Academic Top 10 in Class of 2020

Lakeside Lutheran High School is pleased to announce its Academic Top Ten from the Class of 2020. Their profiles, in alphabetical order, follow:

Bilitz, AnnikaTop Ten Annika Bilitz, daughter of Jon and Mary Bilitz, Cottage Grove, will attend UW-Madison  to earn a business degree in marketing. She also plans to study abroad for a semester.

Bilitz is a 2019 Badger Girls State representative and was part of the WHSFA State gold medal forensics team. A track athlete, she also was a member of the National Honor Society, Teens for Christ, and Operation Go, a mission trip program where students travel throughout North America to support churches. She teaches Sunday school at her church, Wisconsin Lutheran Chapel, Madison.

“Although it wasn’t easy, transferring to Lakeside my sophomore year was one of the best memories of my life. Lakeside is filled with so many great students and staff that welcomed me in with open arms,” she says. “I’m thankful for the memories we have made—like taking a picture every day of senior year—and the many more to come, if we ever get out of quarantine.”

Collins, EllaSalutatorian Isabella Collins, daughter of Clark and Tricia Collins, Lake Mills, is a member at St. Paul, Lake Mills, where she helps with vacation Bible school.

She will head to Eastern Illinois University to study political science and pursue a law degree. She will also play volleyball at NCAA Division I level for the Panthers. In addition to an athletic scholarship, she has received the Presidential Scholarship—a full-tuition scholarship—at EIU, which was awarded to only 15 recipients out of  130 applicants this year.

Collins, a four-year varsity volleyball team member, was named Player of the Year this year.  In addition, she was a member of National Honor Society and Teens For Christ, where she served as an officer for one year.  She was also accepted into the Senate Scholar Program, a week-long program which includes working in the Capitol alongside State Legislators and participating in mock legislative activities. A piano player, she has won numerous WSMA medals at both district and state festivals.

As for her time at Lakeside, Collins says, “I loved the feeling of being surrounded every day by people who share my same faith and want me to grow both academically and spiritually. I love the way the whole school feels like family and the faculty cares so much for each and every student.”

Haw, GilbertTop Ten Gilbert Haw, son of Steven and Heidi Haw, Marshall, is a member of St. Paul, Lake Mills, where he played music in worship services.

A National Merit Finalist, he has been admitted to the Honors College at Valparaiso University in Indiana. He has received the Presidential Scholarship and will study engineering and German.

While at Lakeside, he participated in the AV Club, STEM Club, and band. He was also active in the Academic Bowl and multiple math meets, where he often scored the highest of all participants. He participated in robotics, and was part of the first-ever team from Lakeside to attend the state robotics competition.

Meier, EliseValedictorian Elise Meier, daughter of Bill and Cathy Meier, Watertown, plans to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College, where she earned the presidential scholarship. She plans to study cultural anthropology and Spanish with the goal of “traveling the world and experiencing all kinds of cultures, getting to know people and their stories” says Meier, who was born in Malawi, Africa. “It would be fun to be a missionary!”

A member of the National Honor Society and Student Achiever award winner, Meier also participated in drama productions, the school newspaper, and the math team. With Teens for Christ, she served as the secretary her junior year and as president her senior year. On Student Council, she was the Class Vice President and Student Body Secretary.  “My teachers have been the most incredible and hard working people I’ve ever met. Even though they taught some tough classes, they only wanted to see us succeed,” she says.

While at Lakeside, she participated in volleyball, cross country, softball, and intramural basketball. She also played club volleyball, where she was the team captain. A member of St. Mark, Watertown, she taught Sunday school and volunteered with the youth group. She also volunteered at Twice is Nice, a resale shop in Jefferson.

Pampel, LoganTop Ten Logan Pampel is the son of Jon and Julie Pampel, Johnson Creek. He will attend Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., to study economics. He plans to eventually pursue a law degree. Pampel, a member of the National Honor Society, was also on the math team and served with Teens For Christ. A three-sport athlete, he played football, basketball, and baseball. He received first-team all conference honors for football and received an honorable mention for the 2019 Wisconsin State Journal All-Area football team.

About his days at Lakeside, he says, “I enjoyed all the memories I made in athletics with teammates and coaches, and meeting new people and strengthening my faith.” A member of St. John, Jefferson, Pampel serves his church as an usher.

