Lake Mills

Commendables (3.0 – 3.249 GPA)

Grade 9

Leland Christian, Oconomowoc; Connor Evangelist, Lake Mills; Camryn Gilmore, Jefferson; Jesse Gilmore, Jefferson; Eyppro Jimenez, Madison; Jakub Junker, Watertown; Allen Lester, Waterloo; Emmett Schafer, Oconomowoc; Hunter Sommer, Columbus; Joshua Waack, Watertown; Nathan Yaroch, Fall River

Grade 10

Eli Buchta, Ixonia; Alyssa Burns, Milton; Ethan Degner, Watertown; Hayden Hendricks, Watertown; Aree Huwe, Deerfield; Josiah Schwartz, Columbus; Andrew Treptow, Avalon; Shadden Vallin, Madison

Grade 11

Joseph Balistreri, Watertown; Kendra Blake, Watertown; Micah Cody, Juneau; Bryan Guzman, Sun Prairie; Joel Kluz, Juneau; Elizabeth Loppnow, Lake Mills; Madison McGurk, Lake Mills; Ryan Punzel, Watertown; Alyssa Ratzow, Watertown; Jack Schultz, Columbus; Caroline Schulz, DeForest; Anika Stone, Fitchburg; Jennifer Taylor Evert, Beaver Dam; Olyvia Uecker, Watertown

Grade 12

Benjamin Ertman, Fort Atkinson; Emily Godwin, Lake Mills; Jacob Horta, Watertown; Daisy Penaloza, Watertown

Scholarship recipients announced

Lakeside Lutheran High School announces that 35 students in the class of 2020 report over $684,076 in scholarship money for the 2020-21 school year from individuals, foundations, organizations, and the schools they applied to attend. Of the 92 graduates, 84 have indicated plans to continue their education in the fall of 2020 through a four-year university or tech school; four plan to enter the military; and four will enter the workforce. Scholarships marked with an asterisk (*) indicate a renewable scholarship.

3 Abel, MadelineMadeline Abel, daughter of Christopher and Megan, Fort Atkinson: Martin Luther College Witness Scholarship $1,500*. She will attend Martin Luther College to study education.

63 Behnke, AshleyAshley Behnke, daughter of Peter and Laurie, Watertown: GCU 2020 Canyon Christian School Consort $4,000*, GCU 2020 Faculty Scholarship $4,500, GCU 2020 Priority Registration Award $800. She will attend Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, to study business management.

12 Berg, EmmaEmma Berg, daughter of Nathan and Jennifer, DeForest: Martin Luther College Messenger Scholarship $2,000*. She will attend Martin Luther College to study elementary and secondary vocal music.

86 Bilitz, AnnaAnna Bilitz, daughter of Ben and Sarah, Madison: Martin Luther College Messenger Scholarship $2,000*. She will attend Martin Luther College to study education.

17 Buelter, AndrewAndrew Buelter, son of Mark and Jamie, Juneau: Wisconsin Lutheran College $500 travel scholarship. He plans to continue working with Northern Trails Meats.

49 Burger, Ryann-eRyann Burger, daughter of Mark and Denice: Soaring Eagle Scholarship, UW LaCrosse, $2,000. She will attend UW LaCrosse to study therapeutic recreation.

Collins, EllaElla Collins, daughter of daughter of Clark and Tricia, Lake Mills: Pine Honors Presidential Scholarship, EIU, $12,000*. She will attend Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, to study political science, pursue a law degree and play D1 volleyball.

Doering, KyleKyle Doering, son of Matthew and Jill, Lake Mills: MLC Messenger Scholarship $2,000*, Lake Mills Rotary Club Scholarship $2,000, Lake Mills Light & Water Continuing Ed Scholarship $500. He will attend Martin Luther College to study elementary and social studies education.

81 Geertz, TrevorTrevor Geerdts, son of Dan and Jen, Lake Mills: Gleason Presidential Scholarship, Ripon College, $32,000*, Trustee Scholarship, Carroll University, $21,000*, Fred Loock Scholarship, MSOE $22,000*, Destination MSOE Scholarship, MSOE $3,000*, Summer Programs Scholarship, MSOE $1,000*, Scout Scholarship, MSOE University, $1,000*. He will attend MSOE to study computer science with a specialization in artificial intelligence.

