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The Warrior Weekly
Volume 6, Issue 12
November 14, 2013
In This Issue
Fund Run
All-District Honors
Fun With Fairytales
Community Spotlight
Senior Spotlight
PFC Events
Sports Snippets
This Week at the ESC
What's Happening?

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Fund Run

Trek for Tech Funds New Technology

When hundreds of people take to the streets for a good cause, a lot can happen. 

Lakehill Preparatory School's 15th Annual Trek for Tech, the Parent Faculty Club's signature fall event, combined all the right elements: two great races, dedicated sponsors, enthusiastic volunteers, a raffle with fantastic prizes, live music, and beautiful weather. The results were a great time for all who attended and a lot of money raised for new technology.

Students, families, and faculty members put their best foot forward in the one-mile Fun Run while a large crowd hit the pavement for the 5K chip-timed race. Attendees were also treated to a live performance by Lakehill eighth grader Kaia Brown and her band Rosalynd as well as a live acoustic performance by freshman Ruby Sanchez.  


Triathlete and trainer to several Lakehill students, Samuel Law was the first place overall male with a time of 19:01. For the third consecutive year, senior and State Cross Country champion Emily Allton was the top overall female runner with a time of 21.13.


Photo by Patty Rodriguez-Mayo

The winner of Run, Roger, Run was Barbara Witherite, correctly guessing Mr. Perry's time in the Fun Run. Michael Bracken was on the mark in Lakehill Lightning, pegging the fastest 5K Race time at 19:03.

Organizers report that 290 people registered for this year's event, a 17% increase over last year. While the dollars are still being counted, the Trek Committee reports that they will beat their budget again this year.  


The Trek Committee thanks those companies, individuals, and families who supported the race through underwriting and equipment purchases, and the faculty, NJHS, and parent volunteers who made the event the success. 


Lakehill thanks Barb and Amy Witherite for chairing this event again this year and for their herculean efforts in making Trek for Tech a huge success!


See more photos from Trek for Tech. 


Many thanks to Irwin Thompson and Patti Rodriguez-Mayo for event photography. (Rodriguez-Mayo, a 2008 Lakehill graduate, earned her BFA in Studio Photography from the University of North Texas. Her passion for photography began in high school and became a lifelong career goal.)

All-District Honors

Volleyball Players Recognized

District coaches gathered recently to bestow the 2013 honors for All-District Volleyball. Eleven Lakehill athletes were recognized with this outstanding distinction. Additionally, Maia Heard was selected for Second Team All-State. Heard and Haley York were recognized with Academic All-State honors.


First Team All-District

Claire Crow
Maia Heard
Abi Price
Haley York  

Second Team All-District

Caroline Boles
Samantha Caldwell 

Sam LaJone 


All-District Honorable Mention 
Jordan Johnson
Jana Kahn
Anna-Maria Springman
Kelly Werther

Four Lakehill athletes were recognized with District Superlative awards:
District Offensive Player of the Year - Maia Heard
District Co-Freshmen of the Year - Claire Crow and Abi Price
District Sportsmanship Award - Anastasia Walton

Congratulations to these outstanding Lakehill athletes.
Photo by rgphotog.com

Fun with Fairytales

Musical Theater Students Present Once Upon A Mattress This Weekend

If you think you know the story of
The Princess and The Pea, you may be surprised by this charming retelling as Lakehill's Musical Theater class presents a musical comedy gem.  
Don't miss Once Upon A Mattress on November 15 and 16 at 7:00 p.m. and November 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Reserve the best seats in the house - just $15 for the first 12 rows! Make reservations here. General admission is $10 ($5 for students) at the door.


The Lower or Middle School grade with the highest attendance will be awarded a pizza party. Middle and Upper School students will receive extra credit in English for attending the show. Raffle tickets are now being sold for fabulous prizes, including a food/cookbook basket from Sur La Table, a Special Occasion Illuminiza Peel from Ultimate Skin, and a framed landscape photograph by Guggenheim Fellow Michael Berman. 
Community Spotlight

At Lakehill, helping others is an important part of the fabric of the school. Find out more about how Lakehill students are volunteering their time and talents to serve their community. There are plenty of ways to get involved!


Sisteens Donate $9,000 to Breast Cancer Research

Sisteens culminated a successful campaign to raise money for Breast Cancer research with the presentation of a $9,000 check to the Komen Dallas Foundation. Jamie Williams, Development Director for Komen Dallas, was on hand to speak to the girls and receive the check from Sisteens president Gracie Carroll. "Every donation matters," said Williams, "and this generous donation brings us one step closer to our goal of finding a cure."


