Students earn high marks on national German test

Two students who study German at Lakeside Lutheran High School have received commendations on the results of a recent proficiency exam, administered to 26,235 students from nearly 700 schools nationwide this year by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

To earn a Gold, Silver or Bronze achievement award on the AATG National German Exam, students must place in the top 30% of test-takers within their respective years of study, from two-four years. Noelle Gates, a sophomore from Middleton (pictured left), earned a Silver Achievement certificate for scoring in the 80th-89th percentile in the Level 2 test. Junior Mary Schallert, Cambridge, received a Bronze Achievement for scoring in the 70th-79th percentile in the Level 3 test. The 100-point AATG exam tests oral comprehension, reading and conversational skills as well as German grammar and sentence mechanics.


Lakeside Lutheran musicians medal at WSMA State Festival


Lakeside Lutheran High School announces that all 14 entries involving more than 50 student musicians received first or second place medals at the WSMA State solo/ensemble festival at UW-Whitewater April 30.

Ten of the 14 state-qualifying entries earned gold medals, including the Warrior Percussion Ensemble, comprised of seniors Josiah Eaker and David Wilson, juniors Annika Butzow and Matthew Schumacher, sophomores Skyler Christianson, Sophia Collins, J Doyle, Mitchell Doyle, Emma Guld and Aaron Natvig, and freshmen Tyler Degner, Sean Healy, Javin Hollis, Rebecca Lang, Cole Lauersdorf, Justin Learned, Ryan Preskar, Jonah Rupnow, Dominic Schmidt and Lucas Schneider.

An ensemble of 20 Lakeside Lutheran percussionists earned gold medals at the recent Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) State Solo-Ensemble Festival April 30. They include (front row, L-R) Aaron Natvig, Cottage Grove; Sean Healy, Watertown; David Wilson, Pardeeville; Josiah Eaker, Watertown.  (2nd row L-R) Mitch Doyle, Watertown; Rebecca Lang, Lake Mills; Sophia Collins, Sun Prairie; Emma Guld, Lake Mills; Ryan Preskar, Juneau. (3rd row, L-R)  Kyle Anderson, Sun Prairie; Skyler Christianson, Janesville; Cole Lauersdorf, Oconomowoc; Annika Butzow, Janesville; Justin Learned, Watertown. (back row, L-R) Tyler Degner, Watertown; Jonah Rupnow, Watertown; J Doyle, DeForest; Dominic Schmidt, Watertown; Lucas Schneider, Waterloo; and Matthew Schumacher, Johnson Creek. Missing is Javin Hollis, Waterloo.

Solos and other ensembles awarded gold included a clarinet duet by sophomore Tim Grant and senior Autumn Tracy; a piano trio by seniors Brittni Jegerlehner, Chynarose Degner and Lydia Ulrich; a piano duet by sophomores Griffin Torgerson and Matthias Winters; a brass quintet by junior Kyle Burger, seniors Eli Lipasti and Paul Grunewald, and sophomores Charlie Pingel and Joseph Grambsch; a piano solo by senior Ashley Kohls; a marimba solo by sophomore Sophia Collins; a flute solo by sophomore Maria Werre; and an alto sax solo and a piano solo by sophomore Ashley Fritz.

A total of 17 musicians earned medals in 12 solos and ensemble entries at the recent Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) State Solo-Ensemble Festival April 30. They include (front row, L-R)  Emily Weber, Jefferson; Maria Werre, Sun Prairie; Ashley Kohls, Waterloo; Sophia Collins, Sun Prairie; Jenna Gaal, Oconomowoc. (middle row, L-R) Matthias Winters, Watertown; Griffin Torgerson, Watertown; Ashley Fritz, Middleton;  Lydia Ulrich, Lake Mills; Brittni Jegerlehner, Sun Prairie; Chynarose Degner, Watertown. (back row, L-R) Eli Lipasti, Lake Mills; Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie; Joe Grambsch, Columbus; Paul Grunewald, Bettendorf, IA; Kyle Burger, Lake Mills. Missing are: Timothy Grant, Sun Prairie; Autumn Tracy, Lake Mills; Gabby Grunewald, Bettendorf, IA.

Four entries earned second place medals, including the Warrior Swing Choir, comprised of juniors and seniors including Becca Doering, Estrella Tesch, Mindy Meske, Ashley Koltz, Hannah Hoffman, Maddie McKenna, Lillie Johnstone, Jade Wood, Kyle Burger, David Wilson, Derek Gulrud, Elijah Tesch, Jacob Davis, Mark Hoeft, Josh Schoenfeld and Alex Pillard; a piano duet by sophomores Jenna Gaal and Emily Weber; a Music Theater solo by sophomore Emily Weber; and a soprano solo by sophomore Gabrielle Grunewald.