76 Gunst, MatthewMatthew Gunst, son of Dennis and Nichole, Juneau: United Cooperative Scholarship $1,000, Patricia Hahn Memorial Scholarship $1,000, Siem Memorial Scholarship $2,000, University of Minnesota Collegiate Scholarship $30,000, John Klossner Memorial Scholarship $1,000, FFA Alumni Scholarship $500. He will attend the University of Minnesota to study agriculture communications and law.

Haw, GilbertGilbert Haw, son of Steve and Heidi, Marshall: Russel Kerr Scholarship, Rose-Hulman $1,250*, Cooney Gilbert Endowment, Rose-Hulman $2500, Rose-Hulman Grant Institute of Technology, $6,896*, Rose-Hulman Merit Scholarship $19,500*, Presidential Scholarship, Valparaiso University, $26,000*, Valpo Fund Alumni Award $960*. He will attend Valparaiso to study engineering and German.

25 Jensen, JenaeJanae Jensen, daughter of Jonathan and Jeanette, Juneau: Martin Luther College Messenger Scholarship $2,000*. She will attend Martin Luther College to study early childhood and special education.

20 Kaspar, KendraKendra Kasper, daughter of Caleb and Sara, Helenville: Voorhees Scholarship, Carroll University $19,000*. She will attend Carroll University to study psychology.

65 Knapp ElijahElijah Knapp, son of Kyle and Juli, Ixonia: Outstanding Academic Achievement Award $2,000, 2 yrs. He will attend University of Wisconsin-River Falls to study biology.

89 Krauklis, AbelAbel Krauklis, son of Brandon and Jennifer, Lake Mills:  WLC Presidential Scholarship $17,500*, Partners in Christian Education Scholarship $2,000*, Visit Scholarship $500. He will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to study finance.

38 Krenke, LydiaLydia Krenke, daughter of Matt and Suzanne, Jefferson: Martin Luther College Witness Scholarship $1,500*. She will attend Martin Luther College to study early childhood and elementary education.

57 Mayer, RachelRachel Mayer, daughter of Dale and Sandra, Fort Atkinson: Martin Luther College Messenger Scholarship $2,000*. She will attend Martin Luther College to study elementary education.

19 Mcdermott, BrynnBrynn McDermott, daughter of Frank and Kristi, Poynette: Karate Family Scholarship, Plumer Karate America $1,000. She will attend UW-Oshkosh to study nursing.

McGurk, KatelynKatelyn McGurk, daughter of Damion and Laura Dehnert, Lake Mills and Chris McGurk of Fargo, N. Dak.: Herb Kohl Initiative Scholarship $10,000, Martin Luther College Messenger Scholarship $2,000*. She will attend Martin Luther College to study special education and elementary education.

Meier, EliseElise Meier, daughter of William and Cathy, Watertown:  WLC Presidential Scholarship $17,500*, Partners in Christian Education Scholarship $2,000*, Greenwoods State Bank Continuing Education Scholarship $500. She will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to study cultural anthropology and Spanish.

Pampel, LoganLogan Pampel, son of Jon and Julie, Johnson Creek: Presidential Scholarship, Gustavus Adolphus College, $28,500*, Chancellor Scholarship, UW-Stout, $3,000* 2 yrs. He will attend Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., to study economics.


Madelyn Plitzuweit, daughter of Tom and Beth, Oconomowoc: MLC Grant Education $900, MLC Messenger Scholarship $2,000*, Ryan J. Zweifel Memorial Scholarship $2,500.  She will attend Martin Luther College to study elementary education.

