|"The future belongs to those |
who believe in the beauty of
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Running for Funds
| Photo by Margie Brown |
Trek for Tech a Huge Success
When hundreds of people take to the streets for a good cause, a lot can happen.
Lakehill's 12th Annual Trek for Tech, the PFC's signature fall event, combined all the right elements, including two great races, dedicated sponsors, enthusiastic volunteers, a raffle with fantastic prizes, and live music. The results of all this ruckus were a great time for all who attended and new computer labs for students at Lakehill. The weather was crisp and the excitement was high. The Lower School Choir opened the event with the national anthem, followed by the Varsity Cheerleaders who warmed up the crowd with pre-race warm-up activities. Sponsor Comerica Bank was on hand to pass out piggy banks to those in attendance.Students, families, and faculty members put their best foot forward in the one-mile Fun Run. A large crowd hit the pavement for the 5K chip-timed race as athletes of all ages raced for the right to claim victory in their particular age group. Enthusiastic fans lined the streets as runners approached the finish line. Everyone enjoyed food, drinks, and a live performance by ISS, a band featuring Lakehill sophomore Jonah Guedea. An awards ceremony followed the performance. All participants received a medal with trophies presented for the 5K. Official race results are available here.
For the first time in the 12 year history of the race, two Lakehill students were the top overall male and female runners. Joseph Nall was the first place overall male with a time of 18:50. Emily Allton was the top overall female runner with a time of 22:23. Both students are on Lakehill's cross country team. The newly formed Winged Warriors, Lakehill's third and fourth grade running club, snapped up nine individual trophies in the 5K.Organizers report that 406 people registered for this year's event, including a record-breaking 199 Lakehill students!The third and fourth grade tied in the Trek Spirit Contest with 72% participation. They will receive a pizza party as a reward for their over-the-top Trek spirit. The sixth grade was close behind, with 67% participation. The McCall family rode home on a new bicycle, the top prize in the raffle.
The Trek committee reports that they are closing in on reaching the wish list goals. Specific details will be provided in the next PFC General Meeting.The Trek Committee thanks Dave Burton and Lakewood Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, Kaye Hauschild, Elizabeth Schmitt and the NJHS, Linda Booth, Melany Bartholow, and all of the many volunteers who made this race possible. They are especially grateful to those companies, individuals, and families who supported the race through underwriting and equipment purchases.
A Great Day Out in the Great Outdoors
Let's face it. Some traditions are better than others. And for Middle School students at Lakehill, it just doesn't get much better than Fall Day Out.
While the weather outside was dreary, it couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of the nearly 150 students who headed north to enjoy a full day of play at Sisters' Grove Farm, Ms. Gajkowski's farm/homestead in Princeton, Texas.
Children enjoyed taking impromptu strolls, playing Newcomb and ping pong, and swinging on the rope swing. Others relaxed on the porch, enjoying a game of chess or checkers. A small tractor pulled laughing children on hay bales. After an outdoor cookout, they explored the nearby pond, field, and pecan orchard.
While the students clearly enjoyed a day off from school, Fall Day Out seems much more about the "out" - enjoying the outdoors and each other. It is no wonder that Fall Day Out continues to be an annual favorite.
The Spirit of Community
| Kelly Werther, Middle School honoree.|
Student Honored for Service
Young volunteers who give generously of their time and talents make a tremendous impact on their communities. Kelly Werther, 8th grade, and Scout Garnsey, 12th grade, were recently selected as Local Honorees in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program for their outstanding volunteer efforts.
| Scout Garnsey, High School honoree. |
Sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the awards recognize outstanding community service by young Americans. Kelly and Scout are 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."
Kelly was recognized for her leadership in a variety of school-wide initiatives. A regular volunteer with For the Love of the Lake and an active member of Lakehill's Adopt-a-Shoreline group, Kelly has also volunteered with Family Gateway. Scout is serving as President of Sisteens, a service organization, and has been actively engaged in a variety of projects. Her leadership in Lakehill's efforts for Komen for the Cure have had significant impact on her community.
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."
| Classroom Connections|
Lakehill Student Takes Top Honors in Writing
Lakehill fourth grade student Tyler McCall was recently selected as the third place winner in the Expressions Arts Competition, sponsored by Thanks-Giving Square.
Tyler participated in the Written Word category which encouraged students to express their cultural and/or personal perspectives on gratitude through the written word. Expressions highlights education and the arts, which find common ground in gratefulness and thanksgiving. This year's competition focused on thankfulness for our planet.
Tyler and her fourth grade teacher Dr. Gary Haynes were invited to attend a special Award Ceremony on November 18 at Thanks-Giving Square.
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.
| Sports Snippets|Warriors Bring Home All-District Honors
District coaches gathered recently to bestow the 2010 honors for All-District football.
Nine Lakehill athletes were recognized with this outstanding distinction.
District Special Teams MVP - Charles Burch
First Team All-District
Charles Burch, Senior, Running Back
Tyler Wentz, Senior, Punter
Cris McCarty, Sophomore, Defensive BackYoo Jin Park, Sophomore, Running Back
Second Team All-District
Josh Wood, Sophomore, Tight End
John Godbey, Senior, Running Back
Brett Trutna, Senior, Defensive Line
Kurt Norman, Junior, Offensive Line
Austin Simpson, Junior, Linebacker
Thank you to all the parents who purchased pansies for the school. The cheerful plants are now brightening the grounds at the ESC.
Sisteens Stocking Stuffers Collection
UNICEF collection boxes are due!
We are well on our way to reaching our $2,000 goal for UNICEF. Please turn in your collection boxes!
PFC Executive Committee Meeting, 2:00pm
Upper School Musical: Brigadoon
Lakehill's Upper School Performing Arts Department presents Brigadoon on November 19 and 20 at 7:00pm and November 21 at 2:00pm. General admission is $5 and Lakehill students are $3. Tickets are available at the door. Get more information here.
Breakfast at 8:30am; Program at 9:30am
Classes dismiss at 11:00am for Thanksgiving Holiday
Lakehill welcomes grandparents, parents, and special friends to the annual Grandparents' Day Celebration on Tuesday, November 23. 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 - 28
Thanksgiving Holiday - no classes.
Classes resume November 29.
The Spirit Shop is Open! Great New Styles!
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