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|Upper School Honors and Traditions|Godbey and Kinard Named National Merit Finalists
Lakehill seniors Ruth Godbey and Brandon Kinard have been named National Merit Finalists.
First named as Semi-finalists in January from a highly competitive pool of students in Texas who were selected to apply to the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Competition in the fall, Ruth and Brandon advanced to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and fulfilling several requirements that included submitting a detailed scholarship application and presenting a record of high academic performance.
Ruth was accepted to Cornell University where she was invited to participate in the prestigious Meinig Family Scholars Program, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Harvey Mudd College, and Washington University in St. Louis. She plans to study Biomedical Engineering at Duke University.
Brandon was accepted to Carnegie Mellon University, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Minnesota. Brandon will be studying in the directing program at Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts, the country's oldest degree-granting institution in drama.
Junior Senior Ring Luncheon
The Junior Senior Ring Ceremony remains one of the most significant events of the Upper School years.
There has always been a special bond between the junior and senior classes at Lakehill, and this year's group is no exception. Held amidst the elegance of the Warwick Melrose Hotel, the Junior Senior Ring Luncheon allowed the class of 2012 the opportunity to reflect, to celebrate, and to pass the torch to Lakehill's next class of leaders.
After a recap of their successful senior year, Senior Class President Ruth Godbey introduced next year's President, Ryan Kennedy. One by one, members of the senior class introduced each member of the junior class, paying tribute to each junior during this special Lakehill rite of passage.
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from the Junior Senior Ring Luncheon.
Scenes From The Middle
Seventh graders recently took a break from history class and their study of the medieval period to take a step back in time. This journey to the eleventh century included epic battles, jousting tournaments, royal feasts, and knights - all in the comfort of the Medieval Times castle.
From high above, castle royalty presided over their four-course feast (enjoyed without utensils, of course) as they witnessed the knights partake in tournament-style games in an authentic medieval tournament, complete with Hollywood-style special effects.
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Cookies For A Cause
The fifth grade class hosted a Bake Sale on May 8 and 9 to benefit victims of the recent tornadoes in Dallas/Fort Worth. The group offered a variety of tasty treats, raising more $625 for their cause.
The group partnered with the Church of the Incarnation's Red Cross Relief team to help the organization meet their goal. Fifth grade student Georgia Ferguson, who suggested the fundraiser, along with the entire fifth grade class and sponsor Julie Riggs, presented the money to representatives from the relief team on Thursday afternoon. See more photos.
New Middle School Student Council
Lakehill Middle School students now have the opportunity to help lead their division. A new Middle School Student Council is in place for the 2012 -2013 school year. Next year's seventh and eighth graders will provide the leadership on the Council with fifth and sixth graders having representation in an advisory format.
In addition to the opportunity for leadership, the Council allows students the opportunity to have input and impact on activities and to voice concerns and ideas. The Council will meet weekly during lunch and will focus on ideas and projects that affect our school, our community, and our Middle School students.
An election will be held during open period on Thursday, May 17 for President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, and Project Chairmen for student projects, community projects, and school projects. Students who will be in seventh and eighth grades next year are encouraged to run for office. Elections for representatives and fifth and sixth grade elections will take place in the fall. For more information, contact Ms. Hauschild.
Lakehill Boy Scout and seventh grader Dunny Bock was recently tapped into the prestigious Order of the Arrow. For more than 90 years, the Order of the Arrow has recognized Scouts who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live by these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long term resident camping, and providing cheerful service to others. Dunny participated in Lakehill's Cub Scout Pack 46 during Lower School and is now a member of Boy Scout Troop 435.
Lower School Learning
Field Trips Enhance Studies
On May 1, students in second grade culminated their studies of insects and butterflies with a trip to the Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park. They participated in the Butterflies, Bugs and Botany program - in conjunction with their butterfly unit and their year-long study of insects at the ESC. Students learned how different insects eat, explored three gardens, and ended the day by visiting the butterfly house.
Dallas World Aquarium
Last week, each first grade class took an exciting early morning commute on the DART train to the Dallas World Aquarium. Their journey began in the canopy of a South American Rainforest. The path took them past toucans, monkeys, river otters, crocodiles, and many more exotic species. They encountered manatees, monkeys and a jaguar. The river otters were a big hit, but perhaps the best part was the penguin exhibit featuring African and Blue Fairy penguins. The students are ending the school year with a study of penguins and will produce a class paper on their findings.
Third graders became Dallas history detectives during a recent visit to the Dallas Heritage Museum, going on a scavenger hunt to find information on historic colonial homes. The students students enjoyed immersing themselves in the history of 19th century life. A teacher dressed in a costume shared what school was like for the children in those days. The students also watched women knit wool, met the famous donkeys Nip and Tuck, and visited the general store.
Lakehill Organizes First Blood Drive
Phillip McAllister, husband of beloved second grade teacher Cindy McAllister, is awaiting a liver transplant. He has already had ten blood transfusions and will no doubt need many more during the process. To help the McAllister family, Lakehill has organized a Special Person Blood Drive, scheduled for Monday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Carter Blood Care will send a truck to Lakehill and will conduct the drive. For EVERY UNIT donated at our blood drive, the McAllister's account will be credited with a unit of blood.
To sign up, just click on the link below. On the first page, the fields are pre-populated, so simply click on "proceed". On the second page, select "Lakehill" and hit "proceed". On the third page, fill in your personal information, select a time slot, and hit "save". There are slots available every 20 minutes. Donors must be 16 years of age or older. There are six slots available - please help us fill them!
If you have any questions, please contact Gigi Ekstrom. Thank you in advance for your support of this very worthy cause.
White Rock Center of Hope
Lakehill volunteers donated their time on Saturday morning to help pack food for the White Rock Center of Hope. Students filled bags with canned goods to be used in the food distribution center.
Looking for a fun volunteer activity for the whole family? Join Lakehill on May 20 from noon until 8:00 p.m. at LakewoodStock, a popular community event that showcases the best of Lakewood. Lakehill will again be participating in the festival with a booth in the children's area. Sign up for an hour shift and help children make ice cream cone bird feeders while sharing the best of Lakehill! For more information or to volunteer, contact Gigi Ekstrom.
See all the pictures from recent Community Service projects.
Track Takes On State
Three members of the Varsity Track Team traveled to Waco on May 4 and 5 for the State Track Meet.
Alexis Johnson is State Champion in the long jump. She also took second place in the 100m.
Emily Allton placed 4th in the 3200m and 6th with a personal best in the 1600m.
Ayana Heard placed 6th in the 400m.
Congratulations to these fine athletes on a spectacular season!
See more photos from Varsity Track.
This Week at the ESC
First graders enjoyed a lesson entitled "Bringing up Birdie" that introduced Bald Eagles and explained why they are on the seal of the United States. The students also learned why an eagle is designated as an eaglet, a fledgling, and then an adult.
Kindergarten students began a lesson entitled "Danger!" which was about how animals protect themselves in the wild. After learning about a variety of animals, they were able to design their own animal on the Smartboard.
See all the ESC photos here.
Last General Meeting
The final PFC meeting of the year will be held on May 16 at 8:00 a.m. Don't miss this important wrap-up to a fantastic year!
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.
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