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"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."
~Robert Louis Stevenson
Photo courtesy of Karen Bunger.
JV Brings Home Holiday Championship
While many were relaxing over the holidays and making plans for the New Year, the Junior Varsity Warriors were busy making plans of their own. The team traveled to Buffalo, Texas on December 28-30 to compete as the only private school in the competitive 12-team Buffalo ISD tournament. Although the Warriors arrived a little short-handed with only eight players, they were still able to defeat the host team by 14 points in the first round. The second game was close throughout with free throws and a defensive stop at the end finally pushing the Warriors to a four-point victory.
The Championship game saw the Warriors with a 4-point lead at the half. The Warriors turned up the heat in the second half, using defensive pressure to secure an 18-point victory and the championship trophy.
Congratulations to all eight JV players who contributed to the championship run: Beau Bunger, Paul Eom, Cris McCarty, Kurt Norman, Drew Norman, Hudson Trent, Brandon Shaw, and Jacob Westerbeck.
The JV Boys remain undefeated with an exciting one-point win in double overtime over the CHANT Chargers on Tuesday.
First year coach Gregg Vincent is proud of the team's accomplishments. "It all starts in practice with this team," he explained. "They are dedicated to doing things the right way. It's great that we won the tournament, but most important is the foundation we are building to get them ready for Varsity."
Students Form New Debate Club
After several students expressed interest in forming a debate team, the Lakehill Debate Club was born. With a willing sponsor in new teacher Jamie Thorne, the group set out to make their mark, meeting every other Monday during lunch.
The club is currently competing through the YMCA Youth and Student Government division. Their first endeavor was to send three teams to the district level competition of the YMCA's State Affairs Forum in December. Despite the fact that the team was competing for the first time, the students performed well against older and more experienced competitors. Clayton Drazner was honored with a "Distinguished Delegate" medal by the adult judges, one of only ten recognized out of more than 120 students.
The team of Clayton Drazner and Nina Unger and the team of John Devine, Jacob Graff, and Alex Mills advanced to State with State Affairs Forum. Clayton and Nina were ranked fifth overall, out of a field of 40. The team of Taylor Pike and Jackson Vickery will advance to State in Youth Commission. The State conference will be held January 28 - 30 at the state capital building in Austin.
With a successful start under their belt, the group next plans to participate in Public Forum Debate, a more traditional style of debate, through the National Forensics League and hopes to attend a Model United Nations conference.
Students Land Roles in Off-Campus Production
Two Lakehill students have landed parts in the Dallas Children's Theater production of EAT (It's Not About Food), a powerful play by award-winning playwright Linda Daugherty. The play examines the dangerous and baffling world of eating disorders in boys and girls.
Eleventh grade student Brandon Kinard and seventh grade student Laura Walton were thrilled to be called back after their initial auditions. Now they are fully involved in a vigorous rehearsal schedule, preparing for next week's opening. Brandon, a member of the International Thespian Society, is active in advanced drama and musical theater, and was most recently seen as Mr. Beaton in Brigadoon. Laura is active in the Middle School drama program, making her Lakehill debut last semester as Smindy in It's a Wonderful Neverland.
Drama instructor Elizabeth Schmitt encouraged her students to try out, despite the fact that more than 100 students auditioned for these roles. "To have two of our students cast in this important production is quite an accomplishment," explained Schmitt.
Performances are Friday, January 21 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, January 22 and Sunday, January 23 at 1:30 pm; Friday, February 11 at 7:30 pm; and Saturday, February 19 at 7:30 pm.
Tickets are $10 for all performances and seating is limited. Subject matter is most appropriate for ages 12 and up. Get more information here.
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Photo Contest Honors 100 Years of White Rock Lake
White Rock Lake's centennial celebration is approaching, and, if you're good with the camera, this might be a good way to join in the fun.
The White Rock Lake Conservancy is holding a photo contest to see who can snap the best pictures of the lake. Prizes will be awarded to winning images in each category for the Pro, Amateur, and Youth divisions. So come on, what are you waiting for...get your camera and start clicking!
Read more about the photo contest and lake celebration here. Get the contest overview and entry form here.
Photo by Irwin Thompson.
Warriors Deliver the Wins
It was a banner night for Lakehill basketball on Tuesday as four Lakehill teams took to the court at home and all four teams emerged victorious. The JV girls took the court first, defeating the CHANT Lady Chargers. The JV Boys followed, defeating the CHANT Chargers with an exciting one-point win in double overtime to remain undefeated for the season. The Varsity girls took down FortWorthTemple followed by the Varsity Boys who defeated Heath Fulton.
In Middle School Basketball, the girls, led by coach Carrie Irwin, are currently 2-4 in district play. The girls took on district rival Covenant on the road on January 10, returning with a 50-14 victory. High scorers Kelly Werther, with 14 points, and Chloe Roberson and Jennie Noble, with 11 points each, helped the team secure their fist 50-point game. Thanks to special contributors Camryn Thompson and Anna Bolt.
The Middle School boys, under the direction of coach Chris Peacock, defeated Covenant in district action. After starting the game 13-0, the Warriors cruised to an easy 49-30 victory. This is the third year in a row that Lakehill has defeated Covenant. Vincent Greene contributed 18 points, Cameron Pike brought in 14 points, and Cole Ellis added 8 points. The win brings the Warriors to 3-5 in district play. The boys blue team, who lost to St. John's on Wednesday, will have another to bring down their neighborhood rival next week.
Check out all the basketball schedules here, under Teams and Schedules, Winter Sports.
Every Thursday, 8:15am
Auction Committee Meetings
All are welcome - come join the fun!
Lakehill Logo Wear for Africa
In support of a local primary school near Rundu, Namibia, we will be sending new or used Lakehill sweatshirts, T-shirts, and shorts for use by the 550 children grades 2-10 who attend there.
This is a great opportunity to clean out your closets and pass along your outdated items for a good cause. Donation boxes are located near the main entrance and the north door.
Spelling Bee; 2:00 pm
College Night for Juniors; 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Mrs. Dondis will discuss topics related to the college process such as researching colleges, testing, contacting colleges, and visiting campuses. All juniors and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend.
Hamburger Luncheon - all lunches!
PFC Executive Committee; 2:00pm
No school - MLK Holiday
Headmaster's Ski Trip (Upper School students)
Art Stars: Pre-Auction Art Show
Find out more and RSVP here.
January 31 - 7:00 - 8:30 pm
College Financial Aid Presentation
Matthew Krov, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Enrollment at AustinCollege, will give a presentation at Lakehill on the college financial aid process. All Upper School and 8th grade parents and students are invited to attend to learn what financial aid encompasses and how one can be eligible to apply.
February 10; 6:30-7:30 pm
College Night for Sophomores
Mrs. Dondis will discuss PSAT scores as well as introduce topics related to the college process itself. All sophomores and their parents are encouraged to attend.
March 5 - SAVE THE DATE!
Lakehill Benefit Auction - "Starlight Lounge"
When the Rat Pack Was Cool...and Cool Was King!
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Visit the Spirit Shop!
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