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|New Directions |Commencement Ceremony Marks New Beginning For Seniors
The Class of 2012 stands at the threshold of new beginnings and opportunities, looking forward to the new challenges ahead.
This year's Valedictorian is Ruth Godbey. Ruth, who has attended Lakehill since kindergarten, will attend Duke University in the fall where she will study Biomedical Engineering.
The Salutatorian is Brandon Kinard. Brandon, who has attended Lakehill since ninth grade, will study in the directing program at Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts, the country's oldest degree-granting institution in drama.
Once again, 100% of Lakehill graduates will continue on to college. You can read more about all of Lakehill's seniors and where they are headed in the upcoming issue of Milestones.
Members of the Senior Class are currently completing two-week internships as part of their graduation requirements. They will take their final walk across the Lakehill stage on Friday, May 25 in Lakehill's thirty-ninth Commencement Ceremony.
Lakehill congratulates the Class of 2012 and wishes them continued success. In the words of Dr. Seuss, "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose." Seniors, we can't wait to see where those new directions take you.
Friends of Fowler
5th Grade Visits Residents, Performs
Lakehill's fifth grade students recently visited Juliette Fowler Homes to spend time with the residents and present three skits linked to their study of literature.
In the first, students pretended to be different kinds of books trying to persuade a reader to choose their genres for reading. In the second, they used a karaoke version of "Monster Mash" to talk about the obstacles that can prevent completing assignments on time. Finally, they donned masks, hats, and costumes to demonstrate the structure of a good story by acting out the words of a poem on the subject.
Prior to their visit, the group discussed the reasons why gifts of time are often the best gifts we can give and discovered that asking a person to reminisce is a caring act. Juliette Fowler Community Service Director, Cindy Wabner, expressed her appreciation, "This was certainly a win-win for everyone. The residents loved spending time with the children."
This is the fourth year that Lakehill English teacher Julie Riggs has organized interaction with the residents, and she hopes to continue it for years to come. "I love to see the children's faces light up as they discover their power to create happiness for strangers and for themselves, simply by taking a little time."
See more pictures here.
Upper School Celebrates With Performing Arts Banquet
Photo by rgphotog.com
The Upper School Performing Arts Banquet and Awards Ceremony,
a wonderful evening of remembrances and awards, was held at Times Ten on Friday, May 18.
A video presentation prepared by Tom Crocker showcased a highly successful performing arts season. Honors and awards were presented to students involved in Lakehill Chorale, Drama, Musical Theater, and Thespians.
Five students were inducted into Troupe 7058 of the International Thespian Society: Mari Eboli, Sterling Gavinski, Nina Unger, Cameron Gavinski, and Monty McKnight.
Monty McKnight was also awarded the Gypsy Robe, a tradition that recognizes the most helpful chorus member. On Broadway, the chorus member (gypsy) with the most experience wears the robe on opening night for luck.
Seniors Hannah McCue and Brandon Kinard were recognized as the Troupe's Best Thespians. Hannah was honored as Lakehill's first International Honor Thespian with 17 stars, the equivalent of 1800 hours of theater experience. The award is given to those who show extraordinary dedication to the ideals of the Society and exemplary work in the field of theater. Hannah participated in Musical Theater all four years of Upper School and in Advanced Drama in grades 10 through 12. She just completed her senior internship with The AT&T Performing Arts Center and will be pursuing a BFA in Acting at Oklahoma City University in the Fall.
Brandon, a National Honor Thespian with eleven stars, made his mark this year by starring in and serving as Assistant Director of Almost, Maine. He recently completed his senior internship at the Kitchen Dog Theater and will study Directing next year at Carnegie Mellon University.
Student Council Elects New Officers
Officers have been elected for Middle School and Upper School Student Councils.
President - Giulia Ferguson
Vice President - Tillie McCoskey
Secretary/Treasurer - Varun Iyer
Chairman, Student Projects - Warren Lester
Chairman, School Projects - Claire Crow
Chairman, Community Projects - Declan Devine
President - Taylor Pike
Vice-President - Hudson Trent
Historian - Jackson Vickery
Secretary/Treasurer - Jenna Burch
Congratulations to the new officers for the 2012-13 school year!
Upper School Celebration
Upper School Celebrates With End-of-Year Fun
For Upper School students, May 18 was a day of celebration. After the morning awards ceremony, students headed to Perry Campus for a day of fun in the sun. A giant water slide, trampolines, the taco truck, and snow cones kept the students entertained. Live performances by The Happy Alright and The Bombs made a great day even better. See all the pictures here
White Rock Spring Games
Lakehill students enjoyed a day of fun and games at the first annual White Rock Spring Games. Sponsored by Comerica Bank, the games gave students from seven neighborhood schools the opportunity to engage in friendly competition. Children competed in team and individual events. Trey Reed took the Bronze Medal in the Wiffle Ball Derby, while his sister Audrey took the Gold Medals in the Nine-Iron Golf Challenge and the Football Throw. Lakehill's fourth grade team of Justin Bennie, Anders Ekstrom, Hamed El-Feky, and Mason Schwaber brought home the Gold Medal in Soccer.
Lakehill volunteers were out in force during Sunday's third annual LakewoodStock community event. Volunteers helped visitors made bird feeders out of ice cream cones, peanut butter and bird seed, while sharing the best of Lakehill. Thanks to the many parents and students who volunteered.
Read more here.
Slow Down For Summer
Are you ready for summer? Read Headmaster Perry's parting thoughts here.
See all the pictures from recent Community Service projects.
Sophomore Says Bon Jour To France
Sydney Firsching will leave the bright lights of Dallas behind her when the new school year begins. Sydney will be traveling to France as an exchange student with AFS for her junior year.
After beginning her study of French in high school, Sydney says she became inspired by the language and wanted to learn more.
"I have always wanted to travel abroad, to do something different. Most people wait to study abroad until college, but I really want the experience now. I want to be immersed in the culture and become fluent in the language. This experience offers me a new perspective, and will help me become more independent and grow as a person."
All of Sydney's classes (except English) will be taught in French. She plans to study on her own over the summer to keep her language skills in top shape. While in France, she will live with a family in Châtellerault, in the Poitou-Charentes region of France, about 3 1/2 hours south of Paris.
AFS Intercultural Programs began in 1914 when young Americans living in France after WWI volunteered as ambulance drivers. Now the service facilitates student exchange opportunities in over 50 countries.
Sydney has helped offset the cost of tuition with donations from family and friends, part-time work, and scholarships. Just this week she was notified that she has been named Rosemary Whitcraft Scholar due to her strong academic commitment, demonstrated leadership skills, and passion for the AFS mission.
Sydney has worked closely with school administrators at Lakehill to make sure the transition back for her senior year will be a smooth one.
"I'm so excited to experience life in such an amazing country and learn about a new culture and language!"
You can follow Sydney's adventures abroad on her blog, La Belle France.
Studying in Scotland
Lauren Rosenthal, a member of Lakehill's graduating class of 2010 and a sophomore at the University of Denver, was recently nominated to participate in Teach for America's Lead Now Initiative. The Initiative consisted of a series of webinars on good leadership.
Lauren will be putting her leadership skills to good use on the other side of the pond next year. She received a scholarship to study abroad at the University of Glasgow in the fall.
Lauren, who will graduate in 2014, is focusing on a career in teaching and educational reform.