Principal’s Pen: Warrior=Witness


The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth. [Psalm 19:1-4]


As many reflect on summer travels, they may recall thundering waterfalls, rushing pen_8416crivers, picturesque lakes, towering mountains, and wildlife. Without realizing it, they have witnessed something far greater.

In Romans, Paul explains the “natural knowledge of God.” He states how creation clearly testifies of God’s presence and power. He writes, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen” [1:20]. Nature testifies that there is a God with power to create and regulate all things. Everyone can see this. However, few acknowledge it.

Paul continues, “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became … darkened” [v. 21]. In spite of the evidence, most choose to ignore God. In short, they “become fools” [v. 22]. They seek God where he is not—in themselves and in ways they devise.

We have a formidable task. We must tell the world Scripture’s message of our God and his great love for humankind. His love is so profound that he sacrificed his only and only Son for everyone’s sin. “For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its [S]avior” [John 3:16 Good News].

Lakeside’s biennial theme is Witness. In chapel, devotions, and in all classes, students A17year46pcwill be encouraged to witness—encouraged to witness to one another to remain strong in the faith and encouraged to witness to those who see God’s signs in nature, yet do not know his complete message as revealed in his Word.

Indeed,
“the heavens declare the glory of God.”

Lord, give us a desire to witness so that others may know you and trust in your Son as their Savior.

Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 or jgrasby@llhs.org

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New school year ready to begin

Lakeside Lutheran High School will open its doors to incoming freshmen on Friday, August 16. Freshmen begin their school year a day early to orient and learn schedules, meet other incoming freshmen and explore co-curricular opportunities. Classes begin for students on Monday, August 19.

An opening service and installation of new faculty will take place as part of the first day’s events on August 19 at 10 a.m. in the west gymnasium. Pastor Kelly Huet from St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Middleton, will offer the devotion during this special chapel service. The community is invited to attend. The theme for the 2019-21 school years, “Witness,” is a reminder of Acts 1:8, “You will be my witnesses…to the ends of the earth.” This theme will be a focus in devotions and other events throughout the next two school years.

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Lakeside Lutheran faculty number 34 for the 2019-20 school year, including back row, from left: Pastor Don Schultz, Assistant Principal, Religion; Andrew Willems, Technology Director, STEM Academy, Computer Science; Todd Hackbarth, Math, Videography, Religion; Eric Dorn, Religion; Jim Buege, Director of Choirs, English; Phil Dretske, Math, Computing, STEM Academy. Second row from top, L-R: Andy Rosenau, Guidance Director, Computing; Nate Sievert, PhyEd, Math; Dorlene Schroeder, Counselor; Hannah Uher, Science; Ruth Hirschfeld, Director of Extended Learning; Tim Matthies, Math; Damon Tracy, Science. Middle row, L-R: Phyllis Huska, Librarian; Darice Brumm, Extended Learning Aide; Justin Vanderhoof, English, Social Studies; Glen Pufahl, Director of Bands, English; Jeff Meske, Career and Technical Education; Matt Doering, Social Studies.  2nd row up, L-R: Cameron Ausen, Social Studies, Religion; Pastor Mike Helwig, Religion; Jenny Krauklis, PhyEd, Math; Erin Koschnitzke, FACS, Health; Nathan Koerber, World Languages; Lori Tetzlaff, Art, Health; Steve Lauber, Director of Admissions, English. Front row, from left: Paul Bauer, Science, Math; Andy Asmus, Social Studies; James Grasby, Principal, Religion; Todd Jahns, Activities Director, PhyEd; Jodie Schommer, English. Missing are Dan Kuehl, Director of Instruction, English; Pastor Mark Toepel, World Languages; Gerry Walta, World Languages.

New full-time faculty to be installed include Mr. Todd Jahns, new Activities Director and varsity boys basketball coach. He previously taught at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee. Mr. Eric Dorn, who will teach sophomore religion and coach boys varsity soccer, returned to the U.S. after teaching for a year at St. John’s Lutheran School on the island of Antigua in the West Indies.

Part-time faculty include Mrs. Erin Koschnitzke, who stepped in last spring to teach the Family and Consumer Science classes after teacher Sandi Corlett took leave of absence, will continue these responsibilities for another year. She also coaches the JV2 girls basketball team. Mrs. Dorlene Schroeder is joining the staff as a part-time counselor. With a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from UW-Whitewater, she will be available to students for academic counseling, career counseling and personal counseling.

