Top LLHS News of 2017

top10school_15954bcAs we at Lakeside Lutheran High School look forward to the blessings a new year brings, there’s value — not to mention, enjoyment — in reviewing the year past. The LLHS good news team took a look at the 38 news stories and 719 social media posts released in calendar year 2017 and narrowed them to 10 newsbits that garnered the most attention or signified a new thing or major change for your Lakeside Lutheran High School and its community. Enjoy the year in review!

10. Lakeside Lutheran High School begins 60th school year
The 2017-18 school year began with a 4% increase in enrollment at 415 students, as well as one additional math teacher, making the number of full- and part-time faculty members number 33 this year. [Read more here]

9. Wonderful evening of historic Lutheran Reformation celebration
Our A Cappella choir and many Forever Warriors joined with several thousand other Western Wisconsin Lutherans at the Coliseum in Madison to mark the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting of the 95 theses, a milestone of the Lutheran Reformation. | 2,700 views | 196 Reactions, Comments & Shares [See post here] [See photos here]

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8. Warrior FFA wins photo contest
Members of LLHS FFA helped their chapter score $500 as it placed first overall in a six-state high school and college student image contest to document instances from among 14 types of corn disease and damage. The contest was sponsored by San Francisco-based Climate Corporation to further its efforts toward development of a disease database usable by growers in the field. Winners were awarded from each of the six states participating, and the LLHS FFA chapter was tops among all groups that entered. [Read more here]

7. Lakeside Lutheran receives mkCellular donation
As the recipient of a generous donation from mkCellular in Lake Mills of smartphones and virtual reality viewers, your LLHS is moving ahead in classroom technology use as virtual reality becomes a part of curricula as diverse as computer science to biology to history to religion and more. [Read more here] [See photos of the devices in use with elementary school visitors here]

VR at LLHS
Our Redeemer, Madison 4th graders explored the world of virtual reality at LLHS through a donation of Google Cardboard viewers and smartphones from mkCellular. (Oct 2017)

6. Grand Event VII sets fundraising record
Our 2017 Grand Event celebrated an amazing new record in funds raised with a $108,000 net for student assistance, the building fund and special projects including buses, FACS kitchen supplies and much more! | 3,400 views | 186 Reactions, Comments & Shares [See post here] [See photos here]

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5. History-making student teacher on campus
We were privileged last spring to have Miss Annalies Brander on campus as the first special education student teacher sent out by Martin Luther College. Mrs. Ruth Hirschfeld, Director of the Extended Learning Center at LLHS, served as her mentor. [Read more here]

4. Great heritage, indeed.
Our Warrior Swing Choir joined more than 400 other teen vocalists and instrumentalists at the 50th WELS National Choral Fest, held at the site of the first Festival, in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. We posted a video of the combined choir and audience anniversary rendition of “God’s Word is Our Great Heritage” sung during the Sunday Sacred Concert, a low-resolution recording that nevertheless went a bit viral within WELS viewership as it accumulated 30,000 video views and 3,345 Reactions and Comments, including 423 shares on Facebook. We followed up the post with a story about Lakeside and 50 years of Choral Fest in November’s LL Link magazine. [Read more here – p. 4] [See video here]

3. Day 1 of our first-ever STEM Camp has 75+ campers
On the heels of the new Warrior STEM Club formed in late 2016 and preceding the new LLHS STEM Academy curriculum slated to begin in fall 2018, the LL Tech Ed department hosted the first-ever elementary student STEM Camp in July. The week-long day camp exposed grade 5-8 students to engineering concepts, expanded their God-given abilities and provided all of the above in a fun, Christian environment. Interest was so high the camp doubled its teaching staff to accommodate twice the campers originally expected. [See post here] [See photos here]

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2. Lakeside Lutheran students make New Friends
Members of Teens for Christ service group have begun a program designed by Jesus Cares Ministries that connects teens with young people with special needs and their families in a fun-filled atmosphere and builds relationships by focusing on abilities, not disabilities. On a Sunday in October, 63 LLHS students greeted 13 guests in the gym for activities that included face painting, cookie decorating and eating, pumpkin-painting, bean bag toss, basketball, manicures, slime-making and card games.  Some unplanned activities—human bowling, the Chicken Dance, and line dancing—also ensued. The day was such fun, two more days are planned for second semester.  [Read more here] [See photos here]

