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National Merit Scholars Announced
Lakehill Preparatory School is proud to announce the National Merit Semifinalists for the Class of 2013. Two seniors, Clayton Drazner and Jacob Graff, have been awarded this distinguished honor.
More than 1.5 million juniors in nearly 22,000 high schools entered the 2013 National Merit Program by taking the 2011 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 advance in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, with a combined worth of more than $32 million, that will be offered next spring.
"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."
Mini College Fair Kicks Off College Exploration Process
The possibilities for Lakehill students are endless, and this is never more apparent than when it comes time to choose which college or university to attend.
Lakehill kicked-off its college visit season on September 7 by hosting a mini college fair on campus. Twenty colleges and universities were on hand to visit with Upper School students.
Students attended a brief information session to learn tips on what to do when attending large college fairs and then had the opportunity to visit with the various admission directors. The colleges that attended are located outside of Dallas, and the fair allowed students the chance to meet with their local representatives.
The opportunities continue over the next few weeks, as admission officers from more than 120 colleges and universities visit the Lakehill campus. Students will be able to ask questions and foster relationships before they begin the college admissions process. Since these visits begin in the freshman year, by the time students are seniors they are well-versed on what to ask and are able to make educated decisions about their college choices.
Although opportunities such as this are rare at most schools, they are an important part of Lakehill's unique preparation for the college admission process.
Students will have another opportunity to visit with colleges at the DFW College Fair Preview at Parish Episcopal School on September 15, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Lakehill Named Three-Time Winner in Green Ribbon Schools Program
Lakehill has been recognized as a three-time winner in the Green Ribbon Schools (GRS) program.
Green Ribbon Schools, a reward and recognition program for K-12 students, recognized 63 schools in 13 states and Guam for achieving the online community's highest level of participation during the 2011-2012 school year.
With a focus on healthy living for students, parents, and staff, the program encourages schools to create an environmentally-friendly campus, promote outdoor physical activity and healthy eating habits, and connect students to nature through outdoor classrooms, field trips, and the integration of nature and natural systems in curricula.
On September 20, students across grade levels will be brought together for Lakehill's new initiative known as "Tribes." All faculty members and students have been divided into 28 groupings with two adults and about 12 students per Tribe. Tribes will meet eight times throughout the course of the year with the purpose of fostering relationships among people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to interact. Students are able to bond with additional adults, older students are able to practice being positive role models, and younger students are able to work with positive young adults. Tribes will stay intact from year to year, so that over the course of several years the students within each Tribe will get to know one another well.
Senior Class Officers Elected
The Class of 2013 has a full slate of officers as of last week. Joining President Ryan Kennedy are Lauren Davenport as Vice-President, Nina Unger as Secretary, Josh Wood as Treasurer, Jenna Burch as Community Service Officer, Dory Fine as Publicity Officer, and Alexis Johnson as Parliamentarian. Congratulations to these outstanding senior class leaders.
Students Learn About Climate Change
Students in grades 5-12 were treated to an award-winning multimedia presentation on Monday by the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE). A national non-profit organization in operation since 2009, ACE is dedicated to educating students on the science behind climate change. The presentation helped students expand their knowledge of climate, fossil fuels, and energy, while emphasizing efficiency and conservation. �
Fifth Grade Officers Elected
The youngest members of Lakehill's Middle School elected their officers on Wednesday. New officers include: Loveth Heard, President; Dylan Trang, Vice-President; Lily Gilbreath, Secretary, and Stella Pamer, Treasurer. Justin Bennie and Claire Maxwell were elected as Student Council Representatives. Congratulations to these new leaders of the fifth grade class.
Meet Ann Kizer
Ann Kizer joins the Lakehill faculty this year, teaching Middle School Drama, Middle School Public Speaking, Upper School Drama, and Upper School Musical Theater. She is also serving as a Sisteens co-sponsor.
Originally from Beaumont, Texas, Kizer holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theater from Lamar University, a Master's Degree in Speech Communication from Lamar University, and has completed post graduate work at London City Literary Academy.
Kizer has been an educator all of her adult life. Most of her career was spent in the Richardson School District where she taught high school speech and theater. After leaving the district in 2005, she worked at SMU at Meadows School of the Arts as a theater manager, taught speech at Collin College, and taught theater at Carrollton Christian Academy. Most recently, she was a part-time theater teacher at Lovejoy High School.