Reinke, MeganMegan Reinke, daughter of Dave and Kristina, Watertown: Arne Engebretsen Memorial Scholarship $2,000, Soaring Eagle Scholarship, UW LaCrosse, $3,000, Trustee’s Scholarship, Carroll University, $21,000*, Hilger Tradition Award, Carroll University, $500*, Scholar Award, Carroll University, $1,000*, Carthage Highest Honors, $11,000* Carthage Endowed Scholar, $1,500*, Early FAFSA Grant, Carthage College, $500, Carthage Visit Grant, $500*, Robert Todd Grant, Carthage, $500, SouthPort Grant, Carthage, $1,000, WLC Presidential Scholarship, $17,000*, Partners in Christian Education Scholarship, $2,000*, Visit Scholarship, $500, Chancellor’s Scholar, UW Whitewater, $2,000*, UWW Foundation Freshman Academic Scholarship $1,000, CUW Presidential Scholarship $15,000*, CUW Early FAFSA Filing Grant $1,500, Concordia Grant, $5,299*, Concordia Assistance $1,000*. She will attend Concordia University-Wisconsin to study education and math.

30 Ryan, AexAlex Ryan, son of Jeffery and Christine, Lake Mills: Athletic Scholarship, Valparaiso University, $25,000*, Presidential Scholarship, Valparaiso, $23,000*, Award for Excellence, Valparaiso, $2,000*, Athletic Full Tuition Scholarship, UW-Milwaukee, $9,500*. He will attend Valparaiso University to study business and play D1 baseball.

schneiderCarter Schneider, son of Scott and Laura, Jefferson: WLC Collegiate Scholarship. He will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to study accounting.

Schoenherr,OwenOwen Schoenherr, son of Terry and Lisa, Cottage Grove: Sentry Student Leadership Scholarship, UW Whitewater, $2,500*. He will attend UW-Whitewater to study accounting.

Schuster awarded Technical Excellence scholarshipCole Schuster, son of Thomas and Jessica, Juneau:  FFA Alumni, $500, United Cooperative $1,000, Wisconsin Technical Excellence Scholarship $2,250* 3 yrs. He will attend Fox Valley Technical College to study agricultural power equipment.

62 Statz, EmmaEmma Statz, daughter of Brian and Jennifer, Helenville: GCU: Faculty Scholarship $2,250, Canyon Christian Schools Consortium $2,000, GCU Priority Registration $200, GCU Select Scholarship $1,500. She will attend Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, to study secondary English education or nursing.

80 StorlieEspen Storlie, son of Justin and Michelle, Lake Mills: Carleton Grant/Scholarship, $58,570. He will attend Carleton College to study political science/international relations.

18 Sturgil, MollieMolly Sturgill, daughter of Aaron and Linda, Waterloo: CUW Presidential Scholarship $13,000*. She will attend Concordia University-Wisconsin to study graphic design.

Thiele awarded 2020 AES

Lauren Thiele, daughter of Dan and Teresa, Poynette: Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship $2,250*, Frank & Carol Trestman Scholarship, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities $5,000*, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Scholarship $1,500*. She plans to attend the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Carlson School of Management to study finance.

Thunderloud, KirstenKirsten Thundercloud, daughter of Josh Thundercloud and Valerie Clark, Jefferson: Dartmouth General Scholarship $10,550*, Trustee Scholarship, Carroll University, $21,000*, WLC Presidential Scholarship $17,000*, WLC Partners in Christian Education Scholarship $2,000*, University Honors Program Scholarship, U of Minnesota, $2,000*. She hopes to be accepted into Dartmouth’s gap year program and then pursue a degree in psychology.

52 Wagner hi resNathan Wagner, son of Mark and Nancy, Roscoe, Ill.: Excellence in Christian Education, Valparaiso University, $2,000*, Scholarships in STEM, WLC $10,000*, WLC Presidential Scholarship $17,000*. He will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to study biology.

6 WardallAmber Wardall, daughter of Shawn and Shannon, Waterloo: Presidential Honor Scholarship, Winona State University $1,500*, WLC Presidential Scholarship $17,000*. She will attend UW- LaCrosse to study education or finance.

Westrate, GraceGrace Westrate, daughter of Bill and Shela, Lake Mills: Presidential Scholarship, Northwestern College, $16,000*, Undergrad Bridge Scholar Award, Northwestern, $2,500*, Honors Program Scholarship $1,500*. She will attend Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, to study business.

