Annual “Top 10” LL stories of 2019

While the family of Lakeside Lutheran High School look forward to the blessings a new year brings, there’s value—and fun!—in reviewing the past year. The LLHS good news team took its annual look at the 57 news stories and 595 other Facebook posts shared in calendar year 2019 and narrowed them to 10 newsbits that garnered the most attention or celebrated God’s blessing on our school, students, and LLHS community. Enjoy the year in review . . . from the end of 2019 back to the beginning. 

November: LLHS significantly exceeds expectations in DPI study

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Your LLHS ranks 29 out of 428 private schools who participate in the choice program, according to the State Department of Public Instruction report cards for private schools. They assess schools based on student achievement, improvements in achievement, and potential post high school success. For the 2018-19 school year, Lakeside Lutheran High School received an overall score of 84.8, which is a 5-star rating of “significantly exceeds expectations.” 

 

November: First-ever cornhole tournament benefits teens’ mental health support

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Student members of the Lakeside Lutheran National Honor Society hosted a cornhole tournament on campus to raise awareness and funds for teen mental health. 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 (over $3,500!) and to bring awareness of the growing need for mental health support for teens. 

 

October: Girls golf regional champs

2019 regional champs-croppedYour Lady Warriors are Regional Champions and junior Maya Heckmann had top score with an 84.

After only 5 seasons with the rejuvenated girls golf program, this is an awesome accomplishment. 

August: Holy Trinity, Okauchee, joins Federation

Holy Trinity church 2019At the start of the 2019-2020 school year, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church & School in Okauchee joined our Federation. This brings the total to 32 churches and 21 schools that join together to support Lakeside and Christian secondary education! 

 

July: Warrior Band is tops! 

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On the summer band trip, the Warrior Band scored the highest among all bands—scoring 93/100 points, and took first place in its class at the Cherry Royale Parade, Traverse City, Mich.

 

July: Full-time Executive Director begins work

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Kirk DeNoyer accepted the call to serve as Lakeside’s first full-time executive director. While the principal is responsible for the educational side of Lakeside, the Executive Director will be responsible for the business side of Lakeside—all the programs and services that support the educational side. 

 

June: Baseball regional champs

regional champs.jpgOur baseball team celebrates their regional championship and receives eight all-conference selections—what a thriller of a rollercoaster ride this year! 

 

March: Corlett’s crown of life 

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The LL drama department was blessed with Mrs. Corlett’s sewing and costuming skills for many years, and so memorialized her end-of-life testimony of faith for its annual t-shirt in 2019.

Mrs. Sandy Corlett, who taught at Lakeside for almost 20 years, was called home to heaven on March 30. Although from an earthly perspective this temporary goodbye is sad news, from God’s perspective “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants” (Psalm 116:15). Lakeside was a second home to Sandi and her love for others is missed dearly. 

 

 

 

 

 

March: A Cappella Choir heads to California

ACap Cali 19 bulletin-cover.jpgDuring spring break, A Cappella Choir flew to California to sing at four churches and two schools. One concert-goer told them he had tears in his eyes during the first song. “I’ve never heard anything like that and I realize it’s a taste of what heaven will be like.” While there, they explored California, seeing mountains, the ocean, visiting Disneyland, and San Francisco. 

 

February: Twice is Nice Resale Store hits another milestone

Twice is Nice presentationIn February, Good Stewards, Inc., the managing organization of Twice Is Nice Retail store in Jefferson announced a significant milestone: $5 million in support given to Lakeside Lutheran High School. Monies donated from Twice is Nice to the high school are used in several areas of the school, including general operating costs, student assistance, building fund and school “wishlist” items.

“Warriors” awarded Turnquist Memorial scholarship

Miranda Blake, daughter of Kenneth and Tina, Watertown, and Emily Meske, daughter of Jeff and Jayne, Jefferson, were awarded the Morgan Turnquist Memorial “Warrior Scholarship” at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School.

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Miranda Blake of Watertown was presented the Morgan Turnquist Memorial “Warrior Scholarship” at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School. Pictured with Blake are Travis and Kristin Turnquist, of Madison. Emily Meske of Jefferson, not pictured, also received the award.

 

Seniors Blake and Meske were presented the $500.00 scholarship by Morgan’s brother, Travis Turnquist and his wife Kristin. Blake intends to attend Madison College to study nursing. Meske plans to study intercultural studies at Moody Bible Institute.

