2019-20 Year in Review

Article submitted upon request to Lake Mills Leader newspaper for publication in the Graduation insert released May 2020, specifically to celebrate the class of 2020.

2020 collage

To see the collage and download individual pics that comprise the collage, visit llhs.smugmug.com/LLFamily/Class-of-2020-Senior-Moments

The new biennial 2019-2021 theme for Lakeside Lutheran celebrates “Witness,” recognizing that all the students have been called to live their faith with the people around them.

Boys track won the overall Capitol Conference title. At the state meet, Collin Schulz placed second in the high jump and Casey Ponyicsanyi medaled in three events. The boys 4×1 relay of Caleb Bilitz, Brevin Jegerlehner, Tersony Vater, Casey Ponyicsanyi took 5th place with a school record of 43.59.

Warrior baseball won the regional championship and had 8 all-conference nominees.

After performing in several June Wisconsin parades, the Warrior Marching Band scored an incredible 93/100 and received first place in the Cherry Royale Parade in July 2019.

At the 60th annual Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in Jefferson County, Warrior FFA hosted a food tent within the 70-acre “Tent City.”

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Okauchee, joined the Lakeside Federation, a group of 32 churches and 20 schools that support LLHS.

August 19 began our 62nd school year with 407 enrolled. New faculty installed included Activities Director Todd Jahns and Eric Dorn, sophomore Religion teacher and boys soccer coach. Kirk DeNoyer, our Executive Director, was inducted into the 2020 Hall of Fame from the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association for his success at Wisconsin Lutheran High School.

A Cappella Choir traveled to 15 area churches sharing God’s Word before cancelling the rest of their Sunday worship services. Warrior Band and choirs held Christmas and Pops concerts and canceled Easter and Commencement. The band marched in the annual Gemutlichkeit parade and presented its annual concert in November with Swing Choir and elementary cadets. Swing Choir joined with a total of 515 student singers for National Choral Fest at Winnebago Lutheran Academy.

Almost 200 students comprise Teens for Christ, kicking off the year by collecting 71 pairs of athletic shoes for kids in need. Members visit nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, prepare meals for foster families and host “New Friends” afternoons for local residents with special needs. They also help Alpha Center in Watertown and Second Harvest in Madison.

Juniors Evelyn Schauer and Mia Murray were awarded a Certificate of Merit from Michigan Technological University’s section of the Society of Women Engineers. The Society of Women Engineers (at) Lakeside Lutheran is a branch of the national SWENext outreach program. Lakeside is one of only two high school branches in the state. To pass along STEM excitement to the next generation, members held a workshop for 33 K-8 girls on March 7.

After strong finishes at both District and State dairy judging competitions last summer, Senior Matthew Gunst qualified for the Wisconsin team at the North American International Livestock Exposition, in Louisville, Ky.

Lady Warrior golf were second in conference and took Regionals! Junior Maya Heckmann was conference Golfer of the Year again, and she and freshman sister Ava went to state.

Freshman Abigail Minning and senior August Gresens advanced to the State Cross Country meet.

Warrior football reached playoff Level 3 as underdogs, defeating higher seeds both weeks. Four players took first team all-conference honors.

The boys soccer team ended with a record of 3-11-0.

Warrior volleyball won conference undefeated, then took regionals. Three girls earned first team all-conference and Ella Collins was named Conference Player of the Year.

The 15-member Academic Bowl team placed 4th of nine teams at the annual Conference competition.

National Honor Society hosted “Tosses for Teens” cornhole tournament Nov. 17, raising over $3,500 to bring awareness of the growing need for mental health support for teens.

Wisconsin DPI creates report cards for private schools based on students participating in the choice program. For 2018-19, LLHS received a score of 84.8, a 5-star rating of “significantly exceeds expectations.”

The charter year for the Lakeside Bowling Club, a co-op team of students from Lakeside and Lake Mills High School, wrapped up its first season. The team won three matches and placed 4th in D2.

ACT results for the class of 2019 were released: of 110, 87 wrote the exam. On a 36-point scale, their composite score was 24.1 (state average 20.3), keeping Lakeside in the top 2% of 460+ Wisconsin schools.