Two staff members will be joining Lakeside full-time. New Grounds Manager Dan Schultz, a 2004 Lakeside grad, has spent the past seven years serving as Parks Supervisor for Dodge County. He also has been an assistant football coach for Lakeside for the past five years. Now full-time in her role at Lakeside, Alumni Relations and Event Coordinator Jessica Meyer was the school secretary at Eastside Lutheran School in Madison, and had been working in the Lakeside development office part-time for the past year.

Along with several new faces this fall, Lakeside Lutheran is adding another course in its STEM Academy—Principles of Engineering. 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.

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 llhs.org or call 920-648-2321 and ask for Principal James Grasby.

Principal’s Pen: Time to Shine

“Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens” [Daniel 12:2-3].

Among the final words in the book of Daniel is his statement of faith in the resurrection. His words are a comfort to all who believe in the One who gave his life to give life to all.

Daniel lived in a pagan society. The Babylonians and Persians believed the physical world was inferior. The concept of a physical resurrection was foreign to them.

Among the world’s religions, there is notable disagreement on what happens after death. Christians know and believe that Christ will literally raise us from the dead. We will be physical beings, not clouds or spirits. This makes Christianity distinct.

Our world fights against Christ’s teaching of a physical resurrection. Many non-Christians believe that resurrection from the dead is either ridiculous or unneeded. Recently, one state passed a law allowing “human composition” as a means for disposing of human remains. This method considers the lifeless body to be “soil” that is placed back into the ground. On the surface, this appears harmless. However, behind it is the belief that we are “accidents,” the product of evolution. As such, many see death as nothing more than a natural end. By dying, the human body eternally returns to nature.

Genesis 3 tells us that death is the unnatural consequence of sin. However, Christians also know and believe that Christ destroyed sin and death. Some day, he will raise our bodies without sin and its effects.

There is nothing wrong with traditional ways of handling human remains after death. What matters is what we believe. Even in death, we glorify God. The ground may temporarily hold our remains. But Jesus will return to call us once more to take on flesh and rise to eternal life.

God preserve us all in the one true faith so that one day we will “shine like the brightness of the heavens.

4th quarter honor roll announced

ribbon award honor rollLakeside Lutheran High School is pleased to announce its academic honor roll for Quarter 4 of the 2018-19 school year:

High Honors Honor Roll (3.75-4.0 GPA)

Grade 9

Jonathan Abel, Fort Atkinson; Kaylea Affeld, Watertown; Caleb Andrews, DeForest; Caelan Baney, Columbus; Lydia Bilitz, Madison; Joshua Bittorf, Waterloo; Breanna Davis, Jefferson; Ella DeNoyer, Sun Prairie; Keely Draheim, Madison; Sarah Fisher, Madison; Aaron Fritz, Middleton; Mya Hemling, Beaver Dam; Lola Hilbelink, Lake Mills; Naomi Hundt, Beaver Dam; Samuel Knapp, Ixonia; Caleb Koester, Fort Atkinson; Matthea Lenz, Oconomowoc; Aaron Lindert, Watertown; Lauren Lostetter, Lake Mills; Kyle Main, Juneau; Audrey Meier, Watertown; Grace Meinel, Verona; Morgan Mlsna, Lake Mills; Riley Parsons, Watertown; Greta Pingel, Sun Prairie; William Popp, Fitchburg; Annie Povich, Middleton; Alyssa Reinke, Watertown; Emily Schafer, Lake Mills; Sadie Schneider, Waterloo; Lily Schuetz, Lake Mills; Austin Schwab, Fort Atkinson; Sofia Shramek, Watertown; Nora Statz, Helenville; Hannah Uttech, Watertown; Sierra Vogel, Fall River; Douglas Weittenhiller III, DeForest; Logan Wensel, Johnson Creek; Ianna Wolfram, Sun Prairie; Kiara Wolfram, Fort Atkinson

