The Spirit of Community
|Students Honored for Service
, 12th grade, was recently named the
Lakehill Preparatory School Volunteer of the Year in The Prudential Spirit of
Community Awards program. In addition, Sarah Baker
11th grade, received a Certificate of Merit for her volunteer service.
Sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of
Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the awards recognize outstanding community
service by young Americans. Turner is now eligible for the Texas Youth Volunteer of the Year awards. Two State Honorees, one middle school and
one high school student, will be named in February.
"Young people who contribute their time and talents to their
communities are role models for all of us," said Prudential Chairman and CEO
John R. Strangfeld. "We salute their dedication, their achievements, and their
spirit of community."
Max Turner was recognized for his participation as a member
of the Disaster Action Team (DAT) for the Red Cross, North Texas Chapter. The
DAT provides relief assistance to individuals and families by focusing on
meeting people's immediate needs following an emergency disaster in order to
enable them to resume normal lives. Team members work with
the Police and Fire Departments at the scene of the disaster. Max has been
actively involved for the past two years and is the only teen to hold this
position in the chapter.
Max explains, "We have been able to help so many people by
providing essentials like water, food, clothing, shelter, and resources for
additional assistance. But probably our biggest contribution at the scene of a
disaster is to offer hope." Max was influenced by his father's work with the Red Cross DAT. The father and son team now volunteer for 24-hour on-call shifts over the weekends and have shared many
experiences together. Max has enhanced his ability to help others by taking course
work through the Red Cross on Psychological First Aid.
Sarah Baker was recognized
for her work on behalf of the Wilkinson Center, a nonprofit poverty
intervention agency working in East and Southeast Dallas to assist people in
need who desire to break the cycle of poverty. Sarah organized and implemented
a Health Fair in conjunction with the Wilkinson
Center's Back-to-School Rally.
Lakehill Headmaster Roger L. Perry praised the students for
their volunteer service. "These Honorees practice a lesson we hope all young
people, as well as adults, will emulate-that volunteering within the community
is an essential part of one's life."
Lakehill Students Take Top Honors in Writing, Art
Lakehill students were invited to participate in the fifth annual Expressions
Arts Competition, sponsored by Thanks-Giving Square, which enhances awareness of the Thanksgiving season.
Students could enter the Visual Arts category with an original
drawing or painting or the Written Word category with an original prose,
poetry, or drama. Expressions highlights
education and the arts, which find common ground in gratefulness and
thanksgiving. This year's competition focused on Abraham Lincoln and his
impact on the celebration of Thanksgiving as a national holiday.
From more than 300 entries from across the country, four Lakehill students were selected
as winners in the competition:
Kiefer Gorena, 1st place, Written Word, Grades 6 - 8, teacher Julie Riggs
Gabrielle Gard, 2nd place, Written Word, Grades 4-5, teacher John Trout
Gus Teter, 3rd place, Written Word, Grades K-3, teacher Jenny Livengood
Karl Sheeran, 3rd place, Visual Art, Grades 6 - 8, teacher Cat Huitt
Winning students and their teachers were invited to attend a special Award
Ceremony on November 19.
To celebrate the students' achievements, Lakehill transported the winning
students, their teachers, and their parents to Thanks-Giving Square for the event. First place winners in each age group and
category received cash prizes of $50, while their respective teachers received cash
prizes of $250 for classroom use. Second and third place winners received
recognition ribbons. As a special feature of the ceremony, first place winner Kiefer Gorena presented his prize-winning essay to the audience. The winning entries will be displayed in the Hall at Thanks-Giving
Square from November 21-30, and will also be displayed in a World Affairs Conference in Australia and New Zealand.
In Dallas, Thanks-Giving Square serves as a central meeting
place where citizens from diverse backgrounds can use thanksgiving as a
way to heal divisions and enhance mutual understanding.
No Redemption Required
Lakehill Band Rocks the Run
Runners and race supporters received a
special treat during Lakehill's 11th annual Trek for Tech, held on November 7
at Lakehill's main campus.