At Fall and Spring Conference Math Meets and at the competitive Madison East Math Meet, both Varsity & JV Teams took 1st.

Warrior forensics took first in Conference on Feb. 3 with a total of 333 points, ahead of the second place team with 189.

For the first time in its 3-year history, Warrior Robotics Club sent a team to the State VEX Robotics Championship that included seniors Katelyn McGurk, Trevor Geerdts, and Gilbert Haw.

Haw is also a Finalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program, marking his place in the top 1% of participants, and McGurk won the Kohl Student Initiative Scholarship, which recognizes students who put forth extraordinary effort and have overcome significant obstacles or adversity.

Eighteen Class A entries, including the Warrior Percussion Ensemble and several instrumentalists, pianists and vocalists, were awarded starred-first ratings at the WSMA Solo-Ensemble District level. Altogether, Lakeside had 66 solo or ensemble entries that involved more than 85 Warriors.

Winter sports round-up: wrestling (10-4); boys basketball (13-11); girls basketball (14-10). Girls head coach Tim Matthies announced he was stepping down (assistant Andy Asmus to succeed), as did wrestling coach Mike Twohig. Warrior Dance took D3 jazz regional championship and 2nd in D4 pom. Jada Teteak is the first dancer in LL history named to the D3 all-state team.

In February, Warrior FFA celebrated National FFA Week with many ag-related contests and activities. The almost 50-strong group held its annual banquet and recognition night in early March. In addition, they joined forces with the construction class and renovated the school’s greenhouse.

Classes did not resume after 2020 spring break because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Online delivery of courses commenced March 25 and finished May 21.

The 9th annual Grand Event dinner/auction was switched to an all-online format held May 9.

92 seniors will graduate. Co-valedictorians are Elise Meier, Megan Reinke, Lauren Thiele, and Grace Westrate. Co-Salutatorians are Isabella Collins and Kirsten Thundercloud.

 

 

 

 

 

Graduation 2019 feature: Year in Review

(Provided to Lake Mills Leader for a feature in special graduation insert published in the 5/23/2019 edition of the newspaper.)

This year Lakeside Lutheran High School theme celebrated “Decades of Faithfulness,” recognizing the completion of 60 years of education.

2019 collage web
Photos of the LLHS Class of 2019 from throughout their senior year, many featured in a collage made for the Lake Mills Leader special graduation feature published on May 23, 2019. Individual photos and more can be seen and downloaded free from https://llhs.smugmug.com/School/Senior-Collage-2019/

During the summer of 2018, students kept busy. For the 16th year, the girls track team were conference champs. The boys’ team joined them at the top of the Capitol North. Danielle Schilling broke the school record in pole vault at 11’3 and Collin Schulz set the school record for high jump at 6’9 and placed first at State with a jump of 6’6.

Junior Lukas Heckmann became the 2018 WIAA D2 State Champ in golf.

Warrior baseball finished 12-6 and made an exciting comeback attempt at the regional championship. First team conference honorees included Dustin Pampel, Eric Pillard, and Alex Ryan. Warrior softball ended its season with a 10-7 overall record and saw Shannon Jones awarded 1st-team all-conference honors.

For two weeks, the Warrior Marching Band traveled to the East Coast, performing in parades in Ontario, Canada, and several U.S. cities. At the Enfield, Conn., parade they received Best Marching Band Award.

When school began in August, we had 427 students and four new faculty: Hannah Uher, Science; Nate Sievert, Math and Phy Ed; Michael Helwig, Religion; and Justin Vanderhoof, English and Geography.

Lakeside A Cappella Choir traveled to 20 area churches sharing God’s Word and also spent spring break in California singing in four churches and two schools. Warrior Band and choirs presented four concerts during the year. The band also marched in the annual Jefferson Gemutlichkeit parade and presented its annual concert in November with Federation elementary school bands.

2018 ACT results placed LLHS in the top 2% in the state. Of 85 members in the 2018 class, 73, or 86%, wrote the exam. Based on a 36-point scale, the composite score of these students was 24.2, which is above the state composite of 20.5.

Three students participated in Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship program, working in farming and manufacturing. This allows them to receive hands-on learning in an occupational area at a worksite.

