2018 Academic Top 10 announced

 

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The Lakeside Lutheran “Top Ten” students in the class of 2018 were guests of honor at the May 14 Capitol Conference Honors Banquet in Madison. They are (front, from left) James Neuberger, Skyler Christianson, Zachary Cichanofsky, Jenna Gaal, Sarah Taylor Evert, Principal James Grasby, Seated: Emma Guld, Kelly Koch, Matthias Winters, Morgan Thiele, Kalies Birkholz.

 

Lakeside Lutheran High School announced its Academic Top Ten from the Class of 2018. These individuals cumulatively earned 289.5 high school credits, an average of slightly above 28.9 credits each; 26 credits are needed to graduate.  Their grade point averages range from 3.83 to 4.000—a difference of only 17/100ths of a grade point. In one case, the difference in grade point between two of the Top Ten was 1/1000th of a point. They had a 98.5% daily attendance rate and were on-time to class in excess of 99.9% of the time. Their profiles, in alphabetical order, follow:

Birkholz, Kalies(Edited)Top 10 Kalies Birkholz, daughter of Gregg and Sheryl, is a member at Trinity in Watertown where she volunteers as a Sunday school helper. She will head to Wisconsin Lutheran College to study nursing. “My goals for the future are to start a loving family, and I want to become a nurse and help people feel better,” she says. She received the Presidential scholarship for WLC.

At Lakeside, Kalies participated in Teens For Christ, National Honor Society, track and basketball. She received the WIAA Scholar-Athlete Award and was named first team all-conference for basketball. “What I liked best about Lakeside was my experience on the basketball team. I became good friends with girls that I probably never would have if we weren’t on the same team together. Team dinners and team bonding were always fun,” she says. “Another thing I liked about Lakeside is that all the teachers know you. You’re not just a random face. They care about you and your interests and your faith.”

Christianson, Skyler(edited)Top 10 Skyler Christianson, son of Jeffrey and Heidi, is a member of St. Matthew, Janesville, where he has served as an usher, church cleaner and served at both Christmas and Easter for Kids. He will attend UW-Milwaukee for a degree in Computer Engineering. “I want to work work hard to achieve success in my career, get married and have a family, and travel throughout the United States as well as internationally,” he says. He received the UWM Engineering Excellence Scholarship and Support for Undergraduate Research Fellow.

At Lakeside he participated in soccer, basketball, baseball, math team, band, percussion ensemble, A Cappella Choir, Swing Choir, National Honor Society, STEM Club, and Student Council. He received an Honorable Mention-All Conference in soccer and went to state for both Percussion Ensemble and Swing Choir. “It has been a blessing to have God’s word at the center of all my classes. My teachers really cared about me and my education. Being involved in sports and music activities let me develop friendships that will last a lifetime. It also taught me to work hard and allowed to me to have fun and enjoy success at something I love doing,” he says.

In his community, he volunteered at Twice is Nice, ECHO (Everyone Cooperating to Help Others), blood drives, Lighthouse Milwaukee, and St. Matthew Oconomowoc Live Nativity.

Cichanofsky, Zachary(edited)Top 10 Zachary Cichanofsky, son of Michael and Shelly, Watertown, will attend Waukesha County Technical College to study Diesel Equipment Technology. “Long term I would like to one day have my own truck repair shop and towing services,” he says.

During high school, he has been involved with National Honor Society and volunteered at Twice as Nice. “What I like best about my Lakeside years was all of the good memories I have made. I have enjoyed taking tech ed classes and broadening my horizon in different areas, learning how to work with different tools and pieces of equipment that I have never used before,” he says. “One final thing that I liked is having Christ-centered classes.” He is active at his home church, St. Luke, Watertown, where he helps usher, videotape, and run the projector.

Gaal, Jenna(edited)Top 10 Jenna Gaal, daughter of Jeff & Jennifer, Oconomowoc, will attend UWMadison to study elementary & special education. Through her bank, she received the Educators Credit Union Scholarship and she also received the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches Inc. Scholarship.

