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"Everything will be alright in the end. So if it's not alright, it is not yet the end."
~Sonny, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
State Of The Art
Students Take Top Honors at District, Four Artists Advance to State
On February 28, Visual Arts Chair Scott Boles took 53 works of art created by Lakehill Upper School art students to compete in the TAPPS 2A District 2 Art competition. The competition, held at the Covenant School in Richardson, showcased 366 works of art from nine schools from around North Texas.
In the most important category of Senior Portfolio, with 10 entries, Lauren Davenport took first place, earning the title of District Champion. Laura Currey took third, and Dory Fine received honorable mention. In this category, seniors from the competing schools bring six of their best works of art. Lauren entered her paintings and drawings of various subjects, Laura entered portrait drawings of her horses, and Dory entered her surreal oil pastels.
Lakehill artists entered six categories, including Drawing Black and White, Drawing Color, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, and Senior Portfolio.
In the category of Drawing Black and White, Laura Currey received fourth place and sixth place for her graphite drawings of horses.
Stephanie Flores received an Honorable Mention in Drawing Black and White for her graphite surreal still life.
In the category of Drawing Color, Dory Fine placed fourth with her oil pastel self-portrait from mirror. Lauren Davenport received an honorable mention for her oil pastel parrot.
In Painting, Lauren Davenport took fifth with her acrylic My How Time Butterflies and Gabriella Gonzalez took sixth place with an acrylic self-portrait. Camryn Thompson took fourth place in Photography and Dory Fine placed second in Sculpture.
The Senior Portfoloios of Davenport and Currey will now advance to Austin to compete on the state level as will the works of Thompson and Fine. The TAPPS State Art competition will be held March 22-23 at Concordia University in Austin.
Dining Room Drama
Advanced Drama Students To Perform The Dining Room
The Upper School Advanced Drama class presents celebrated playwright A.R. Gurney's
The Dining Room
on March 15 and 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wyly Auditorium.
The play is set in the dining room of a well-to-do household, the place where the family assembles for daily meals and special occasions. The action is comprised of a mosaic of 18 interrelated scenes which, molded together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class White Anglo Saxon Protestant, or WASP.
Thirteen Upper School actors play 52 different characters with different personalities, from elementary school children to giggling teens to elderly grandfathers. Often the scenes overlap, with different families entering and exiting simultaneously, each introducing a new set of people and events.
Audiences will enjoy experiencing situations, some quite familiar, as the play presents a smooth and varied expose' of American life with humor and humanity.
The play, performed in two acts with an intermission, is directed by Lakehill Drama teacher Ann Kizer. The cost is $5 for Lakehill students and $10 for the general public. Tickets are available at the door.
Carly Chester, Contributor
Up For Debate
Middle School Debate Team Takes On State
Lakehill's Middle School Debate team participated in the 66th Annual Junior Youth and Government State Conference. The conference was held March 1-2 at the State Capitol in Austin. Eighth grade team members Griffin Burt, Declan Devine, Bridget Draaisma, Alandria Hampton, Marion Humphreys, Varun Iyer, Charlie Pippen, and Lily Turner, and seventh grade team member Warren Lester, qualified for the state conference by participating in the District 5 conference.
Students compete as mock legislators using the actual State House and Senate Chambers. Each student must draft a bill on a matter of state law and argue for its passage. To do this effectively,students must learn procedural rules and how to respond to questions and suggested amendments from delegates. They must also learn parliamentary procedure, how to question other delegates, and how to draft amendments.
It was a successful team effort, with more than half of their bills passing committee. The bill written by Lily Turner, which required a reduction in the amount of nicotine in cigarettes, was selected for presentation on the House Floor by the Youth Governor. Griffin Burt was appointed Sergeant-at-Arms and charged with maintaining order on the House Floor. Declan Devine was appointed to the Senate, an honor bestowed on highly skilled delegates.
"I am so proud of the team's hard work, quick thinking, and decorum," said team advisor Sharon Mansfield. The YMCA's Youth and Government program is a fantastic program that definitely develops leadership skills and teaches students how state government works."
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National Junior Honor Society Highlights Lakehill's Soon-to-be Graduates
In an effort to reveal the hidden talents, personalities, and accomplishments of Lakehill's most experienced students, the National Junior Honor Society presents:
NJHS Spotlight on Seniors!