The band Marsyas Redemption, made
up entirely of Lakehill Upper School students, performed a four-song set prior
to the awards ceremony. Band members Alex Gilbert, Hagen Hauschild, Adam Jilek,
Austin Simpson, and Spence Sandfield fired up the crowd and delighted fans of
band - who takes its name from Marsyas, a mythological personage connected with
the earliest period of Greek music - has played together for only a few months,
they looked and sounded as if they had performed together for years. And unlike
Marsyas, who was defeated by Apollo in a battle of music, no redemption is
necessary for this talented group.
as varied as Coldplay, Metallica, and 311, the band seems capable of most
anything. Hauschild and
Gilbert alternate on lead vocals and drums, offering solid covers ranging from
Queen's Under Pressure
to Europe's The Final Countdown
band has also penned some original works. Members say they plan to work on a demo during the school holidays and are hoping to start performing locally.
Those in the mood for something on the softer side can take in Hauschild's and Gilbert's solo performances in this weekend's Upper School Musical, On Broadway
. Simpson will also be featured as an ensemble member. For more information on the musical, click here
Book Review Inspires Gift
Riggs was asked to recommend a favorite
biography for an upcoming article in People
Newspapers, she had no idea of the impact her review of The Story of My Life by Helen Keller would
have. But across town, Mrs. Robert W.
Ivey read the review and sprang into action, convinced fate had
Mrs. Ivey had a long association with the family of Phillips
Brooks Keller, Helen's younger brother, who once lived on Lakewood
Boulevard. Mrs. Ivey's mother had attended school
with Helen Keller's sister-in-law, Ravinia. When Mrs. Ivey was a young girl, she had the
opportunity to meet Helen Keller and remembers being impressed with her
achievements and her work for the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB).
Seventh grade students,
who have been reading The Story of My
Life, recently had an unexpected treat when Mrs. Ivey paid a visit to
Lakehill. She presented the group with a framed photograph taken in 1918 of
Helen Keller with her mother and brother. She also donated a book called
Helen Keller: Selected Writings
to the Upper School Library.
In addition to the
photo, the class received a video documentary made in 1954, when Helen Keller
was seventy-four years old. It shows her speaking and contains one of the few
records of Anne Sullivan, Keller's
lifelong teacher, speaking. It is filled with newsreel footage of
Keller's world travels visiting schools for blind and deaf children as well as
scenes of Keller going about her daily routines. The film is introduced by Patty
Duke, the star of the first Miracle
Worker movie. Mrs. Ivey also presented Ms. Riggs with To Love this Life, a book of inspirational
sayings by Helen Keller.
Mrs. Ivey and her
husband, who is blind, have maintained a long association with the AFB. The
items she gave to Lakehill had been given to her by the AFB.
Mrs. Ivey said that
she had been wondering what to do with the memorabilia, and that when she read
Ms. Riggs' article, she
knew her treasures had found a good home.
Fifth Grade Lends a Helping Hand
Fifth grade student Brandon Bartholow recently rallied
members of his class for a fun afternoon of lending a helpful hand.
who is new to Lakehill, wanted to make a difference at home and at school. His
plan was to refurbish the tennis court back board and to clean up the park in
his neighborhood. Brandon
presented the idea to Ms. Riggs as a class project.
The event took place immediately following Trek for Tech and
allowed the 30 fifth graders in attendance to contribute their time and energy
to a good cause. The class bonded as they pulled together to work on the
project. For an hour or two, Lakehill fifth graders were everywhere, cleaning,
sweeping, painting, and working together.
The team swept and bagged leaves and picked up trash from the creek, park,
tennis court, and woods. They cut down thorny bushes so that "the little
kids wouldn't poke themselves." Students and dads then hung up plywood panels that they painted and taped, resulting in
a new backboard for the tennis courts.
says he is pleased with how the day turned out. "The project was really
fun. I got to share my neighborhood with my classmates, make new friends, and do something
good for the community. Overall, it was a big success!"
Pep Rally, Winter Tailgate, and Games
Lakehill's JV and Varsity Basketball teams are off to a fantastic start this season, with all three teams claiming victory on Thursday night.