While at LLHS, she participated on Dance Team (senior captain), NHS (treasurer), A Cappella Choir, Swing Choir (choreographer), forensics, piano, newspaper, Operation Go mission trips, Teens for Christ, yearbook, track and field, WSMA, and helped at dance camps. She received the Christian Leadership, Dedication, and Growth Award for the 2017 fall dance season, gold and silver medals for WHSFA Forensics, State WSMA Awards, and had perfect attendance in 2014-15. She also “started the Croc trend at Lakeside,” she claims. At her home congregation, St. Matthew, she has served by playing violin for church, helping with Sunday School, and the live nativity. She also worked at Camp B.A.S.I.C. and gave studio dance lessons. “I love how Lakeside has so many considerate teachers who are passionate about their job. I also love how there is so much to get involved in, where close bonds are created all while doing something that’s enjoyable. Those Christian friendships are something that will not be taken for granted as I venture off to a public university 100 times the size of Lakeside,” she says.

Guld, Emma(edited)Top 10 Emma Guld, daughter of John and Nicole, is a member at St. Paul in Lake Mills. While at Lakeside, she participated in STEM Club, forensics, drama, Teens For Christ, cross-country, basketball, student council, NHS, and Badger Girls State. I love all the people I have met, and all of the great teachers,” she says. “A Cappella choir and Calculus class both somehow make everyday a little brighter.”

In the fall she will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to study biology (pre-med). She received the WLC Presidential Scholarship. “I want to go to college, med-school, and then work as a dermatologist,” she says.

Koch, Kelly(edited)Valedictorian Kelly Koch, daughter of Tim and Rebecca, is a member at Trinity Lutheran Church, Watertown. She will head to UWMadison for undergraduate biology, and then a graduate in Physician Assistant Studies.

At Lakeside, Kelly participated in Volleyball, Softball, Basketball. Math Team, as a Milwaukee Lighthouse Volunteer, Twice is Nice Volunteer. National Honor Society, Teens for Christ, and youth volleyball camps. In the community, she participated in Night to Shine and Soles for Jesus, as well as a Music and Memory Program at Sylvan Crossings. At her church, she helped with their Fall Festival, Easter for Kids, and Live Nativity. She also played club volleyball and softball. “I enjoyed making so many new friends and having an awesome Christian education,” she says. “I also loved playing on the different sports teams. It was also really amazing to win State for volleyball this past fall.”

The April Student Rotarian in Lake Mills, she also received Watertown Regional Medical Center Medical Staff Scholarship. In addition to her career, she “also would love to travel around the world and help out in my community with various activities.”

Neuberger, James(edited)Valedictorian James Neuberger, son of Dan and Dawn, Lake Mills, will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to study Biochemistry enroute to becoming a pharmacist. “One of my main goals is to find a way to make more practical drugs that people can use to help with everyday problems, while also looking for a way to use drugs and bacteriophages to combat terminal illnesses or prevent illnesses from taking a foothold in the human body.”

A National Merit Commendable Student, Neuberger received the Academic Excellence Scholarship, WLC Presidential Scholarship, WLC General Endowment Scholarship Fund, Partners in Christian Education Scholarship, Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship, Robert Muehrcke Foundation Scholar Athlete Award, Fort Healthcare Handeyside Memorial Scholarship, Lake Mills Rotary Club Scholarship, Optimist Leadership Recipient.

While at Lakeside, he participated in cross country, basketball, soccer, and track, where he was a sectional qualifier and was on second team all-conference. He was a Badger Boys State Representative, Lake Mills Junior Rotarian, and a member of the National Honor Society. He also participated on the math team and served as a captain, academic bowl team, Teens for Christ, STEM Club, Drama and A Cappella Choir. He also had perfect attendance all four years.

