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"You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it."
Benjamin Mee, We Bought A Zoo
Giadolor and Norman Named to
TAPPS bestowed their highest honors last week, naming Lakehill's Prince Giadolor and Drew Norman to the
All-State second team.
Giadolor, who was first in district rankings and Norman, who ranked fourth, beat out players from 2A schools across Texas to earn a spot on the coveted All-State team.
Eight coaches, representing each district's championship team, evaluated the entire pool of players. While Lakehill has had players named to the All-State team in the past, this is the first time in Warrior history that two members of the team have received this honor.
"It is not only the fact that these two outstanding student athletes earned this recognition on the same team, but also that they are both only juniors," explained Varsity Basketball coach Bob Yttredahl. "This not only shows us at what a high level they competed this year, but also how bright the future looks for our team."
Congratulations to these two outstanding players on this well-deserved recognition.
Adventures in Learning
Middle School Students Get Hands-On Experiences During Annual Adventure Week
Photo by Ben Gillman,
The halls of Lakehill were especially quiet last week, as 150 Middle School students boarded buses to head out in different directions on a variety of adventures. Fifth graders headed to Mo Ranch for an opportunity to learn about the environment and build leadership skills on the High Ropes course. Sixth graders relived Texas history on their Tour of Texas, while seventh graders enhanced their study of ancient civilizations by exploring Palo Duro Canyon and the surrounding area. Eighth graders got up close and personal on their journey though the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement on their trip to Memphis.
Middle School Adventure Week, a tradition that has evolved over the past 30 years, gives Middle School students the opportunity to share experiences, build relationships, and create memories. While the destinations and details may have changed over the years, the philosophy behind the adventure has not. "We have always believed that when we can step into it, put our hands on it, and actually experience it, the learning is much greater," explained Middle School Coordinator Kaye Hauschild.
You can see pictures and read more about their adventures on their blogs:
Students Help Out in the Community, Award Deadline Draws Near
President's Volunteer Service Award - Applications Due April 2
Students who plan to apply for the President's Volunteer Service Award should turn in their records of service to Ms. Ekstrom by Tuesday, April 2. All recipients will be recognized at the spring Award Assemblies. Get more information or download the Tracking Form. Please see Ms. Ekstrom for more information.
Juniors Host Movie Night for a Good Cause
The junior class hosted a Movie Night for Lower School students on March 9. The 45 students in attendance chose from four different movies. Junior Vice-President and Movie Night organizer Anastasia Walton says her class is thrilled with the results of the project. "We raised $550 which will be donated to the Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer," she explained.
Members of the Middle School Community Connections Club created a special spring welcome at C.C. Young Retirement Center. Students painted eight windows with a variety of spring messages. "When the idea for this project came up, we immediately thought of Lakehill Prep," said Victoria Jones, Volunteer Coordinator at C. C. Young. "The kids are so creative and so talented, and we just love the way it turned out. Our residents say it really brightens their day to pass by the windows."
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: Nina Unger
Nina Unger is 17 years old and has attended Lakehill for six years. Her sister Leia, age 19, graduated from Lakehill in 2011 after attending for four years. Nina says her favorite part of the day is Mr. Hagood's class. She says she is most inspired by him as English is one of her favorite classes along with Calculus.
Her favorite elective in all her years at Lakehill is Art History because, " Mr. Boles has a unique approach to teaching the class," said Nina. Nina is planning to attend UT after she graduates and plans to double major in Art History and Classical Archaeology. As for where she sees herself ten years from now, Nina says, " I see myself either working in an Art Museum as a curator or a conservationist, or living in Paris and studying at Le Cordon Bleu."
Nina's hobbies outside of school are ballet, piano, cooking and baking, and blogging. She plans to continue ballet, piano and blogging in college. Her dream job is being an Art Museum curator, conservationist, archaeologist, or the owner of a bakery. Nina has helped prepare herself for her dream job by taking Art History classes.
Nina described her experience at Lakehill as holistic because the school offers a well-rounded education. One of her favorite memories of Lakehill is the Costa Rica trip during her sophomore year where she had the opportunity to bond with new people. Nina says she probably wouldn't have gone to Costa Rica and made new bonds with friends or participated in cheerleading if she had not attended Lakehill.
The thing she likes most about being a senior is that seniors get to go off campus for lunch. Nina is involved in many extracurricular activities, including PASF, Student Council, NHS, Cheerleading, and Sisteens.
When asked to describe her friend in one word, Mari Eboli says,"Caring. She always cares about people and I love her." Senior Alexis Johnson says her favorite Lakehill memory with Nina was, "In Costa Rica when we went hiking through the jungle with Tarzan King of the Apes and told scary stories in our cabin."