Lakeside Lutheran boys cross country team saw junior August Gresens earn 1st team all-conference honors. Former cross country coach and current German teacher Gerry Walta was inducted into the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in January.

With a record of 11-1 Warrior football took conference and made the longest trek in program history, reaching Division 4 semifinals. Brevin Jegerlehner, Cam Paske, Caleb Raymond, Tyler Holzhueter, Casey Ponyicsanyi, Will DeNoyer, and Charlie Miller all received first-team honors. Casey Ponyicsanyi was named conference Offensive Player of the Year. Coach Paul Bauer was named Wisconsin State Journal/WisconsinPrepZone.com All-Area football coach of the year.

Girls golf took third in the Rock Valley Conference. Sophomore Maya Heckmann was named conference Golfer of the Year, topping it off with a trip to State.

With a record of 9-1, Warrior Volleyball took the Capitol North Conference for a sixth straight year and also won region. Ella Collins and Kaitlyn Shadoski received first-team all-conference honors.

Lakeside boys soccer ended its season with a 7-9-0 overall record.

The varsity math team took first in the highly competitive Madison LaFollette meet and first in both fall and spring Capitol Conference Math Meets.

Senior Noelle Gates won the overall medal for the World History category at the Capitol North Conference Academic Bowl—for the fourth year in a row!

Senior Abby Buxa was named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Our STEM Academy began this year with 19 students enrolled in Introduction to Engineering Design. LLHS is also one of the first high schools in the state to start a chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.

Boys basketball finished as conference champions with an overall record of 17-4. Jack Monis and Cameron Paske received first-team honors, and Monis was named Conference Player of the Year.

Girls basketball finished with an 11-11 overall record; Kaitlyn Shadoski of Janesville received first team honors.

In wrestling, the team went 10-4 overall and Cole Lauersdorf (182) and Austin Meyer (220) were Capitol Conference Champs.

Dance team was the WACPC Regional Champ and placed fifth in the state after competing in D3 jazz for the first time in school history.

This year, 127 students participated in Teens for Christ. The group held three “New Friends” events, where young people with special needs join with Lakeside teens in fun activities such as human bowling, karaoke, basketball, crafts, and devotion. Students also visited residents at London Lodge, Cambridge, on several Mondays after school. At Christmas, Teens held a bake sale with proceeds funding a foosball table for the ROC in Watertown. Teens hosted a school-wide “Life Day” and heard from speakers about life-related issues to youth today.

In February, students enjoyed a week of costume contests sponsored by Student Council, which also organizes Homecoming festivities and a blood drive in March.

In February, Warrior FFA celebrated National FFA Week with many ag-related contests and activities. The almost 50-strong group held its annual banquet and recognition night in early March. In addition, they joined forces with the construction class and renovated the school’s greenhouse.

The 8th annual Grand Event dinner/auction “Called to Serve” featured a WWII era military theme. Generous supporters raised over $90,000.

The forensics team took its ninth straight conference championship and received The Excellence in Speech Award for the 10th year at State WHSFA Festival in April.

Six Warriors attended the WELS National Band Festival at Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Milwaukee, from March 15-17.

In April, the drama department produced “Murder in the House of Horrors.” Almost 20 students performed while many other students participated behind the scenes.

Sixteen Class A entries earned a starred-first rating at the WSMA Solo-Ensemble District level held in February at Lakeside, qualifying them to perform at State. Overall, Lakeside had 53 solo/ensemble entries involving more than 75 students.

At the Capitol Conference Art Show at the Madison Pyle Center, eight Warrior artists displayed their work.

Warrior Times Weekly was again awarded first place by the American Scholastic Press Association, newspaper division.

On May 26, 100% of the 111 seniors are expected to graduate. Co-valedictorians are Abigail Buxa, Will DeNoyer, and Brevin Jegerlehner, and the salutatorian is Kaitlyn Shadoski.

Seven Operation Go mission trips made up of 60 students will travel around the United States this year to help with church activities and summer camps.

For the 2019-2020 school year, Kirk DeNoyer will become Executive Director, while Todd Jahns joins the school as the Activities Director and boys varsity basketball coach.