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The cafeteria at Lakehill Preparatory School was home to a multi-generational celebration on December 3.
The annual Holiday Luncheon is a much anticipated tradition for many elderly residents of east Dallas and the Lakehill family itself. Members of the senior class, along with their parents and class sponsors, joined forces with juniors and sophomores to provide a memorable holiday experience for senior citizens.Good food, good music, and enjoyable conversations with the students seemed to get everyone in the holiday spirit.
For many guests, this special annual event is the highlight of their holiday season. Headmaster Roger Perry explained, "I am not sure who looks forward to this day more, the senior citizens in the community or all of us here at Lakehill. It is a wonderful tradition that truly reinforces the meaning of the holidays."
The Holiday Luncheon requires a tremendous amount of teamwork. The senior class raised money to purchase the food and supplies, decorated the cafeteria, and served as greeters and food servers while their parents prepared the meal and staffed the kitchen. Juniors, dressed as elves, reindeer, and Santa and Mrs. Claus, visited with guests and posed for pictures. Sophomores photographed the guests, presenting them with a framed photo memento as they left. Several student groups sang holiday songs during the luncheon. Students in all grade levels helped by donating the small gift items that filled the stockings prepared by Sisteens for the guests.
Senior sponsor Evan Matthews was pleased with this year's Luncheon. "Senior classes traditionally take the lead in mounting the production that is the annual Holiday Luncheon. This year, with a record number of guests, the Class of 2011 proved that it can handle with efficiency-and even with grace-any challenge that is put to it. In recognition of this, Mr. Perry granted the Class off-campus lunch in the new term."
Lower School Joins in All the Reindeer Games
Lakehill Preparatory School's junior class carried on a long-standing tradition on December 3 with the school's annual Holiday Parade and Reindeer Games.
Dancing reindeer and joyful elves led the procession, followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus in a red convertible.
The holiday parade is staged each year for the benefit of Lakehill's Lower School students. Immediately following the Holiday Luncheon, Lower School students line the parade route in anticipation. After the parade, juniors lead the Lower School students onto the practice field for Reindeer Games, including "Red Light Green Light" and "Santa Says," and an afternoon of holiday fun.
Middle School Dazzles with Winter Program
The Middle School Winter Program, held in the Wyly Auditorium on Wednesday evening, featured a variety of musical and dramatic performances.
Lakehill's fifth grade music class presented songs of the holidays, including "Cover the World with Love," "All I Want Is...Nuttin'," and "Santa's On His Way Medley." Soloists on "Candlelight" included Annie Chu and Paco Sheeran. Artwork from Ms. Huitt's sixth grade art classes was also on display.
The program concluded with a performance by the Middle School Drama students who presented It's a Wonderful Neverland. Directed by Elizabeth Schmitt, the short play by Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello is a clever blend of It's a Wonderful Life and J.M. Barrie's classic tale, Peter Pan.
When the Lost Boys go missing, Peter Pan wishes he never came to Neverland. Unfortunately, his wish is granted by Tinkerbell's unkempt fairy cousin, Stinkerbell, and Peter is given a glimpse of what the world would be like without him. Seeing the Lost Boys now employed by Captain Hook (now known as Captain Two Hands), the obnoxious Darling children, and a Tinkerbell who has lost her wits, Peter finally realizes the importance of his existence -- and how it really is a wonderful Neverland.
The cast included Anna-Maria Springman as Peter Pan, Katie Duke as Tinkerbell, Zach Kern as Stinkerbell, and Arjun Singh as Captain Hook/Two Hands.
Other talented cast members included Kartex Rowel, Laura Walton, Kate Hornback, Jonathan Motes, Elliott Jacobsen, Johnathon Ballew, Camryn Thompson, Tata Fortune, Sarah Lacerte, and Dailyn McAdoo.