Nina will graduate from Lakehill with many happy memories.
Becca Currey and Kate Hornbach, ninth grade
Spring Sports Gearing Up for Strong Seasons
The Varsity Baseball team is currently 2-3 and is getting stronger with every game.
The Warriors take on East Texas Christian at 4:30 p.m. at Lakehill on Friday. They play at home again on Saturday, with the opponent to be determined based on the results of Friday's games.The Warriors begin District play on March 18. Come out to support the team, enjoy the weather, and watch some excellent baseball.
The Lady Warrior Softball team played their first game of the season on Monday, March 4 against Corem Deo. Although the team lost the game, they gained valuable experience. Kelly Werther had a grand slam homerun to finish the game in exciting fashion for the team.
The Lady Warriors hosted Frisco Legacy on March 7 and the Warriors prevailed 13-1. Rachel Myers and Kelly Werther delivered some key hits while Maia Heard and Caroline Boles turned in strong pitching performances.
The Lady Warriors hosted the Parish Episcopal JV team on Tuesday. With plenty of non-stop action and excitement, the game ended in a 21-21 tie. The Lady Warriors travel to Parish on Saturday for a noon game.
The team of 15 girls, including six freshman, three sophomores, four juniors, and two seniors, currently hold a 2-1-1 record.
Middle School Baseball and Softball
Middle School Softball plays their first game on March 14 at home while Middle School Baseball kicks off their season with a home game on March 18 against Fairhill.
The Varsity Track team competes on March 14 at the HSA Spring Break Relays in Haltom City.
The Varsity Tennis team competed against Ovilla Christian on March 4 and Desoto Canterbury on March 6. Their next match is March 18 against East Texas Christian. Varsity Tennis team member Lucia Dunlap blogs about her experiences on the tennis team here.
This Week at the ESC
Kindergarten students learned all about how animals stay safe. They observed a pill bug, deciding that they roll up into a ball so that predators will think they are a seed. They measured how far a skunk can spray their enemies and acted out how an adult herd of musk oxen might protect their young. The also learned about different forms of energy and chose the ones they thought were most important, with light and electricity the top contenders. They were also able to practice their Smartboard skills by learning how to use the pen as they wrote their name on the board.
Second graders found out that, contrary to popular opinion, pillbugs are not really bugs at all. They are isopods and are actually related to lobsters. Students built a habitat to take back to their classroom and will be collecting data for a week to determine where pillbugs like to be. They also practiced measuring length in centimeters and inches before measuring the length of their pill bugs. Measuring plays a big role in the study of energy.
First graders learned about Bald Eagles and discussed why they think the Bald Eagle was chosen as the national bird of the United States. Benjamin Franklin actually preferred the wild turkey but the eagle was chosen. They also learned how our bodies use energy as an introduction to solar energy.
Winning items from the Live Event and from the Online Auction are available for pick-up in the school Conference Room through Friday, March 15 from 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 in the conference room during morning and afternoon carpool. Cash or check, please.
Check out the pictures from this swanky gala!
Lakehill Summer Camps!
Online Registration NOW OPEN!
Lakehill Summer Camps (June 10-August 9)
March 15 and 16
Upper School Play, The Dining Room
7:00 p.m., Auditorium
Lakehill's Upper School drama class presents an entertaining example of changing American culture as families come and go in what was once the most important family room in the house, The Dining Room. The show moves quickly from scene to scene with a run time of an hour and a half. Bring the entire family for an entertaining evening. Tickets, available at the door, are $10 general admission and $5 for Lakehill students.
Middle School Brown Bag Lunch
Noon in the Upper Library
Lower School Bunny Games
March 22 - 24
Middle School Debate Team to Model United Nations
NO EARLY RELEASE
March 25 - April 1
Upper School Trip to Spain
Have a great holiday!
ISAS Arts Festival (Austin)
April 8 - 12
PFC Book Fair
PFC Executive Committee
Middle School Game Night
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake
Join us to help clean-up this neighborhood treasure!
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
April 15 - 19
April 17 - 19
Ninth Grade Biology Trip
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Early Release Day
Students Released at noon
April 19 and 21
Save The Date! White Rock Spring Games
5:00 - 9:00 p.m. and 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
April 20, 21
Earth Day Dallas
Contact Ms. Ekstrom to volunteer at the Lakehill booth at this annual event at Fair Park.
Upper School Prom
8:00 - 11:00 p.m.
National Honor Society/National Junior Honor Society Induction
Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
The Warrior Shop is Open!
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