Gunst named Wisconsin Holstein scholarship winner

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Lakeside Lutheran senior Matthew Gunst of Hartford

Baraboo, Wis. – May 13, 2020 – The Wisconsin Holstein Association has named Matthew Gunst a 2020 Wisconsin Holstein Association scholarship recipient. Gunst will be receiving the $1,000 John Klossner Memorial Scholarship, established for John—a young man who touched many lives during his short Junior Holstein career. Given in memory of John who tragically passed away in an accident while exhibiting at one of his favorite events, the Wisconsin Junior State Fair, this scholarship was established by John’s parents, Richard and Roxanne Klossner, and is given each year to a student who is considered a role model to other junior members.

The son of Dennis and Nichole Gunst of Hartford, Matthew is a senior at Lakeside Lutheran High School. He is involved in the Lakeside Lutheran FFA Chapter, his church, and is currently serving on the Junior Activities Committee for the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association. He plans to pursue a career as an agricultural lawyer at the University of Minnesota in order to help dairy farmers everywhere.

Gunst is among 16 outstanding individuals that have received scholarships from the Wisconsin Holstein Association this year. The Wisconsin Holstein Association is a not-for-profit membership organization with the purpose of promoting the Wisconsin Holstein Registered Breed, breeders, and owners. For more information visit www.wisholsteins.com.

Doering awarded Public Power scholarship

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Lakeside Lutheran senior Kyle Doering

Lakeside Lutheran is pleased to share the news from the office of Greg Hoffman, Energy Services Representative from Lake Mills Light & Water, that the 2020 Public Power Scholarship has been awarded to Kyle Doering of Lake Mills. Doering was awarded the $500 based on winning an essay contest.

The scholarship, part of Lake Mills Light & Water’s commitment to give back to the community and contribute to educational efforts, is available to seniors whose parents are customers. Doering is the son of Matthew and Jill Doering, Lake Mills. He plans to attend Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn., to pursue a degree in Elementary and Social Studies Education.

Doering awarded Rotary scholarship

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Lakeside Lutheran senior Kyle Doering

Senior Kyle Doering, son of Matthew and Jill of Lake Mills, was awarded a $2,000 Lake Mills Rotary Scholarship.

Doering was awarded the scholarship based on his character, leadership, scholarship, and participation during his high school years as well as his essay on the value of Rotary and service in the community. He plans to attend Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., to pursue a degree in Elementary and Social Studies Education.

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. The scholarships are funded primarily through the annual Scholarship Brunch offered to the public each February.

McGurk awarded Herb Kohl scholarship

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Senior Katelyn McGurk received a 2020 Student Initiative Scholarship from the Herb Kohl Foundation.

A $10,000 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2020 Student Initiative Scholarship was presented to senior Katelyn McGurk at a recognition luncheon hosted by Herb Kohl, Wisconsin philanthropist and businessman. Katelyn plans to attend Martin Luther College to study Elementary and Special Education. She is the daughter of Damion and Laura Dehnert of Lake Mills and Chris McGurk of Fargo, N. Dak.

The Kohl Initiative Scholarship recognizes students who are putting forth extraordinary effort to do their best in the classroom and have overcome significant obstacles or adversity. Recipients are selected by their teachers and school administrators.

“Katelyn is a very deserving recipient of the Kohl Initiative Scholarship,” says Lakeside Lutheran Guidance Director Andy Rosenau. “Not only does the award recognize the challenges recipients have overcome, but it offers hope and opportunity to students that might not otherwise be able pursue a four-year college degree. It can be truly life changing.”

Since 1990 the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has annually awarded scholarships to 200 graduating high school students throughout Wisconsin. Since it was established in 1990, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has awarded $14.5 million to Wisconsin students, teachers, principals, and schools.

2020 Badger State reps announced

Lakeside Lutheran High School has announced its 2020 Badger Boys and Girls State representatives. The boys selected to represent Lakeside Lutheran at the 79th session of Badger Boys State at Ripon College from June 13-20 are Will Jorgensen, son of Mark and Nancy, McFarland, and Devin Splinter, son of Dan and Cheryl, Ixonia. The girls representing Lakeside Lutheran at the 77th session of Badger Girls State at UW-Oshkosh from June 11-26 are Lydia Buxa, daughter of Greg and Linda, Oconomowoc, and Ashley Grundman, daughter of Todd and Sherry, Waterloo.