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The “Warrior Scholarship” was established by the family of Morgan Turnquist, who would have been in the Lakeside Lutheran class of 2014, but died in 2013 after a 14-year battle with brain cancer. Her family emphasized the “warrior” qualities they saw in Morgan. The award reads in part, “Cancer was all Morgan ever knew, but she refused to let it define her. She maintained a positive attitude to the end. She rarely complained about her situation and stayed true to her family and friends and most importantly to her Lord. Morgan struggled most of her life, but never lost sight of her prize.” The scholarship is intended to reward seniors at Lakeside who exemplify this Christian faithfulness and perseverance in the face of struggle.

Warrior musicians qualify for State Music Festival

Lakeside Lutheran High School is pleased to announce that 16 Class A entries earned a starred first rating at the Wisconsin State Music Association (WSMA) Solo-Ensemble District level held the week of Feb. 18-25. Starred first ratings in Class A, the highest level of music selection, qualify musicians to perform at the WSMA State Festival at UW-Whitewater Saturday, April 27.

notes_music_backgroundThree large ensembles were among those advancing to state competition: the Warrior Percussion Ensemble, Warrior Jazz Ensemble, and Lakeside Swing Choir. A piano duet by Ella Collins, Lake Mills, and Madelyn Plitzuweit, Oconomowoc, also advanced. Soloists that are moving on include Emma Berg (vocal); Abigail Buxa, Oconomowoc (piano); Ella Collins (piano); Olivia Fregien, Madison, (vocal and music theater); Sophia Griffin, Lodi (music theater); Madelyn Plitzuweit (piano); Riley Schulz, Fort Atkinson (flute and piano); Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc (piano); Ashley Valerio, Delafield (vocal); and Elijah Wohling, Beaver Dam (marimba).

In addition to the starred first entries, Lakeside Class A musicians were awarded six first ratings and seven seconds, for a total of 29 Class A performances. In class B, Lakeside Lutheran had 16 entries. Of those, seven earned a first place rating, eight earned a second rating, and one earned a third. Six of the eight Class C entries from Lakeside earned a first rating while two received a second.

Overall, Lakeside had 53 solo or ensemble entries that involved more than 75 students. Lakeside Lutheran High School and Luther Prep School were the 2019 sites that hosted more than 650 entries from among 11 Capitol North Conference middle and high schools.

Warrior signs to play D1 college golf

Lakeside Lutheran High School is pleased to announce that one of its seniors has signed a letter of intent to play Division 1 college golf next year.

SONY DSCLukas Heckmann, son of Matt and Amy Heckmann, Middleton, has signed to play for the  University of New Orleans, often referred to locally as UNO, a medium-sized, metropolitan, public research university located on the New Orleans lakefront, and a Division I member of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), competing in the Southland Conference.

Collegiate interest in Heckmann ramped up in June 2017 after he shot a 69/69 to win the Wisconsin PGA championship and qualify for nationals, but UNO was his own choice. In an interview, Heckmann said, “I love [New Orleans]. I wanted to play somewhere warm, and am a huge Saints fan. I was super-excited to hear back [from UNO] and eventually receive an offer from them in August. I went down to visit and it immediately felt like a great fit.”

“I am extremely excited to have Lukas join the Privateer program and pursue an engineering degree here,” says University of New Orleans Golf Coach Jeff Lorio. “Lukas comes to UNO with a resume that shows an understanding of what it takes to win—he has competed and won on the local, regional, state and national level. He has proven that he is a hard worker and has a strong desire to compete at the highest level. I truly believe that Lukas has a very high ceiling and we haven’t yet begun to see him reach his potential. On top of all that, Lukas is a tremendous young man and it has been an absolute pleasure getting to know him and his parents during the recruiting process. I cannot wait to have him here on campus in August.”

In his high school career, Heckmann has been a varsity golfer since his freshman year. He earned second-team All-Conference in 2016 and was awarded first-team All-Conference the past two years. In his sophomore year, he was awarded third-team All-State after finishing fifth in the D2 WIAA state tournament. Last spring he was named Capitol Conference Golfer of the Year, All-State Second-Team, Madison Area Player of the Year and was the WIAA D2 State Champion.

