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The Warrior Weekly
Volume 6, Issue 6
October  3, 2013
In This Issue
Star Student
Homecoming 2013
Shining Service
All About Lakehill
Senior Spotlight
Sports Snippets
This Week at the ESC
What's Happening?

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Truth, Honor, Loyalty
"The leader who exercises power with honor will work from the inside out, starting with himself."

~Blaine Lee 

Star Student

Senior Named National Hispanic Scholar

Lakehill senior Gaby Gonzalez has been selected as a 2013-14 National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) Scholar. 


The NHRP was initiated in 1983 to identify outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students and to share information about these academically well-prepared students with colleges and universities. This year, the NHRP is recognizing about 5,300 students selected from a pool of over 259,000 students who took the 2012 PSAT/NMSQT/PAA. Students recognized by the NHRP are at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino (based on the program's definition) and have achieved a minimum PSAT/NMSQT score for their region. Students with a junior year cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher are designated as Scholars in this program.


The NHRP does not provide monetary awards, but believes that recognizing students as a Scholar in this program makes them very attractive to colleges interested in academically outstanding students.


"Gaby is a stellar student who deserves this very prestigious recognition," said Heather Dondis, Lakehill Director of College Counseling. "All of her teachers at Lakehill are proud of her accomplishment."

Homecoming 2013

Spirit Week Offers Fun for All

It's homecoming week at Lakehill and everyone has caught the Warrior spirit!  

Every day this week has been a "Spirit Day" with great participation. On Monday, teachers and students became superheroes while on Tuesday, everyone seemed to be seeing double on Twin Day. On Wednesday, the building glowed as everyone was decked out in neon. Crazy characters roamed the hall for Thursday's Character Day. On Friday, students are encouraged to participate in Lakehill Spirit Day by wearing their Lakehill T-shirt or school colors. See more images from Spirit Week. 

The Homecoming Court was announced on Monday during lunch. Nominees were selected by their respective classes. The Homecoming Court consists of freshman Emily York, escorted by Brandon Bartholow; sophomore Yinting Fan, escorted by Kason Burt; and junior Haley York, escorted by Cole Ellis.

Senior Nominees for Homecoming Queen are: Haley Gladden, escorted by Johnathan PageEmily Allton, escorted by Cameron GavinskiSydney Thompson, escorted by Hudson Trent; and
Caroline Boles, escorted by Drew Norman.

Lakehill families are encouraged to attend the Homecoming Pep Rally on October 4 at 1:40 p.m. in the gym. Homecoming also brings former students back to campus. An Alumni pre-game dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the Alumni Patio at Perry Campus. 


The Middle School team plays Providence at 5:00 p.m. and the Varsity team takes on the Fairhill Falcons at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy traditional half-time activities with the introduction of the court and crowning of the queen.


Finally, the Student Council is hosting a Homecoming dance on Saturday night, October 5, from 8:00-11:00 p.m. at the ESC. (Doors close at 9:00 p.m.). Tickets for the Alice-in-Wonderland-themed event $30 for a single and $50 for a couple. A t-shirt is included in the ticket price. 

Shining Service

Middle School Students Get Involved in the Community

Middle School Canned Food Drive
The Middle School Student Council organized a targeted canned food drive to benefit Vickery Meadows Food Pantry. The drive focused on the four most-needed canned food items - fruits, vegetables, soup, and meat - with each grade focusing on one item. More than 800 cans were delivered from the drive. See pictures from the canned food drive.
Sixth Grade Meals-on-Wheels
The sixth grade class has taken on Lakehill's Meals on Wheels route for the fall semester. Groups of two to four students deliver meals on the first, third, and fifth Wednesday of each month. The group delivered their first meals on September 18 and will continue the project through December. Already the experience is making an impact. "It made me feel so good to help people," said sixth grader Claire Maxwell. "Their smiling faces made my heart feel so warm."  Class President Stella Palmer agreed, " It really was an inspiring experience. I am so glad our class got involved with this project." Groups who might be interested in sponsoring Lakehill's Meals on Wheels route in the spring should contact Ms. Ekstrom for more information.
Community Connections Club 
Members of Lakehill's Middle School Community Connections Club ignored threats of rain to help residents at C. C. Young get their cars clean on Saturday. Residents lined up to take advantage of the free service and to spend some time with the young people washing their cars. The Community Connections team is now gearing up to run the games booths at the Stonewall Jackson Elementary Fall Carnival in October and to man a water station at the DRC 5K and Half Marathon in November. Members will also be assisting with the Lower School Community Connections Club after school each month.

