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The Warrior Weekly
Issue: #35 May 21, 2009
In This Issue
Got Game?
Full Steam Ahead
Hard to Say Goodbye
Regards to Broadway
Good Sports
Sports Snippets
What's Happening
Lakehill In The News
Quick Links
Week at a Glance
Lakehill Home Page
Ren Web
Lunch Menu
Summer Tips
Got Game?
Lower School Field Day: The Warrior Games
field day.6What could be better than a sunny day, outdoor games with your friends, and the opportunity to get soaked with water in the process?

Lower School students enjoyed an afternoon of fun and games at Perry Campus during the annual Field Day. Sponsored by the PFC, the Warrior Games included everything from water balloon launching and tug-of-war to potato sack races and an obstacle course.

Students, dressed in class shirts proudly displaying their team name on the back, were transported to the Athletic Complex on Lakehill's new bus. They started the day with their class cheers and finished the day with an icy treat. Parent volunteers manned the events and made sure that everything ran smoothly.

The smiling faces on the wet and tired children shouted the day's results loud and clear: another overwhelming success. The only thing now that could top Field Day is, well, summer. Bring it on.
Full Steam Ahead
PFC Announces Annual Gift and New Officers
New PFC ExecAlthough Lakehill's Parent Faculty Club (PFC) met Wednesday for the last time this school year, the group didn't show any sign of slowing down. The General Meeting, which served as both a wrap-up to the current year and a kick-start to the new, was chaired by outgoing PFC President Tina Simpson.

Simpson announced the group's annual gift to the school, which totaled in excess of $155,000. The gift included a variety of PFC-sponsored programs, technology enhancements, a contribution to the endowment fund, a four wheeler to athletics, and the new bus that will transport students between the main campus and the new Environmental Science Center. The Club's bylaws were updated and approved and volunteers were enlisted for the coming year.

The new PFC Executive Committee was also announced and confirmed:
President:  Michelle Crow
Vice President: Charlotte Hawthorne
Secretary:  Colleen McCall
Treasurer:  Marty Speight
Parliamentarian:  Ann Noble
Immediate Past President:  Tina Simpson
 
While parents reminisced about the past year over coffee and breakfast, new officers and committee chairs got  a head-start on plans for the coming year. Many thanks to the PFC and all its members who do so much for Lakehill.
Hard to Say Goodbye
Seniors Reflect on Time Well Spent
senior baccLakehill's Baccalaureate Ceremony was held on Sunday, May 17 at 2:00 in the afternoon at The Filter Building at White Rock Lake. The sunshine on the shimmering lake was a fitting backdrop for an afternoon of pensive reflection and heartfelt emotion.

One by one, each member of the Class of 2009 took the stage to reflect on their years at Lakehill and to publicly thank those individuals who helped them along the way. During this hectic time of year, perhaps it's a good idea to allow our graduating seniors time to take pause and acknowledge that none of us get to where we are alone. While it is true that you can't always tell where you will end up - you can certainly try to remember where you have been.

The Class of 2009 includes many Lakehill "Lifers," those students who have been here 12-13 years, and the thanks were many. The entire faculty joined the students, their families, and supporters to look back on a road well traveled. The seniors clearly understood what Carol Sobieski and Thomas Meehan, the writers of Annie, meant when they said, "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."

The members of the Senior Class are currently completing their two-week internships as part of their graduation requirements. They will take their final walk across the Lakehill stage on Friday, May 29 in Lakehill's thirty-sixth Commencement Ceremony.

We thank the Class of 2009 for their leadership and the legacy they leave, and wish them continued success in the future. In the words of Garrison Keillor, "Be well, do good work, and keep in touch."
Regards to Broadway
Middle School Takes on Guys and Dolls, Jr.
GuysThe Middle School Performing Arts department presented Guys and Dolls, Jr., the young performer's version of the Broadway classic, on Thursday morning and again on Friday evening.

Set in New York City, the story introduces us to colorful characters who have become legends in their own right: Sarah Brown, the "mission doll," out to reform the evildoers of Times Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the nightclub performer whose chronic cold is brought on by the fact she has been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiancÚ, desperate to find a spot for his floating dice game.

This high-energy musical featured more than half of the entire seventh and eighth grade classes. Eighth grade leads included
Brooks Vickery as Sarah Brown, Jonah Guedea as Sky Masterson, Sydney Harding-Sloan as Miss Adelaide, and Chandler Wall as Nathan Detroit. Clayton Drazner played Nicely-Nicely Johnson and Jackson Vickery played Benny Southwest.
 
The musical was co-directed by drama teacher Victoria John and music teacher Linda Booth. Explained Booth, "You can have talent, but talent isn't anything without hard work. These students matched their talent with their willingness to work hard." John added, "The students really came together as a team. This is a perfect example of why we teach."
Good Sports
Teams Honored at Warrior Athletic Banquet
athleticbanquetMiddle School and Upper School Athletics joined together for the first time for this year's Warrior Athletic Banquet. Held at Eddie Deen's Ranch, and sponsored by the PFC, the Banquet and Awards Ceremony allowed every athletic team the opportunity to be recognized.

The well-attended banquet gave coaches, students, and supporters the perfect opportunity to celebrate the season's successes and build momentum for the coming year.

After recapping the season's highlights with a Middle School Athletics slide show and an Upper School Athletics video presentation, each Lakehill coach took the stage to recognize their team and celebrate the year. While the speeches ranged from the sentimental to the spirited, the message of the evening was clear: the strength of teamwork and the spirit of the game are at the heart of Lakehill athletics.

Honor awards were given to those athletes maintaining strong academic standards. The final awards of the evening were given to those students who best embodied the true spirit of a Lakehill athlete. The True Warrior Awards, presented by last year's recipients Austin Simpson and Amanda Boles, went to Middle School athletes Josee Santiago and Jonah Guedea. The Fighting Heart Awards were presented to Upper School athletes Imani Heard and Morgan Lineberry.

With more than 60% of all Middle and Upper School students involved in Lakehill athletics, there is no doubt that the program's benefits are far reaching. Sports teach student-athletes valuable skills such as leadership, teamwork, discipline, dedication, and desire. By promoting school spirit, the benefits extend to the entire school community. Congratulations and thanks to all the Lakehill athletes and coaches who dedicated their time and energy this year. Go Warriors!
Sports Snippets
Off Season Training
The Summer Off Season training schedule has been posted on the website. Click here to view.
What's Happening?
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May 8 - 22
Upper School Locker Clean Out sponsored by NJHS
For more information, see here.

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

May 25
Memorial Day - No classes

May 26 - 28
Middle School and Upper School Exams
For schedule, click here.

May 28
Commencement
Charles J. Wyly, Jr. Auditorium; 7:30pm

June 2 - July 31
Lakehill Summer Camps
It's not too late! Many teachers are still accepting applications. Contact the camp teacher directly to find out if there is space available. Download the update Summer Camps Guide here.
Leading to success.