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The Warrior Weekly
Issue: #34 May 14, 2009
In This Issue
Top of Their Game
Art with Heart
Lovin' the Lake
On Their Honor
World Class Art
The Turn of the Ties
Making the Grade
Classroom Connections
Sports Snippets
What's Happening
Lakehill In The News
Quick Links
Week at a Glance
Lakehill Home Page
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Lunch Menu
Top of Their Game
Lakehill Athletes Selected for All-District Teams
All-District Baseball.SoftballCoaches from the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) met recently to bestow the coveted honor of All-District teams for Varsity Baseball and Varsity Softball.

These awards are particularly meaningful as they are voted on by the other coaches. Voting focuses on the most deserving athletes and prohibits coaches from voting for their own players. Lakehill had a fantastic showing, with a total of 15 honorees.

The following Lakehill students were selected:
Varsity Softball:
Sarah Baker - First Team All-District
Kara Gamboa - First Team All-District
Jacy Franklin - Second Team All-District
Scout Garnsey - Second Team All-District
Lauren Rosenthal - Second Team All-District
Eleni Wilsmann - Second Team All-District
Whitney Beckwith - Honorable Mention
Amanda Boles - Honorable Mention
Karin Irsch - Honorable Mention
Michaela Rollins - Honorable Mention

Varsity Baseball:
Morgan Lineberry - First Team All-District
Chaz Seeds - Second Team All-District
Tyler Redington - Honorable Mention
Austin Simpson - Honorable Mention
Alan Cox - Honorable Mention

Congratulations to these outstanding athletes on this well-deserved recognition.
Art with Heart
Barnes and Noble Showcases Lower School Artists
Barnes and NobleStudents in Cat Huitt's Lower School art classes received a special opportunity this month to showcase their work. Over 90 pieces of art from Lakehill's second, third, and fourth grade students are currently on display at Barnes and Noble on Northwest Highway (across from NorthPark Mall).

The art, which is prominently featured in the three front windows of the book store, will be available all month for viewing. Barnes and Noble will host a reception in honor of the young artists from 3:30 - 4:30 on May 20.

Says Huitt, "This is a wonderful opportunity for our young artists to show Dallas how talented and creative they are. The reception just makes it extra special for all of our students. I am sure that the first graders are looking forward to being featured next year!"

In October, Barnes and Noble will feature the work of Lakehill Middle School students. Huitt says she hopes to continue the tradition each year in May and October.
Lovin' The Lake
Lakehill Families Show Strong Support
Shoreline Spruce UpNearly 40 students and family members of all ages gathered on Saturday, May 9 to participate in the Shoreline Spruce Up at White Rock Lake. The group picked up trash from Lakehill's adopted area and even took time out to rescue a turtle that had been entangled in fishing line. Afterwards, the group celebrated their success over coffee and donuts.

Lakehill will continue to participate in the Shoreline Spruce Up on the second Saturday of each month. Join us on Saturday, June 13, from 9:00 - 11:00 am for the next event. Students, families, and friends are welcome. Meet in the parking lot at W. Lawther and Chapel Hill. Cleaning supplies will be available on site. For a map of Lakehill's area, click here. Lakehill has adopted Area #17. For more information, contact Gigi Ekstrom.
On Their Honor
National Junior Honor Society Inducts New Members
NJHSTwenty-one students were honored on May 7 during the 24th Induction Ceremony of Lakehill's Golden Arrow Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). These seventh-, eighth-, and ninth-grade students demonstrated outstanding scholarship, leadership, citizenship, and character.

Students must attend Lakehill for at least one year and maintain a 3.2 GPA to be recommended for membership. A detailed application process follows, with a focus on both curricular and co-curricular activities, service to their community and school, and leadership. In addition to the service and academic requirements, students must also complete an essay. The faculty is asked to evaluate the finalists, with a focus on character, attitude, leadership, and attendance. The top students then gain admission to this elite academic society. 

