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The Warrior Weekly

Volume 4, Issue 5

September 22, 2011

In This Issue
Student Scholars
Spirit, Let's Hear It
Fired Up
This Week at the ESC
Who's New?
Rewarding Good Deeds
Sports Snippets
What's Happening?

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~Benjamin Franklin        

Student Scholars

national merit

National Merit Semifinalists Announced 


Lakehill Preparatory School is proud to announce the National Merit Semifinalists for the Class of 2012. Two seniors, Ruth Godbey and Brandon Kinard, have been awarded this distinguished honor. 

More than 1.5 million juniors in nearly 22,000 high schools entered the 2011 National Merit Program by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT).

The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some National Merit Scholarships worth more than $36 million.

"These students represent some of the most academically talented in the country," said Headmaster Roger Perry. "We join our teachers and their proud parents in congratulating them for this highly esteemed academic honor." 

Spirit, Let's Hear It

Special Guests Help Pump Up the Crowd tailgate cheer


The Warrior spirit was at full throttle on Friday afternoon at the annual Tailgate Pep Rally. Varsity Cheerleaders and Football players were dressed in black, in solidarity for a controversial loss last year to A+ Academy. The Varsity cheerleaders pumped up the crowd as teams and coaches were introduced.


tailgate sophie

Photo by Irwin Thompson.

Third grade student Sophie Wolf and second grade student Spencer Jacobs were special guests at the Pep Rally. Sophie, Lakehill's "Cheerleader for the Day," performed at the Pep Rally as well as at the game Friday night. 


tailgate spencer

Photo by Irwin Thompson.

As the "Warrior for the Day," Spencer joined the team for the Pep Rally, where he received his special team jersey. He also spent some time in the locker room before the game and led the Warriors onto the field.

The opportunity to be Lakehill's "Cheerleader for a Day" or "Warrior for the Day" is offered to the highest bidder each year at the Parent Faculty Club Benefit Auction. 


Tailgate Party

Rain Can't Dampen Warriors' Spirits tailgate 11


Lakehill held its annual Tailgate Party on Friday evening before the Warriors' Varsity Football rainy rematch against A+ Academy.

Hundreds of fans gathered at the Warrior Athletic Complex to enjoy the pre-game festivities. Volunteers passed out souvenir footballs at the gate, while children of all ages played catch and rolled in the grass. The Lakehill Dad's Club fired up the grill to feed the hungry crowd, including the opposing team's fans. 


tailgate 11 2Parents and students filled the stands and the lawn, and soon huddled together under large umbrellas. As the rain poured down, dedicated fans cheered their Warriors on to sweet victory.  


See all our pictures from Tailgate.

Fired Up  

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Fire Department Visits Kindergarten


Lakehill's kindergarten classes got a close-up  look at the important people who help keep our community running smoothly. 
Members of the Dallas Fire Department paid a special visit to talk to students about smoke detectors, how to get out of a house that is on fire - "get low and go" - when and how to call 9-1-1, and how to stop, drop, and roll. Students enjoyed walking through the fire truck and seeing the firemen dressed in their full gear, while learning more about fire safety. As a special treat, fireman raised the ladder - really, really, high - to the delight of the children below. 

This Week at the ESC 

Forests and Fossils Top List of ActivitiesESC4


Lakehill's seventh graders put their brains and muscles to work this week at the ESC. After beginning a unit on microbes and decomposers, and making a diorama of a forest scene, students began cleaning up the fossil bed which was developed last year. Once covered by a sea, the area is a treasure trove of fossils including clams and shark teeth. 


Sixth grade art students worked on an environmental art project while the fourth grade continued their study of amphibians. Upper School students started a composter, allowing them to conduct research and have a hands-on approach to their study of Environmental Science. 


Take a look at the updates to our ESC Photo Album.

Who's New

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Faculty Spotlight on Christy Buseman        

Christen Buseman joins the Upper School faculty, teaching AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, Environmental Science, and Physics. She also serves as a sophomore class sponsor.


Buseman grew up in a suburb of Kansas City, where she was a successful high school musician. Her original goal was to study both music performance and biology in college, but in the end she decided to split her passions--letting music be her hobby and science become her profession. 

She attended Kansas State University, where she earned both a B.S. and an M.S. in Molecular Biology in four years. She moved to Dallas to work on her Ph.D. in Cancer Biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. While working on her Ph.D., she became interested in public health, and earned a Master of Public Health from the UT School of Public Health.


Although this is Buseman's first year teaching full time, she previously taught Principles of  Biology at Kansas State University and has also taught introductory biology for the Dallas County Community College District.


Buseman and her husband have a one-year-old daughter, Evelyn. The three enjoy exploring Dallas, and particularly love outdoor activities like camping, biking, and hiking. 


Buseman says she instantly liked the welcoming environment at Lakehill. She was especially impressed with the investment in science education at Lakehill, with a state of the art Environmental Science Center and excellent lab space on the main campus. 

"I think that Lakehill does a really great job of being a family away from home," she said. "The students get a chance to grow up here, and everyone works together to ensure the success of each child."

