FFA celebrates another year, looks forward to next

On Tuesday, March 6, the Lakeside Lutheran FFA Chapter held its fourth annual banquet.

Dobson speaks at 2018 FFA banquetKeynote speaker, Annah Dobson, is a 2016 LLHS graduate who attends UW-River Falls, where she is majoring in Agricultural Marketing-Communications. With a passion for Hereford cattle, she served as the National Hereford Queen for 2017.

The Lakeside FFA Alumni held an auction, with the proceeds going to send four FFA members to the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C this summer.

Members received a variety of membership awards. Retiring officers received a laser engraved plaque. Four-year member seniors include Alyssa Condon, Jeremy Nehls, Emily Weber, Meghan Splinter, and Noah Gartner.

DSC09884Other students recognized were  Star Greenhand: Haylee Meske; Chapter FFA Degree: Breanna Preskar; Most Active Junior: Kyle Leis; State FFA Degree and State Proficiency: Jeremy Nehls; and State FFA Choir: Benjamin Huebner.

Proficiency winners were recognized based on their supervised agricultural experiences (paid and unpaid hours along with entrepreneurship investment). Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) winners were: Dairy Entrepreneurship: Karleen Battist; Ag Processing and Beef: Tyler Degner; Poultry: Savannah Steffen; Specialty Animal (bee hive): Benjamin Huebner; and Swine: Emily Meske. Many members were also awarded for their participation in speaking contests, career development events (judging), and top sales in the fruit sale.

LLHS FFA 2018-19 officersThe officers elected for the 2018-19 year are Treasurer, Savannah Steffen; Sentinel, Maddison Fenner; President, Caitlin Condon; Vice President, Matthew Gunst; Chaplain, Connor Dobson; Historian, Karleena Battist; Reporter, Breanna Preskar; Secretary, Emily Meske.

The Warrior FFA also gave out awards to adults who partnered with the chapter. Principal Jim Grasby was given the Honorary FFA Degree, Vicki and Mark Cichanofsky were awarded the Blue and Gold FFA Alumni award, and Ryan and Kim Degner and Pastor Clark Schultz were recognized as Friends of Lakeside FFA. Steve and Kathy Duwe were given the traveling donor plaque to display their support of the Lakeside FFA.

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Forensics ​wins 8th straight Conference ​title

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On Feb. 12, the Lakeside Lutheran High School forensics team participated in the Capitol Conference Tournament at Cambridge High School where students competed against each other in 16 different speaking categories.  Of the 10 conference schools at the tournament, Lakeside Lutheran, coached by Steve Lauber, finished first with a total of 310 points, ahead of Lake Mills (246) and Lodi (190).  That win marks Lakeside’s 8th straight conference championship.

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The Lakeside Lutheran Forensics team, coached by Mr. Steve Lauber, recently won its eighth consecutive Capitol Conference championship at the meet held at Cambridge February 12. Pictured in front row, L-R: Front Row: Emily Meiller, Evelyn Schauer, Annika Bilitz, Abbie Di Giovanni, Bronte Perkins, Maddie Triebold, Emily Raymond, Emma Hans, Maria Werre. 2nd Row: Elizabeth Brudos, Ryann Burger, Ashley McLain, Emily Weber, Megan Grambsch, Kayla Grundman, Kaitlyn Gehler. 3rd Row: Matthew Gunst, Katelyn McGurk, Rachel Poyner, Justin Learned, Sophia Griffin, Sami Anderson, Chad Nolte. 4th Row: Emma Statz, Jenna Gaal, Devon Perkins, Connor Dobson, Isaiah Coleman, Jacob Horta, Max Thiele. Back: Morgan Thiele, Lily Storlie, Ella Butzine, Brendan McKenna, Cannon Kerr, Charlie Pingel. Missing: Will Jorgenson

The following students led the way for Lakeside Lutheran:

Brendan McKenna, Lake Mills, finished first in Demonstration. In Farrago, Emma Hans, Jefferson, finished first and Emily Weber, Jefferson, placed second. Max Thiele, Oconomowoc, placed first in Impromptu, while Devon Perkins, Madison, placed first in Moments in History. Emma Guld, Lake Mills, and Isaiah Coleman, Watertown, took second in Playacting, while Kayla Grundman, Lake Mills, took second in Oratory.

