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The Warrior Weekly
Volume 5, Issue 35
May 23, 2013
In This Issue
Magical Mermaid
Performing Artists
Senior Sentiments
Parent Partners
Seen and Heard
Senior Spotlight
Sports Snippets
This Week at the ESC
What's Happening?

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Magical Mermaid
Middle School Musical Makes Big Splash

The Little Mermaid

On May 17, Lakehill's seventh and eighth grade musical theater students invited audiences to step into the enchanted world of 

The Little Mermaid Jr.

Adapted from Disney's 2008 Broadway production, Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. features the hit songs Part of Your WorldShe's in Love, and the Oscar-winning Under the Sea.
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she has to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she is the girl with the enchanting voice.   

Filled with spectacular costumes, the musical brought the entire Lakehill community together for family theater at its best. Juliette Bennie charmed the audience as Ariel, while McKinney Waggoner entertained as Sebastian. Marion Humphreys and Katie McKnight added a comic element as sidekicks Flounder and Scuttle. Chloe Friedman, Tillie McCoskey, Autumn Scales, Jakayla Silas, Isabella Springman, and Lily Turner were in perfect harmony as the mersisters. Warren Lester was convincing as King Titon, while Jackson Huff was a dashing Prince Eric. Abigail Price gave a memorable performance as Ursula the sea witch, along with Jonathan Kroll and Natalie Lasko as sidekicks Flotsam and Jetsam. Noah Bernstein as Grimsby, Varun Iyer as the pilot, Alandria Hampton as Carlotta rounded out the all-star cast. Hardworking ensemble members showed their versatility, some playing up to four different characters.


The musical was co-directed by Linda Booth and Tracy Herron. "This was a fantastic group of students," said Herron. "They were always willing to step in and help, and their hard work was reflected on stage."


See more photos.

Performing Artists
Students Celebrate Successful Year

Arts Banquet

The Upper School Performing Arts Reception, a wonderful evening of remembrances and awards, was held in the Charles Wyly, Jr. Auditorium at Lakehill on Tuesday, May 21.


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.


Eight  students were inducted into Troupe 7058 of the International Thespian Society: Charlotte Abate, Gaby Gonzalez, Kate Hornbach, Jordan Johnson, Alex Keliher, Keith Mitchell, Anna-Maria Springman, and Gracie Carroll
Sydney Thompson was 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.
Senior Sentiments
Baccalaureate Brings Reflection, Thanks


Lakehill's Baccalaureate Ceremony was held on Sunday, May 19 at Lakehill's Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center. 


A time-honored Lakehill tradition, the ceremony provides an opportunity for each member of the graduating class to publicly thank the people who have made it possible for them to get to this moment of achievement in their lives. The afternoon of thoughtful reflection and heartfelt emotion provided a more intimate opportunity to pause and reflect on this rite of passage.


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 31 in Lakehill's fortieth Commencement Ceremony.   


See more photos.

Parent Partners
Parent Faculty Club Announces Gift, Officers

PFC Officers Lakehill's Parent Faculty Club (PFC) gathered Wednesday for their final General Meeting of the year. The meeting was chaired by PFC President Colleen McCall.


McCall announced the group's annual gift to the school, which totaled $181,000. The gift included technology enhancements, contributions to the endowment fund and capital campaign, electrical upgrades, a sound system for the cafeteria, an auditorium curtain, students desks, equipment for athletic fields, building improvements, and funding for staff development. In addition, the PFC also sponsored $45,000 in programs, such as Banquets, Graduation, Field Day, Back-to-School Picnic, and the Halloween Carnival.


The new PFC Executive Committee was also announced. Tricia McCaleb will take the helm as PFC President. 


Members of the newly elected Executive Committee are as follows:

President: Tricia McCaleb

Vice President: Tanya Bauer

Secretary: Andrea Johnston

Treasurer: Denise Palmer

Parliamentarian: Holly Croft-Mahan

Immediate Past President: Colleen McCall


Many thanks to the PFC and all its members who do so much for Lakehill.

Seen and Heard

Designing for Chair-ity

Brandon's chair

Chair Art in the Park, a project sponsored by the Dallas Leadership Arts Institute, is a youth art contest and auction benefiting the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center.


Middle and High School students were charged with the task of creating art objects from chairs, which were then displayed and auctioned at Klyde Warren Park on May 11, in the heart of the Arts District in downtown Dallas. Lakehill junior

Brandon Shaw

took first place in the high school division with his chair depicting the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. 


This unique project showcases and celebrates the artistic talents of emerging young artists and supports an important service for abused children by helping to fund needed therapies, including art and music therapy, at the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center.


"I am proud of my chair creation because it symbolizes Dallas, my hometown," says Brandon. "I am happy I was able to give back to those less fortunate in my city through the sale of the chair."


Additionally, Brandon, along with Lakehill junior Haley Gladden, entered the 24-Hour Video Race. Contestants were given four required elements, including location, the theme of recycling, a phone book as a prop, and the John F. Kennedy quote "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Brandon and Haley produced a five-minute film from start to finish in 24 hours including script writing, filming, editing, music, and credits. They entered the all mobile category, requiring that all of their work had to be done on a mobile device. 

Girl Scouts Earn Silver Award
The Girl Scouts of Troop 2444 recently completed an exceptional year of service and were honored for the efforts with the Silver Award.

The girls began their project with a survey of community needs. After considering work with hospitalized children, wounded veterans, big cat rescue, and the homeless, the girls decided their priority for service would involve the problem of abandoned and stray animals. 


In a partnership with East Lake Pet Orphanage (ELPO), the troop gained hands-on experience in the effort to make a difference for animals in their community. The girls learned about the stray pet population and the root causes of the problem. Their project included caring for orphaned pets before and during surgery, working hard to find good homes for animals, advocating for more responsible pet ownership, and even witnessing the birth of a puppy litter.