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Lakeside Lutheran representatives for the 2020 Badger Boys and Girls State Conferences in June include (L-R) Devin Splinter, Ashley Grundman, Will Jorgensen, and Lydia Buxa.

Lydia Buxa, currently tied for first in class GPA, is planning a career in pediatric or neonatal nursing. She started Butterflies for Henry, a charity that donates all proceeds from the sale of hand-painted magnets and printed stickers to the family of a two-year-old boy who suffers from a rare skin disease. She is a member of Teens for Christ, a service organization at Lakeside, and this summer will participate in a STEAM Camp in Alaska  as part of Lakeside’s Operation Go mission teams. She has also volunteered at Twice is Nice Resale Shop seasonal changeovers, St. Paul, Lake Mills’ annual Trunk or Treat, Thrivent Financial’s Military Day, and at Lighthouse Youth Center in Milwaukee.

Buxa, who works at Kwik Trip, is a member of the National Honor Society, Academic Bowl team, and the Math team. She is also on the yearbook staff and the newspaper editorial team. She attended the Lake Mills Leadership Optimist’s Club Breakfast and was a delegate to the 2019 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp. A member at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Farmington, she sings in the A Cappella choir, played volleyball for one year, basketball for two seasons, and has been on varsity track for three years.

“I’m glad to be chosen for BGS because it’s an opportunity to let my leadership grow,” she says. “I’m excited to not just learn about how government works, but also actually experience and become a part of it.”

For three years, Ashley Grundman has participated in golf, STEM Club, math meets, and the Academic Bowl. She was a founding member of Lakeside’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, is also a member of the National Honor Society, has been part of FFA for two years, was in the drama production her sophomore year, and managed the girls soccer team her freshman year. She serves as the secretary of Teens for Christ, “which I feel is a huge honor as a junior,” she says. A member of A Cappella Choir, she has participated in Operation Go mission trips, helps with chapel set up and the Grand Event—the school’s fundraising gala.

At her church, St. John-Newville, Waterloo, she helps with VBS and Sunday school, the Altar Guild, church decorating committee, and the church band. She is also active in the youth group and helps younger kids participate in the Christmas service. In addition, Grundman holds three part-time jobs as an assistant to a SimplyFun™ educational board game company rep, seasonal work at James J. Chocolate in Lake Mills, and as church secretary.

Grundman, who is considering a career in teaching or the medical field, is “looking forward to meeting with girls from other schools around the state, talking with them and learning about the different cultures within our own state. I’m also excited for what I might learn there, as I’ve been told the different life skills you learn can be used throughout your entire life,” she says.

Will Jorgensen, a member of Our Redeemer, Madison, volunteers at his church’s vacation Bible school and is active in their youth group. He has participated in Operation Go, taking two mission trips to Alaska. At school, Jorgensen participates in forensics, Teens for Christ, track, National Honor Society, and A Cappella Choir. His freshman year, he was on the baseball team and took piano lessons.

As a member of the football team, he earned 1st team all-conference as an offensive lineman and he is the off-season football captain, in charge of making sure people are in the weight room and stay interested in football.

Jorgensen is considering a career in business or international relations, “because I enjoy learning Spanish and business classes,” he says. He is looking forward to Badger Boys State to “meet new and interesting people, and to learn how government works by experiencing it firsthand. I think that BBS is going to be a fun and memorable experience, and I am honored to have been nominated.”

Through Badger Boys State, Devin Splinter is “looking forward to learning how to be a better leader in my school and my community,” he says. Splinter, who is considering being a middle school teacher, is active in his community, having been a beef representative on the Jefferson County MAP committee and 12-year member of the Ixonia Victory 4-H club, where he has served as president, vice-president, and secretary. This summer will be his seventh year showing and selling steer at the Jefferson County Fair, where he has won multiple awards and ribbons.

Splinter is a member of St. Matthew, Oconomowoc, where he serves as a group leader for Vacation Bible School and Christmas 4 Kids. At school, Splinter participates in football, track, Teens for Christ, National Honor Society, math team, and New Friends. He is headed to Chattanooga, Tenn., this summer as part of an Operation Go mission trip.

“I am glad to have been chosen for BBS because I know it is a huge honor. I am also really glad that my teachers have chosen me for this because it helps me stay focused on my schoolwork and the way I act around other people,” he says.

 

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.

NHS raises mental health awareness

Student members of the Lakeside Lutheran National Honor Society recently hosted a cornhole tournament on campus to raise awareness and funds for teen mental health.