Grade 10

Elizabeth Brudos, Janesville; Ella Butzine, Oconomowoc; Lydia Buxa, Oconomowoc; Jack Egelseer, Lake Mills; Kinsey Gade, Lake Mills; Jada Gresens, Sun Prairie; Ashley Grundman, Waterloo; Graham Hatcher, Oconomowoc; Maya Heckmann, Middleton; Caitlin Heinrich, Madison; Emmilee Hillier, Sun Prairie; Joshua Hodkiewicz, DeForest; Rachel Huebner, Madison; Samuel Ibeling, Cambridge; AnaCristina Iglesias, Watertown; Elizabeth Isham, Watertown; William Jorgensen, McFarland; Payton Kuepers, Madison; Sydney Langille, Lake Mills; Brendan McKenna, Lake Mills; Emily Meiller, Madison; Haylee Meske, Jefferson; Hannah Meyer, Lake Mills; Hailey Miller, Sun Prairie; Julia Neuberger, Lake Mills; Kaylee Raymond, Sun Prairie; Carter Roekle, Middleton; Payton Roth, Watertown; Stephanie Schafer, Lake Mills; Evelyn Schauer, Watertown; Riley Schmidt, Janesville; Grace Seim, Beaver Dam; Emma Strohm, Hubertus; Claudia Stuebs, Lake Mills; Evelyn Terry, Ixonia; Jada Teteak, Middleton; Joy Thompson-Wurz, Lake Mills; Seth Veers, Cross Plains; Kendra Wilson, Cottage Grove; Laura Zank, Juneau

Grade 11

Annika Bilitz, Cottage Grove; Ryann Burger, Lake Mills; Isabella Collins, Lake Mills; Samantha Detert, Watertown; Kyle Doering, Lake Mills; Daniel Faupl, Watertown; Cody Gumz, Marshall; Matthew Gunst, Hartford; Gilbert Haw, Marshall; Janae Jensen, Juneau; Abel Krauklis, Lake Mills; Rachel Mayer, Fort Atkinson; Elise Meier, Watertown; Alessandra Murray, Sun Prairie; Logan Pampel, Johnson Creek; Bronte Perkins, Madison; Megan Reinke, Watertown; Alex Ryan, Lake Mills; Owen Schoenherr, Cottage Grove; Espen Storlie, Jefferson; Nathaniel Stout, Janesville; Molly Sturgill, Waterloo; Lauren Thiele, Poynette; Kirsten Thundercloud, Jefferson; Amber Wardall, Waterloo; Grace Westrate, Sun Prairie; Christopher Yunck, Lake Mills

Grade 12

Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie; Olivia Andress, Oconomowoc; Abigail Buxa, Oconomowoc; Will DeNoyer, Sun Prairie; Olivia Fregien, Madison; Katherine Guld, Lake Mills; Lukas Heckmann, Middleton; Brevin Jegerlehner, Sun Prairie; Jennica Jensen, Juneau; Paul Johnson, Janesville; Olivia Kassulke, Watertown; Madelynn Klug, Ixonia; Grace Krieser, Stoughton; Rebecca Lang, Lake Mills; Cole Lauersdorf, Oconomowoc; Kayla Laures, Jefferson; Kyle Leis, Wilton; Taylor Luetzow, Watertown; Luke Marti, Oconomowoc; Jack Monis, Oconomowoc; Mariah Mortensen, Beaver Dam; Ethan Neumann, Oconomowoc; Mira Parker, Deforest; Rachel Poyner, Madison; Lucas Schneider, Waterloo; Riley Schulz, Fort Atkinson; Kaitlyn Shadoski, Janesville; Jackson Stake, Stoughton; Anna Swenson, Beaver Dam; Kira Tweit, Madison; Taylor Wolfram, Fort Atkinson; Peter Zambo, Lake Mills

 

Honors (3.25 – 3.749 GPA)

Grade 9

Isaiah Asmus, Watertown; Emily Becker, Janesville; Brynn Boche, Watertown; Nicole Czaplewski, Deforest; Mason Eckhardt, Watertown; Emma Etheridge, Madison; Lilianna Flint, Madison; Logan Hilbelink, Lake Mills; JeriAnne Hollis, Waterloo; Carter Huber, Columbus; Aree Huwe, Deerfield; Jeffrey Kalma, Hartland; Micah Koschnitzke, Waterloo; Nathaniel Krenke, Jefferson; Claire Liddicoat, Watertown; Tyler Marty, Fort Atkinson; Calvin Murray, Sun Prairie; Carly Paske, Arlington; Nicholas Peterson, Sun Prairie; Faith Retzlaff, Columbus; Jameson Schmidt, Ixonia; Brock Schneider, Jefferson; Spencer Sturgill, Waterloo; Ketia Vater, Watertown; Katelyn Wagner, Reeseville