Gunst named Wisconsin Holstein scholarship winner

Matthew Gunst
Lakeside Lutheran senior Matthew Gunst of Hartford

Baraboo, Wis. – May 13, 2020 – The Wisconsin Holstein Association has named Matthew Gunst a 2020 Wisconsin Holstein Association scholarship recipient. Gunst will be receiving the $1,000 John Klossner Memorial Scholarship, established for John—a young man who touched many lives during his short Junior Holstein career. Given in memory of John who tragically passed away in an accident while exhibiting at one of his favorite events, the Wisconsin Junior State Fair, this scholarship was established by John’s parents, Richard and Roxanne Klossner, and is given each year to a student who is considered a role model to other junior members.

The son of Dennis and Nichole Gunst of Hartford, Matthew is a senior at Lakeside Lutheran High School. He is involved in the Lakeside Lutheran FFA Chapter, his church, and is currently serving on the Junior Activities Committee for the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association. He plans to pursue a career as an agricultural lawyer at the University of Minnesota in order to help dairy farmers everywhere.

Gunst is among 16 outstanding individuals that have received scholarships from the Wisconsin Holstein Association this year. The Wisconsin Holstein Association is a not-for-profit membership organization with the purpose of promoting the Wisconsin Holstein Registered Breed, breeders, and owners. For more information visit

Doering awarded Public Power scholarship

Doering, Kyle
Lakeside Lutheran senior Kyle Doering

Lakeside Lutheran is pleased to share the news from the office of Greg Hoffman, Energy Services Representative from Lake Mills Light & Water, that the 2020 Public Power Scholarship has been awarded to Kyle Doering of Lake Mills. Doering was awarded the $500 based on winning an essay contest.

The scholarship, part of Lake Mills Light & Water’s commitment to give back to the community and contribute to educational efforts, is available to seniors whose parents are customers. Doering is the son of Matthew and Jill Doering, Lake Mills. He plans to attend Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn., to pursue a degree in Elementary and Social Studies Education.

Meier receives Greenwoods scholarship

Meier, Elise
Lakeside Lutheran senior Elise Meier

Senior Elise Meier was awarded a $500 scholarship from Greenwoods State Bank in Lake Mills this spring. On the basis of an essay and application, the scholarship is given to a graduating senior who plans to enroll in a 2-year technical college or 4-year university.

With the announcement, the bank shared, “Greenwoods State Bank is proud to support our schools and be part of such a great community. We especially appreciate the efforts of the graduating class of 2020 and recognize this is a different and challenging time for you.  We hope as you pursue your educational endeavors and career aspirations, you find these unprecedented times to have better prepared and equipped you for the ups and downs that lead to your success!”

Meier, who will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, to study cultural anthropology and Spanish, is the daughter of William and Cathy Meier, Watertown.

Doering awarded Rotary scholarship

Doering, Kyle
Lakeside Lutheran senior Kyle Doering

Senior Kyle Doering, son of Matthew and Jill of Lake Mills, was awarded a $2,000 Lake Mills Rotary Scholarship.

Doering was awarded the scholarship based on his character, leadership, scholarship, and participation during his high school years as well as his essay on the value of Rotary and service in the community. He plans to attend Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., to pursue a degree in Elementary and Social Studies Education.

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.

Plitzuweit receives Ryan J. Zweifel scholarship

Lakeside Lutheran senior Madelyn Plitzuweit of Oconomowoc

Senior Madelyn Plitzuweit, daughter of Tom and Beth Plitzuweit of Oconomowoc, received this spring’s annual Ryan J. Zweifel Memorial Scholarship for those entering the WELS teaching ministry.

The scholarship endowment in memory of Ryan J. Zweifel (LL Class of 2008) was established in 2009 after a car accident took his life after his first year at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn., the synodical teacher training university for the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. This $2,500 scholarship encourages and assists Lakeside Lutheran High School graduates who attend MLC to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Plitzuweit intends to pursue a degree in Elementary Education this fall.

Academic Top 10 in Class of 2020

Lakeside Lutheran High School is pleased to announce its Academic Top Ten from the Class of 2020. Their profiles, in alphabetical order, follow:

Bilitz, AnnikaTop Ten Annika Bilitz, daughter of Jon and Mary Bilitz, Cottage Grove, will attend UW-Madison  to earn a business degree in marketing. She also plans to study abroad for a semester.