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Officers in the LLHS National Honor Society chapter recently organized a cornhole tournament to benefit teen mental health. Posing in front of the event banner are (L-R): Carter Schneider, Ryann Burger, Megan Reinke and Kyle Doering.

In partnership with social service agency Christian Family Solutions (CFS), Lakeside hosted “Tosses for Teens” on Nov. 17 that had a two-fold purpose— to raise funds and to bring awareness of the growing need for mental health support for teens. With more than 60 teams paying to participate and sponsorship, concessions and a bake sale, and donations from Lang Group Realty in Lake Mills, a Thrivent Financial Action Team, Kwik Trip, WalMart, and an anonymous $1,000 matching donor, well over $3,500 was raised for the cause.

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Before the tournament began, the crowd watched a video about teen mental health and the value of providing counseling to address teen issues such as anxiety and depression.

Statistics from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry show that one in five young adults live with a mental health condition that can include anxiety disorders, behavior or mood disorders or substance use disorders. Lakeside students facing these challenges qualify for up to five free sessions with a licensed professional Christian counselor. Many meetings take place via a secure video program, allowing students to receive these services at school in a private location. CFS serves 28 high schools and prep schools across the nation with this type of counseling through its Member Assistance Program, which the tournament proceeds went to support.

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Teachers Eric Dorn, left, and Nate Sievert beat out more than 60 other teams to take the championship. They are posing behind one of their prizes, a set of handcrafted and custom-painted cornhole boards.

The team that won the tournament was comprised of two Lakeside teachers, Eric Dorn and Nate Sievert. Other participants won drawings and other prizes including a costume competition. Several NHS senior officers— president Ryann Burger, Lake Mills; treasurer Kyle Doering, Lake Mills; vice-president Megan Reinke, Watertown; and secretary Carter Schneider, Lake Mills—worked with the group’s advisor and school Guidance Director, Andy Rosenau, to coordinate the event. A photo gallery of the day is at llhs.smugmug.com/LLFamily.

Lakeside Lutheran National Honor Society is dedicated to the development of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. NHS members plan and perform various service and leadership activities throughout the school year, such as a Christmas toy drive for foster families, Adopt-a-Highway clean up, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “Penny Wars” and more. Students are first eligible for selection at the end of the sophomore year. Candidates need a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher, at least three leadership roles, several hours of community service, and character references. For more information about NHS or Lakeside Lutheran High School, contact Principal James Grasby at 920-648-2321 or jgrasby@llhs.org.

Christian Family Solutions (CFS) is the Social Service Division of Wisconsin Lutheran Child & Family Service (WLCFS), a non-profit social service agency headquartered in Germantown, Wis. CFS licensed Christian counselors, through in-person and technology-assisted consultations, also assist children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in a supportive, Christ-centered atmosphere on a wide range of disorders, addictions, emotional pain and other mental health issues. For more information about CFS, contact Dan Nommensen at 800-438-1772 or dnommensen@wlcfs.org.

Teens provide meals for foster families

Members of the Lakeside Lutheran Teens for Christ service organization met recently after school to make meals to support area foster families. Several teens assembled “freezer meals” that included chicken casserole and dessert that will be provided to area foster families. As these families serve their community by caring for children in need, Teens for Christ wish to serve them by lightening their load at mealtime.

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Senior Elise Meier from Watertown, co-president of Teens for Christ, worked with Mrs. Kessia Boche, Kingdom Workers Foster Support Coordinator, to coordinate the event. Boche and Mrs. Ruth Hirschfeld, Teens for Christ faculty advisor, supervised the teens during meal assembly. Students making the meals (pictured above, L-R) included Laura Zank, Juneau; Lydia Buxa, Oconomowoc; Annika Bilitz, Cottage Grove; Keira Thurnbauer, Lake Mills; Madelyn Plitzuweit, Oconomowoc; Megan Grambsch, Columbus; Megan Reinke, Watertown; Emma Statz, Helenville; Harmony Schmidt, Watertown; and Brynn Boche, Watertown. The service project was also supported with grant dollars from the Thrivent Financial Action Team program.