The Varsity Warriors are off to a 1-0 start, with an infusion from Joseph Nall's scoring and John Godbey's
defense. Coach Yttredahl admits being a little nervous going into
Thursday's game, with the Warriors facing off in their first game against a
team with three games already under their belt. Although the team
experienced some of the typical hurdles expected in a first game, they
played extremely hard and by the second quarter had come together as a solid
Lakehill's defense was in top form. Although Cambridge's
leading scorer, #40 Alex Weir, had been averaging close to 30 points a game in Cambridge's
first three, Lakehill's John Godbey shut him down early and held him to
Lakehill put forth a well rounded effort on offense as well. With
Austin Simpson and Blake Bishop attacking from inside, the floor opened up for Joseph
Nall, who led the team with 22 points. Bishop added another 15 to the
score while Godbey and Mac Kelly added 12 and 8, respectively. The team is back at work, getting ready for their next match
up on Tuesday at Texoma Christian.
The Lady Warriors continued their strong start to the season
last night with a 41-29 victory over Dallas Cambridge. The team defeated Dallas
Fairhill 40-33 in action last week. Against Fairhill, junior Sarah
Baker led all scorers with 14 points while junior Kara
Gamboa, senior Jacy Franklin, and sophomore Amanda
Boles each added 6 points to the score.
In the home opener
against Cambridge, Boles led all
scorers with 11 points, Gamboa with 6 points, and Franklin
and junior Kaitlyn Wilson with 5 each. The
girls have been working hard in practices since late October and seem well prepared
for the season ahead.
The team graduated two seniors last year, but make up for
it in strong freshmen and sophomore classes. Four starters from last year's
team return: Co-Captains Franklin and Baker backed up by Gamboa and Wilson. The
girls return to action next Tuesday on the road against Texoma Christian and
play their second home game on December 1 against Dallas
Academy. Both games are scheduled
for a 6:00pm start.
Warrior fans started celebrating basketball season early, beginning with an afternoon pep rally followed by the Winter Tailgate later that evening. The Winter Tailgate Party got underway following the JV game, with parent volunteers manning the grills and serving up a variety of tasty treats. The first 100 fans received a Warrior Basketball t-shirt.
The Lower School Warriors for a Day, much coveted
positions offered annually at Lakehill's Benefit Auction, received their official team jerseys at the Pep Rally. They were also able to spend some time with the teams before and during the games. This year's Warriors for a
Day were Kathryn Mahan and Ben and Greg Gillman.
New Lakehill Spirit SignsThe Lakehill Spirit Shop unveiled new Spirit Signs at the game on Wednesday. Spirit signs can be ordered by using the order form or directly online here. A stake with a Lakehill school topper is $25. Additional icons can be added for $20 each. Visit www.lonestaryardart.net for more information.
View the complete Athletic Calendar here.
Upper School Musical, On Broadway
Lakehill's Performing Arts presents an original musical review entitled On Broadway
your calendars for November 20 and 21 at 7:00 pm and November 22 at
for a musical fantasy that truly offers something for everyone.
General admission is $5 and Lakehill students are $3. Tickets are
available at the door.
features over 20 musical numbers centered around three group performances.
Medleys from Rogers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Weber, and Hairspray
will be supplemented with individual
favorites. The show features songs such as "Greased Lightning" from Grease
, "Big Spender" from Sweet Charity
, and other solos and duets from
musicals as diverse as Pippin
, A Secret Garden
, and Miss Saigon
. Don't miss this extravaganza of music and dance that will truly put the spotlight on Lakehill's talented students. Get more information here
UNICEF Collection Boxes Due
Students can turn in UNICEF boxes to their classroom teacher or class sponsor. Help us reach our goal of $2,000 for UNICEF!
Grandparents and Special Friends' Day
Breakfast at 8:30am; Program at
dismiss at 11:00am for Thanksgiving Holiday
welcomes grandparents, parents, and special friends to the annual Grandparents'
Day Celebration on Tuesday, November 24. The
celebration begins at 8:30am with a breakfast reception
in the cafeteria. The
program, which includes performances by various student groups, will begin at
9:30am in the auditorium. School
is dismissed at 11:00am and there is no after-school care. November 24
Open House at Nye Environmental Science Center
11:30am - 12:30pm
Families are invited to visit Lakehill's new Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center immediately following the Grandparents' Day celebration. Tours will be provided and visitors will be able to explore this new facility.
November 25 - 29
Thanksgiving Holiday - no classes.
Classes resume November 30.
Community Service Project - 9th and 12th grades
People Helping People, 8:30am - 2:30pm
Sisteens Stocking Stuffers Help Sisteens by providing stocking stuffers for Senior Citizens. Find out more here.