The holiday traditions continue on Thursday evening with a special Middle and Upper School Choir Concert at 7:00pm and again on Monday evening, as the Lower School students present their Winter Program and the annual parade of gifts. Lakehill's Upper School Choir performs at NorthPark on December 12 at 2:00 pm while the Elementary Choir performs on December 15 at 11:00 am.
| Community Spotlight|
Lakehill Raises Funds for UNICEF
Lakehill students rallied behind the UNICEF cause, reaching their goal of $2,000 in the Trick or Treat for UNICEF campaign.
Students put their creativity to work, donating their allowances, forgoing drinks or snacks and donating the money instead, and running lemonade stands to benefit UNICEF. Student involvement was at an all-time high this year, with kindergarten leading the way with more than 80% participation. The third grade set the pace in dollars raised, raising nearly $500 for the cause. The Student Council contributed $366 from their Ice Cream Sundae Sale.
This donation makes Lakehill one of the top school contributors to UNICEF and designates Lakehill as a UNICEF Ambassador School.
Get That Warrior Spirit!
Warrior Basketball Off to a Great Start
Lakehill's Basketball teams are off to a roaring start this season, and it looks like the hard work and preparation throughout the year is paying off. Realizing that nothing of real value comes without hard work, the teams are putting in the time to reach their goals.
The the boys and girls teams have been involved in a strenuous off-season workout program that included weight training, games, and camps.
The boys had two teams play in the highly competitive, invitation-only Metrocrest league. Each team played 11 games during May and June. The Varsity team went 7-4 in the League. The Warriors also traveled to Norman, Oklahoma to participate in a team camp at the University of Oklahoma. They played eight games in three days and went undefeated in pool play, finally losing to a Kansas team in the camp's championship game.
"The boys understand what it takes to have success on and off the court," explained Coach Bob Yttredahl. "Everything we do provides an opportunity for them to develop as athletes as well as human beings. Skills such as dedication, a strong work ethic, and teamwork will help them in the real world as well as on the basketball court."The girls varsity basketball team has 14 members this year and is led by four senior captains. The girls will play in a new district this year, providing a good challenge for the team.
The team began preparing for the season by attending a team camp last summer at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The girls played a total of six games in two days in a round-robin tournament.
Coach Jhoana Cayme reports that the girls are a lot further along than they were last year at this time. "This team has a great mix of experience, youth, and talent," she explained. "We have a lot more depth on the bench and have a great core of returning players to balance everything out. It should be a fun season."
Winter TailgateFriday, December 10 is shaping up to be a big day for Lakehill Basketball. The Middle School and Varsity teams take on Arlington Fellowship in four consecutive games.
The Middle School Girls play at 4:00pm followed by the Middle School Boys at 5:00pm. The Winter Tailgate Party - complete with free dinner - begins right after the Middle School games. The Varsity Girls take the court at 6:00pm followed by the Varsity Boys game at 7:30pm. There will great giveaways at the beginning of the games!
The Lower School Warriors for a Day, much coveted positions offered annually at Lakehill's Benefit Auction, were introduced at a recent Pep rally and will have the opportunity to spend some time on the bench before and during the games. This year's Warriors for a Day are Tyler McCall and Matthew McCall.
Don't miss this fun Lakehill tradition! Go Warriors!
What's Happening? |
December 8, 9, 10 - GOING ON NOW!
Reclamation Days, Main Hallway,
7:45am - 3:45pm
Lost it? Then reclaim it! Just take a look at what we have found! All items left on Friday afternoon will be given to a good home.
December 9, 7:00pm
Middle School and Upper School Choir Concert
December 10, 4:00pm
Meet-the-Artists Reception at The Point at C.C. Young
Featuring the artwork of 12 Lakehill fourth grade students
December 12, 2:00pm
Upper School Choir performs at NorthPark Mall
December 13, 7:00pm
Lower School Winter Program
December 15, 11:15am
Elementary Choir performs at NorthPark Mall
K-5 Dismiss for Holidays
March 5 - SAVE THE DATE!
Lakehill Benefit Auction - "Starlight Lounge"
When the Rat Pack Was Cool...and Cool Was King!