|"Big shots are little shots|
that just keep shooting."
- Benjamin Franklin
Eighth Grader Wins Lakehill Spelling Bee
Two eighth grade champions remained on stage for the final round of Lakehill's Spelling Bee on January 10. But it was Reed Henry's winning combination of words, endocrine and wildebeest, that earned him the title of Lakehill's Spelling Bee Champion. After many rounds of competition, Reed edged out last year's champion, Katie Duke, for the title.
Merritt McCaleb earned praise from her peers as the last fourth grader in the competition while Julia Bartholow was the last fifth grader. Bailey Hollingsworth and Noah Bernstein were the last sixth and seventh graders, respectively.
Lakehill's seventh annual Spelling Bee attracted 49 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. Reed will now compete on February 7 at the University of Texas at Dallas against winners from other Dallas County private schools.
Think you can spell? Just for fun, take a look at past National Spelling Bee Champions and Their Winning Words.
|Photo by rgphotog.com|
Choir Performs at Gaylord Texan Resort
Member of the Upper School Choir may not be singing on Broadway yet, but they did have the opportunity to sing with Broadway stars. The choir was invited to join the cast of the Tony-award-winning musical Memphis for the final song of their medley which was the closing number at the luncheon for the American Bus Association at the Gaylord Texan Resort. The choir also received musical direction and choreography from working Broadway professionals prior to the performance.
The luncheon was the largest event of the show, with more than 2,500 people in attendance. Eleven Broadway shows were showcased during the event, including Evita, Pricilla, Queen of the Desert, and Spiderman. Soloists and performers were flown in from around the country to perform medleys from each show.
"This was a wonderful opportunity for the choir and a great representation of our school," explained Choir Director Tracy Herron.
Check out the full performance on YouTube. (Lakehill students enter about three minutes into the performance). Thanks to Ron Gavinski for documenting the students on their road to greatness here.
Students Shine in Geo Bee Competition
Noah Bernstein has been studying his maps. After his third place finish in last year's Geo Bee, the seventh grader had his eye on the top spot this year. Noah knew that Timbuktu, a center of caravan trade for almost a thousand years, is located in the country of Mali.
Noah was declared Lakehill's champion after answering two out of three questions correctly in the championship round. The final question was one of only two questions he missed in the entire competition. Fifth grader Maya Desai answered one of the three final questions to claim second place. Third place went to fifth grade student Laura Wildman while eighth grader and last year's champion, Reed Henry, took fourth.
Fourteen students in grades four through eight competed in Lakehill's event on January 11, which consisted of seven rounds of questions, a final round, and a championship round. This is the 24th year the National Geographic Society has organized this bee, and each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.
As a school winner, Noah will advance to the next level of competition, a 70-question written examination. The top 100 test takers in the state will compete for the state title. Each state winner will advance to Washington, D.C. for the national finals in May. Last year's Texas winner went on to win the National Geo Bee competition.
President's 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, 2011 to April 1, 2012.
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, 2012.
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 Ms. Ekstrom for more information and to verify their hours. Find out more here and get a tracking form here.
See all the pictures from recent Community Service projects.
Middle School Basketball
|Photo by Irwin Thompson.|
The Warrior MS basketball teams have been busy. The Girls Green Team fell to the CHANT Chargers on Jan. 6, but rebounded with a win over Inspired Vision, 25-7, on Jan. 9. Chloe Roberson led the way with 16 points.
The Boys Blue Team picked up a victory against the CHANT Chargers by the score of 46-22 on Jan. 6. Griffin Burt led a very balanced attack with 7 points.
The Boys Green Team lost a tough game on the road to Dallas Lutheran 57-48, and another close one at Inspired Vision 39-30. They did bounce back with a nice home win against the CHANT Chargers by the score of 52-25. Cameron Pike had a season-high 24 points in that victory.
Upcoming games include Boys Blue Team at St Johns, at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 12, and all teams will be in action on Jan. 16 against Parish Episcopal. The Boys Teams will play Parish at Lakehill at 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., while the Girls Teams will travel to Parish for games also at 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Lakehill traveled to Waco on Jan. 6 to take on Waco Vanguard. The boys Varsity and JV were defeated while the girls brought home a victory in the first district games of the year.
After a loss on Tuesday to Westlake in a non-district match up, the Boys stand at 9-5 overall and 0-1 in district.
See Robert Walton's photos from the January 6 games here and the January 10 games here. Check out Irwin Thompson's photos here.
This week is spirit week and everyone has caught the Warrior Spirit. Friday Night is Basketball Tailgate and three home games!
