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The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
Getting There is Half the Fun
As the saying goes, "If you want things to be like they are at home when you travel...stay home." Lakehill's Middle School students took this motto to heart, as they set off on Monday morning in all directions, ready for adventure. While the fifth grade headed to the Texas Hill Country and Mo Ranch, the sixth grade embarked on a Tour of Texas. The seventh grade continued their studies of ancient civilizations, heading north to Amarillo and the Palo Duro Canyon. The eighth grade followed the course of the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement through a fascinating tour of Little Rock, Arkansas and Tennessee.
As with any true adventure, challenges arose. But around every corner was a new discovery. The fifth grade enjoyed beautiful spring weather, and the students pushed themselves on the high elements of the ropes course while excelling in their teamwork activities. Follow the complete adventures of Lakehill's sixth grade class on the sixth grade trip blog. The seventh grade students documented their trip on the seventh grade trip blog. Check out the eighth grade trip blog to see how the students are enjoying their journey.
Lakehill Students Take Top Honors in Skating, Dance
Lakehill seventh grader Charlie Whisnant and ninth grader Connor Cumpton laced up their skates on February 27 to take top honors in the DFW Mid America Speed Skating League meet in Haltom City. More than 300 skaters participated in the meet.
Charlie earned the title of division champion, with a first place finish in both the 200 meter the 500 meter Novice B Freshman men races and fifth in the Open Races for 2000 meters. Connor earned the division champion title with a first place finish in both the 500 meter and the 1000 meter Novice Sophmore Men races. Despite the 5:00 am practice start and a 6:00 am race start, both boys said they had an amazing time.
Dancing in New York, Boston
As a member of the Dallas Conservatory, Lily Bines dedicates 15-20 hours or more each week to practice dance. Lily was selected to participate in an ensemble at the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) Semi-finals in Indianapolis in February. Although her intention was to merely "get her feet wet," Lily was surprised that her ensemble placed second. The group's high scores qualified them for the finals, to be held next week in New York City.
YAGP's level of reputation as a showcase for dance students from America and abroad is such that even passing the preliminary round to be selected to participate in the New York City Finals gives a participant an important distinction and a boost to their professional dance career.
Independent of her participation in YAGP, Lily also auditioned for the Boston Ballet School Summer Intensive and was awarded a $1000 merit scholarship. She will spend five weeks dancing in Boston this summer.
Meanwhile, Lakehill senior Katherine Crocker
has been accepted to attend the three-week American Ballet Theater (ABT) Summer Intensive Program in New York City in June.
Founded in 1937, ABT encourages the growth of dance and choreography by conducting auditions across the United States to select dancers for their summer intensive sessions. Katherine was chosen from several hundred ballerinas who auditioned this winter.
The New York City program is designed for the mature artist, ages 17-24, involved in the pursuit of higher education. Dancers will have both high level technique classes and lecture courses on subjects critical to the development of a complete dancer. Katherine will be able to earn college credits while attending the program.
World Class Knowledge
Lakehill Winner Advances to State Geo Bee
Lakehill Geo Bee champion Reed Henry is taking his well-honed world knowledge to the next level. The seventh grade winner of Lakehill's local Bee has just qualified for the statewide Geo Bee. As one of the top 100 test takers in the state of Texas, Reed, along with the 99 other top contenders, will gather in Bedford for the state competition on April 1. The winner will represent Texas and have the opportunity to win first prize, a $25,000 college scholarship, at the national competition May 24-25 in Washington, D.C.
Heart to Heart
Lakehill second graders wrapped up their study of the human body with one of the most anticipated field trips of the year - the annual second grade trip to the Museum of Nature and Science to participate in a hog heart dissection.
The hog heart is the organ of choice as it is almost identical to the human heart, although much larger. The students, wearing gloves and goggles, work in teams to dissect the heart and explore the various parts.