 1. Your Lakeside Lutheran Warriors are D2 state volleyball champions!
It’s hard to narrow down such an array of posts, photos and linked sports articles that accompany such a momentous event as a state sports championship; so, when in doubt, go with the first announcement, and then just enjoy all the reactions and comments. However, our news release about the fall sports season includes details about the numerous honors and records broken by members of the team and coaching staff as well, and we couldn’t help but include a gallery from one of our gifted student photographers that helped capture so many of the action and emotion throughout the big match. 4,500 views | 567 reactions, comments & shares [See post here] [Read more here] [See photos here]

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College Scholarship Recipients Announced

Lakeside Lutheran High School announces that 45 students in the class of 2017 have reported over $612,000 in scholarship money from individuals, foundations, organizations and the schools they applied to attend. Of the 93 graduates, 82 have indicated plans to continue their education in the fall of 2017, while nine plan to enter the military. Scholarships marked with an asterisk (*) indicate a renewable scholarship.

Quinn Bilitz, son of Dan Bilitz, Lake Mills, and Jennifer Kornell, Lake Mills: MLC Service Grant, $1,000*. He plans to attend Martin Luther College to become a pastor.

Kaitlyn Birkholz, daughter of Gregg and Sheryl, Watertown: Lakeland University Achievement Scholarship $7,000*. She plans to attend Lakeland to pursue a degree in accounting and sports management.

Brett Burger, son of Mark and Denice, Lake Mills: Martin Luther College Witness Scholarship $1,500*. She plans to attend Martin Luther College for a degree in education.

Kyle Burger, son of Mark and Denice, Lake Mills: Wisconsin Lutheran College Theater scholarship $2,000; WLC Academic Scholarship $13,000; WLC Partners in Christian Education Scholarship $2,000. He plans to attend WLC to major in theater.

Elliott Butler, son of Matthew and Susan, Ixonia: Martin Luther College Messenger Scholarship, $2,000*; MLC Service Grant $1,000*. He plans to attend Martin Luther College for a degree in Secondary Physical Education and Elementary Education.

Annika Butzow, daughter of Mark and Sheila, Janesville: UW-River Falls Academic Award $1,000. She plans to attend UW-Stevens Point.

Nick Chesterman, son of Paul and Michelle, Sun Prairie: Wisconsin Lutheran College, Collegiate Scholarship $11,000*. He plans to attend UW-Whitewater for business.

Elizabeth Cichanofsky, daughter of Mike and Shelly, Watertown: Carroll Trustee Scholar $19,000*; Carroll University Donor Sponsored Grant $2,100*; Fort Health Care Robert G. Handeyside Scholarship, $2,000. She plans to attend Carroll University for a degree in Exercise Science and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Jacob Constien, son of Timothy and Deborah, Sun Prairie: Wisconsin Lutheran College Collegiate Scholarship, $11,000*. He will attend WLC for a degree in sports exercise science.

Rekha Drevlow, daughter of Steven Drevlow, Lake Mills, and Meena Vyas, Madison: Robert Muehrcke Foundation Scholar Athlete Award $7,000*; Concordia University Presidential Merit, $10,000*. She will attend Concordia University Wisconsin to study nursing.

Matthew Fisher, son of Mark and Mary, Madison: Wisconsin Lutheran College Academic Scholarship $13,000*; Concordia University Wisconsin Presidential Scholarship, $12,000*. He will attend Martin Luther College for a degree in education.

Andrew Fritz, son of Brian and Tiffany, Middleton: Martin Luther College Zachary D. Moyle Scholarship, $2,500; Morgan Turnquist Warrior Scholarship, $500. He will attend Martin Luther College to become a pastor.

Eli Gartner, son of Mark and Betsy, Watertown: Martin Luther College Witness Scholarship, $1,500*. He will attend Martin Luther College for a degree in secondary education.