In Prose, Meghan Grambsch, Columbus, placed first and Annika Bilitz, Sun Prairie, placed second. In Radio Speaking, Cannon Kerr, Watertown, placed first and William Jorgensen, McFarland, earned second. Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson, won first in Solo Acting Humorous. Wrapping up two more firsts were Ashley McLain, Juneau, in Special Occasion and Maria Werre, Sun Prairie, in Storytelling.

Finally, with both taking 1sts in their respective categories, Poetry and Solo Acting Serious, seniors Kaitlyn Gehler​, Waterloo,​ and Charlie Pingel​, Sun Prairie,​ also achieved the special distinction of  earning perfect scores of 25 from judges in each of their 3 rounds.

On Feb. 26, sub-districts will be held at Lakeside Lutheran High School, where the full team of 25 will begin competition to advance to the district meet and from there, to the Wisconsin Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WFHSA) State Tournament at University of Wisconsin–Madison April 20.

 

Warrior FFA hosts 3rd annual banquet

On Tuesday, March 28, the Lakeside Lutheran FFA Chapter held their third annual banquet with 106 people attending. For the 2016-17 school year, the Lakeside FFA grew from 37 members to 46.

Keynote speaker Garry Gard, a grain merchandiser from Didion Grain, spoke to the members, families, and guests about some of the 50 uses of field corn in their homes. He shared that 80,000 bushels of grain are milled in Cambria each day and shipped around the world for use in protein bars, grits, adhesives and ethanol.

The Lakeside FFA Alumni held its second annual live auction where an assortment of bird feeders, clothing, gift baskets and a rocking chair were auctioned. The total profit was $2,000; this year, $1,000 will be returned to senior FFA members who complete a scholarship application and plan to continue their education at tech schools or college.

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Officers for 2017-2018 Lakeside Lutheran FFA chapter were announced at the third annual Lakeside Lutheran FFA banquet: (standing, from left) Caitlin Condon, Cole Schuster, Matthew Gunst, Emily Meske, Benjamin Huebner, Jeremy Nehls, Connor Dobson, Emily Weber.

Members received a variety of membership awards. Four-year member seniors include Brett Cichanofsky, Haley Kooiman, Mindy Meske, Hailey Stade and Nick Voigt. Stars Over the Chapter are Star Greenhand: Cole Schuster; Most Active Sophomore: Emily Meske; Most Active Junior: Jeremy Nehls; Star in Placement: Brett Cichanofsky; and Star FFA Member and Dekalb Agriculture Award: Nick Voigt.

Retiring officers received a laser engraved plaque. Proficiency winners were recognized based on their supervised agricultural experiences (paid and unpaid hours along with entrepreneurship investment). Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) winners were: Sheep: Nick Voigt; Equine (placement and entrepreneur): Melissa Melcher; Dairy Placement: Jeremy Nehls; Dairy Entrepreneurship: Karleen Battist; Food Service: Emily Meske; Goat Production: Tyler Degner; Poultry: Savannah Steffen; and Specialty Animal (bee hive): Benjamin Huebner. Many members were also awarded for their participation in speaking contests, career development events (judging), and top sales in the fruit sale.

The Warrior FFA also gave out three key awards to adults who partnered with the chapter. Steve Duwe was bestowed the Honorary FFA Degree, Kevin and Amy Voigt were awarded the Blue and Gold FFA Alumni award, and Cody Aiken was recognized as the Friend of Lakeside FFA in helping with the second annual corn test plot.

Warrior forensics advances to state, hosts open house

The Lakeside Lutheran High School forensics team earned top scores in district competition March 16 at Belleville High School as each of the 25 entries from Lakeside earned advancement to the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association (WHSFA) State Speech Festival at UW–Madison April 21. There the Lakeside team will look to capture its 8th consecutive Excellence in Speech Award, given when a team places in the top five percent of more than 350 high school forensics teams that compete in Wisconsin. In preparation, the team is hosting a “Family & Friends” performance night at the school on Wednesday, April 19, from 6-8 PM.