During the ceremony, Headmaster Roger Perry spoke of the example these students set for others. NJHS President, Katherine Crocker, spoke of the group's accomplishments this year and their numerous service projects, including their current Locker Clean Out. Member Victoria Collins gave a special performance of her original composition, "Chance Happening."

This year's inductees include:
Seventh Grade: Emily Allton, Hannah Cavuoti, Connor Cumpton, John Devine, Lucia Dunlap, Alexandra Fincher, Cameron Gavinski, Max Hiltabidle, Courtney Hume, Daniel Landers, Drew Norman, Allegra Schmitt, Hudson Trent, Anastasia Walton
Eighth Grade: Alisa Brown, Noa Buxt, Laura Currey, Jonah Guedea, Nina Unger
Ninth Grade: Lanette Miley, John Schadegg

Faculty sponsors Tim Hagood and Elizabeth Schmitt explained, "Our members have worked very hard this year to live up to the service ideals of the National Junior Honor Society. We are proud of all their efforts and achievements."
World Class Art
Harrison Boyd Lakehill Artists in Good Company
Lakehill Upper School art students took home several awards at the TAPPS District competition, with District Champion Harrison Boyd also bringing home a third place medal from the State competition for his self-portrait in the Drawing - Graphite category.

A selection of the students' artwork was back on display this week at the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce Arts and Culture Luncheon at the Lakewood Country Club. The event focused on "world-class art" in Dallas, and included professional visual artists as well as representatives from Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Black Dance Theater, Dallas Symphony, and The Dallas Opera, among others. Lakehill was recognized for the students' performance in visual arts and was the only school represented with student art work.
Turn of the Ties
Drama Club Performs Riggs' 21st Play
Spring DramaThe Turn of the Ties, Julie Riggs' 21st original play for Lakehill, was performed by a fifth and sixth grade cast on Thursday, May 7. Set in current times with flashbacks to the World War II era, the play cast a spotlight on human ingenuity and spirit.

Riggs, who started Lakehill's Drama Club eight years ago, says that this play has a special place in her heart. The idea for the play was provided by her son Spencer, and Riggs dedicated it to her mother, Julia Williams (1922 - 2007), who Riggs says was her biggest fan. "She was a creative person who was always good at coming up with inexpensive solutions to all sorts of daily problems," explains Riggs. "The story honors the ingenuity of a whole generation of women who worked with what they had."
Cast members included Hannah Herrman, Mitchell Levinson, Kendall Smaby, Jonathan Motes, Kelly Werther, Dana Maynard, Emily Rule, Emma Jenevein, Griffin Gleboff, Chloe Roberson, Emily Boles, Dailyn McAdoo, Pierre Craig, Helena Granstrom, and Katherine Evans. Seventh grade student Cameron Gavinski served as Assistant Director.
Making the Grade
Student Honored on Language Exams
Several Lakehill world language students attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2009 National Spanish and French Examinations.
Students from Lakehill earned a total of nine medals on the National Spanish Exam - one gold, two silver, and six bronze - along with thirteen honorable mentions. Lakehill medalists include John Godbey, gold; Sarah Baker and Mac Werther, silver; and Kara Gamboa, Christopher Smaby, Kaitlyn Wilson, Charles Burch, Alex Gilbert, and Alison Hanson, bronze. Honorable mentions were awarded to Arden Stringer, Amanda Rasbury, Leia Unger, Joel Rizzo, Aleyna Mason, Brett Trutna, Blake Bishop, Alina Kozlova, Karin Irsch, Simone Novorr, Jamie Schwartz, Preston Miller, and Imani Heard. "Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious, and we are extremely proud of these students for their hard work" said Joan Mayo, Foreign Language Department Chair.
Many of the recipients are also eligible for additional awards. By scoring above the 75th percentile, nine Lakehill students have qualified to apply for scholarships and travel awards.