 

Grade 10

Isaiah Andress, Oconomowoc; Cooper Clark, Lake Mills; Micah Cody, Juneau; Isabella Cook, Hartland; Noah Fields, Sun Prairie; Kylee Gnabasik, Jefferson; Megan Grambsch, Columbus; Bryan Guzman, Madison; Kristel Hafenstein, Beaver Dam; Austin Haley, Waterloo; Julia Hallman, Watertown; Caleb Hermanson, Madison; Jordyn Jaeger, Lake Mills; Kyle Jaeger, Watertown; Joel Kluz, Juneau; Anna Kreutz, Madison; Olivia Krieser, Stoughton; Elizabeth Loppnow, Lebanon; Remy Matthews, Sun Prairie; Madison McGurk, Lake Mills; Isaiah Minning, Watertown; Isabella Mueller, Sun Prairie; Mia Murray, Middleton; Benjamin Neumann, Oconomowoc; John O’Donnell, Madison; Olivia Odrich, Verona; Ian Olszewski, Johnson Creek; Alyssa Ratzow, Watertown; Lillian Runke, Sun Prairie; Christian Schmidt, Ixonia; Caroline Schulz, DeForest; Darren Schuster, Juneau; Connor Slattery, Lake Mills; Morgan Slonaker, Sun Prairie; Devin Splinter, Ixonia; Anika Stone, Fitchburg; Lily Storlie, Jefferson; Jennifer Taylor Evert, Beaver Dam; Jeremiah Tratar, Watertown; Olyvia Uecker, Watertown; Sarah Ulsberger, Fort Atkinson; Tersony Vater, Watertown; Amber Vertein, Watertown; Elijah Wohling, Beaver Dam; Nicholas Yaroch, Fall River

Grade 11

Madeline Abel, Fort Atkinson; Jocelyn Asmus, Lake Mills; Ashley Behnke, Watertown; Maximus Bennett, Fort Atkinson; Emma Berg, DeForest; Anna Bilitz, Madison; Kaitlin Burk, Johnson Creek; Kaitlyn Buss, Watertown; Oliver Butler, Ixonia; Alicia Childs, Columbus; Matthew Davis, Lake Mills; Connor Dobson, Johnson Creek; Jadyn Duddeck, Whitewater; Trevor Geerdts, Lake Mills; Emily Godwin, Madison; Calvin Grant, Sun Prairie; Jacob Horta, Helenville; Karli Johnson, Jefferson; Kristin Karas, Milton; Kendra Kasper, Helenville; Karissa Kilian, Lake Mills; Elijah Knapp, Ixonia; Hannah Koenig, Cambridge; Lydia Krenke, Jefferson; Taylor Laures, Jefferson; Serena Leis, Wilton; Seth Lozano, Waterloo; Brynn McDermott, Poynette; Katelyn McGurk, Lake Mills; Wesley McLain, Juneau; Micah Missall, Rio; Kobe Paske, Arlington; Madelyn Plitzuweit, Oconomowoc; Maria Saavedra, Watertown; Carter Schneider, Jefferson; Cole Schuster, Juneau; Katie Stuebs, Lake Mills; Dinesh Tadepalli, Sun Prairie; Isaiah Terry, Ixonia; Keira Thurnbauer, Lake Mills; Ashley Valerio, Delafield