4:30 - JV Boys vs. Cambridge
5:30 - Dinner is Served
6:00 - Varsity Girls vs. Cambridge
7:30 Varsity Boys vs. Cambridge
Come Early and to get your free Spirit Booster. The 2012 Basketball Beau and Sweetheart will be announced after the Varsity Girls Game. Lakehillʹs 5th and 6th grade boys team
will scrimmage during halftime of the Varsity Boys game.
The Dad's Club will be serving up hamburgers ($5) and hot dogs ($3) hot off the grill, so bring the whole family for a night of food, fun, and fantastic basketball!
This Week at the ESC
Students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades are all studying Adele Penguins, one of two species that live on pack ice. They live in Antarctica and are important indicators of the effects of global warming. Research scientists tag and monitor the living, swimming eating, and mating habits of these penguins.
Third grade studied "Pass the Plants Please" and learned about nutrition from the plants we eat. They will look at the plants in the garden at the ESC to determine which part of the plant is eaten, for example, the roots of a carrot and the leaves of spinach.
See all the ESC photos here.
Mark you calendar for these upcoming PFC Events! To volunteer or for more information, contact Colleen McCall, PFC President.
Second Annual Dad's Club Poker Night
Save the Date! February 4, 2012
Join us for the second annual Dad's Club Poker Night on February 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Bolt Studios in the Design District.
With a Texas Hold'em Tournament, Black Jack Tournament, food, drinks, and lots of fun, this is one night you do not want to miss! The buy-in is $150 to play and you can register a second player for just $100.
Don't Worry...$50 lets you enjoy the night, eat and drink, and even try your hand at Blackjack. There are great prizes to be won and all proceeds will fund infrastructure upgrades at the main campus.
Get more information and register here.
Lakehill Rocks Benefit Auction - March 31
New Start for Your Art
Have you grown tired of a piece of art or just don't have the room for it? This is your chance to donate it and do something good for Lakehill. Just pick up a donation form and drop the art off in the PFC closet. We'll store it until time for the big event!
As part of the Lakehill Rocks Annual Benefit Auction, the very successful Art Stars/Wine Pull party is back! Mark your calendar for February 9 at Galleri Urbane.
Don't forget to sign up for a Target Debit Card or Target Credit Card and link it to Lakehill before you start your holiday shopping! Reward yourself and our school by signing up for a Target Debit Card or Target Credit Card. The card instantly gives you a 5% discount on every purchase. Once you sign up, just link your card to Lakehill to earn money for the school every time you shop. Find out more.
The Warrior Shop
Visit us for all your spirit wear needs!
Mondays, 7:45-8:45 a.m.
Thursdays, 2:45-3:45 p.m.
Want to know more about Lakehill's Upper School? See what students and parents are saying about their experiences here.
Alumni-Senior Breakfast and Distinguished Alumni Award
ESC, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Brad Bartholow was chosen as this year's Distinguished Alumni. He will be recognized at a special Senior-Alumni breakfast ceremony. Lakehill's soon-to-be newest alumni, the Class of 2012, will also be honored.
Auction Planning Meeting
Join us at 8:15 a.m. in the cafeteria to help work on this year's auction. Everyone is welcome!
Basketball Spirit Week
All-School Pep Rally from 2:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Second Saturday Shoreline Spruce-Up
Join us at Lakehill's adopted shoreline at White Rock Lake to help clean up this neighborhood treasure. Meet at the parking lot at W. Lawther and Chapel Hill. All supplies will be provided. Breakfast will be served.
Alumni All-Class Reunion
All Lakehill alumni are invited to join us for an All-Class Reunion at Times Ten Too at 7:00 p.m.
No school - MLK Holiday
Upper School Winter Formal
Lakewood Country Club, 8:00 - 11:30 p.m.
Semi-formal, sit down dinner, followed by a dance.
Guests are invited to attend. Tickets are $45 per person
or $40 per person for two.
Upper School, Safe Teen Driver Presentation,
Safe Teen Driver is the resource for anyone concerned with or involved in keeping teen drivers safe. Automobile accidents are the number one killer of teens in the United States, and Safe Teen Driver works passionately to change that statistic. Find out more here.
College Night for Sophomores
Auditorium, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
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.
Middle School Adventure Week
March 5-8, 2012
The deadline for attending Middle School Adventure Week will be here before you know it! All Middle School parents should have received an informational letter about this exciting Lakehill tradition. Please contact Kaye Hauschild
with any questions.