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The Warrior Weekly
Volume 3, Issue 19
January 20, 2011
In This Issue
A Way with Words
Chain Reaction
Tasty Tradition
Community Spotlight
Sports Snippets
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I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

E.B. White

Katie Duke

A Way with Words
Seventh Grader Wins Lakehill Spelling Bee
Three seventh graders remained on stage for the final round of Lakehill's Spelling Bee on January 13. But it was Katie Duke's winning combination of words, succinct and quotient, that earned her the title of Lakehill's Spelling Bee Champion. After many rounds of competition, Duke edged out Kyra Wilmes for the title. Charlie Whisnant took third place. 


Fifth grader Virginia Karanouh placed fourth overall and eighth grader Kelly Werther took fifth. Tyler McCall earned praise from her peers as the last fourth grader in the competition and her sixth place finish overall. Matt Evans was recognized as the last sixth grader to remain in the competition.

Julie Riggs says that it is ironic that succinct and quotient were even in the running because the words before them were much more difficult. "The list was rather random in its arrangement and that was how it rolled," she explained. "Katie had misspelled peripheral previously, and Kyra had misspelled meringue. These two popped up as relief from the madness."

Lakehill's sixth annual Spelling Bee attracted 60 interested students in fourth through eighth grades. Each year students from all over the country compete for the chance to represent their schools and communities in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Katie will compete on February 22 at the
University of Texas at Dallas against winners from other DallasCounty private schools.


Think you can spell? Just for fun, take a look at past National Spelling Bee Champions and Their Winning Words.

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Lakehill Embraces Rachel's Challenge 

As part of Lakehill's efforts to encourage positive growth in character, behavior, and responsibility, the school has partnered with Rachel's Challenge. A series of presentations will be offered to Lower and Middle School students and their parents on Wednesday, January 26.


The program reflects upon the life of Rachel Scott, a victim of the 1999 Columbine school shooting. Her acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her diaries have become the foundation for what many are calling one of the most life-changing school programs in America.


The mission of Rachel's Challenge is to inspire, equip, and empower every person to create a permanent positive culture change in their school, business, and community by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.


Feeling much like a pep rally, the assembly for Lower School students (Jan 26; 8:30 - 9 a.m.) will focus on kindness and compassion and will launch the new KC Club - where acts of kindness and compassion will be recognized and used to build a chain of good deeds.

The assembly for Middle School students (Jan 26; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.) will take set forth challenges to the students that include treating others as they wish to be treated, believing in themselves, and appreciating others. This is followed by leadership training for Middle School participants (11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.) that teaches students how to sustain the momentum created by the assembly. 


That evening, the Rachel's Challenge presenter will conduct a powerful session for parents (Jan 26; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.). This session is similar to the assembly program and ends with a specific challenge to parents, showing them how they can reinforce the decisions their children are making.

To sustain the positive climate change in a school, Rachel's Challenge offers a year-long curriculum called the Friends of Rachel (FOR) program that continues training students and plugs them into activities that continue the chain reaction of kindness.

Middle School Coordinator Kaye Hauschild discovered the program. "Rachel's Challenge really struck a chord with me," she explained. "This is all about positive actions making a big difference. It's about surrounding yourself with good people. Those are things that we do at Lakehill. This is a program that plays to our strengths, while offering insight and a common sense strategy for something that has become a national concern."

More information on the program is available on the Rachel's Challenge website.

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Students Enjoy Annual Hamburger Luncheon

Members of Lakehill's Student Council fired up the grill on Friday, January 14 for their annual Hamburger Luncheon. For more than 25 years, students at Lakehill have willingly chowed down for a good cause.

For the bargain price of $5.00, students received a flame-broiled hamburger with the works, chips, punch, and dessert.

Student Council President John Godbey was pleased with the outcome of the event. The Council provided free burgers to the faculty and staff as an expression of thanks for their support. The group served 400 burgers and socked away over $500 from their efforts. The money raised helps fund Student Council events and activities such as the Prom.

PSVA pin Community Spotlight 

Presidents Volunteer Service Award Open to All
All Lower, Middle, and Upper School students are invited to apply for a President's Volunteer Service Award. The program honors those who inspire others to engage in volunteer service through their own positive example.

Service hours may be counted from April 1, 2010 to April 1, 2011.
Students from age 5-14 must complete at least 50 hours of service to be eligible, while student 15 and older need at least 100 hours of service. Tracking Forms are due to Ms. Ekstrom by April 1, 2011. 

Recipients will receive an official President's Volunteer Service Award lapel pin, a personalized certificate of achievement, and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States. Awards will be presented at the Spring Awards programs. Interested students should see Mrs. Ekstrom for more information and to verify their hours.


Photo by Irwin Thompson.

Sports Snippets
Warriors Deliver More Wins

The Varsity Boys took on Cambridge on January 14 on the road in district play. The Warriors jumped out to a 30-13 lead at the half and never looked back. Joseph Nall contributed 25 points, Blake Bishop brought in 12, and Austin Simpson contributed 7 to the Warriors 63-30 victory. Nall racked up 2 blocks, 3 steals and 5 assists while Bishop had 9 rebounds. Coach Yttredahl called the victory a "great team win." All 13 players saw playing time and 9 of the 13 scored.  


The Varsity girls also defeated Cambridge. The JV, Varsity Girls, and Varsity Boys all won their district games at Fairhill on Tuesday.


The Middle School teams took on McKinney Christian at home on Tuesday night, reporting a loss for the girls but a win for the boys. Vincent Greene led the boys team with a season-high 26 points, followed by Cole Ellis with 11 points and 7 assists. Kartez Rowel and Charlie Whisnant contributed 9 and 6, respectively, off the bench. The 60-37 district win marks the third time this season the team has reached the 60-point mark in a game.  


The Middle School teams take on neighborhood rival St. John's on the road tonight. JV and Varsity play at Dallas Covenant.
Check out all the basketball schedules here, under Teams and Schedules, Winter Sports.

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What's Happening? 

Every Thursday,
8:15 am
Auction Committee Meetings

All are welcome - come join the fun!

January 21-24

Headmaster's Ski Trip (
Upper School students)

January 26

Rachel's Challenge Parent's Meeting; 6:30pm

January 27
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!

Find out more here.

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

Lakehill now has a YouTube channel.
Check out all our videos here.