7th Grade Assists with Veteran's Day Celebration at C.C. Young 

Lakehill's seventh grade students helped residents at C. C. Young Senior Living Center celebrate Veteran's Day on November 11. Members of the Boy Scouts participated in the flag-raising ceremony, raising the flags while a bugle played and planes flew in formation overhead. Members of the Girl Scouts helped lead the large group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Students enjoyed listening to a variety of bugle calls, patriotic songs, and the stories told by the residents. See more photos. Lakehill's sophomore class will return to C. C. Young on Saturday, November 16 to spend time with the residents and host activities.


PASF Bake Sale Continues Support for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 

The Pan American Student Forum (PASF) raised $625 during this year's Day of the Dead Bake Sale, with all proceeds going to Cystic Fibrosis Research. For more than five years, the group has raised money in memory of Haley Wester, a 1993 Lakehill graduate who lost her courageous battle with cystic fibrosis in 1998. 

This year, the group honored Ana Stenzel, Haley's mentor at Stanford University. Stenzel, a Bay area woman with cystic fibrosis who received two double lung transplants and authored a memoir with her twin sister, also a double lung transplant recipient, that inspired a documentary film, died September 22 of cancer. 


PASF would like to thank all those who so generously contributed to the success of the sale, especially the Dondis Family, Ms. Drake, and Haley's mother Judy Wester for their scrumptious and creative donations. It was at Judy Wester's request that the PASF Day of the Dead bake sale be in honor of Ana this year.

Sharing the Warmth

Coats for Kids
Lakehill is close to reaching its goal of collecting 100 coats in the Coats for Kids drive. On Saturday, December 7, Community Connections members will help sort through donations at Comerica Bank. Thanks to everyone who has shared the warmth with children in east Dallas this winter! 


National Day of Service - November 23

Lakehill is hosting its monthly Shoreline Spruce-Up on Saturday, November 23, in honor of National Day of Service. Join us from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. to help clean up this neighborhood treasure. Breakfast will be served and all cleaning tools will be provided.


Sisteens Collecting Stocking Stuffers Collection

November 15 Through December 6 
Help Sisteens collect travel-sized toiletry items for the 150 men and women who will attend Lakehill's annual Holiday Luncheon for senior citizens in East Dallas. Suggested items include small shampoos, soaps, lotions, and other travel-sized toiletries, as well as other items like word puzzles, stationery, socks, etc. Please do not include candles, candy, or gum. Donation bins are located inside all entrances. The last day to donate is December 6! Get more information here.

Now through November 15
NJHS Book Collection

NJHS is collecting books for adults and children, color pencils, and coloring books to benefit the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas. Collection bins are located throughout the building. 


7th and 8th grade Powder Puff
While the boys lead the cheers, seventh and eighth grade girls will face off in a spirited game of Powder Puff football on November 15 at 2:15 p.m. Tickets are available for students in fourth through sixth grades for $5 each. Students can also purchase bracelets ($3), facepaint ($2), and concessions ($1-5), and may enter the punting contest for $5. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Genesis Women's Shelter.
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: John Devine

John Devine is a hardworking student, who has attended Lakehill since he was in first grade. A founding member of Lakehill's Debate team, John is serving as the group's President for the second year and as Delegation Chair. John is active is his community and says he is most proud of the work he has done with the Dolphin Heights After School Program. His biggest honor was receiving the Glenn A. Kidder scholarship for love of learning his sophomore year. 


A National Merit Semifinalist, John is looking at several prestigious colleges, including Yale University, Brown University, Rice University, University of Texas, and Washington University at St. Louis. He hopes to major in economics with a minor or double major in Urban Studies. John's mother sees John "coming back to Dallas to help design a new downtown" in ten years, and so does John, except in a northern city.


John's favorite activities outside of school, like any other teenage boy, are eating, sleeping, and watching television. He enjoys eating good, old-fashioned Texas Bar-B-Q with friends, attending concerts, and going to movies at the Angelika. In school, John's favorite subject is English with Mr. Hagood. He says that Catch-22 by Joseph Heller is one of the best books he has read


John  thinks of Lakehill as a second home, and has gained many memories of the school throughout his many years at Lakehill.


By: Noah Bernstein and Dunny Bock, ninth grade 

PFC Events


Grandparents Day

November 22

Lakehill welcomes grandparents, parents, and special friends to the annual Grandparents Day Celebration on Friday, November 22. The festivities  begin at 8:00 a.m. with a breakfast 
reception in the cafeteria. The program, which includes performances by various student groups, will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium. School is dismissed at 11:00 a.m. for Thanksgiving Break and there is no after-school care.  