Lakeside Lutheran Teens for Christ is an education and service group that focuses on pro-life issues, and commits itself to service projects. The group is comprised of more than 150 Lakeside students and meets regularly throughout the school year to discuss life issues and plan activities that relate to the topic. These and other teens have or will participate in a shoe drive for Samaritan’s Feet that supplies children with shoes for school; “New Friends,” an afternoon to have fun with special needs individuals; visits to residents at nursing homes and assisted living facilities; volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank in Madison; serving at the Watertown Alpha Resource Center gala, and more. For more information about Teens for Christ or Lakeside Lutheran High School, contact Principal James Grasby at 920-648-2321 or jgrasby@llhs.org

Kingdom Workers Foster Support Program partners with local community members and churches to find and implement ways to provide emotional and physical support for foster parents in order to continue providing love and structure for children in foster care. For more information about this program, contact Kessia Boche at 414-771-6848 or info@kingdomworkers.com

Student musicians receive recognition

The Lakeside Lutheran Music Department, led by Choir Director James Buege and Band Director Glen Pufahl, presented music awards for the 2018-19 academic year to several student musicians at Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School.

AcadAwds2019_AndersonThe National School Choral Award® is the highest honor for high school choral performers. It recognizes the dedication and musical achievement of top choral students nationwide and was awarded to senior Samantha Anderson, daughter of Daniel and Natalie of Sun Prairie.

Olivia Fregien, daughter of Brad and Rachel of Madison, received an Outstanding Vocalist award for the A Cappella Choir. AcadAwds2019_GrambschBenjamin Grambsch, son of Chad and Rachel of Columbus, received the Outstanding Leadership award. Abigail Buxa, daughter of Greg and Linda of Oconomowoc, received the Senior Accompanist award.

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Sophia Griffin, Lodi, and Madelynn Klug, Ixonia, received 2019 choreography awards at Lakeside Lutheran in Lake Mills.

The Swing Choir Choreographer recognition was given to Sophia Griffin, daughter of Dave and Nedra of Lodi, and Madelynn Klug, daughter of Kevin and Gretchen of Ixonia.

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Those seniors recognized for perfect attendance in more than 40 events over their two-year A Cappella tenures at the recent Lakeside Lutheran Awards Night were (L-R) Olivia Fregien, Madison; Olivia Kassulke, Watertown; and Hannah Willems, Johnson Creek. Fregien also received the Outstanding Vocalist Award. (Missing: Megan Borth)

Senior choir members, Megan Borth, daughter of Dale and Julie of Watertown; Olivia Fregien; Olivia Kassulke, daughter of Tim and Tammie of Watertown; and Hannah Willems, daughter of Drew and Heidi of Johnson Creek, were recognized for perfect attendance in more than 40 events over their two-year A Cappella tenures.

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Winning Outstanding Musician instrumental awards recently at Lakeside Lutheran in Lake Mills were (back row, l-r) Carson Brumm, Lake Mills; Luke Marti, Oconomowoc; Gilbert Haw, Marshall; Tyler Affeld, Watertown; Cody Gumz, Marshall. (front row) Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc; Olivia Fregien, Madison; Riley Schulz, Fort Atkinson; Jadyn Duddeck, Whitewater, (also awarded Woody Herman Jazz Award, John Philip Sousa Band Award); and Katelyn McGurk, Lake Mills.

In band, Outstanding Musicians are chosen by fellow band members in recognition for outstanding musical achievements, cooperation and dedication to the Lakeside Lutheran band program. This year’s recipients include Carson Brumm, son of Kevin Brumm of Lake Mills and Karen Scholten of Rapid River, Mich., tuba; Gilbert Haw, son of Steven and Heidi Haw of Marshall, trombone; Jadyn Duddeck, daughter of Timothy Duddeck of Whitewater and Jody Duddeck of Palmyra, saxophone; Luke Marti, son of Kevin and Julie Marti of Oconomowoc, baritone; Tyler Affeld, son of Dave and Brenda Affeld of Watertown, trumpet; Olivia Fregien, flute; Riley Schulz, daughter of Todd and LaRae Schulz of Fort Atkinson, flute; Madelaine Triebold, daughter of Dana Triebold and Kurt Treibold of Oconomowoc, clarinet; Cody Gumz, son of Rachelle Jaeger of Marshall, percussion; and Katelyn McGurk, daughter of Damion and Laura Dehnert and Chris McGurk of Lake Mills, French horn.

The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award® was inaugurated in 1974 with the consent of his widow shortly after this great jazz artist died in 1971. It honors the outstanding jazz musician at each high school nationwide; this year’s award was presented to Gilbert Haw. The Woody Herman Jazz Award® was created in 1988, shortly after Herman’s death, also to honor outstanding jazz students, and was given to Jadyn Duddeck.

