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The Warrior Weekly
Volume 2, Issue 8
October 15, 2009

In This Issue
Homecoming 2009
Student Scholar
A Voice for Change
Community Connections
Sports Snippets
What's Happening?
Lakehill in the News
Quick Links
Community Partners
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Homecoming 2009
Spirit Week Offers Fun for All
Homecoming.1It's homecoming week at Lakehill and it seems everyone has caught the Warrior spirit!
Spirit Days have been held every day this week with great participation. On Monday, students and staff flashed back to the '70s for Peace Out Day; on Tuesday, it was revenge of the nerds; and on Wednesday, everyone wore their favorite college gear. On Friday, students are encouraged to participate in blue and green day by wearing their Lakehill T-shirt or school colors. Students and faculty who wear Lakehill colors are allowed to wear jeans on Friday.

On Tuesday, senior football captains Mac Kelly and Harrison Boyd tapped the Homecoming Court. The Homecoming Court consists of freshman Jenna Burch, escorted by freshmen Cris McCarty; sophomore Amanda Boles, escorted by sophomore Andrew Shaw; and junior Cally Pope, escorted by junior Brett Trutna.

Senior Nominees for Homecoming Queen are:
Jacy Franklin, escorted by junior Charles Burch;
Eshe Rasheed, escorted by sophomore Alex Alfonso;
Lauren Rosenthal, escorted by senior Harrison Boyd; and
Kiley Trent, escorted by Mac Kelly.
The cheerleaders are making sure the entire school shows its spirit and have decorated the halls to get everyone ready for Homecoming. The pep rally begins at 2:55pm on Friday in the Gym. The Middle School Football team will take on Rockwall Heritage at 4:30pm and the Varsity Football game begins at 7:30pm. The Homecoming Court will be presented and the Homecoming Queen will be crowned at halftime.

Homecoming also brings former students back to campus. An Alumni Dinner will be held at 6:30pm before the game on Friday near the Ryrie Signature Tree in the courtyard of the Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center. Robert Wolf, father of Lauren Wolf, class of 1996, will provide dinner from Rudy's Bar-B-Que.

As part of the annual Homecoming celebration, the Student Council is hosting a dance on Saturday night, October 17, from 8:30 - 11:30pm in the Great Hall at the Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center. The "Where the Wild Things Are" themed event will be the first student dance to be held in the new facility. All Upper School students are welcome along with their guests. Tickets are $10.
Student Scholar
Brennan Tapp
Senior Receives National Merit Commendation
Lakehill student Brennan Tapp has been named a Commended Student in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by Headmaster Roger Perry to this scholastically talented senior.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students place among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2010 competition by taking the 2008 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

"Recognition of high-achieving students is essential to advancing education excellence in our nation," commented a spokesperson for NMSC. "As demonstrated by their outstanding performance in our highly competitive program, the young men and women named Commended Students represent some of the most academically talented students in our country. We sincerely hope this recognition will enhance their educational opportunities and encourage them in their pursuit of academic success."
A Voice for Change
Sydney Harding-SloanFreshman Vocalist Wins Competition
Vocalist Sydney Harding-Sloan, a Lakehill freshman, was the winner of the Texas Music Project's "Don't Mess with Texas Music" Talent Show on October 10. The Texas Music Project (TMP), in partnership with Septien Entertainment Group, Radio Disney, Media Tech Institute, Lone Star Attitude and the City of Grapevine, Texas hosted the annual competition at the Palace Theater in Grapevine.
As the competition winner, Sydney will serve as Ambassador for the TMP, a non-profit group working to help strengthen and restore music education to Texas schools by raising awareness of the benefits of music education and the related needs of schools and by providing funding for music education in local schools and communities.

Sydney's love for singing began when she was only four years old and heard singer Charlotte Church's debut on Oprah. She imitated Church while in the bathtub later that night and as her mother Valerie Harding recalls, "She has been singing ever since."

Influenced by a variety of artists, Sydney says she looks for guidance and inspiration through soul icons such as Stevie Wonder and Norah Jones and new sensations such as Adele. Sydney's passion for singing is a natural complement to her interest in the performing arts. She attends the Dallas Summer Musicals Theater Camp in the summer and is a regular performer in the school's Musical Theater performances. She is also a member of the Lakehill Preparatory School Choir and the school's Ensemble Choir.
Sydney discovered her passion to sing and write music at an early age, but it was only recently that she recorded her first track. After recording "Melt My Heart to Stone" by Adele with musician Gerry Moss, Sydney was encouraged to enter the Texas Music Project's annual competition.
Although the humble Sydney seems truly surprised by her first place finish, she says she is thrilled to be involved with the Texas Music Project and looks forward to helping other young artists find their voice and music talent.