All About Lakehill

Admission Previews Put Lakehill On Display

Lakehill was well represented at last weekend's Private School Preview, an event showcasing top Dallas private schools and boarding schools around the country. 

Just six weeks into the school year, the applications are already coming in for next year. The best way for prospective families to become acquainted with Lakehill is to visit the school. To give families an opportunity to spend some time on campus, Lakehill offers a series of Admission Previews throughout the fall.

The first Preview will be held on Tuesday, October 22. "We have had a tremendous response already to this year's Previews," explained Holly Walker, Director of Admission. "It is exciting to watch our Lakehill community grow."

Admission Previews provide an in-depth overview for parents considering a Lakehill education for their children. Guests hear from administrators, visit classrooms, and tour the school with Student Ambassadors.

"Our current Lakehill families are a wonderful source of information as well," said Walker. "I hope they will share their love of Lakehill with prospective parents and encourage them to attend a Preview."

Five previews are scheduled for the fall, each geared to a specific division. Lower School Previews will be held October 22 and December 10; Middle School, October 29; Kindergarten, November 12; and Upper School, November 19. In addition, a Freshman Visit Day will be held on January 24 for incoming ninth graders. Kindergarten, Lower, and Middle School programs are held on the main campus at 9:30 a.m. The Upper School Preview will be held at the ESC at 6:30 p.m. All Middle School students and their families are strongly encouraged to attend the Upper School Preview.

Reservations can be made by calling 214-826-2931 or via email at visit@lakehillprep.org.    
Senior Spotlight

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: Emily Allton

Emily Alton has been at Lakehill since kindergarten. Now she is a senior and will soon be going off to college. Her favorite elective is painting. Her favorite subject is math because, "the answer is always clear and there is never any ambiguity." 


Emily is a talented athlete. Her proudest moment was when she took the State Cross Country title during her sophomore year. Emily is also involved in the Lakehill track, volleyball, and swim teams. She is a member of Sisteens, Student Council, National Junior Honor Society, and Student Ambassadors. Ms. Thorne says, "Emily is a hard-working student who always participates." 


If she could describe Lakehill in one word, Emily would use life-changing. "I cannot imagine where I would be if I had not come to Lakehill. I was so young when I started here that I do not even remember what my other choices would have been, but I am so glad my family and I picked Lakehill. Lakehill has been both the best learning environment and place to grow up these past 13 years!"


By: Giulia Ferguson   

Sports Snippets
Varsity Football 

The Lakehill Warriors rolled past the Lakeland Christian Lions with a convincing 70-20 victory on Friday night at the Josey Ranch Sports Complex in Carrollton. 

The Warriors jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back. Lakehill led 34-0 at halftime, and closed out the game with the 45-point "mercy" rule in the fourth quarter. The win was a complete team effort, with every player making contributions.

Lakehill's defense set the tone early with a number of big hits and tackles for losses. The defense was paced by seniors Johnathan Page (12 tackles and one interception), Hudson Trent (eight tackles and one interception), and Keith Mitchell (four tackles and one safety). Freshman Keaton Kinnard added five tackles and one interception.

On offense, the Warriors had strong performances from junior Cole Ellis (122 passing yards with two touchdowns and 35 receiving yards with two touchdowns), Johnathan Page (157 receiving yards, three touchdowns), and junior Jack Pippen (35 all-purpose yards and many key blocks). The surprise standout for the night was freshman Brandon Bartholow, who ran for 167 yards and three touchdowns, including the final score to end the game.

Lakehill celebrates Homecoming on Friday, October 4. The Warriors will host the Fairhill Falcons with kick-off set for 7:30 p.m. All Lakehill alumni are invited to a pre-game dinner on the Alumni Patio at the Warrior Athletic Complex at 6:30 p.m.

See more pictures from the game.



The Varsity Volleyball team defeated Fairhill on September 26 and Canterbury on October 1. The team will head to Dallas Covenant on Thursday to play for first in district. Both teams are currently 4-0. JV plays at 5:30 p.m. and Varsity starts at 6:30 p.m.


The Middle School (7th grade) team beat First Baptist on September 26. They play at home this Thursday against Garland Christian at 5:30 p.m. The eighth grade team defeated neighborhood rival St. John's on September 26. They lost to Covenant A, but defeated Covenant B on October 1. The girls play at home this Thursday against Zion at 4:40 p.m. 