In the community, he volunteered at St. Vincent DePaul, Twice is Nice, Relay for Life, Police Department Night Out Against Crime, Lake Mills Rotary Soccer Concessions, and Milwaukee Lighthouse Youth Center. At his church, St. Paul Lutheran, he helped with vacation Bible school and Advent, Lent, and Easter meals. “What I liked best about my years at Lakeside was being able to form bonds that go beyond the term of friends, as I see many of my fellow classmates as more like family to me,” he says. “It’s incredible to have the trust we have in each other and the support that we all look to provide. I never felt like I was truly alone in anything because I knew I always had my friends and teachers to back me in my endeavors.”

Taylor-Evert, Sarah(edited)Salutatorian Sarah Taylor Evert, daughter of Dave and Jennie, Beaver Dam, will attend Martin Luther College for a degree in Elementary Education. “My major goal for the future is to become an elementary school teacher.” she says. From MLC, she received the Messenger scholarship. She was also awarded the Richard and Phyllis Frederick Scholarship from the Beaver Dam Scholarship Foundation.

A member of St. Stephen’s Beaver Dam, Sarah participated in Yearbook, Handbells and sang in her church choir. Lakeside is a great school that has encouraged me to grow in my faith. The environment of the school and the friends that I have made helped make the past two years an amazing time and continue to encourage me as I grow.”

Thiele, Morgan(Edited)Top 10 Morgan Thiele, is the daughter of Dan and Teresa, Poynette. She has been accepted into the Honors College and Nurse Scholars Program at UW-Oshkosh, where she will study nursing and become a nurse practitioner or midwife.

A member at Holy Cross Lutheran in Madison, Thiele participated in National Honors Society, Teens for Christ, Forensics, STEM Club, volleyball, and track. “The last four years have been a blessing. Surrounded by Christian friends, I have built friendships that will last a lifetime. I have really appreciated knowing my teachers on a personal level and learning from them every day,” she says.

Winters, Matthias(edited)Top 10 Matthias Winters, son of Jim and Kimara, Watertown, will head to Milwaukee School of Engineering for an Industrial Engineering degree. Accepted into MSOE University Scholars Honors Program. After college, his goal “first and foremost, is to have a family,” he says. “Other goals are being an Army officer and graduating college with high honors.” Winters is the recipient of a National Army ROTC Scholarship, and he received the MSOE Academic Merit Scholarship, the Destination MSOE scholarship, MSOE Summer Programs Scholarship, and the Watertown Conservation Scholarship.

At Lakeside, Winters participated in band, choir, math team, football, NHS, piano, STEM Club, student council, and track. He received three outstanding musician awards, two second team all-conference awards in football and the WIAA Scholar-Athlete Award. At his church, St. Luke, he ushers and plays in the church band and on the softball team, “My single favorite extracurricular at Lakeside would be football,” he says. “However, I enjoyed being involved in so many different activities at the same time. It was great getting to get to know—on a more personal level—so many different types of people.”

Army ROTC Scholar at Lakeside Lutheran

Lakeside Lutheran High School announces that Matthias Winters, son of Jim and Kimara, Watertown, has been awarded a four-year Army ROTC National Scholarship to the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE).

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The scholarship includes $37,980 per year in tuition and fees, a $1,200 book allowance per year, and a monthly, tax-free stipend starting at $300 his freshman year, increasing to $500 per month his senior year. This totals more than $170,000 over four years of college. In addition to the Army ROTC scholarship, MSOE has awarded Winters credit that will cover his room and board based on his high academic standing at Lakeside Lutheran, his ACT score and his participation in STEM programming.

The primary purpose of the Army ROTC program is to produce its officers; as a national scholarship winner, Winters will decide by 2020 to serve as either an officer in the active Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard after graduation. Winters will also enroll in Army ROTC classes through MSOE, which normally involve one elective class and one lab per semester. Although the classes involve hands-on fieldwork as well as classroom work, they are standard college classes that fit into a normal academic schedule. The Army reminds candidates, “These courses can help students with personal and academic decision-making while giving them the tools to exercise leadership in college life as well as after becoming Army officers.”

Army ROTC looks for individuals who excel in the following areas: scholastics, extracurricular participation and athletic achievement, and leadership. “Matthias’ outstanding academic record and his proven leadership abilities have made him a very deserving young man,” said SFC Samuel Peschel, who presented the award at the school’s recent Academic Awards Night.