Kizer enjoys traveling, decorating her home, and spending time with her family, which includes husband Tom, their daughter Kari and her husband Brian, a cat named Mepa, and two dogs, Ellie and Scout.
Kizer became impressed with the school and the students when she had the opportunity to substitute teach here several years ago. "The school is so unique with no bells and small classes with polite students who are quite intelligent and literate," she said. The teachers have left an impression on Kizer as well. "I have never seen so few teachers wearing so many hats and yet doing it with such grace and enthusiasm."
This Week at the ESC
Second grade began their study of Incredible Insects this week. Now that they know how to recognize an insect from other organisms creeping around, they will be ready to study the habitats that call the ESC home.
First graders began their study of Beautiful Birds by learning how to use the binoculars to watch the branches for visiting birds. Students in eighth grade are learning how to use GPS units and how they correlate to their study of Solar Energy this year.
Varsity Football Home Opener
Lakehill lost a heartbreaker Friday night at Arlington Fellowship, 64-62. After gaining control of the game early on, the Warriors saw Fellowship score three late touchdowns to pull out the victory. In a shootout reminiscent of last year's Garland Christian game, Lakehill had plenty of offensive fireworks. Junior Keith Mitchell ran for 211 yards and three touchdowns, senior Cris McCarty ran for 170 yards and four touchdowns and also returned a kickoff for a 73-yard touchdown, and junior Drew Norman threw for 109 yards while rushing for 94 yards and a touchdown.
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Lakehill will host Brock High School next Friday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Perry Field for the annual Tailgate game.
The Middle School defeated Arlington Fellowship on Friday night. Tonight's game against Shelton has been canceled.
The momentum of the Lakehill Cross Country
team continues as the team heads to the Lake Highlands Invitational at Norbuck Park on Saturday, September 15.
The undefeated JV Volleyball team and the Varsity Volleyball team each chalked up two wins with victories over Watauga Harvest Christian on Thursday and Stone Gate on Monday. Varsity lost to Shelton on Tuesday. Both teams play tonight at Yavneh and begin district play next Tuesday at Tyler Street. The first home district game will be next Thursday at 6:00 p.m. against Fairhill.
Get Your Warrior Spirit On!
The Warrior Shop will be open at Friday night's Tailgate game with new stock in everyone's favorite new black and white shirt as well as a special new arrival! During the week, check out The Warrior Shop on Monday mornings from 7:45-8:45 a.m. and Thursday afternoons from 2:45-3:45 p.m.
Tailgate Pep Rally, 1:40 - 2:05 p.m.
Financial Aid for College Presentation, 3:30 p.m.
Upper School Retreat, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Southern Cross Ranch
Upper School students will kick off the new school year with fun and games. Bring your swimsuit and get ready for a great day!
Middle School Warrior Forensic Team
Organizational Meeting, 3:30 p.m.
The Warrior Forensic Team participates in debate competitions through the YMCA's Youth and Government Program. All 7th and 8th graders and/or their parents are invited to an organizational meeting in the writing lab. For more information contact Sharon Mansfield.
Tailgate Party and Football Game
Tailgate at 6:30 p.m.; Kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
The annual Tailgate Party is a favorite tradition at Lakehill. This year's event will be held before the game against Brock High School. Join us for fun, food, and fantastic football! This is the perfect opportunity for families to spend time together and show their school spirit! Go Warriors!
September 15 - This Saturday!
Shoreline Spruce Up, White Rock Lake, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Join other Lakehill families to help clean up our adopted shoreline at White Rock Lake. All equipment is provided and refreshments will be served.
DFW Preview College Fair, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Parish Episcopal School
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Kindergarten Donuts for Dad, 7:45 a.m.
Middle School Brown Bag Lunch, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Parents are invited to bring their lunch and join Ms. Hauschild and other Middle School parents for an informative hour. Join in the discussion and get your questions answered!
Freshman Welcome to Upper School, 6:30 p.m.
Tribe Meetings, 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
All students and faculty members will participate in this new initiative.
Senior Parent Night, 6:30 p.m.