Book Fair

November 22; December 4 - 8

book fair Stock up on new books for the holidays at Lakehill's Scholastic Book Fair. The Book Fair will be  held in the Upper Library and will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Watch for more information about the Book Fair and get ready for fun surprises every day! Get an advanced preview and purchase books following the Grandparents Day celebration on November 22.

Sports Snippets

Varsity Football - State Playoff Bound! 

The Lakehill Warriors closed the regular season with a resounding 103-58 victory over the Canyon Creek Christian Cougars. With the win, the Warriors locked up third place in TAPPS District 1, and secured the team's first playoff berth since 2006.

Lakehill closed the game with a 28-0 scoring outburst, breaking the 100-point mark for a record third time this season and ending the game late in the fourth quarter under the 45-point "mercy rule."

The Warriors rolled up almost 700 yards of total offense, led by the senior quartet of Drew Norman (400 yards total offense, eight touchdowns), Keith Mitchell (149 yards rushing, three touchdowns), Johnathan Page (148 yards receiving, three touchdowns), and Hudson Trent (four catches for 78 yards). Juniors Cole Ellis, Andrew Hendrick, and Sean Puls collectively added an additional five touchdowns.

On defense, Lakehill was led by sophomores Kevin Lantz and Carlos Lopez (eleven tackles each), as well as Norman (three interceptions). Sophomore Brandon Douglas and freshman Brandon Bartholow contributed with two additional fumble recoveries and several tackles for losses.

See more photos here.

Lakehill finishes the regular season with a 7-2 record. The Warriors will make the short trip to Rockwall to take on Rockwall Heritage Christian in the bi-district round of the playoffs. The game will be played Saturday, September 16, at noon at Wisdom Field  in Rockwall. Get directions here.
Middle School Football 

Lakehill Warriors L

The Middle School Warriors lost 33-29 to  Canyon Creek Christian on November 8, in a high spirited match-up that was the final game of the season for both teams.


"Eighth graders Gerard Franklin, Ryan Davis, Jonathan Kelley, Warren Lester, Toni Perez-Stark, James Praeger, Christian Drubert, and Dayton Steinbach are ready to make a strong impact on next year's Varsity team," said coach Robert Turner. "Every one of these players has great potential, and some are already making a big name for themselves. Our seventh gradersalso did a great job and are ready to step up and lead the Middle School team next year." Well done, Middle School Warriors!

Cross Country 
The Lakehill Cross Country team finished up a fantastic season by running in Lakehill's Trek for Tech on November 9. The entire team, and Coach Kevin Jennings, finished strong. Senior Emily Allton claimed the prize for top overall female.  
Emily has been selected for the Elite High School Relay Team during the upcoming December 8 Dallas Marathon and Lakehill will be there to cheer her on! Look for more information in an upcoming issue of The Warrior Weekly.
This Week at the ESC

This week at the ESC, second grade students learned about the ways insects eat.


They mimicked the mouth parts of different insects in a hands-on lab and completed an iPad activity to learn more about various insects. 


The third grade continued their study of flowering plants. Class began with a group reading of the book From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons. Then each student planted a bean plant in a jar to take home and keep in a warm place. They will watch the roots and leaves grow all winter and then transplant it this spring. Third grade also used an app call Plant HD by Sprout Labs to reinforce what they had learned. 


First graders learned all about peacocks and their feathers. After watching a short video on peacocks, the class got hands-on experience with peacock feathers in a lab activity to see which item is more water resistant: a feather, cotton, or fur. Writing in their journals and playing outside rounded out a perfect day.


See more pictures from the ESC.

finger with stringWhat's Happening?   


November 15 and 16, 7:00 p.m.

November 17, 2:00 p.m.

Upper School Musical: Once upon a Mattress
The Upper School Musical Theater class brings Once upon a Mattress to the Lakehill stage for three days! Don't miss this fabulous, family-friendly performance. Reserve the best seats in the house - just $15 for the first 12 rows! Make reservations here. General admission is $10 ($5 for students) at the door. Get more information. 


November 19

Upper School Admission Preview

ESC, 6:30 p.m.

Invite your friends and neighbors to take a look at Lakehill's Upper School! RSVP to visit@lakehillprep.orgAll Lakehill Middle School families are strongly encouraged to attend. 


November 22

Grandparents Day

8:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

Find out more in the PFC section above.


November 22; December 4-8
PFC Book Fair
Upper Library 

November 23
National Day of Service/Shoreline Spruce-Up
Join us for a special Shoreline Spruce-up on Saturday, November 23, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

November 25-29
Thanksgiving Holidays

Have a wonderful week! 


Happy Holidays
Need great holiday gifts? Check out all the merchandise available on Smug Mug. From puzzles to playing cards and mugs to magnets, take care of all your holiday shopping and benefit Lakehill while you do!