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Middle School Performs Beauty and the Beast
The Middle School Performing Arts department invited
audiences to step into the enchanted world of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jr., the
young performer's version of the modern Broadway classic, on Thursday
morning and again on Friday evening.
Audiences were transported to a lovely French provincial
town where the beautiful Belle lives with her father - a dotty inventor. When
her father doesn't return from a trip to the local fair, Belle rushes off to
find him. To her dismay, she discovers he is being held captive in an old
castle by a horrible beast. She trades her freedom for his and the "tale as old
as time" begins. How Belle tamed the unfortunate Beast and his ultimate
transformation into a handsome prince enthralled the audience. Filled
with spectacular costumes, the musical brought the
entire Lakehill community together for family theater at its best.
The musical featured more than half of the seventh and eighth grade students. Eighth grade leads included Maia Heard as Belle, Connor Cumpton as the Prince/Beast, Daniel Landers as Gaston,
and Cameron Gavinski as Lefou. Other key roles included Johnathan Page as
Maurice, Drew Norman as Cogsworth, Harrison Gowan as Lumiere, Allegra Schmitt
as Babette, Kelly Werther as Mrs. Potts, Emily Allton as Chip, and Caroline Boles
as Madame de la Grande Bouche. Courtney Hume, Alexandra Fincher and Emma Jenevein served as Assistant Directors.
The musical was co-directed by drama teacher Victoria John
and music teacher Linda Booth, who began their
musical theater collaboration ten years ago with 18 students. This year's cast
of 45 was a record high. While both admit that working with a cast that large
has its challenges, they feel the end result was worth the effort. "The
affirmative sound of the performers cheering their peers after Thursday's
performance says it all," explains John. "We can only hope that the challenge
of moving out of their comfort zones will ultimately stretch their
personal character development. Once again, the students remind us that we are
all teachers and learners. We all grow from this experience."
Fun in the...Sun?
Lower School Students Enjoy Field Day Despite WeatherEven the
ominous clouds that threatened overhead could not dampen the spirits of Lakehill's Lower School students as they
participated in their annual Field Day on Friday. The afternoon of fun and games at the
Main Campus was sponsored by the PFC. Optimistically called "Fun in the Sun," the action-packed games included everything
from water balloon launching and tug-of-war to potato sack races and an
Students, dressed in class shirts proudly displaying their team names, began their day with a Parade of Classes through the hallway and onto
the field, led by Ava and Madison
Cunningham. The girls, wearing 2010
sashes and tiaras, were Lakehill's first Field Day Marshals, a highly desirable title offered at Lakehill's auction. Ava and Madison
blew their whistles to start the games and officially welcomed the students to
the event. Students began with their class cheers and finished the day
with an icy treat. Organizer Heidi Alexander and her parent volunteers manned the events and made sure that
everything ran smoothly.
Students were able to finish most of their games before the skies opened and
the rain began. Their smiling faces confirmed that the rain was no match for their fun in the sun.
Baccalaureate Offers Time for Reflection, ThanksLakehill's
Baccalaureate Ceremony was held on Sunday, May 16 at the Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center. The natural beauty of the ESC was a fitting backdrop for an afternoon
of thoughtful reflection and heartfelt emotion.
One by one, each member of the Class of 2010 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, it seems important to allow our
graduating seniors the time to take pause and acknowledge that no one who achieves success does so without acknowledging
the help of others. Thurgood Marshall once said, "None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up
by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody - a parent, a teacher... - bent down and helped us pick up our
The Class of 2010 includes many students who
have attended Lakehill for 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
Members of the Senior Class are currently completing two-week internships as
part of their graduation requirements. They will take their final walk across
the Lakehill stage on Friday, May 28 in Lakehill's thirty-seventh Commencement
Making the Grade
Students Honored on Language Exams|
Several Lakehill world language students attained
national recognition for excellent performance on the 2010 National Spanish and
Students from Lakehill earned a total of eight medals on the National Spanish
Exam - five silver and three bronze - along with seven honorable mentions.
Lakehill medalists include John Godbey, Alison Hanson, Marianna Eboli, Brandon
Kinard, and Kaitlyn Wilson, silver; and Kara
Gamboa, Christopher Smaby, and Charles Burch, bronze. Honorable mentions were
awarded to Davis Clark, Kurt Norman, Joel Rizzo, Arden Stringer, Leia Unger, Sarah
Baker, and Alex Gilbert. The National Spanish Examination, which is conducted
each year by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, measures a student's knowledge of Spanish against a national standard.
The National French Exam, conducted each year by the American Association of
Teachers of French (AATF), measures a student's knowledge of French
against a regional and national standard. Six Lakehill students were recognized on the exam with Certificates of Accomplishment:
French 1: Marianna Eboli; Sterling Gavinski;
French 2: Ruth Godbey
French 3: Stephen Thompson
French 4: Rosie McCoskey
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 Dienna Poll.
"Attaining recognition on these examinations is very prestigious and we
are extremely proud of these students for their hard work," said Joan
Mayo, Foreign Language Department Chair.
Making Headlines: Lakehill in the News
|Hannah McCue Selected as HOBY Ambassador
sophomore Hannah McCue served as Lakehill's representative last week at the
Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) seminar, held May 13-16 at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Read more here.
Students in Cat Huitt's Lower School art classes received a special opportunity
this month to showcase their work. Read more here
Lakehill teams put forth herculean efforts at the YMCA
Spring Soccer Tournament, with both the first grade team and the third/fourth
grade team taking first place in their divisions. Read more here.
Get more Lakehill News here.
Summer Off Season training schedule has been posted on the website. Click here to view.
Congratulations to Lakehill junior Scout Garnsey, who was named District Offensive Player of the Year in Softball.
|May 10 - June 4
Big Noodle Summer Reading Book Fair!
Summer Reading Lists are available here. Enjoy easy, one-stop shopping with
Lakehill's online Summer Reading Book Fair. Books can be purchased online here, with a percentage of proceeds benefiting Lakehill.
Get the 2010-2011 School Calendar here.
Lakehill Summer Camps
The deadline for Summer Camp registration has passed and many camps are nearing full capacity. Please call or to find out if space is available in a particular camp before registering.
the updated Summer Camps 2010 Guide, click here.
May 8 - 22
Upper School Locker Clean Out sponsored by
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New Parent Luncheon, 11:30am, Upper Library
School Performing Arts Banquet, 6:00pm, ESC
Last day of school for K-5
Lower School Skating Party
May 24 - 26
MS and US Exams
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Commencement, 7:30pm, Auditorium
Reception prior to ceremony at 6:30pm
For the Love of the Lake Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
All Lakehill families invited!
Get more information here.