ACT exam results among highest in state 

ACT Research Services of Iowa City, Iowa, recently released the ACT scores for the Lakeside Lutheran High School class of 2017.

Of the 93 members of the  2017 class, 87, or 94%, wrote the exam. Based on a 36-point scale, the composite score of these students was 23.9, above the state composite of 20.5 for almost 100% of students writing the exam statewide. This composite score keeps Lakeside Lutheran among the top 2% of over 460 high schools in the state, as reported by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction.

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According to ACT Inc., the test is not an aptitude or IQ test, but directly related to what students have learned in high school courses. They use the results to predict college readiness. For that, 52% of Lakeside Lutheran test-takers met all four standards for college readiness in English Composition, Algebra, Social Science, and Biology. That is more than twice the state average of 25%. According to ACT research, students who meet these benchmarks are more likely to succeed in college and earn a degree than those who don’t. “It is the rigor of coursework—rather than simply the number of core courses—that has the greatest impact on ACT performance and college readiness,” the non-profit organization states.

“In addition to having higher average ACT scores than many local schools, the College Board stated that our composite percentage of students who are ‘college ready’ in four core subjects is more than double the state’s composite,” says Principal James Grasby. “This means that a majority of Lakeside graduates are very likely to earn a “B” or above in English Composition, Algebra, the Social Sciences, and Biology in college-level courses. This is a great testimony to God’s blessing on our students’ work.”

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The ACT is a national college admission and placement examination that is used by more colleges than any other examination. Begun in 1959, more than 1.8 million students wrote the ACT last school year, including almost 67,000 students in Wisconsin. The ACT is a standard assessment for all 11th-graders in Wisconsin public high schools.

Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills is a ministry operated by a federation of 31 Lutheran congregations who are affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod or the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. The school holds accreditation from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), a division of AdvancED. For more information, contact Principal James Grasby at (920) 648-2321.

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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.

 

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.

Warrior musicians qualify for State Music Festival

Sixteen Class A entries from Lakeside Lutheran High School earned a starred first rating at the district level of the Wisconsin State Music Association (WSMA) Solo-Ensemble Festival. Starred first ratings in Class A, the highest level of music selection, qualify the musicians to perform at the WSMA State Festival at UW-Whitewater April 29.

Two large ensembles were among those advancing to the state festival, including the Lakeside Lutheran Percussion Ensemble and the Swing Choir. Two solos in piano, four vocal solos, as well as an F horn, an alto sax, a flute and a marimba solo advance. Three piano duets and a piano trio also earned a trip to state.

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The Lakeside Lutheran Swing Choir also qualified for state. The choir includes back row from left, Maddie McKenna, Lake Mills; Mindy Meske, Jefferson; Jenna Gaal, Lake Mills; Jade Wood, Madison; Emma Guld, Lake Mills, Sophia Collins, Lake Mills; Maria Werre, Sun Prairie; Emily Weber, Helenville. Front, from left is Jacob Meyer, Sun Prairie; Derek Gulrud, Marshall; Skyler Christianson, Janesville; Luke Willems, Johnson Creek; Philip Treptow, Avalon; Noah Lorenz, Watertown; Andrew Burk, Johnson Creek; Kyle Burger, Lake Mills.
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The solo, duet and trio state qualifiers from Lakeside Lutheran are back row, L-R: Griffin Torgerson, Watertown (piano duet, piano trio); Alyson Steffan, Lake Mills (vocal solo), Ashley Fritz, Middleton (Sax solo); Sophia Collins, Lake Mills (marimba solo); Matthias Winters, Watertown (piano duet, piano trio). Middle row, L-R: Cara McElroy, Madison (flute solo); Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie (vocal solo); Maria Werre, Sun Prairie (2 vocal solos); Jamee Wohling, Beaver Dam (piano duet); Violet Dumke, Verona (piano duet). Front row, L-R: Fai Haw, Lake Mills (French horn solo); Tina Kehl, Waterloo (piano duet); Samantha Kohls, Waterloo (piano solo, piano trio); Riley Schulz, Fort Atkinson (piano duet).
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The Lakeside Lutheran Percussion Ensemble qualified for the WSMA state festival. Members of the ensemble include back row, L-R: Mitchell Doyle, Watertown; Jonah Rupnow, Watertown; Ryan Preskar, Juneau; Benjamin Ertman, Fort Atkinson. Middle row, L-R: Trevor Geerdts, Windsor; Cody Gumz, Marshall; Aaron Natvig, Cottage Grove; J Doyle, DeForest; Annika Butzow, Janesville. Front row, L-R: Rachel Mayer, Fort Atkinson; Cara McElroy, Madison; Sophia Collins, Lake Mills; Jamee Wohling, Beaver Dam. Missing from photo are Javin Hollis and Justin Learned.

In addition to the 16 starred first entries, Lakeside Class A musicians were awarded four first ratings and 14 seconds, for a total of 34 Class A performances. In class B, Lakeside Lutheran had 18 entries. Of those, seven earned a first place rating and 11 earned a second rating. Four of the seven Class C entries from Lakeside earned a first rating while three received a second.

Overall, Lakeside had 59 solo or ensemble entries that involved more than 75 students. Poynette High School and Luther Prep School were the 2017 sites that hosted more than 650 entries from among 11 Capitol North Conference middle and high schools in late February.

Warrior trackster signs to jump for University of North Dakota

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Laura Hafenstein, a D2 long jump state medalist in June 2016, signed to jump for UND next year. She is pictured with her family, including parents Brian and Tammy Hafenstein. Lakeside head coach for girls track, Jim Bauer (L) and jumping coach Caleb Davisson stand behind the family.

Lakeside Lutheran High School is pleased to announce that a senior athlete has signed her national letter of intent on November 14 to the University of North Dakota women’s track and field program.

Laura Hafenstein, daughter of Brian and Tammy Hafenstein of Lake Mills, was recruited by Division 1 UND in Grand Forks. Hafenstein has been a member of the successful girls’ program at Lakeside Lutheran since freshman year, most recently contributing toward the 3rd place overall team finish at the WIAA Division 2 State Meet last June with her 5th place medal in long jump. At Lakeside, she has also played four years of basketball and also high jumped and run hurdles on the track and field team.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.