Docents explain that although the dissection is designed for Middle School students, Lakehill second graders are allowed to participate because they are so well prepared for the activity. This year's students declared it the "best trip ever," and made certain that future Lakehill students would continue to have such an honor.
Photo by Anastasia Walton.
Warriors Take Top Spots in Softball, Golf
The Varsity Softball team
is coming on strong this year, led by six All-District players returning from last year's play-off team: Kara Gamboa, Sarah Baker, Scout Garnsey, Eleni Wilsmann, Amanda Boles, and Whitney Beckwith. Returning sophomores are Lauren Davenport, Alex Mills, and Brooks Vickery. Four new freshman have also joined the team: Hannah Cavuoti, Caroline Boles, Maia Heard, and Anastasia Walton. All are playing key roles. Coaches are hopeful that last year's All-District player Josee Santiago will be able to rejoin the team later in the season.
The Lady Warriors have picked up where they left off last year, boasting a 6-1 record and a .370 team batting average. The girls have out-scored opponents 58-28 in non-district play.
The team, with a .451 batting average, outscored their opponents 26-13 and brought home the championship from the March 4 Parish Tournament. The Lady Warriors triumphed over McKinney Christian, 12 - 3, and Dallas Lutheran, 7 - 4, before taking on Bishop Lynch in the thrilling final game.
Lakehill went up 5-0 in the first inning, but Bishop Lynch chipped away and went up 6-5 in the top of the last scheduled inning. With two out in the last half of that inning, Lakehill tied the score. After both teams went scoreless in the first tie-breaker inning, Lakehill kept BL from scoring in the top of the second tie-breaker inning. With Lakehill at bat, a Sarah Baker triple drove home Eleni Wilsmann from second base to win the game.
After suffering a 16-6 loss to the Carrollton Christian Saints to open the baseball season on Monday, the Lakehill Warriors battled the Saints to a 6-6 tie in their home opener Friday evening. The game was called due to lighting on the field.
Josh Wood pitched all seven innings for the Warriors on Friday giving up only four earned runs on five hits, while striking out 11 and only walking two. Jonah Guedea and Beau Bunger lead the Warriors in batting, hitting .667. Drew and Kurt Norman are batting .400 and .333 respectively, with Kurt bringing in the Warriors first home run of the season.
The Warriors played Shelton at home on Monday in their last tune-up game before district play begins on Thursday against Rockwall Heritage.
In their first golf tournament of the season, the Warriors played at Diamond Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth in the "Honor Through Actions" golf tournament on March 7. The event included 49 boys from 3A and below Private Schools.
Joseph Nall took first place in the tournament with a score of 77. Other Lakehill participants included Blake Bishop, Brett Trutna, Tyler Wentz, and Brandon Shaw.Keep up with all your favorite spring sports here.
Upper School Coffee House Did you miss these great performances last Friday? Check them out on our YouTube Favorites.
Box Tops for Education
Due by March 31
Please turn in your box tops to the "Box Tops Box" by the Main Office. If possible, please trim the box tops along the hatched markings prior to dropping them off. Thanks for supporting Lakehill.
March 7 - 10
Middle School Adventure Week
No classes for Middle School
March 14 - 18
Spring Break - no classes
Fifth Grade Program at ESC
The City of Dallas Environmental Education Initiative will present the program "Too Good to Throw Away" to all fifth grade students. Students should bring a sack lunch to the ESC (there will be no microwave). They will leave Lakehill at 9:20 am and return at 12:50 pm.
March 22 and 25
Nothing But Nets
The freshman class is hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to benefit the "Nothing But Nets" Foundation. Teams should sign up now for $6 and get ready to play on March 22. On March 25, Middle and Upper School students are invited to watch the finals during open period for $5. All proceeds will be donated to the "Nothing But Nets" Foundation. For more information, see ninth grade class president, Hudson Trent. Read the related story here.
June 6 - July 29
Lakehill Summer Camps
Registration is now open! Check out all the great camp offerings and make plans to spend your summer with us!
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