Rewarding Good Deeds

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program Recognizes Volunteer Spirit


Students in grades 5 - 12 who have made a difference by volunteering in their community over the past year could win $1,000 and a fabulous trip to Washington, D.C. next May by applying for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award! Even more importantly, they could win recognition that might inspire other people to follow their example.   
It's easy to apply:  
  1. Visit http://spirit.prudential.com, click on the "Apply Now" link, and follow the on-screen instructions.  
  2. Once you have completed your online application, go to the "Certification" page to either e-mail certification instructions to Ms. Ekstrom, or to print them out and hand deliver them. This must be done by November 1, 2011. 
  3. Print out the signature page of your application, sign it, have a parent or guardian sign it, and then submit it to International Scholarship and Tuition Services by November 1, 2011. You may either mail or upload it to the online application site. 
The Awards Committee will then select a Local Honoree and nominate them for state-level judging. For more information, please see Ms. Ekstrom.  

Sports Snippets
Warriors Make the Grade

football A+

Photo by Irwin Thompson.

The Warriors got the payback they were looking for in a rainy rematch against the A+ Academy Knights on Friday night at the Warrior Athletic Complex.


Lakehill rolled to a 42-18 victory against A+ Academy in a steady rain, anchored by a powerful running game and an aggressive defense. The Warriors jumped to a 36-10 halftime lead and didn't look back.


Cris McCarty had an amazing performance - running for 204 yards and 4 touchdowns, plus returning the opening kickoff 82 yards for another touchdown. Milan Rabah and Keith Mitchell added 90 and 35 yards, respectively. Jacob Westerbeck chipped in 25 rushing yards, and added a 25-yard catch. Defensively, Austin Simpson, Kurt Norman, Hudson Trent, and Rabah doled out plenty of hard hits and made several quarterback sacks.


Lakehill travels north to Trenton High School on Friday night for their final non-district contest. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. 

The Middle School Warriors took down A+, winning 20-6. The team takes on Fort Worth Temple Christian on September 22 at 5:00 p.m. at the Warrior Athletic Complex. 


 See all the photos from Friday night's games and Tailgate Party.     



Get Your Warrior Spirit On!warrior shop

The Spirit Shop is now The Warrior Shop! Get all the latest styles for the whole family and show your Warrior spirit! During the week, check out The Warrior Shop on Monday mornings from 7:45-8:45am and Thursday afternoons from 2:45-3:45pm. Celebrate the change in weather - sweatshirts and long sleeve t-shirts are now available!


volleyball haley

Photo by Robert Walton.


The volleyball team started district play on September 13 against Fairhill and won in three straight sets. Amanda Boles led the team in kills with 12. On September 15 the girls traveled to district rival Cambridge where JV won in two and Varsity lost a hard fought battle in four tight sets. Holly Cowart set a personal record best with 25 digs on the night. The team beat Dallas Covenant on September 20 to improve to 2-1 in district. The girls play at home on Thursday against Waco Vanguard. Games are at 5:00 and 6:00pm. Middle School Green takes on Dallas Academy at 4:00pm.


Lakehill's second annual Dig Pink event is just around the corner on October 3. Help Sisteens and the Middle School, JV, and Varsity Volleyball teams fight breast cancer with a Pink Out!


See more Varsity Volleyball photos and JV photos and all sports.


Cross Country
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What's Happening?    


Winners Announced in Trek for Tech T-Shirt Design Contest 

Thanks to everyone for entering the contest. Look for the winning design to be announced tomorrow! 


1. Collect your Box Tops. 2. Put your Box Tops in a Ziploc bag labeled with name, grade, and number of Box Tops enclosed written in marker on the outside. 3. Take you Box Tops to your teacher by October 21 and help your class WIN a DONUT party! All box tops must be cut along dotted lines to be eligible for contest.
Link your Tom Thumb Reward Card to Lakehill! Just stop by the front desk to fill in a form! If you receive Community Bucks, please drop them off at the front desk by October 10.


September 23
Parent Faculty Club (PFC) General Meeting 

8:15-10:00 am, Cafeteria 

Join parents, administrators, and faculty for the PFC's first General Meeting of this school year. The meeting will highlight plans for the year and allow members to vote on this year's budget. Coffee and a light breakfast will be served. Don't miss this chance to get involved!  


September 25
Lakehill Day at the Ballpark, 2:05pm

It's fan appreciation night and the last home game of the season. Lakehill has a reserved section in the bleachers for Lakehill families to enjoy the game together. If you bought tickets, please pick up your envelope in the Main Office. 


October 3
Dig Pink 

Starting September 28, Sisteens will be selling pink engraved dog tags for Lakehill's second annual Dig Pink celebration on October 3. A $5 donation gets students the dog tag and the right to wear jeans to school on October 3. Special t-shirts will also be available to order.  It's going to be a Pink Out!

October 6
Mums the Word! 

Homecoming Mums are on sale now! Sample mums for Lower, Middle, and Upper School students can be viewed in the cafeteria along with options to personalize your purchase. Please see Casey Pike for ordering information and questions. Deadline to place mum orders is Thursday, October 6. 


September 30
Middle School Fall Social, 7:00-8:30pm 
Cafeteria and Main Hallway
All Middle School students are invited to the first social of the year! Enjoy games, snacks, and dancing to the sounds of The Mouth of the South. Attire is neat casual. Good times, indeed.