Reinke, MeganValedictorian Megan Reinke, daughter of David and Tina Reinke, Watertown, received a presidential scholarship to attend Concordia University, Mequon. She will study education and math. “I am excited to share my love of math with future students,” she says, “as well as work with kids and watch them grow in their knowledge.” She also received the Arne Engebretsen Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a high school senior who plans to major in mathematical education.

Reinke is a member at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Watertown, where she plays in the church band and has volunteered as a teacher’s aid for Sunday School. She also volunteers at Twice Is Nice Resale. At Lakeside, Reinke has been involved with mission trips for Operation Go and Teens for Christ, serving as the secretary her senior year. As a member of National Honor Society, she was treasurer her junior year and vice president her senior year.

Reinke has also participated in A Cappella Choir, math team, track and field, marching band, Academic Bowl, and attended the Lake Mills Optimist Club’s Annual Leadership Breakfast. She received a perfect score at the State Forensics Fest her junior year, and received a “1” rating at WSMA for piano solos and duets.

“Attending Lakeside Lutheran blessed me with many opportunities. I was able to travel across the country on mission trips and tour with choir and the band,” she says. “I have learned you can work hard and have fun at the same time. Lakeside has prepared me with a firm Christ-centered foundation for years to come.”

Schoenherr,OwenTop Ten Owen Schoenherr, son of Terry and Lisa Schoenherr, Cottage Grove, plans to attend UW-Whitewater to study accounting.

A member of the National Honor Society, Schoenherr also wants to get married, have children, and travel to Europe. He serves as an usher for worship services at Peace Lutheran Church, Sun Prairie.

“What I liked most about Lakeside is all the friends I made when I was here,” he says. “I loved hearing the Word of God every day.”

Thiele, LaurenValedictorian Lauren Thiele is the daughter of Dan and Teresa Thiele, Poynette. A member of Teens for Christ, she has joined in “New Friends” afternoons, prepared care packages for soldiers, helped with Christmas Gifts for Kids, and made tie-blankets for hospitals. During her four years on Student Council, she helped organize the LLHS blood drives, mission offerings, and participated in Homecoming planning.

She was also part of the Society for Women Engineers-Lakeside Lutheran chapter and helped this spring with a workshop for elementary-aged girls. As a member of National Honor Society, she participated in highway clean up, Twice is Nice volunteering, and a mental health awareness event.

Thiele played volleyball for two years and was a four-year varsity basketball player and track team member. She earned second team all-conference honors her senior year in basketball and was on several state relay teams for track.

“One thing that I found special about Lakeside was the feeling of high expectations,” she says. “The teachers always pushed me to be faithful in my work, the coaches would not settle for second best, and the student body was always full of kids I could look up to.”

As a member of Holy Cross, Madison, Thiele has volunteered with her church for summer vacation Bible school and camps. She plans  to attend the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities at the Carlson School of Management to study finance.

Thunderloud, KirstenSalutatorian Kirsten Thundercloud is the daughter of Valerie Clark and Josh Thundercloud, Jefferson.

“I liked the friendships I made and the sense of community that a small school like Lakeside offered. Even though we came from all over, I was able to meet so many new people,” she says. “Since we had a smaller class than some schools, I was able to get to know each of my classmates over four years and I had the comfort of knowing that we were all united in the same faith.”

While at Lakeside, she participated in basketball for one year, National Honor Society, piano, band, and the math team. In her community, she’s been a member of the Fort Atkinson Swim Team (FAST) since sixth grade.

A member of St. John Lutheran Church, Jefferson, she has committed to Dartmouth—receiving the Dartmouth General Scholarship—and is hoping to be accepted into their gap year program so she can volunteer, work, “and save a bit more money for tuition,” she says. Her goal is to “earn a degree in psychology and become a clinical or school psychologist.”

Westrate, GraceValedictorian Grace Westrate, daughter of Bill and Shela Westrate, Lake Mills, will be attending Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, where she has received the presidential scholarship, the Bridge scholarship, and an honors program scholarship. She will major in business and minor in entrepreneurship with the goal of having “my own business in the future, something where the majority of the profits could go toward helping different causes,” she says.