Bilitz is a 2019 Badger Girls State representative and was part of the WHSFA State gold medal forensics team. A track athlete, she also was a member of the National Honor Society, Teens for Christ, and Operation Go, a mission trip program where students travel throughout North America to support churches. She teaches Sunday school at her church, Wisconsin Lutheran Chapel, Madison.

“Although it wasn’t easy, transferring to Lakeside my sophomore year was one of the best memories of my life. Lakeside is filled with so many great students and staff that welcomed me in with open arms,” she says. “I’m thankful for the memories we have made—like taking a picture every day of senior year—and the many more to come, if we ever get out of quarantine.”

Collins, EllaSalutatorian Isabella Collins, daughter of Clark and Tricia Collins, Lake Mills, is a member at St. Paul, Lake Mills, where she helps with vacation Bible school.

She will head to Eastern Illinois University to study political science and pursue a law degree. She will also play volleyball at NCAA Division I level for the Panthers. In addition to an athletic scholarship, she has received the Presidential Scholarship—a full-tuition scholarship—at EIU, which was awarded to only 15 recipients out of  130 applicants this year.

Collins, a four-year varsity volleyball team member, was named Player of the Year this year.  In addition, she was a member of National Honor Society and Teens For Christ, where she served as an officer for one year.  She was also accepted into the Senate Scholar Program, a week-long program which includes working in the Capitol alongside State Legislators and participating in mock legislative activities. A piano player, she has won numerous WSMA medals at both district and state festivals.

As for her time at Lakeside, Collins says, “I loved the feeling of being surrounded every day by people who share my same faith and want me to grow both academically and spiritually. I love the way the whole school feels like family and the faculty cares so much for each and every student.”

Haw, GilbertTop Ten Gilbert Haw, son of Steven and Heidi Haw, Marshall, is a member of St. Paul, Lake Mills, where he played music in worship services.

A National Merit Finalist, he has been admitted to the Honors College at Valparaiso University in Indiana. He has received the Presidential Scholarship and will study engineering and German.

While at Lakeside, he participated in the AV Club, STEM Club, and band. He was also active in the Academic Bowl and multiple math meets, where he often scored the highest of all participants. He participated in robotics, and was part of the first-ever team from Lakeside to attend the state robotics competition.

Meier, EliseValedictorian Elise Meier, daughter of Bill and Cathy Meier, Watertown, plans to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College, where she earned the presidential scholarship. She plans to study cultural anthropology and Spanish with the goal of “traveling the world and experiencing all kinds of cultures, getting to know people and their stories” says Meier, who was born in Malawi, Africa. “It would be fun to be a missionary!”

A member of the National Honor Society and Student Achiever award winner, Meier also participated in drama productions, the school newspaper, and the math team. With Teens for Christ, she served as the secretary her junior year and as president her senior year. On Student Council, she was the Class Vice President and Student Body Secretary.  “My teachers have been the most incredible and hard working people I’ve ever met. Even though they taught some tough classes, they only wanted to see us succeed,” she says.

While at Lakeside, she participated in volleyball, cross country, softball, and intramural basketball. She also played club volleyball, where she was the team captain. A member of St. Mark, Watertown, she taught Sunday school and volunteered with the youth group. She also volunteered at Twice is Nice, a resale shop in Jefferson.

Pampel, LoganTop Ten Logan Pampel is the son of Jon and Julie Pampel, Johnson Creek. He will attend Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., to study economics. He plans to eventually pursue a law degree. Pampel, a member of the National Honor Society, was also on the math team and served with Teens For Christ. A three-sport athlete, he played football, basketball, and baseball. He received first-team all conference honors for football and received an honorable mention for the 2019 Wisconsin State Journal All-Area football team.

About his days at Lakeside, he says, “I enjoyed all the memories I made in athletics with teammates and coaches, and meeting new people and strengthening my faith.” A member of St. John, Jefferson, Pampel serves his church as an usher.

Reinke, MeganValedictorian Megan Reinke, daughter of David and Tina Reinke, Watertown, received a presidential scholarship to attend Concordia University, Mequon. She will study education and math. “I am excited to share my love of math with future students,” she says, “as well as work with kids and watch them grow in their knowledge.” She also received the Arne Engebretsen Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a high school senior who plans to major in mathematical education.

