Middle School Student is Designing the Apps
Apple Inc. has over 35,000 different iPhone applications and
games available to download through its iTunes software. Some of the apps are
developed by big-name companies such as Electronic Arts and Rockstar
Games. Others, however, are designed by a new generation of developers like Lakehill eighth grade student
designing apps last year, all while juggling the academics, athletics, and
activities of a busy fourteen year old. Brandon taught himself how to use the application development process, seeking ideas and guidance
from a network of kids all over the world who shared the same passion. Although
his first three apps were not accepted, Brandon
kept trying. His persistence paid off, and his first app hit the market on
February 2. Called Growing Tree, the
app enables users to watch a tree grow in front of their eyes while soothing music plays in the background. After just a month
on the market, over 2,000 people have already downloaded the free app.
Encouraged by his success, Brandon
kept designing. His second app, Solo Drumming, became
available on February 17. Users are able to play the drums with a first person view. "It feels
like you are actually playing the drums," explains Brandon.
"No other drum app can do this. It's like you are up on stage
playing a song for a live crowd." Brandon
says that the app is perfect for both the experienced drummer and the person who wants
to learn. The app, which has received a five star rating from customers,
sells for 99 cents. Shaw, who keeps 70
percent of each sale, says that while he designs for enjoyment, making some money is an added bonus.
Brandon does all the coding himself and recently started a company
called Brandflake Apps to support his growing business. He says the most difficult
aspect of his latest project was actually making the pictures of the drum,
which he drew completely by hand. "That part was really time consuming,"
he said. "Coding the app isn't really difficult, once you get the hang of it."
Lakehill computer teacher Bill Dunklau
was impressed to learn that Shaw pulled off this high-tech feat. "The fact
that he doesn't get discouraged once he puts it out there is so important,"
said. Dunklau. "It really seems to energize him--as soon as he finishes one app
he is ready to do another. That is a sign of a successful inventor."
Just yesterday, Shaw got word from Apple that one of
his ideas had been turned down. "That's all right," he explained, "I developed
two more last weekend."
As for his
advice to others who want to try developing an app of their own? "Practice a
lot," he says. "And just know that it takes time."
Friends, Romans, Countrymen
Seventh and Eighth Grade Students Enjoy Traditional Roman Banquet
If you were a 7th or 8th grade student
at Lakehill, you would confirm that the heart of Latin lives - especially on
February 19, as 80 Latin students traveled to
Stratos Global Taverna to experience a Roman Banquet close to what they might
have enjoyed in Julius Caesar's time. Shouts of carpe diem filled the air as they climbed into their
modern chariots proudly dressed in authentic Roman attire - tunica and togas for the boys, stolas
and pallas for the girls.
Rows of tables simulating an ancient Roman dining room welcomed the hungry
guests to a meal of mouth-watering chicken souvlaki, tantalizing pita bread with sauces, and Mediterranean-inspired
rice along with roasted potatoes and steamed vegetables. The feast ended with baklava,
a Greek dessert featuring flaky pastry, honey, and nuts very similar to what the
Romans would have enjoyed.
The fun continued as students enjoyed a costume contest and tested their
knowledge with a Roman and Latin Bingo game. Students gathered for a group photo with event
co-sponsors Katie Becker and Victoria John as their day in ancient Rome came to a close.
African Foods Day
Fifth grade students in Bryna Thomson's Geography class recently enjoyed a
delicious wrap up to their lessons. As a culmination to their unit on
Sub-Saharan Africa, students were asked to prepare a dish representative of one
of the countries they had studied.
Students explored various websites and cookbooks to select
their recipes. They were required to prepare the dishes themselves, with parent
supervision. African Foods Day is typically held on the day following
Parent-Teacher Conferences, so that students have a free day to plan and prepare
The students gathered in the cafeteria to share their dishes. Trapp Hawthorne served up his Fish Head Soup, which
originates in Mozambique, while ensuring others that the fish heads had been removed. Charlie Pippen presented a classic chicken and okra dish from Nigeria known as Chicken Imoyo. Spencer Gatreaux said that although he had some trouble finding the ostrich meat for his Ostrich Hash, his efforts paid off with delicious results.
|Lakehill Spring Classic Offers a One-of-a-Kind Event
The Lakehill Preparatory School Varsity Baseball and Varsity
Softball Teams hosted the Lakehill Spring Classic on Thursday, February
25 through Saturday, February 27 at Lakehill's Warrior Athletic Complex. This
one-of-a-kind tournament, with both softball and baseball in the same venue,
brought 16 teams from around the region to complete in the three-day event.
Lakehill's Lady Warriors Softball team was strong both
offensively and defensively throughout the tournament. In the first game, the
Lady Warriors outhit and outran their opponents, Greenville Christian, by a
staggering score of 14-2. The Lady Warriors took down Fort Worth Calvary in the
second game, 8-0. Ovilla ended Lakehill's winning streak, as they defeated the
Lady Warriors in the finals, 0-6.
The team was led by Amanda Boles,
who batted .820 with a double, a triple, and a homerun, and Eleni Wilsman, who
batted .810. Sarah Baker pitched for the Lady
Warriors, throwing 20 strike outs and giving up only two earned runs.
In baseball, the Warriors started off the tournament with a
3-2 win over Fort Worth Calvary. In their second game, Lakehill lost to Bethesda
1-6. Again Ovilla put a cramp in Lakehill's plans, as they edged out the
Warriors 5-6 in the third place game.
Chris Good pitched the first game and had 11 strike outs in
5 innings. Austin Simpson and Joshua Wood pitched in the second and third
games. Andrew Shaw batted .500 in the tournament and Chris Good batted .333.
Kurt Norman added a double and one RBI.
View the complete Athletic Calendar here.
National Latin Exam - 1st period
Thespian Society Induction at the ESC; 7:00pm; Reception following.
The International Thespian Society will induct 10 new members at this annual ceremony, while celebrating the accomplishments of 11 senior troupe members.
Auction, Groovin' in the Garden;
6:00pm - midnight
Make your reservations here.
NEW - Check out all the great items up for bid here.
March 8 - 11
Middle School Adventure Week
No classes for Middle School
March 15 - 19
Spring Break - no classes
Lakehill Summer Camps
June 7 - July 30
Registration NOW OPEN!
New format, new camps!
To download the Summer Camps 2010 Guide, click here.