Westrate, the vice president of the student body,  played volleyball for three years and was named second-team all-conference in 2018. She has been involved in Teens for Christ and National Honor Society and was named a Lake Mills student rotarian as well.

A member at Door Creek Church, Madison, Westrate loves “the friends I’ve made at Lakeside, and since it is a smaller school, I got to see them every day! Also, to be able to be surrounded and learn with people that share my beliefs and genuinely care about each other as people has been such a blessing,” she says.

Forensics wins 10th straight title

Lakeside Lutheran High School forensics team participated in the Capitol Conference Tournament at Lake Mills High School Feb. 3 where students competed against each other within 17 speaking categories.  Of the 10 conference schools at the tournament, Lakeside Lutheran, coached by Steve Lauber, finished first with a total of 333 points, ahead of Lake Mills (189) and Lodi (154).  The win marks Lakeside’s tenth straight conference championship.

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The Lakeside Lutheran Forensics team, coached by Mr. Steve Lauber, recently won its tenth consecutive Capitol Conference championship at the meet held at Lake Mills High School February 3. Pictured in front row, L-R: Maximus Bennet, Micah Cody, Jacob Horta, Abbie DiGiovanni, Annika Bilitz, Grace Cody, Megan Reinke. 2nd row: Ian Olszewski, Matthea Lenz, Logan Wensel, Greta Pingel, Megan Jones, Lydia Bilitz, Ethan Lozano, Austin Schwab. 3rd row:  Kaylee Raymond, Brendan McKenna, Jocelyn Asmus, Ella Butzine, Bronte Perkins, Evelyn Schauer, Emilee Meiller, Caroline Schulz, Rose Hissom. Back row: Will Jorgenson, Matthew Gunst, Douglas Weittenhiller III, Connor Dobson, Christian Stuebs, Trey Lauber, Cyrus Wilke.

 The following students led the way in their individual categories for Lakeside Lutheran:

Megan Jones, Johnson Creek, placed first in Demonstration; Evelyn Schauer, Watertown, took first, and Caroline Schulz, DeForest, took second in Farrago; Matthew Gunst, Juneau, placed first, and Douglas Weittenhiller III, DeForest, took second in Informative; Logan Wensel, Johnson Creek, took first, and Trey Lauber, Lake Mills, took second in Moments in History. Bronte Perkins, Madison, and Ella Butzine, Sun Prairie, placed first in Playacting.

Connor Dobson, Johnson Creek, and Megan Grambsch, Columbus, tied for first place, and Greta Pingel, Sun Prairie, took second in Prose; Will Jorgensen, McFarland, and Jacob Horta, Helenville, tied for second place in Radio Speaking; Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson, placed first in Solo Acting Humorous, and Annika Bilitz, Cottage Grove, placed first in Solo Acting Serious. Kaylee Raymond, Sun Prairie, placed first in Special Occasion; and Ryann Burger, Lake Mills, took first place in Storytelling.

 On Feb. 18, sub-districts will be held at Jefferson High School, where the full team of 30 will begin competition to advance to the district meet and from there, to the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WFHSA) State Tournament at University of Wisconsin–Madison April 17.

Warrior Forensics wins 9th consecutive conference title

On Feb. 4, the Lakeside Lutheran High School forensics team participated in the Capitol Conference Tournament at Columbus 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 294 points, ahead of Lake Mills (232) and Belleville (165).  That win marks Lakeside’s 9th straight conference championship.

LL 4N6 2019 conf champs
The Lakeside Lutheran Forensics team, coached by Mr. Steve Lauber, recently won its ninth consecutive Capitol Conference championship at the meet held at Columbus February 4. Pictured in front row, L-R: Julia Hallman, Maddie Klug, Maddie Triebold, Sami Anderson, Annika Bilitz, Abbie Di Giovanni. Second row: Sophia Griffin, Kaylee Raymond, Jacob Horta, Megan Grambsch, Ella Butzine, Emma Statz, Megan Reinke, Ryann Burger, Bronte Perkins, Greta Pingel. Back Row: Kiara Wolfram, Chad Nolte, Matthea Lenz, Brendan McKenna, Matthew Gunst, Will Jorgenson, Doug Weittenhiller, Justin Learned. Missing: Max Thiele, Connor Dobson, Cannon Kerr

 The following students led the way in their individual categories for Lakeside Lutheran: Justin Learned, Watertown, placed first in Demonstration; Chad Nolte, Janesville, took a second in Farrago; Matthew Gunst, Juneau, placed second in Informative; Maddie Triebold, Oconomowoc, and Sami Anderson, Sun Prairie, placed first in Playacting, and Maddie Klug, Ixonia, and Sophie Griffin, Lodi, received a second.