The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades 6 through 12 and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

The National French Exam is conducted each year by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). The exam measures a student's knowledge of French against a regional and national standard. Eleven students in the French program at Lakehill received rankings high enough to be recognized by the AATF North Texas Chapter for their French language skills.
Receiving Certificates of Honor:
French 1: Ruth Godbey, 9th grade; Sunjae Jung,11th grade
French 2: Callie Rhoades, 10th grade; Abi Rodriguez, 10th grade
French 3: Rosie McCoskey, 11th grade
French 4: Mac Werther, 12th grade
Receiving Certificates of Accomplishment:
French 1: Blake Bishop, 10th grade
French 2: Victoria Collins, 10th grade; Manon LaGrange, 10th grade; Cally Pope, 10th grade; Stephen Thompson, 10th grade

Students at Lakehill have a long history of achievement on these exams, thanks to the dedication of Spanish teachers Joan Mayo and Lou Wilkin and French teacher Deanna Poll.
Classroom Connections
Butterfly Release
Butterfly ReleaseEach year, second grade students are charged with an important task: to raise a Painted Lady butterfly larva. 

After about three to four weeks they have progressed through the larva and chrysalis stages and the students watch them emerge in front of their own eyes.  The students enjoy the butterflies' beauty for a few day, before holding a giant Release Party.

First, students enjoy snacks representing the four major stages of metamorphosis:  M & M's for the egg stage, Gummy Worms for the larva stage, Bugle crackers for the chrysalis stage, and Butterfly crackers for the adult stage. 

The students then proceed to the playground to release their adult Painted Ladies.  The butterflies often stay on the children's fingers for a while and the second graders are always flattered by this attention. While the students say they miss them, they know they are outside somewhere making the world a more beautiful place.
Sports Snippets
Middle School Track
The Middle School Track team had a great finish to their season at the TAPS District Track Meet on Tuesday, May 12. Cole Fincher placed 6th in the Mile with a time of 6:11.22 while Tyler Smith took 4th in the shot put with a throw of 20'6". Jenna Burch turned in a strong performance by placing in both of her events. She placed 1st in the 400 Meters with a time of 1:10 and 5th in the 100 Meters with a time of 15.56.

Varsity and Middle School Sports will join together for the first time for the Warrior Athletic Banquet, to be held tonight at 6:00pm at Eddie Deen's Ranch.
What's Happening?
May 8 - 22
Upper School Locker Clean Out sponsored by NJHS
For more information, see here.

May 14
Middle and Upper School Athletic Banquet
Eddie Deen's Ranch; 6:00pm

May 14 and 15

Middle School Musical
Musical Theater students will perform Guys and Dolls, Jr. on Thursday, May 14 at 9:00am and Friday, May 15 at 7:00pm.

May 15
Lower School Field Day; 1:00 - 3:00pm
Contact Sharon Mansfield at [email protected] to volunteer for this fun event! For more information, see here.

May 16
Kite Day for Bales Elementary at RLP Campus
10:00am - noon

May 17
Baccalaureate; The Filter Building at White Rock Lake; 2:00pm

May 18

Lower School Awards; 2:00pm

May 19
Middle School Awards; 2:00pm

May 19
Middle School Performing Arts Reception and Recognition Ceremony; Reception at 6:00pm in the Gail Peeler Memorial Garden; Recognition at 7:00pm in the Charles J. Wyly, Jr. Auditorium

May 20
PFC General Meeting; 8:30 - 10:00am
Join us in the cafeteria for the end of the year wrap-up party
and PFC General Meeting. The annual gift to the school will be presented, new Officers and Committee Chairs will be announced; the bylaws will be updated; and volunteer sign-up sheets will be available. Don't miss this opportunity to find out what is going on with the PFC! A light breakfast and coffee will be served.

May 20
Upper School Awards; 2:00pm

May 20
Barnes and Noble Reception for Lakehill Art students; Barnes and Nobel, across from NorthPark Mall; 3:30 - 4:30pm

May 21
New Parent Luncheon; 11:30am

May 21
Upper School Performing Arts Banquet; 7:00pm; Edison's

May 22
K - 4th Skate Party; 11:45 - 3:00pm
Last day for K - 5th
Leading to success.