For the past two years, Heckmann has earned Academic All-State recognition as well; he will graduate in the Academic Top Ten in his Lakeside Lutheran class of 2019. He has also been a 4-year basketball athlete, a member of the National Honor Society, Math Team and Student Council.

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Lukas Heckmann plays golf whenever he can, including this past fall at Montana’s first American Junior Golf Association tournament in Big Sky on Sept. 1-3, 2018, where, according to PGA Head professional at Big Sky, Mark Wehrman, “Eighty of the best junior golfers in the world competed over three days in a 54-hole stroke play format.”

Homecoming celebrations planned

Lakeside Lutheran High School announces its Homecoming activities and events for 2018, beginning with all-school activities on Monday, September 24 and ending with a dance on campus the evening of Saturday, September 29.

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Members of the Lakeside Lutheran 2018 Homecoming Court include (couples from left) freshmen Aaron Fritz, Middleton, and Lydia Bilitz, Madison; senior reps Lucas Schneider, Waterloo, and Madelynn Klug, Ixonia; King and Queen Carter Buchta, Ixonia, and Alyssa Fischer, Watertown; junior reps Maximus Bennett, Fort Atkinson, and Maria Saavedra, Watertown; and sophomore representatives Nathan Chesterman, Sun Prairie, and Emma Strohm, Watertown.

The 2018 Homecoming Court includes two representatives from each of the freshman, sophomore and junior classes, and four representatives from the senior class. Members of the court include freshmen representatives Aaron Fritz, Middleton, and Lydia Bilitz, Madison; sophomore representatives Nathan Chesterman, Sun Prairie, and Emma Strohm, Watertown; junior reps Maximus Bennett, Fort Atkinson, and Maria Saavedra, Watertown; senior reps Lucas Schneider, Waterloo, and Madelynn Klug, Ixonia; and King Carter Buchta, Ixonia, and Queen Alyssa Fischer, Watertown.

Lakeside will celebrate homecoming with student activities throughout the week of September 24-28, both during the school day and after school.  The theme for this year is “Decades.” Each class has been assigned to decorate halls, doors and windows and create class floats and videos according to styles, trends and sayings associated with certain decades, including the ‘20s for the freshmen, the ‘50s for sophomores, the ‘80s for juniors and the ‘60s for seniors. Students will decorate the school throughout the week as well as participate in class competitions.

After a 5:00 p.m. parade Friday through downtown Lake Mills, the varsity football team plays Lake Mills High School at 7 p.m. The Warrior Marching Band and the Dance Team perform halftime routines. A semi-formal dance is planned for Saturday evening on the Lakeside campus beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Activities include:

Monday, 9/24: Senior Friend Day | PJ Day | Dodgeball | JV Football game v. LPS 5 pm

Tuesday, 9/25: Crazy Dress-up Day | Musical Chairs | Soccer at Columbus | Home Volleyball match v. LPS, including “Volley for Hope” fundraising bake sale, raffles and other activities that will raise funds for Tomorrow’s Hope

Wednesday, 9/26: Class Workday to complete decoration of school in the morning with banners, hallway murals, window and door banners | Powder Puff Football | Boys Volleyball | Talent Show 1:50-3 pm

Thursday, 9/27: Decades dress (students dress in styles from assigned class decades) | Handball | JV2 Football at LPS

Friday, 9/28: Dress Warrior Wear | Pep Rally | Downtown parade 5 PM | Alum Zone in East Gym 5:30-7 PM  | Football game v. Lake Mills 7 PM | Dance team, Marching Band Field show at halftime

Saturday, 9/29: Semi-formal dance at Lakeside 7:30-10:30 PM

LLHS ready to begin ’18-19 school year

Lakeside Lutheran High School will open its doors to incoming freshmen on Friday, August 17, 2018. Freshmen begin their school year a day early to get a chance to learn their schedules, meet other incoming freshmen and explore co-curricular opportunities. Classes begin for 427 students on Monday, August 20. That’s an increase of 22 from the close of the 17-18 school year, a 5% increase. This is also a 22.7% increase in the past five years.

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The theme for the 2018-19 school year commemorates the 60 years completed as a ministry with the phrase, “Decades of Faithfulness” that invokes Psalm 86: 11: “Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” The theme will be a focus in devotions and other events throughout the anniversary year.

The Opening Service and installation of new faculty will take place as part of the first day’s events on August 20 at 10 a.m. in the west gymnasium. Pastor Timothy Schwartz from Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Columbus will offer the devotion during this special chapel service. The community is invited to attend.