Connor Dobson, Johnson Creek, placed first in Poetry; Kaylee Raymond, Sun Prairie, earned a first in Public Address; Will Jorgensen, McFarland, placed first in Radio Speaking; Cannon Kerr, Watertown, placed second in Radio Speaking; Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson, placed second in Solo Acting Humorous, and Annika Bilitz, Cottage Grove, received a second in Solo Acting Serious. Kiara Wolfram, Fort Atkinson placed first in Storytelling.

 On Feb. 18, sub-districts will be held at Deerfield High School, where the full team of 25 will begin competition to advance to the district meet and from there, to the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WFHSA) State Tournament at University of Wisconsin–Madison April 12.

Warrior Forensics 2nd at state meet

For the ninth year in a row, the Lakeside Lutheran High School Forensics team was awarded the Excellence in Speech Award for scoring in the top 5% among 341 participating high schools, placing second overall at the 123rd Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WHSFA) State Festival at UW-Madison April 20.

 

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For the ninth straight year, the Lakeside Lutheran High School Forensics team was awarded the Excellence in Speech Award at the WHSFA Forensics State Championship on April 20. The team placed second among 341 schools participating. Pictured on the UW campus, front row, left-right: Maddie Triebold, Jenna Gaal, Abbie DiGiovanni, Annika Bilitz, Kaitlyn Gehler, Bronte Perkins, Emma Guld. 2nd row, L-R: Sophie Griffin, Maria Werre, Samantha Anderson, Morgan Thiele, Kayla Grundman, Emily Raymond, Emily Weber, Emma Hans, Megan Grambsch, Ryann Burger. 3rd row, L-R: Will Jorgensen, Brendan McKenna, Chad Nolte, Devon Perkins, Matthew Gunst, Coach Steve Lauber. Back row, L-R: Cannon Kerr, Max Thiele, Charlie Pingel, Isaiah Coleman, Connor Dobson. (Missing: Ashley McLain)

 

The UW-Madison campus hosted more than 4,300 students from across the state at this, the largest forensics festival in the state. “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 with 340 other high schools this spring, Lakeside Lutheran returned home with 91 of a possible 100 team points to rank as one of the top two teams; Boscobel High School took first with 92 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 16 gold and nine silver medals at state. “Working with this dedicated group of students and seeing them progress as speakers has been very rewarding to see,” says Coach Steve Lauber.

The 16 gold medal entries include Sophia Griffin, Lodi (Solo Acting, Serious); Kaitlyn Gehler, Waterloo (Poetry); Isaiah Coleman, Watertown and Emma Guld, Lake Mills (Playacting); Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie (Solo Acting, Serious); Ashley McLain, Juneau (Special Occasion); Matthew Gunst, Hartford (Prose); Maria Werre, Sun Prairie (Storytelling); Devon Perkins, Madison (Moments in History); Emily Weber, Helenville (Farrago); Bronte Perkins, Madison (Solo Acting, Humorous); Abbie DiGiovanni, Fort Atkinson (Solo Acting, Humorous); Megan Grambsch, Columbus (Prose); Emma Hans, Jefferson (Farrago); Annika Bilitz, Cottage Grove (Prose); Chad Nolte, Janesville (Four-Minute); Ryann Burger, Lake Mills (Poetry).

Silver medals were awarded to Emily Raymond, Sun Prairie (Solo Acting, Serious); Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc, and Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie (Playacting); Kayla Grundman, Waterloo (Oratory); Max Thiele, Oconomowoc (Impromptu); Cannon Kerr, Watertown (Radio Speaking); Jenna Gaal, Oconomowoc (Four-Minute); Will Jorgensen, McFarland (Radio Speaking); Brendan McKenna, Lake Mills (Demonstration); Connor Dobson, Johnson Creek (Prose).

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

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