The Warrior Swing Choir were awarded silver medals at the recent Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) State Solo-Ensemble Festival April 30. They include (back row, L-R) Jacob Davis, Madison; Derek Gulrud, Marshall; Elijah Tesch, Sun Prairie; Kyle Burger, Lake Mills; Mark Hoeft, Fort Atkinson; Josh Schoenfeld, Lake Mills. (middle row, L-R) Alex Pillard, Oconomowoc; Estrella Tesch, Sun Prairie; Maddie McKenna, Lake Mills; Hannah Hoffman, Waterloo; David Wilson, Pardeeville. (front row, L-R) Mindy Meske, Jefferson; Becca Doering, Lake Mills; Ashley Koltz, Beaver Dam; Lillie Johnstone, Jefferson; Jade Wood, Madison.

To be eligible for State competition, the musicians were required to perform musical selections at Class A difficulty level, and earn a starred first rating at the WSMA District Festival held in February.



Lakeside Lutheran Forensics earns top score at state

For the second time in three years, the Lakeside Lutheran High School Forensics team captured the highest score among 340 high schools at the 121st Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WHSFA) State Festival. This is the 7th consecutive Excellence in Speech Award awarded to Lakeside Lutheran for scoring in the top 5% among participating high schools.

LLHS 4N6 takes top score at state WHSFA festival
For the 2nd time in 3 years the Lakeside Lutheran High School Forensics team captured the WHSFA Forensics State Championship, tying perennial powerhouse, Darlington High School, with a an impressive total of 90 points each. Pictured on the UW campus, front row, left-right: Josiah Eaker, David Wilson, Emma Guld. 2nd row, L-R: Devon Perkins, Maddie Triebold, Kaitlyn Gehler, Audra Sonntag, Maddie McKenna, Rebecca Doering, Max Thiele. 3rd row, L-R: Emily Weber, Maria Werre, Kayla Grundman, Emma Hans, Mira Parker, Sophie Griffin, Emily Raymond, Jenna Gaal, Tina Kehl, Molly Lindloff. 4th row, L-R: Coach Steve Lauber, Caleb Raymond, Derek Gulrud, Josh Schoenfeld, Malachi Mortensen, Justin Learned, Justin Gaal. Back row, L-R: Charlie Pingel, Kyle Burger, Caleb Strutz.

The UW-Madison campus hosted 4,656 students from across the state at this, the largest forensics tournament in the state on April 15. “Students in our academic sport practice long hours to hone their skills and meet the expectations upon which they will be judged,” says WHSFA Executive Director Adam Jacobi. “These schools represent consistent performance across a variety of contest events at our festival, and should be lauded for their performance.” Competing against 339 other high schools this spring, Lakeside Lutheran returned home again as the highest scoring team in the state, along with perennial powerhouse, Darlington High School; each had total of 90 team points.

At the State Festival, individual competitors receive a gold medal for a perfect score of 25, silver for a score of 23 or 24, a bronze for a score of 20-22 and a small bronze for lower scores. The whole team then receives points based on members’ individual scores, earning four points for each gold, three points for each silver, two points for each bronze and one point for each small bronze.

After qualifying all 25 entries—the maximum allowable—through sub-district and district competitions, the Lakeside Lutheran competitors earned a total of 15 gold and 10 silver medals at state, resulting in the championship 90 points.

“Having the top score at the tournament two years ago was a thrill, but to win it a second time in three years is special, especially for some of our juniors and seniors who were on the first State Championship team” said Lakeside Lutheran forensics coach Steve Lauber. “God has blessed these young adults with not only a great work ethic but tremendous speaking skills.”

The 15 gold medal entries include Caleb Strutz, Verona (Extemporaneous); Becca Doering, Lake Mills (Solo Acting); Jenna Gaal, Oconomowoc (Public Address);  Maria Werre, Sun Prairie (Storytelling); Emily Weber, Helenville (Storytelling); Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc (Storytelling); Kaitlyn Gehler, Waterloo and Derek Gulrud, Marshall (Playacting); Josh Schoenfeld, Lake Mills and Josiah Eaker, Watertown (Playacting); Caleb Raymond and Charlie Pingel, both Sun Prairie (Playacting); Devon Perkins, Madison (Moments in History); Audra Sonntag, Janesville (Prose); Emma Hans, Jefferson (Prose); Sophie Griffin, Lodi (Prose); Max Thiele, Oconomowoc (Demonstration); and David Wilson, Pardeeville (Radio Speaking).

Silver medals were awarded to Kyle Burger, Lake Mills (Solo Acting); Justin Learned, Watertown (Demonstration); Kayla Grundman, Waterloo (Special Occasion); Maddie McKenna, Lake Mills (Farrago); Malachi Mortensen, Beaver Dam (Moments in History); Mira Parker, DeForest (Poetry); Justin Gaal, Oconomowoc (Radio Speaking); Tina Kehl, Waterloo (Special Occasion); Molly Lindloff, Janesville (Prose); and Emily Raymond, Sun Prairie and Emma Guld, Lake Mills (Playacting).

For more information about the WHSFA, visit For more information about Lakeside Lutheran High School, contact Principal Grasby at 920-648-2321 or visit the LLHS website at