Grade 12

Janelle Arndt, Watertown; Miranda Blake, Watertown; Carson Brumm, Lake Mills; Carter Buchta, Ixonia; William Bushie, Watertown; Margaret Cody, Juneau; Caitlin Condon, Watertown; Alyssa Fehrman, Juneau; Maddison Fenner, Fort Atkinson; Alyssa Fischer, Watertown; Noelle Gates, Middleton; Benjamin Grambsch, Columbus; Sophia Griffin, Lodi; Joshua Groninger, Janesville; Seth Hackbarth, Lake Mills; Gracie Hillier, Sun Prairie; Tyler Holzhueter, Waterloo; Marilyn Klein, Watertown; Caleb Kuepers, Madison; Molly Lindloff, Lake Mills; Grace Loescher, Watertown; Sadie Matthews, Sun Prairie; Emily Meske, Jefferson; Chad Nolte, Janesville; Timothy Nommensen, Deerfield; Hayden Oestreich, Watertown; Ryan Preskar, Juneau; Caleb Raymond, Sun Prairie; Ryan Rumary, Watertown; Dustin Schulz, Beaver Dam; Christopher Schwantes, Madison; Luke Stauffacher, Madison; Savannah Steffen, Watertown; Maxwell Thiele, Oconomowoc; Max Thomas, Watertown; Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc; Hannah Tucek, Lake Mills; Olivia Turke, Oconomowoc; Isac Veers, Cross Plains; Hannah Willems, Johnson Creek

Commendables (3.0 – 3.249 GPA)

Grade 9

Brandon Decker-Gonzales, Waterloo; Simon Fregien, Madison; Calvin Geerdts, Lake Mills; Trevor Holzhueter, Waterloo; Kayla Indra, Lake Mills; Benjamin Kasper, Helenvile; Ethan Lozano, Waterloo; Jackson Milbrath, Watertown; Michael Mittag, Beaver Dam; Ethan Schulz, Beaver Dam; Brandon Steger, Juneau; Nick Thomas, Watertown; Jayden Thundercloud, Jefferson

Grade 10

Kendra Blake, Watertown; Nathan Chesterman, Sun Prairie; Stephanie Georgi, Sun Prairie; Connor Griffin, Lodi; Nathaniel Heins, Ixonia; Megan Jones, Johnson Creek; Micah Nasett, Marshall; Henry Raemisch, Lake Mills; Logan Reich, Jefferson; Gabriel Uttech, Fall River

Grade 11

Monica Bischoff, Juneau; Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson; Bryce Eckhardt, Watertown; Arthur Evangelist, Lake Mills; Adam Frohmader, Fort Atkinson; August Gresens, Sun Prairie; Daisy Penaloza, Watertown; Breanna Preskar, Juneau; Olivia Ryan, Lake Mills; Collin Schulz, Fort Atkinson

Grade 12

Tyler Affeld, Watertown; Vanessa Bischoff, Juneau; Megan Borth, Watertown; Jaclyn Davis, Marshall; Tyler Degner, Watertown; Teryn Hamilton, Fort Atkinson; Joshua Lindert, Watertown; Casey Ponyicsanyi, Lake Mills; Catherine Richart, Watertown; Dominic Schmidt, Watertown; Jessica Scott, Janesville; Albert Wood, Madison; Monique Zastrow, Oconomowoc

Student musicians receive recognition

The Lakeside Lutheran Music Department, led by Choir Director James Buege and Band Director Glen Pufahl, presented music awards for the 2018-19 academic year to several student musicians at Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School.

AcadAwds2019_AndersonThe National School Choral Award® is the highest honor for high school choral performers. It recognizes the dedication and musical achievement of top choral students nationwide and was awarded to senior Samantha Anderson, daughter of Daniel and Natalie of Sun Prairie.

Olivia Fregien, daughter of Brad and Rachel of Madison, received an Outstanding Vocalist award for the A Cappella Choir. AcadAwds2019_GrambschBenjamin Grambsch, son of Chad and Rachel of Columbus, received the Outstanding Leadership award. Abigail Buxa, daughter of Greg and Linda of Oconomowoc, received the Senior Accompanist award.

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Sophia Griffin, Lodi, and Madelynn Klug, Ixonia, received 2019 choreography awards at Lakeside Lutheran in Lake Mills.

The Swing Choir Choreographer recognition was given to Sophia Griffin, daughter of Dave and Nedra of Lodi, and Madelynn Klug, daughter of Kevin and Gretchen of Ixonia.

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Those seniors recognized for perfect attendance in more than 40 events over their two-year A Cappella tenures at the recent Lakeside Lutheran Awards Night were (L-R) Olivia Fregien, Madison; Olivia Kassulke, Watertown; and Hannah Willems, Johnson Creek. Fregien also received the Outstanding Vocalist Award. (Missing: Megan Borth)

Senior choir members, Megan Borth, daughter of Dale and Julie of Watertown; Olivia Fregien; Olivia Kassulke, daughter of Tim and Tammie of Watertown; and Hannah Willems, daughter of Drew and Heidi of Johnson Creek, were recognized for perfect attendance in more than 40 events over their two-year A Cappella tenures.