Keyera Giese, daughter of Chris and Kristi, Watertown: Wisconsin Lutheran College Collegiate Scholarship $11,000*. She will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Derek Gulrud, son of Cody and Nidia, Marshall: MLC Scholarship $1,000*; Martin Luther College Ryan J. Zweifel Scholarship, $2,500; Christianos Agape Scholarship $750. He will attend Martin Luther College to pursue a Vocal Music Arts Program.

Abigail Hackbarth, daughter of Todd and Donna, Lake Mills: Wisconsin Lutheran College Collegiate Scholarship $11,000*; Rotary Scholarship, $1,000; Lake Mills Sons of the American Legion Scholarship, $500. She will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College for a degree in nursing.

Laura Hafenstein, daughter of Brian and Tammy, Lake Mills: University of North Dakota Athletic Scholarship-20%, $4,000*. She will attend the University of North Dakota for a degree in Kinesiology.

Fai Haw, daughter Steve and Heidi, Marshall: University of Northern Iowa Music Scholarship, $3,500*; University of Northern Iowa Multicultural Award, $1,000*; University of Northern Iowa, Out of State Award, $1,000*; Valparaiso University Music Scholarship, $1,500*; UW-Whitewater Music Scholarship, $1,000*. She will attend UW-Whitewater for a degree in Music Education.

Josh Higgins, son of Charles and Julie, Watertown: UW-La Crosse Soaring Eagle Scholarship $2,000*; WLC Presidential Scholarship, $15,000*; WLC General Endowed Scholarship Fund $1,500*; WLC Partners in Christian Education Scholarship, $2000*. He will attend Martin Luther College for a degree in education.

Brady Jensen, son of Jonathan and Jeanette, Juneau: WLC Academic Scholarship $13,000*; WLC General Endowed Scholarship $1,000*; WLC Regents Grant $3,050; Partners in Christian Education Scholarship $2,000*; Wisconsin Grant $2,900*; BLC Presidential Scholarship $12,000*. He will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to pursue a degree in Marine Biology.

Lillian Johnstone, daughter of Chad and Jan, Jefferson: WLC Academic Scholarship $13,000*. She will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College for a degree in Occupational Therapy.

Tina Kehl, daughter of Paul and Kristine, Waterloo: MLC Messenger Scholarship $2,000*. She will attend Martin Luther College for a degree in Elementary Education.

Robert Lang, son of Jay and Mary, Lake Mills: WLC Academic Scholarship, $13,000*; WLC General Endowed Scholarship Fund $1,000*; WLC Regents’ Grant $3,300*; WLC Partners in Christian Education Scholarship, $2,000*; WLC Congregational Match, $2,000*; Valpo Honors Scholarship $19,000*; Valpo Award for Excellence $2,000*; Valpo Fund Alumni Award $3,160*; Valpo Lutheran Gift Award $2,000*; Clarke Trustee Award $8,000*; Clarke Campus Impact Grant $5,000*; Concordia University Wisconsin Presidential Scholarship $12,000*; CUW Early FAFSA Filing Grant $1,500*; Concordia Grant $2,983*, CUW Luther Promise Guarantee $3,017*; Coastal Carolina The Coastal Scholar Award, $6,280 per year (25% off full-time tuition)*. He will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College for a degree in accounting.

Caleb Lindert, son of Thomas and Lisa, Watertown: MSOE Academic Scholarship $12,000*; Michigan Tech National Excellence Scholarship* $12,500; Michigan Tech University Student Award $4,400*; UW-La Crosse UWL First! Scholars Program $2,000*. He will attend Milwaukee School of Engineering for a degree in Computer Engineering.

Ian Lindloff, son of David and Phyllis, Lake Mills: Milwaukee School of Engineering Academic Achievement Scholarship $12,000*. He will attend UW-Platteville for a degree in Civil Engineering.

Kalandria Madrid, daughter of Angela, Watertown: Wisconsin Lutheran College Collegiate Scholarship $11,000*; WLC Partners in Christian Education $2,000*; Lake Mills Sons of the American Legion Scholarship, $500. She will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to study nursing.

Bethany Mahnke, daughter of Mike and Latonia, Sun Prairie: UW-Stevens Point, $1,500. She will attend UW-Stevens Point.