Said to be the most prestigious band award given to a high school band member, the John Philip Sousa Band Award is given to recognize superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation, and was awarded to Jadyn Duddeck.

Badger State reps announced

Lakeside Lutheran High School has announced its 2019 Badger Boys and Girls State representatives. The boys selected to represent Lakeside Lutheran at the 78th session of Badger Boys State at Ripon College from June 8-15 are Alex Ryan, son of Jeffery and Christine, Lake Mills, and Carter Schneider, son of Scott and Laura, Jefferson. The girls representing Lakeside Lutheran at the 76th session of Badger Girls State at UW-Oshkosh from June 16-21 are Annika Bilitz, daughter of Jon and Mary, Cottage Grove, and Lauren Thiele, daughter of Dan and Teresa, Poynette.

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Lakeside Lutheran has chosen its representatives for the 2019 Badger Boys and Girls State Conferences in June. The reps for the class of 2019, pictured L-R, are Annika Bilitz, Lauren Thiele, Alex Ryan, and Carter Schneider.

Annika Bilitz has participated in choir, track, Teens for Christ, and National Honor Society. Also a member of the forensics team, she has received second-team all-state honors and a gold medal at the WHSFA state meet. At Wisconsin Lutheran Chapel on the UW-Madison campus, she is a Sunday school teacher, helps with Christmas for Kids, and is active in the teen group.

Currently ranked eighth in the class in GPA, she is considering a career in business public relations or journalism. A sophomore transfer from Luther High School, Onalaska, Wis., Bilitz says, “My family moved after my first year of high school, so it was like starting over. New friends, new teachers, new city, new everything! I jumped in with both feet and embraced the move and my new circumstances. I have actually thrived in my new school and feel honored that they have chosen me to represent the school at Badger Girls State! I am excited to meet more new people and make new friends.”

Lauren Thiele, currently tied for first in class GPA, has been the Student Council class President for all three years and helps plan the annual blood drive, as well as homecoming and winter carnival. She has participated in Teens for Christ for three years (New Friends), is a member of the National Honor Society, and serves as the secretary for Lakeside’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. Thiele is considering a career in business or engineering.

A member at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Madison, Thiele participates in vacation Bible school, as well as the church’s sports camps and fundraising activities. At school she played volleyball for two years, has been on varsity for both basketball and track for three years, and served as a captain of the basketball team. She has attended the Lake Mills Leadership Optimist’s Club Breakfast and received second place (regional Wisconsin) for the Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

“It’s an honor to be chosen from a group of high-excellence students at Lakeside. I am excited to work with new people and make a contribution to advance myself and those around me,” she says. She is also looking forward to “developing new skills in leadership and hear from many different people who have years of experience.”

Alex Ryan, a member of St. Paul, Lake Mills. volunteers at Twice is Nice Resale store, Second Harvest food bank, and with Adopt-A-Highway cleanup with National Honor Society. In addition, he ushers at his church.

At school, Ryan participates in Teens for Christ,  the student newspaper, and the school yearbook. He is the team captain for the baseball team and made first team all-conference his freshman and sophomore years. He travels to play baseball for Stiks Academy and was invited to the Prep Baseball Report Future Games representing Team Wisconsin in Indianapolis. He also played basketball for two years and has been a Lakeside representative to the Lake Mills Leadership Optimist’s Club Breakfast.

“I am looking forward to spending time with many great people and learning new things about leadership,” says Alex. “There are many guys in my class that are deserving of this honor, and I am grateful to be chosen.”

Carter Schneider is “a hard worker who puts his heart into things. I would much rather be a hands-on guy than letting someone else do it, whatever it is,” he says. “I consider myself easy to talk to, whether it’s kids my age or adults, and I don’t mind speaking in front of people.”

Schneider is a member of St. Paul, Lake Mills, where he ushers, canvasses, and serves as a VBS counselor. He works on a chicken farm and has prepared food for people at the Ronald McDonald house. At school, he is his class Vice-President of Student Council and has received academic letters all three years. He received an all-conference honorable mention for baseball last year. Also a member of the National Honor Society, he is considering a career in engineering, business, or accounting.

Commenting on what he’s most looking forward to during the Badger Boy session, he reports that he is looking forward to the opportunity to learn “more about what it’s like to be a leader.”

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.