This week's senior: Jenna Burch
Senior Jenna Burch has attended Lakehill for seven years. Her brother, Charles, is a sophomore at Morehouse College and is also a Lakehill graduate. During her interview, Jenna said that one of her favorite memories from her time at Lakehill is "a basketball inside joke having to do with the number seven." Inside jokes aside, she says her favorite subject in school is "English, because Mr. Hagood is the teacher." Jenna's favorite elective is Psychology, which is taught by the teacher who has inspired her the most, Mrs. Thorne.
Jenna was asked to describe her experience at Lakehill in one word and chose, "Interesting, because everyone is different in their own way; everybody is unique." She is involved in Ambassadors, PASF, Sisteens, Student Government, and Fine Dining Club. Her experience with these groups has enabled her to talk to and know different people in the organizations. She also enjoys a variety of sports and extracurricular activities including basketball, tennis, yoga, volleyball, singing, dancing, and soccer, activities she plans on continuing in college.
Jenna aspires to invest in and own her own non-profit organization. She plans on studying either psychology or marketing in college. When asked what she sees herself doing in ten years she responded, "Having children and being successful." With her experience at Lakehill to help guide her, she is sure to achieve her goals.
Camryn Thompson and Audrey Castaigne, ninth grade
Spring Sports Gearing Up for Strong Seasons
With a great basketball season wrapped up, Lakehill Athletics turns its attention to Varsity Baseball, Softball, Tennis, and Track. Middle School Baseball and Softball begin soon.
Varsity Baseball and Softball
The Varsity Baseball and Softball teams are hard at work getting ready for another great Baseball and Softball season. The softball team plays home games on Thursday and Friday, while the Baseball team is on the road on Friday and at home on Saturday. Come out often to support these teams!
The Varsity Track team competed on March 2 at the Trinity Tiger Relays in Cedar Hill. Alexis Johnson took first place in the long jump and third place in the 100 m. Emily Allton took second place in the 3200 and third place in the 1600.
The Varsity Tennis team competed against Ovilla Christian on March 4. They team will hit the courts again on March 8, this time at Fairhill.
This Week at the ESC
Lower School Students and Parents ESCape to Nature
Lower School students and parents celebrated the coming of spring with Lakehill's second annual ESCape to Nature week at the ESC.
Students and parents alike took to the outdoors with binoculars in hand and enjoyed a picnic lunch together. Many decided to check out the nature specimens under the microscopes, or explore the ESC through a variety of activities, including magnet centers, electricity investigations with mini colored lights, sample solar labs, and a preview of a second grade pill bug habitat lesson.
Parents were also able to get a look at the ESC though their child's eyes, by looking through their child's journal of his or her experiences at the ESC. The new Little Sprouts Garden was also introduced and the search is on for volunteers to "Grow with Us"!
ESCape to Nature is the brainchild of Lakehill's Director of Environmental Education, Melissa Carpenter. "I love planning this event," she explained, "and am always so proud to share the ESC with our Lower School parents." Based on the enthusiastic response from parents and students, a little ESCape to Nature was just what everyone needed.
The Heart of the Matter
As Lakehill second graders wrapped up their study of the circulatory system, the young scientists were busy preparing for an experience of a lifetime. Students enjoyed two sessions at the ESC focusing on the heart. One was a presentation on the heart by representatives from Dallas Cardiovascular Services. The other was a real heart dissection led by a docent from the Perot Museum.
The students, wearing gloves and goggles, worked in teams to dissect a sheep's heart and explore the various parts.
Although the dissection is actually geared toward Middle School students, the presenter from the Perot Museum raved about the preparedness of the young Lakehill students. "We learn so much about the heart before we actually dissect," explained second grade teacher Sheryl Janning. "It is especially wonderful to be able to do these activities in our own laboratories at the ESC. It is a great opportunity for our students to participate in these hands-on science activities."
Lower School Coordinator Patti Brooks agreed. "The students were so well prepared for the heart dissection. They really impressed the docent from the Perot Museum with their knowledge, enthusiasm, and expertise."
Thanks to the many parents who attended and assisted with the dissection.
Thanks to everyone who attended The Great Gatsby Gala Benefit on Saturday. It was the cat's pajamas!
Winning items from the Live Event and from the Online Auction are available for pick-up in the school Conference Room starting tomorrow, Thursday, March 7 through Friday, March 15 during the carpool hours of 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
There are still tickets available for many of the Sign-Up Parties. Sign up by Friday, March 8 in the conference room during morning and afternoon carpool. Cash or check, please.
Lakehill offers a huge thanks to Auction Chair Holly Croft-Mahan and her amazing Auction Team for all their hard work to make this event possible!
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