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Lakeside Lutheran faculty number 35 for the 2018-19 school year, including back row, from left: Damon Tracy, Science; Hannah Uher, Science; Ruth Hirschfeld, Director of Extended Learning; Pastor Mark Toepel, World Languages; Jenny Krauklis, PhyEd, Math; Phil Dretske, Math, Computers. Second row from top, L-R: Pastor Clark Schultz, Religion; Jim Buege, Director of Choirs, English; Nate Sievert, PhyEd, Math; Phyllis Huska, Librarian; Darice Brumm, Extended Learning Aide; Pastor Don Schultz, Assistant Principal, Religion. Middle row, L-R: Jeff Meske, Career and Technical Education; Lori Tetzlaff, Art; Glen Pufahl, Director of Bands, English; Nathan Koerber, World Languages; Cameron Ausen, Social Studies; Steve Lauber, Director of Admissions, English. 2nd row up, L-R: Tim Matthies, Math;  Matt Doering, Social Studies; Justin Vanderhoof, English, Social Studies; Pastor Mike Helwig, Religion; Dan Kuehl, Director of Instruction, English; Todd Hackbarth, Math, Videography. Front row, from left: Jodie Schommer, English; Andy Asmus, Social Studies; Andrew Willems, Technology Director, STEM Academy, Computer Science; Sandi Corlett, FACS, Health; James Grasby, Principal, Religion; Paul Bauer, Science, Math. Missing are Kirk DeNoyer, Activities Director, PhyEd; Pastor Chris Koschnitzke, Religion; Andy Rosenau, Guidance Director, Computer Science; Gerry Walta, World Languages.  

New faculty that will be installed include Mr. Nathan Sievert, instructor in the Math and Phy Ed departments, as well as basketball and track coach. He and his family moved to the area from St. Joseph, Michigan, where he taught at Grace Lutheran School. Mrs. Hannah Uher, who will teach Science and coach soccer and cross country, is a December 2017 graduate of Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn. She double majored in Secondary Chemistry and Life Science Education. Pastor Michael Helwig served at Crown of Life, Hubertus, for the past 15 years. He will be teaching Religion and coordinate Operation Go, a mission-minded program to help LLHS students share the gospel. Also being installed is Justin Vanderhoof, who taught at Martin Luther School, Neenah, Wis., for the past 15 years. He will teach English and geography, as well as coach football and track.

Along with several new faces this fall, Lakeside Lutheran is in its inaugural year of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Academy, a special program for students interested in taking engineering or biomedical sciences in their post-secondary education. The Academy is designed to add classes yearly as the first-year cohort ages through the school using Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum. The first year class, Introduction to Engineering Design (IED), will be facilitated by Technology Director Andrew Willems.

Lakeside Lutheran High School is a four-year high school located in Lake Mills, operated and supported by a federation of 31 congregations affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. For additional information about Lakeside, log on to www.llhs.org or call 920-648-2321 and ask for Principal James Grasby.

“Volley for Hope” Night benefits Tomorrow’s Hope

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Members of the Lakeside Lutheran Varsity, JV1, and JV2 volleyball teams hosted “Volley for Hope” on October 3 and raised $3,430 for Tomorrow’s Hope, a nonprofit that supports local health care organizations.

 

The Lakeside Lutheran High School volleyball teams and a crew of parent and other volunteers raised $3,430 for Tomorrow’s Hope on the evening of their October 3 conference match against Columbus High School. They called the event “Volley for Hope” and raised funds through a raffle and concessions as well as a variety of sales: mums, t-shirts, hair scrunchies made by LLHS sewing classes, and a bake sale, run by students from St. Paul, Lake Mills.

 Tomorrow’s Hope, headquartered in Jefferson, is a non-profit that supports local health care organizations who help those touched by Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other life-limiting illnesses. They also foster health-related research, education, and support activities.

 In writing to Volley for Hope volunteers, Barbara Endl, Executive Director for Tomorrow’s Hope commented that these “efforts to help others through our healthcare providers are like pebbles being dropped into the water. You see the immediate impact when the pebble enters the water. What you won’t see is all the ‘shores’ your efforts will touch. Just think of the individuals, families, and communities that will benefit from the support you are giving healthcare systems that benefit our families and friends.”