Jefferson Rotary scholarship awarded

SONY DSCEmily Weber, daughter of Jeff and Rebecca, of Helenville, was awarded a $2,000.00 Jefferson Rotary Scholarship at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School.
Weber was awarded the scholarship based on her academic success as well as character, leadership, and participation during her high school years, and her essay on the value of Rotary in the community and future plans regarding community service. She plans to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, to study biology and business.

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.

Koch awarded WRMC scholarship

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Kelly Koch, daughter of Tim and Rebecca Koch of Watertown, was awarded a Watertown Regional Medical Center Medical Staff Scholarship at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School. The renewable $1,500.00 award was presented to Koch by WRMC representative Andrew Boush, MD, Ophthalmology.

Koch was awarded the scholarship based on her eligibility by ranking in the upper one-third of her graduating class, a written description of her interest in a healthcare career, and record of participation in school and community activities and/or health-related job experiences. Koch is a 2018 valedictorian at Lakeside Lutheran and plans to attend UW-Madison for a degree in biology, pre-physician assistant studies.

2018 Scholar Athlete, Warrior Awards presented

Lakeside Lutheran High School recognized outstanding student-athletes at its Academic Awards Night May 9. Seniors Kalies Birkholz, daughter of Gregg and Sheryl  Birkholz, and Matthias Winters, son of Jim and Kimara Winters, Watertown, were honored as the school nominees for the 2018 WIAA Scholar-Athlete awards in their respective genders, and seniors Kelsey Birschbach, daughter of Jim and Sandi Birschbach, DeForest and Cade Olszewski, son of Monte and Amy Olszewski, Johnson Creek, were honored as Warrior Athletes for the 2017-18 school year.

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Senior athletes were presented with awards at the awards night at Lakeside Lutheran High School. Pictured are, from l-r: Kelsey Birschbach, Warrior Award recipient; Matthias Winters, WIAA Scholar-Athlete award; Kalies Birkholz, WIAA Scholar-Athlete award; and Cade Olszewski, Warrior Award.

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. In order to be eligible, nominees need a GPA of at least 3.5 and must have earned at least four varsity letters. Both Birkholz and Winters are in the Top Ten in their class with GPAs over 3.94 and have received five or more varsity letters in football, basketball and track, including all-conference honors in football for Winters and in basketball for Birkholz.

Warrior Athlete Awards are presented to a senior male and female who are chosen by the Lakeside athletic coaching staff based on their participation, sportsmanship, and excellence in athletics. Both Birschbach and Olszewski have been three-sport athletes and have both received nine or more varsity letters, in volleyball, basketball and softball for Birschbach and football, basketball and baseball for Olszewski; both have also earned several post-season honors in football, volleyball, basketball and softball.

2017 Badger State reps are announced

Lakeside Lutheran High School has announced its 2017 Badger Boys and Girls State representatives. The boys selected to represent Lakeside Lutheran at the 76th session of Badger Boys State at Ripon College from June 10-17 are James Neuberger, son of Dan and Dawn Neuberger, Lake Mills, and Matthias Winters, son of Jim and Kimara Winters, Watertown. The girls representing Lakeside Lutheran at the 74th session of Badger Girls State at UW-Oshkosh from June 18-23 are Emma Guld, daughter of John and Nicole Guld, Lake Mills, and Emily Raymond, daughter of Kyle and Amy Raymond, Sun Prairie. All of this year’s nominees are members of the Lakeside Lutheran Chapter of the National Honor Society.

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Lakeside Lutheran has chosen its representatives for the 2017 Badger Boys and Girls State Conferences in June. The reps for the class of 2018, pictured L-R, are Emily Raymond, Matthias Winters, James Neuberger and Emma Guld.