Reinke is a member at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Watertown, where she plays in the church band and has volunteered as a teacher’s aid for Sunday School. She also volunteers at Twice Is Nice Resale. At Lakeside, Reinke has been involved with mission trips for Operation Go and Teens for Christ, serving as the secretary her senior year. As a member of National Honor Society, she was treasurer her junior year and vice president her senior year.

Reinke has also participated in A Cappella Choir, math team, track and field, marching band, Academic Bowl, and attended the Lake Mills Optimist Club’s Annual Leadership Breakfast. She received a perfect score at the State Forensics Fest her junior year, and received a “1” rating at WSMA for piano solos and duets.

“Attending Lakeside Lutheran blessed me with many opportunities. I was able to travel across the country on mission trips and tour with choir and the band,” she says. “I have learned you can work hard and have fun at the same time. Lakeside has prepared me with a firm Christ-centered foundation for years to come.”

Schoenherr,OwenTop Ten Owen Schoenherr, son of Terry and Lisa Schoenherr, Cottage Grove, plans to attend UW-Whitewater to study accounting.

A member of the National Honor Society, Schoenherr also wants to get married, have children, and travel to Europe. He serves as an usher for worship services at Peace Lutheran Church, Sun Prairie.

“What I liked most about Lakeside is all the friends I made when I was here,” he says. “I loved hearing the Word of God every day.”

Thiele, LaurenValedictorian Lauren Thiele is the daughter of Dan and Teresa Thiele, Poynette. A member of Teens for Christ, she has joined in “New Friends” afternoons, prepared care packages for soldiers, helped with Christmas Gifts for Kids, and made tie-blankets for hospitals. During her four years on Student Council, she helped organize the LLHS blood drives, mission offerings, and participated in Homecoming planning.

She was also part of the Society for Women Engineers-Lakeside Lutheran chapter and helped this spring with a workshop for elementary-aged girls. As a member of National Honor Society, she participated in highway clean up, Twice is Nice volunteering, and a mental health awareness event.

Thiele played volleyball for two years and was a four-year varsity basketball player and track team member. She earned second team all-conference honors her senior year in basketball and was on several state relay teams for track.

“One thing that I found special about Lakeside was the feeling of high expectations,” she says. “The teachers always pushed me to be faithful in my work, the coaches would not settle for second best, and the student body was always full of kids I could look up to.”

As a member of Holy Cross, Madison, Thiele has volunteered with her church for summer vacation Bible school and camps. She plans  to attend the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities at the Carlson School of Management to study finance.

Thunderloud, KirstenSalutatorian Kirsten Thundercloud is the daughter of Valerie Clark and Josh Thundercloud, Jefferson.

“I liked the friendships I made and the sense of community that a small school like Lakeside offered. Even though we came from all over, I was able to meet so many new people,” she says. “Since we had a smaller class than some schools, I was able to get to know each of my classmates over four years and I had the comfort of knowing that we were all united in the same faith.”

While at Lakeside, she participated in basketball for one year, National Honor Society, piano, band, and the math team. In her community, she’s been a member of the Fort Atkinson Swim Team (FAST) since sixth grade.

A member of St. John Lutheran Church, Jefferson, she has committed to Dartmouth—receiving the Dartmouth General Scholarship—and is hoping to be accepted into their gap year program so she can volunteer, work, “and save a bit more money for tuition,” she says. Her goal is to “earn a degree in psychology and become a clinical or school psychologist.”

Westrate, GraceValedictorian Grace Westrate, daughter of Bill and Shela Westrate, Lake Mills, will be attending Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, where she has received the presidential scholarship, the Bridge scholarship, and an honors program scholarship. She will major in business and minor in entrepreneurship with the goal of having “my own business in the future, something where the majority of the profits could go toward helping different causes,” she says.

Westrate, the vice president of the student body,  played volleyball for three years and was named second-team all-conference in 2018. She has been involved in Teens for Christ and National Honor Society and was named a Lake Mills student rotarian as well.

A member at Door Creek Church, Madison, Westrate loves “the friends I’ve made at Lakeside, and since it is a smaller school, I got to see them every day! Also, to be able to be surrounded and learn with people that share my beliefs and genuinely care about each other as people has been such a blessing,” she says.