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The Warrior Weekly
Volume 3, Issue 5 September 23, 2010
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Student Scholars
Wishes Granted
Community Minders
Who's New?
Sports Snippets
What's Happening?

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"Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open."
 ~ Alexander Graham Bell
National Merit Scholars
Student Scholars
National Merit Scholars Announced
Lakehill Preparatory School is proud to announce the National Merit Scholars for the Class of 2011. Five seniors have been awarded this distinguished honor, including National Merit Semifinalists Sarah Baker, John Godbey, and Aleyna Mason. Chris Smaby and Stephen Thompson have been recognized as Commended Students.

More than 1.5 million juniors in nearly 22,000 high schools entered the 2011 National Merit Program by taking the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. Nationwide, there are approximately 16,000 semifinalists. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,400 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered.

"As demonstrated by their outstanding performance in our highly competitive program, these young men and women represent some of the most academically talented students in our country," commented a spokesperson for NMSC.

"This is an exceptional achievement for our students, and it will provide many opportunities for them in the future," said Headmaster Roger Perry. "We join our teachers and proud parents in congratulating these outstanding students for earning this highly esteemed academic honor."
Powell Foundation Grant
Wishes Granted
Grant Provides New Books for Library

Lower School librarian Casey Pike keeps a running wish list of books she would love to have in the library. News of a recent gift from the Powell Foundation for the Lower School library meant that one of those wishes could come true.

"It was such a wonderful surprise to learn that a gift of this magnitude had been made to our Lower School library," explains Pike. "I immediately knew how to spend it."

Each year, fourth grade students create a state notebook and it is essential for them to have several resources to successfully complete their reports. "A complete set of state books has been on my wish list for a long time," says Pike. She explained that the Powell Foundation's generous gift allowed Lakehill to purchase a set of World Almanac state books, fifty-one in all. "These books will be used by all the Lower School grade levels and will be a great resource for years to come."

This is the second year that Lakehill has received funding from the Powell Foundation. Last year's grant provided science equipment for the Lower School.

Community Minders
Police, Fire Departments Visit KindergartenPolice Visit

Lakehill's kindergarten classes are getting a better look at those who help keep our community running smoothly. Three members of the Dallas Police Department recently paid a special visit to share important information such as when students should call 911 - as well as when they should not. Clearly the favorite member of the force was "Rosie" the Junior Police Officer, who rode a remote controlled tricycle and taught the kids about bicycle safety. High points for the children included taking turns climbing into the car and listening to the sirens.

Next to visit Lakehill's youngest students is the Dallas Fire Department. It seems that the noisier, the better, as horns blasting and sirens sounding always bring the best results. Students are looking forward to walking through the fire truck and seeing the firemen dressed in their full gear, while learning more about fire safety.

Sean Hill
Who's New?

Faculty Spotlight on Sean Hill

Lakehill has a new face, both on the gridiron and in the classroom. Sean Hill teaches sixth grade and Upper School PE, as well as Escape to Nature, a Middle School elective. He is also an Assistant Coach for both Varsity and Middle School football.
Originally from Paris, Texas, Hill graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce with a B.S. in Kinesiology. Before finding his calling in teaching, Hill spent more than four years as a banker and business specialist with Wells Fargo Bank.
Hill's busy coaching and teaching schedule, his commitment to the United States Air Force Reserves, and his role as #1 fan for his son's football and daughter's cheering, don't leave time for much else. An admitted sports junkie, Hill says he happily spends any free time he does have watching the Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks, and Aggies.

Hill appreciates that even though Lakehill is in a big city, it still maintains a small town feel. Hill says he knew the supportive atmosphere was the perfect place to begin his teaching career and is grateful for the abundance of opportunity at Lakehill.

Photo by Robert Walton
Sports Snippets
Get That Warrior Spirit!
Lakehill won on Tuesday over Dallas Covenant in a long five-set match. It was back and forth all evening with Lakehill winning the first set, Covenant winning the second, Lakehill taking the third and Covenant the 4th. It took an all around team effort to win the fifth set.Senior co-captain Eleni Wilsmann came through in the fifth set with three of her nine aces to put Lakehill ahead for good.

Lakehill is now 7-2 overall, 3-0 in district, and currently on a 4-game winning streak. This is the best start the team has had in 5 years. Lakehill plays Waco Vanguard tonight and is expecting to still be undefeated going into a match next Tuesday against the defending district champions, Desoto Canterbury.

The Warriors lost to A+ Academy 9-6 in overtime on Friday night. Read more here. Lakehill takes on Trenton at home on Friday at 7:30pm.

Cross Country
Lakehill competed in the Lake Highlands Invitational last weekend, with another strong performance from Emily Allton. The Warriors lace up their running shoes again on October 2 at the Carrollton Christian Invitational.

Support your favorite teams:
Varsity Football schedule
JV and Varsity Volleyball schedule
Varsity Cross Country schedule
finger with string
What's Happening?
September 24
Parent Faculty Club (PFC) General Meeting,
8:15-10 am, Cafeteria
Join us for the PFC's first General Meeting of the school year. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Learn more about the great events and activities available through your PFC!

The Spirit Shop is Open!

Visit the Spirit Shop and get ready to show your Warrior spirit!
Wednesday morning, 7:30 - 8:15 am
Thursday afternoon, 2:45 - 3:45 pm

Mums the Word
New mum designs available for Homecoming 2010!
Middle and Upper School students can show their school spirit by ordering a homecoming mum or garter. Seniors, be sure to order your special mum or garter as a souvenir of your last year at Lakehill. Order forms are now available on the table outside of the main office and forms with payment can be turned in at the office. Checks should be payable to Lakehill Preparatory School. All orders must be received by Thursday, September 30 and late orders will not be accepted. Please note that mums and garters are not sold to Lower School children. Get the Upper School order form or the Middle School order form.

October 14
Car Wash
Get a clean ride while you check on your child's progress. The NHS and PASF are holding a car wash on October 14 during Parent-Teacher Conferences. The Car Wash will be held in the parking lot outside of the Student Commons. Donations are accepted and will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis fund.

November 13 - SAVE THE DATE!

Trek for Tech
Be a Trek sponsor. Find out more here.

Find out more about fall Community Service opportunities.