All of the elements of their project were combined into "Cadets for Pets," an ongoing program for ELPO to engage other scout troops in this issue. 

Senior Spotlight

National Junior Honor Society Highlights Lakehill's Soon-to-be Graduates

Taylor Pike 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: Taylor Pike 

Taylor Pike has attended Lakehill Preparatory School for eight years. Her mother, Mrs. Pike, works in the Lower School library, so Lakehill, for her, is a family affair. While she enjoys all her classes, her favorite subject in school is English, so it's not surprising that the teacher who inspires her most is Mr. Hagood. Her favorite period of the day is Government class. Aiding Mrs. Burt, a Lower School kindergarten teacher, has also been a rewarding experience for Taylor this year. 


Taylor's hobbies consist of horseback riding, cheerleading, and community service, all of which she intends to continue in college. She will attend the University of Alabama in the fall to study communication disorders. Her dream job is to work with disabled children, and she envisions herself working at an orphanage in Rwanda Africa in ten years.


Taylor describes her experience at Lakehill as "educational." An opportunity she never would have gotten if she hadn't attended Lakehill was the ISAS festival which she attended her freshman year. 

One of her favorite memories from Lakehill is being selected for the HOBY leadership conference. Though her favorite part of being a senior is the freedom, Taylor has used that freedom to serve as the President of Lakehill's Upper School Student Council. In addition to that supreme challenge, her dedication to serving the Lakehill community is shown by her participation in a number of extracurricular activities, such as being co-captain of the cheerleading squad, and as a member of the debate team, PASF- Spanish club, and Sisteens. 

The opportunities that Lakehill has offered her to develop have insured that the University of Alabama will be getting a top-notch leader this coming fall.

Special Contributors:
Lily Bines and Salma El-Feky, eighth grade
Sports Snippets

Lakehill Alumnus Signs Contract with NFL Panthers

Morgan Lineberry
Morgan Lineberry, a Lakehill Preparatory School graduate and former Abilene Christian University kicker, signed a three-year free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers 
shortly after the NFL Draft ended.
Lineberry, a Dallas native and 2009 graduate of Lakehill, received a signing bonus from the Panthers - an uncommon occurrence for rookie free agent signees.
He will compete in the Panther's rookie mini-camp later this month, and may have a shot at winning the place kicking job four-year NFL veteran Graham Gano currently holds.
"I'm just looking forward to the opportunity to go in there and learn and compete for the job," said Lineberry in a statement released by ACU. "I just wanted a shot at making a team, and that's what the Panthers have given me."
While a student at Lakehill, Lineberry played on the school's six-man football team. The school will return to six-man football in the fall of 2013.
According to the statement, Lineberry will leave ACU as its all-time leader in field goals made with 50 and its third-leading point scorer with 290 points.
He also hold's ACU's record for field goals in a season with 21 in 2011 and is the only kicker in program history to make four field goals of 50 yards or more in a career.

This Week at the ESC

ESC37 Kindergarten students visited the ESC this week to review what they have learned this year about animals and how they communicate. They mimicked the sounds that animals make to show hunger, fear, and protection. Students enjoyed an interactive SmartBoard lesson on Farm Animal Communication, and were also able to use the iPad to feed different animals in an interactive app.


See more pictures from the ESC.


Fishing for Fun

Fishing Trip

The environmental science class caught over 50 pounds of catfish on their recent trip to the Wilner Fish Farm in Caddo Mills, Texas. First to catch one was Jonathan Motes, and all but two students were able to reel in at least one of the three-pound bottom feeders. Dana Maynard had the most success, hauling in five fish in just under two hours.  Everyone had great fun, and, hopefully, this will become an annual trip for the Environmental Science class. 


Environmental science is a project-based course where students have the opportunity to engage in practices for a healthy and sustainable future. One of the projects, growing vegetables in gardens on the main campus, will be combined with the fishing trip so that students can experience a meal with food that they have grown and caught.
finger with stringWhat's Happening?   


Tornado Relief Drive
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to Lakehill's Tornado Relief efforts! We will collecting through the end of the day on Friday. Requested items are diapers, canned goods, bottled water, sports drinks, sunscreen, and work gloves. Cash donations are especially appreciated.

Tuition Reminder
Please remember that tuition for the 2013-2014 school year (either full pay or first monthly installment) is due on Monday, June 3. Late fees will apply to payments received after June 10.

Final After School Care bills will be sent the first week of June. Parents are encouraged to make sure their accounts are clear during the summer to avoid any complications at Registration in August.

Host an International Student! Find Out More!
May 30
Informational Meeting, 2:45 p.m. 

Lakehill Summer Camps!  

Online registration for Summer Camps will continue all summer long. 

Check out the updated Summer Camps Guide and make plans to spend your summer with us! Register online for available camps.



May 23
Athletic Banquet

6:30 p.m., ESC

May 24
Upper School Awards Ceremony
11:00 a.m., Auditorium


May 24
Upper School Celebration
Noon, RLP


May 24
K-5 Dismiss
May 27
Memorial Day - no classes
May 28-30
Get the Exam Schedule here


May 31
Commencement Ceremony, 7:30 p.m.

Reception following ceremony in the cafeteria.

Get Ready for 2013-14  Summer Reading Books Lists:  Lower School Reading Lists
Middle and Upper School Reading Lists 

The Warrior Shop is Open!
Visit us for all your spirit wear needs!

Mondays, 7:45-8:45 a.m.
Thursdays, 2:45-3:45 p.m.


Take a look at the 2013-14 School Calendar or check RenWeb to see all the dates for the 2013-14 school year!

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Summer Camps 2013
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