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Winning Outstanding Musician instrumental awards recently at Lakeside Lutheran in Lake Mills were (back row, l-r) Carson Brumm, Lake Mills; Luke Marti, Oconomowoc; Gilbert Haw, Marshall; Tyler Affeld, Watertown; Cody Gumz, Marshall. (front row) Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc; Olivia Fregien, Madison; Riley Schulz, Fort Atkinson; Jadyn Duddeck, Whitewater, (also awarded Woody Herman Jazz Award, John Philip Sousa Band Award); and Katelyn McGurk, Lake Mills.

In band, Outstanding Musicians are chosen by fellow band members in recognition for outstanding musical achievements, cooperation and dedication to the Lakeside Lutheran band program. This year’s recipients include Carson Brumm, son of Kevin Brumm of Lake Mills and Karen Scholten of Rapid River, Mich., tuba; Gilbert Haw, son of Steven and Heidi Haw of Marshall, trombone; Jadyn Duddeck, daughter of Timothy Duddeck of Whitewater and Jody Duddeck of Palmyra, saxophone; Luke Marti, son of Kevin and Julie Marti of Oconomowoc, baritone; Tyler Affeld, son of Dave and Brenda Affeld of Watertown, trumpet; Olivia Fregien, flute; Riley Schulz, daughter of Todd and LaRae Schulz of Fort Atkinson, flute; Madelaine Triebold, daughter of Dana Triebold and Kurt Treibold of Oconomowoc, clarinet; Cody Gumz, son of Rachelle Jaeger of Marshall, percussion; and Katelyn McGurk, daughter of Damion and Laura Dehnert and Chris McGurk of Lake Mills, French horn.

The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award® was inaugurated in 1974 with the consent of his widow shortly after this great jazz artist died in 1971. It honors the outstanding jazz musician at each high school nationwide; this year’s award was presented to Gilbert Haw. The Woody Herman Jazz Award® was created in 1988, shortly after Herman’s death, also to honor outstanding jazz students, and was given to Jadyn Duddeck.

Said to be the most prestigious band award given to a high school band member, the John Philip Sousa Band Award is given to recognize superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation, and was awarded to Jadyn Duddeck.

WIAA Scholar-Athlete and Warrior awards presented

Lakeside Lutheran High School recognized outstanding student-athletes at its Academic Awards Night on May 8.

Senior Kaitlyn Shadoski, daughter of Fred and Debra of Janesville, was selected as both the female nominee for the 2019 WIAA Scholar-Athlete award and the Warrior Athlete Award. Brevin Jegerlehner, son of AJ and Betty of Sun Prairie, was honored as the school male nominee for the 2019 WIAA Scholar-Athlete award. Casey Ponyicsanyi, son of Michael and Monica of Lake Mills, was the male recipient of the Warrior Award.

Kaitlyn Shadoski and Brevin Jegerlehner were honored as the Lakeside Lutheran High School nominees for the 2019 WIAA Scholar-Athlete awards.

Shadoski is the salutatorian and has all-conference honors in volleyball, basketball, and track. Jegerlehner, a class valedictorian, participated in football, basketball, and track, and has received all-conference honors in both football and track. Both have received nine or more varsity letters in their sports. Ponyicsanyi has received 10 or more varsity letters as well as several post season honors, including Capitol Conference Football Offensive Player of the Year and first-team all-conference for running back and defense as inside linebacker in 2018. He has also received all-conference honors in wrestling and track.

Casey Ponyicsanyi and Kaitlyn Shadoski received the 2019 Warrior Athlete Awards.

As a member school of the WIAA, Lakeside was one of more than 400 high schools statewide nominating more than 800 seniors, one male and one female, for the annual WIAA Scholar Athlete award. To be eligible, nominees need a GPA of at least 3.5 and must have earned at least four varsity letters. Warrior Athlete Awards are presented to a senior male and female, chosen by the Lakeside athletic coaching staff based on participation, sportsmanship, and excellence in athletics.

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 https://llhs.smugmug.com/School/Senior-Collage-2019/

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/WisconsinPrepZone.com 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.