Cara McElroy, daughter of Stewart and Robin, Madison: North Park University $10,000*; North Park Friends scholarship $3,000*; Calvin College $10,000*. She will attend North Park University for a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Maddie McKenna, daughter of Sam and Missy, Lake Mills: Concordia University of Wisconsin Regents Scholarship $11,000*; Luther Promise and Concordia Grants, $5,000*. She will attend CUW to major in Public Relations.

Melissa Melcher, daughter of Thomas Melcher, Ixonia: Ripon College Dean’s Scholarship $20,000*; University of Kentucky “See Blue” Scholarship $7,000*; University of Kentucky, Academic Scholarship $6,000*; Marquette University Pére Marquette $20,000*; UW-River Falls Academic Achievement Award $1,000*; UM-Morris Academic Achievement $1,500*; Findlay University Academic Achievement, $16,000*; JCHP Ambassador Scholarship, $500; JCHP Senior Scholarship, $500; Lakeside Lutheran FFA Alumni Scholarship, $300. She will attend UW-River Falls for a double major in Animal Science and Business.

Mindy Meske, daughter of Jeff and Jayne, Jefferson: Bethany Lutheran College, Presidential Academic Scholarship $12,000*; BLC Art Scholarship $2,000*; BLC Christian High School Waiver $2,000*. She will attend Bethany Lutheran College to study Elementary Education and 2D Studio Art.

Ben Odrich, son of Randy and Jennifer, Verona: Wisconsin Lutheran College Collegiate Scholarship $11,000*. He will attend Madison College.

Justin Rue, son of David and Diane, Fort Atkinson: Martin Luther College Leadership Grant $3,000*; MLC Witness Scholarship $1,500*; Bethany Lutheran Church Bethany Lutheran Scholarship $1,000* matched by MLC. He will attend Martin Luther College to become a pastor.

Benjamin Runke, son of David and Joan, Sun Prairie: University of Wisconsin-Stout Polytechnic Scholarship $1,000. He will attend UW-Stout for a B.S. in Computer Engineering.

Danielle Schilling, daughter of Michael and Robin, Watertown: UW-River Falls Outstanding Academic Achievement Award $2,000*; UW-River Falls Falcon Scholars Scholarship $1,000 per year + $2,000 stipend for study abroad. She will attend UW-River Falls to study animal science.

Jaden Schmidt, son of Steven and ReBecca, Watertown: WLC Collegiate Scholarship $11,000*. He will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College for a degree in secondary education and science.

Haley Stade, daughter of Michael and Georgia, Watertown: Martin Luther College Witness Scholarship $1,500*. She will attend Martin Luther College for a degree in Elementary Education.

Caleb Strutz, son of Nathan and Elizabeth, Verona: MLC Presidential Scholarship $3,000*; Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship $2,250*. He will attend Martin Luther College to become a pastor.

Krystal Taylor, daughter of Kris and Diana, Jefferson: Bethany Lutheran College Luther Scholarship $11,000*; BLC Christian High School Waiver $2,000*. She will attend Bethany Lutheran College.

Ben Tweit, son of Bernt and Katie, Madison: Bethany Lutheran College Presidential Scholarship $12,000. He will attend Bethany Lutheran College for a degree in English.

Pierce Varney, son of Jennifer, Madison: Milwaukee School of Engineering Academic Merit Scholarship $10,000*. He will attend MSOE for a Masters in Architectural Engineering.

Jordan Veers, daughter of Steve and Dana, Cross Plains: Wisconsin Lutheran College Collegiate Scholarship $11,000*. She will attend WLC to major in Sports and Exercise Science.

Nicholas Voigt, son of Kevin and Amy, Juneau: Lakeside Lutheran FFA Alumni Scholarship, $700; He will attend Fox Valley Technical College for a degree in Agriculture Power Equipment.

Samuel Weiss, son of Alan, Oconomowoc: Marquette University College of Business Administration $5,000*; MU Pére Marquette Award $15,600*; Bradley University Presidential Scholarship $13,000*; Bradley Out-of-State Scholarship $4,000*. He will attend UW-Madison to study business.

Jamee Wohling, daughter of Scott and Dawn, Beaver Dam: Martin Luther College Witness Scholarship $1,500*. She will attend MLC for a degree in Elementary Education.