For more information on the Texas Music Project, click here.
Community Connections
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Students in grades 5 - 12 who have made a difference by volunteering in their community over the past year could win $1,000 and a fabulous trip to Washington, D.C. next May by applying for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award! Even more importantly, they could win recognition that might inspire other people to follow their example.
It's easy to apply:
  1. Visit spirit.prudential.com or www.principals.org/prudential, click on the application link, and follow the on-screen instructions. When asked for the access key, type the word spirit.
  2. Once you have completed your online application, print it out, sign it, and have a parent sign it.
  3. Submit your printed application to Ms. Ekstrom. The Awards Committee will then select a Local Honoree and nominate them for state-level judging.
For more information, please see Ms. Ekstrom. Applications must be received by November 2, 2009.
Sports Snippets
October 15
Volleyball Senior Night
Join us to honor this year's seniors: Jacy Franklin, Kiley Trent, and Eshe Rasheed. JV at 4:00 followed by Varsity at 5:00.

October 15
Middle School Playoffs, Parish, 5:30pm
The Middle School Volleyball green team, composed of 7th and 8th grade girls, have been hoping since their narrow defeat by Lutheran on Monday afternoon that they would qualify for the playoffs. Today, those dreams come true as Lakehill advances to the Playoffs and takes on #1 seed Parish in an away match today at 5:30pm.

Captains Marqaux Underwood, Tessa Hornbach, and Alexandra Fincher have led the green team with strong team work and communication. Power performances from Maia Heard, Kelly Werther, Katie Collins, Caroline Boles, and Anastasia Walton, along with solid support from Haley York, Rachel Myers, Sam LaJone, and Sydney Firsching have propelled the team to wins against Legacy, Covenant, Shelton and Heritage.

Coach Carrie Irwin is impressed with the strides the team has made this year. By concentrating on serve consistency, back row defense, and aggressiveness at the net, the team has really shown their strengths and made tremendous improvements. It is those strengths that the girls will be relying on today as they try to stay alive in this single-elimination round.

October 16
Homecoming Celebration; Warrior Athletic Complex
Middle School Football at 4:30pm; Varsity Football at 7:30pm
Two great games for the entire family! Cheer on the Warriors as they take on Rockwall Heritage in our annual Homecoming game. Enjoy all the halftime festivities, including the presentation of the Homecoming Court and the crowning of the Homecoming Queen. Hot dogs will be available from the concession stand, as well as all the regular goodies! Bring the whole family!

Cross Country
October 17
Eastern Hills Invitational; 8:30am
What's Happening?
Wrapping it Up
Congratulations to the following students for selling the most Sally Foster in their division. The winners are:
Lower School - Ella Witherite, 2nd grade; Middle School - Brian McCarty, 7th grade; and Upper School - Josee Santiago, 9th grade. Each of the three winners will win a $100 gift card to Target.

Senior Pansy Sale
Seniors are rasing money to support the Holiday Luncheon, an annual event that brings over 150 senior citizens to Lakehill's Campus. See the information and order form here.

October 16
Freshman Fly Up Kick-off Breakfast
7:45 am - All 8th graders!
Eighth grade students will hear from a varied panel of freshmen explaining many of the opportunities they are enjoying in Upper School at Lakehill.

October 20
Admission Preview, 9:30am
Admission Previews are offered to families of students in kindergarten through grade 12. To reserve a space, email visit@lakehillprep.org.

October 20
Faculty-Senior Volleyball Game; 2:50pm
Grades 5 - 12
Watch the faculty take on the senior class in this exciting fundraising event. Proceeds will be used for the holiday luncheon.

October 21
Parent Open House at the Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Visit Lakehill's new LEED Silver certified, state-of-the-art facility in this "come and go" event. Tours will be offered at 10:15, 10:45, and 11:15 am. Join us to experience this wonderful facility!

October 26
Class Picture Day
Students do not need to dress up, but should wear regular school clothes (within dress code). With the exceptions of 5th grade, 7th grade, Ms. Batt's class and Ms. Shaw's class, everyone will have a brief class portrait taken in the gym.

October 30

Halloween Carnival

November 7
Trek for Tech
Register here.
See the Wish Listhere. Download the donation form here.
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