Within 14 districts across the state, WHSFA District competition scoring involves forensic entries being evaluated by three different judges. To qualify for the state festival, two of the three scores for an entry must be a minimum 20 points; the 25 entries of the Warrior forensics team were all awarded at least 20 points on each of their 75 scores. Lakeside Lutheran students are among over 7,000 Wisconsin high school students that compete in individual and group categories that include Demonstration, Informative or Extemporaneous Speech, Public Address, Moments in History, Special Occasion Speaking, Radio Announcing, Poetry, Prose or Literature Interpretation, Farrago, Play Acting and Story Telling.

In preparation for competition and to provide a night of entertainment for its supporters, the team is hosting a free night of oratory performance. All fans and families are invited to the school on Wednesday, April 19 from 6-8 PM to choose 12 performances from among 24 offerings, presented in two rounds of 50 minutes each in various rooms on campus. The presentations will include most of the categories heard at WHSFA.

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Whether it be through telling a children’s story, reliving a moment from history, tackling a contemporary American problem, making an audience laugh or demonstrating a certain skill, these participants are not only competing on a talented team, they are also sharpening one of the greatest tools in today’s world: the skill of public speaking. The Lakeside Lutheran forensics team includes Front, L-R: Emily Raymond, Sun Prairie; Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc; Maddie McKenna, Lake Mills;.Lillie Johnstone, Jefferson; Mindy Meske, Jefferson; Mira Parker, DeForest; Bronte Perkins, Madison. 2nd row, L-R: Ashley McLain, Juneau; Caleb Strutz, Verona; Kyle Burger, Lake Mills; Jacob Horta, Helenville; Emma Statz, Helenville; Violet Dumke, Verona; Abbie DiGiovanni, Fort Atkinson. 3rd row: Emma Hans, Jefferson; Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie; Kayla Grundman, Waterloo; Justin Learned, Watertown; Caleb Raymond, Sun Prairie; Kaitlyn Gehler, Waterloo; Derek Gulrud, Marshall. 4th row: Matt Gunst, Hartford; Emma Guld, Lake Mills; Maria Werre, Sun Prairie; Tina Kehl, Waterloo; Devon Perkins, Madison; Morgan Thiele, Poynette; Jenna Gaal, Oconomowoc. Top row: Coach Steve Lauber; Malachi Mortensen, Beaver Dam; Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie. Missing from photo are Sophie Griffin, Lodi; Cannon Kerr, Watertown; Max Thiele, Oconomowoc; Emily Weber, Helenville.

 

Warrior Forensics wins 7th straight Capitol Conference title

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The Lakeside Lutheran Forensics team, coached by Mr. Steve Lauber, recently won its seventh consecutive Capitol Conference championship at the meet held at Belleville February 6.

After earning the highest score among 340 teams at last spring’s Wisconsin High School Forensics Association (WHSFA) state meet, the Lakeside Lutheran Forensics team has entered its 2017 competition season.

On February 6, Lakeside traveled to the Capitol Conference tournament at Belleville High School, where high school students compete against each other in 16 different speaking categories. Out of the 11 conference schools that competed, Lakeside Lutheran, coached by Mr. Steve Lauber, finished the night with a total of 308 points, earning the Conference Championship ahead of second and third place teams Lake Mills (206) and Belleville (176). This win marks the seventh straight Conference championship for Lakeside Lutheran.

Leading the way in their individual categories were the following Lakeside Lutheran students:

  • Caleb Strutz, 2nd in Extemporaneous
  • Emily Weber, 2nd in Farrago
  • Maddie McKenna, 1st in Farrago
  • Lillie Johnstone, 1st in 4-minute speaking
  • Malachi Mortensen, 2nd in Moments in History
  • Devon Perkins, 1st in Moments in History
  • Kaitlyn Gehler and Derek Gulrud, 3rd in Playacting
  • Caleb Raymond and Max Thiele, 2nd in Playacting
  • Matt Gunst, 3rd in Prose
  • Bronte Perkins, 2nd in Prose
  • Emma Hans, 1st in Prose
  • Charlie Pingel, 2nd in Radio Speaking
  • Cannon Kerr, 1st in Radio Speaking
  • Kyle Burger, 1st in Solo Acting humorous
  • Ashley McLain, 1st in Special Occasion
  • Maria Werre, 2nd in Storytelling

The full team of 25 will now begin their state competition at sub-districts which are being held at Milton High School on Monday, February 27 in hopes to advance on to the district meet and from there advancing on to the Forensics State Tournament to be held at The University of Wisconsin in Madison on April 21.