Ranked first academically in his class of 2018, James Neuberger has been part of the math team for three years, the Academic Bowl for two, and sings with the school’s traveling A Cappella Choir. He has participated in cross country, basketball, track and soccer. A member at St. Paul, Lake Mills, he is part of Teens for Christ, participating in school and community service projects throughout the school year. With perfect attendance and no tardies for all three years, he is planning to study for a degree in Pharmacy. “It’s an honor to be selected for Badger Boys State,” says Neuberger. “I appreciate that my efforts in the classroom have been recognized by teachers and administrators. Badger Boys State will give me the opportunity to find out more about myself and what I’m capable of accomplishing in the near future. Outside of school activities, he also works for the City of Lake Mills Parks Department. When asked what he was most looking forward to learning or experiencing at BBS, Neuberger replied, “I’m looking forward to further development of my leadership skills and a better understanding of the government process.”

Matthias Winters, ranked 6th in his class, has served as the class vice president for three years. He participates in concert band, jazz band, marching band, and A Cappella Choir. He has received two state first place medals at WSMA for piano and two outstanding musician awards for trombone. In addition, he participates on the math team and in the Academic Bowl, is the charter president of the Lakeside Lutheran STEM Club and writes for the student newspaper. For sports, he has participated in three years of football, two years of basketball, and one of baseball and two in track. A member at St. Luke, Watertown, Winters is part of the youth group, church band, and co-ed softball at church, and serves as an usher. He will also participate in OperationGo, the school summer mission trip program. He works as a cart-pusher at Walmart in Watertown. Winters plans to major in Industrial Engineering and minor in business at Milwaukee School of Engineering, while also doing the Reserve Officers Training Corps. He sees the opportunity to attend Badger State, “as an honor and a great opportunity to meet lots of kids who all have a bright future. This selection shows me that my teachers think highly of me and I can’t take that for granted,” he said. He is most looking forward to experiencing the elections. “I think it will be fun trying to run for the different offices.”

Emma Guld has participated in math meets, Academic Bowl, Forensics, Teens for Christ, and the school drama production each year. She participated in cross country, basketball, and band for two years. This year, she is part of FFA and STEM Club. Emma volunteers for the National Academy of Television and Sciences, and received two Emmy awards at Chicago Midwest Emmys for work on “Into The Outdoors.” Ranked 2nd in the class, she is considering becoming a dentist and eventually an orthodontist. Currently, she has a part-time job at the afterschool care program at St. Paul, Lake Mills, where she is a member. “I think that Badger Girls State will be a fantastic opportunity to learn from other people who have leadership roles in Wisconsin,” she says, and is “most looking forward to learning more about leadership with other girls that share a lot of the same interests that I do.”

Emily Raymond, a self-proclaimed “hard worker,” proves her claim. A member of the state championship forensics team, drama, and Teens for Christ for three years, she has also participated in track for two years and volleyball for one. She is making her second trip with OperationGo this summer. In service to the community, she has organized a book drive for a hospital clinic, volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank, participated in Operation Christmas Child, been a “buddy” at the “Night to Shine” prom for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, organized a food drive for local food pantries, and caroled at Bethesda group and Willowbrook nursing homes. At her church, Peace in Sun Prairie, she teaches VBS, serves meals, helps with Advent by Candlelight, and is a member of the Youth Group. Working as a cashier in Sun Prairie, she plans to attend Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, to pursue a double major in elementary and special education. “It is a great honor to be chosen for BGS. I love to try new things, and this is not like anything I have ever tried before,” she says. “I am really looking forward to meeting other girls from all over Wisconsin! I am also excited to learn how to be a better leader. (I’ve heard that the food at BGS is pretty good too.)”

Badger State Government and Leadership Conferences are an opportunity for students entering their senior year of high school to put the principles of democratic government into action during a weeklong assembly. Sponsored by the Wisconsin American Legion and its Auxiliary, the goals of Badger State assemblies are to prepare young men and women of high school age for citizenship in a modern world, teach principles of democracy, instill a love of country and desire to preserve our government. Schools are encouraged to select representatives based on a combination of interest shown, leadership qualities, character, fitness, scholarship and extra-curricular activities.