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Upper School Students Visit Spain
Thirteen Lakehill Upper School students flew across the Atlantic for the time of their lives, accompanied by Spanish teacher Joan Mayo and college counselor Heather Dondis.
Arriving in Madrid on March 23, they set out for their first hotel in the city of Sevilla to let the adventures begin. During the 10-day trip, they stayed in four different hotels in the cities of Sevilla, Granada, Toledo, and Madrid.
The group was able to experience true Spanish culture with private Flamenco dancing lessons and the vibrant show that followed. One of the group's favorite experiences was the sword workshop in Toledo where some interesting souvenirs were bought.
Students visited breathtaking castles, beautiful cathedrals, and museums where ancient ruins and art are held, teaching them more about the important history of Spain. Upon their return to the United States, all agreed that it was a truly amazing experience.
By Carly Chester, Special Contributor
Lakehill Students Take Top Honors at Model United Nations
The Middle School Warrior Forensic Team and the Upper School Debate Team joined more than 700 middle and upper school students from across the United States and Canada in Minneapolis over Spring Break to participate in the 27th Annual YMCA Model United Nations Conference.
The trip was sponsored by White Rock YMCA Youth and Government, a program that increases political awareness and understanding through participation in governmental processes. The program also helps students gain leadership skills and confidence in public speaking. Upper School students attending the conference were John Devine, Clayton Drazner, and Gabrielle Gonzalez. Middle School students attending the conference were Griffin Burt, Declan Devine, Christian Giadolar, Alandria Hampton, Marion Humphreys, Varun Iyer, Warren Lester, Charlie Pippen, and Lily Turner. Students were placed in teams to represent the countries of Botswana, Azerbaijan, Togo, and Uganda.
In order to participate in the conference, delegates were required to research their country and three assigned international issues. Delegates then negotiate with delegates from other countries to pass resolutions on these issues. John Devine successfully passed a resolution protecting children from persecution as witches before the Mondale General Assembly. Declan Devine successfully passed two resolutions concerning nuclear proliferation and the West Sahara before the Junior Security Council while Christian Giadolor passed a resolution concerning the prevention of animal combat before the Anderson General Assembly.
The Lakehill teams were outstanding representatives of their school and their state. Griffin Burt, Christian Giadolor, Warren Lester, and Lily Turner were awarded Outstanding Country for their efforts in representing Togo. Christian Giadolor was honored with the highly prestigious award for Outstanding Delegate.
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Do YOU want to be a part of the exciting Middle School Warrior Forensic team? All interested 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students are invited to find out more at a meeting on April 10 at 3:30 p.m. in the Upper Library Writing Lab.
The Bunny Bunch
Juniors Host Annual Bunny Games
Despite the lack of spring weather, students in kindergarten, first, and second grade started their break with a spring in their step.
On March 22, the junior class hosted the annual Bunny Games, a tradition spanning more than 30 years. The junior class divided into groups and were each assigned to the different grade levels. Then they scattered the kid's bunny bags full of candy for a small hunt and played bunny-themed games. Also, there was a surprise visit from everyone's favorite rabbit.
The event provided a wonderful opportunity for the upperclassmen to bond with students in Lower School and was the perfect activity to get everyone excited about their upcoming spring break.
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By Lucia Dunlap, Special Contributor
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: Lauren Davenport
Looking forward to graduating from Lakehill this May, senior Lauren Davenport will leave with many memories of her time here. Her favorite Lakehill memory is the "seven-chant" that she shared with the basketball team.
Lauren says her favorite class is AP Literature with Mr.Hagood. She is involved in volleyball, basketball, and softball and is the Vice President of Sisteens and the Senior Class.
Lauren believes that Lakehill has taught her that there are likable qualities in everyone. "My father inspires me the most because he's always been my hero," she says. On the weekends, Lauren enjoys hanging out with her friends and spending time on her ranch. Lauren says that she sees herself in ten years as a chiropractor involved with Good Sheppard's Children's Home in Uganda, Africa.
If Lauren had all the money in the world, she says she would "give it to charities, use it for college, pay off any loans, and buy an ocean pool with a pet dolphin." Some of her favorite movies include Happy Feet, Silver Linings Playbook, and anything with Adam Sandler.
In college, Lauren plans to major in physiology, which is the scientific study of function in living systems. She says that Lakehill has prepared her by providing courses that are vigorous and engaging. Lauren plans to continue playing sports in college through intramurals. When she graduates, she says she will most miss playing sports, her teachers, and her friends, especially Jenna Burch.
Ava Ecklin and Camryn Thompson, ninth grade
White Rock Spring Games
The Community That Plays Together, Wins Together
The White Rock Spring Games celebrates the close-knit East Dallas community by bringing together kids and families from neighborhood schools for fun and friendly competition. The Games offers a wide range of individual and team events, ranging from the purely athletic to the wildly funny. There will also be food, beverages, and entertainment to create a festive atmosphere of community
This year's Games will be held on Friday, April 19 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Lake Highlands Park, with the 3-on-3 basketball competition taking place on Sunday, April 21.
All entry fees from the Games will go directly to the participant's school. (The cost per 4-person team is $100, or $25 per student).
This year, Comerica Bank will match the registration fees for the first 50 students from each school. Students in grades 1 - 8 are encouraged to attend!
Register by April 5 and enjoy the Early Bird Discount ($80 team registration fee). Don't miss out on this fun community event.
Find out more and get in the Games here.
This Week at the ESC
Fifth grade began their study of Weathering Wonders this week, observing how sandstone and shale reacted to weathering. Hands-on activities showcased how weathering also affects the soil. Students also explored the basics of water, wind, and solar energy. Magnet and electricity centers provided more excitement in their studies.
It was games galore as seventh graders explored kinetic and potential energy. Students bounced happy and sad spheres (ask a 7th grader!), pushed toy cars, blew up balloons, played with yo-yos, and measured the bounce of super-balls. The action-packed day was full of fun and scientific lessons.
Spring Book Fair... Coming Soon!
The Spring Book Fair is just around the corner! Look forward to a fun week, full of exciting events and great books. It's a great chance to restock your book shelves after the Spring Break reading frenzy.
The Book Fair begins bright and early on April 8 and runs through April 12. Detailed information on the week's activities will be sent on Friday.
Anyone who would like the opportunity to volunteer at the Book Fair is welcome to join us! Please contact Lisa Bracken or Sarah Rich.
Lakehill Summer Camps!
Online Registration NOW OPEN!
Lakehill Summer Camps (June 10-August 9)
ISAS Arts Festival (Austin)
April 8 - 12
PFC Book Fair
PFC Executive Committee
Nothing But Nets
It's time for Lakehill's third annual Nothing But Nets tournament! Teams will compete in a 3-on-3 tournament the week of April 12. Each 3-member team must have 1 boy and 1 girl. Team sign-up is $12. Tickets to the final game will be be sold for $5. The first 100 will get free Paciugo at the April 12 game!
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 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
April 20, 21Earth Day DallasContact Ms. Ekstrom
to volunteer at the Lakehill booth at this annual event at Fair Park. One or two-hour shifts are available on both Saturday and Sunday. Get a head start on next year's President's Volunteer Service Award!
Upper School Prom
8:00 - 11:00 p.m., Sambuca
National Honor Society/National Junior Honor Society Induction
Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
Mark Twain Day
Grades 4 - 6, 1:30 - 3:15 p.m.
Language Induction Ceremony (Spanish, French, Mathematics)
Auditorium, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
The Warrior Shop is Open!
Visit us for all your spirit wear needs!