See more Varsity pictures here and here.

Cross Country

The Varsity Cross Country team ran in the Lone Star Cross Country Invitational on September 28. Emily Allton finished first in the girls' 3200 and ran a season best. Rachel Myers and Varun Iyer also ran personal bests in their races. 


See more Cross Country pictures.

This Week at the ESC

This week the seventh grade continued working on their tree identification project. They reviewed how to determine one type of tree from another and then gathered leaves from several trees on the ESC property. They used the app LeafSnap to try to identify the leaves. They will also learn alternate ways to correctly identify leaves. 


The fourth grade is continuing their study of Flowering Plants that they began in third grade. Their study will focus on the many different trees surrounding them at the ESC. During their visit, they also were able to feed the fish and enjoy the beautiful weather.


See more pictures from the ESC.

finger with stringWhat's Happening?   


Shakespeare in the Park: The Winter's Tale
Free Tickets: Contact Ms. Schmitt 

8:00 p.m.; Entrance at 7:00 p.m.

October 2-6 and 9-13, Addison Circle Park


October 4
Homecoming Pep Rally, Game, and Alumni Dinner


October 5
Upper School Homecoming Dance

8:00 - 11:00 p.m. (Doors close at 9:00 p.m.) at the ESC

Tickets for the Alice-in-Wonderland-themed event $30 for a single and $50 for a couple. A t-shirt is included in the ticket price. 


October 8
Lakehill Day at Genghis Grill 

All day long! Be sure to mention Lakehill. Twenty percent of the proceeds will be donated back to our school.


October 9
New Parent Coffee, 8:15 a.m.  

croissant2.jpgThe first six weeks is officially behind us and all new Lakehill parents are invited to join us for a breakfast in the Upper Library. Bring any questions you may have and find out more about what's ahead! 



October 10
Parent-Teacher Conferences (No Classes) 

Lower School parents will be given an appointed time. Middle and Upper School conferences must be scheduled by calling Ms. Kidder on October 4, 7, or 8. Get more information here


October 10
Student Council Car Wash 

Get a clean ride while you are visiting with your child's teachers! 


October 12
Shoreline Spruce-Up and Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Clean-Up, Picnic at 10:30 a.m.

Lake sign Join us at Lakehill's adopted shoreline at White Rock Lake to help clean up this neighborhood treasure. Meet at the parking lot at W. Lawther and Chapel Hill. All supplies will be provided. Breakfast will be served. At 10:30, everyone is invited to a Volunteer Appreciation Picnic at Sunset Bay, hosted by For the Love of the Lake. Lakehill will be honored at the picnic for our five years of volunteer service.


October 14
Fair Day - No classes!

We want to see your pictures from Fair Day! Take some great snaps of your day at the fair and send them to Gigi Ekstrom


October 16  

PSAT for 9th, 10th, 11th

Senior Work Day with Mr. Perry at Perry Campus 


October 17
Picture Retake Day 


October 18
Dad's Club Chili Cook-Off 

chile pepper Fire up your crock pot and start working on your best chili recipe for Lakehill's third annual Dad's Club Chili Cook-Off on October 18 at the Warrior Athletic Complex. Comerica Bank is sponsoring the event and it is going to be a fun-filled evening for all!

The Chili Cook-Off starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be in full swing until 7:30 p.m. when the Warriors take on CCA. The entire community is invited to share in the fun. Get the Official Contest Rules here. Then, fill out the Official Entry Form and start cooking! 


October 22 
Lower School Admission Preview, 9:30 a.m.

Invite your friends to join us for the first Admission Preview of the year to find out more about the one-of-a-kind Lakehill experience. 


Calling All Scientists! 

Students with an interest in science or engineering are encouraged to participate in Winston Science, an annual science competition put on by The Winston School. The registration deadline is October 18 at 6:00 p.m. Competitions are held between October 26 and November 5. Get the complete information packet here.

November 9 - SAVE THE DATE!

Save the date for the 15th annual TREK for TECH! The 5k race and 1-mile fun run are scheduled for Saturday, November 9. Funds raised are used for a wide variety of technology improvements. Get more information below.  


Save the Date! 
15th Annual Trek for Tech
November 9, 2013
1-mile Fun Run and 5K race
Funds raised are used for a variety of technology improvements.