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The Warrior Weekly
Volume 6, Issue 18
January 16, 2014
In This Issue
Forging Leadership
Sweet Sound of Success
Spelling Sensations
Parent Partners
Senior Spotlight
PFC Events
Sports Snippets
This Week at the ESC
What's Happening?

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Truth, Honor, Loyalty
"The ultimate measure of a man is
not where he stands in moments
of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of
challenge and controversy."

~Martin Luther King Jr.  

Forging Leadership

Freedoms Foundation Selects Two Lakehill Juniors

For the first time in Lakehill's history, both of its nominees for the American Leaders Youth Summit have been selected to attend. These students are juniors Haley York and Kiefer Gorena.


The conference will take place in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania on March 6-9. The local chapter of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge asked Lakehill's history department to select two juniors who have an interest in both leadership and history. From there, the students were asked to complete an application, including an essay and a detailed proposal for a project that incorporated both history and community service. After submitting the required materials, finalists were interviewed. York and Gorena were two of only six students selected from the Dallas area. 


York's project proposal is to host a celebration for local veterans, including lunch and a ceremony to honor their achievements. Gorena's proposal centers on the trials and tribulations of George Washington's army. Each day of his week-long event ties a service project to a different historical challenge. For example, while Washington's army suffered from starvation, our Lakehill Warriors will help combat modern day hunger by volunteering at the North Texas Food Bank. 


Looking forward to the conference, York said, "I'm excited to see a place I've never seen before and meet new people who are interested in history and leadership." Gorena added, "I'm eager to spend time in Valley Forge because it has so much historical significance."  


By: Lucia Dunlap, Class of 2014

Sweet Sound of Success

Students Selected for All-Region and All-State Choirs 

When the 2014 All-State Choir takes the stage in San Marcos on January 30, one of the voices showcased will belong to Lakehill junior Kelly Werther.

Being selected for the Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) All-State Choir is the highest honor a Texas private school music student can receive. 


Three Lakehill students previously advanced in the TPSMEA All-State Choir audition process and were selected for the All-Region Choir. They are Werther, Kiefer Gorena, and Abi Price. Over 600 students from more than 90 of the top private schools throughout the state of Texas entered the competition by submitting a CD. 


These talented Lakehill singers participated in the All-Region clinic and concert on January 11 at Trinity Christian Academy. 

Spelling Sensations  

McCall and Willis Claim Top Spots, Again

Kyra Willis and Tyler McCall found themselves in a familiar spot on Thursday morning. After squaring off in the final round of Lakehill's 2013 Spelling Bee, seventh grader McCall, last year's champion, and sixth grader Willis, last year's second place finisher, again found themselves face to face in the final round of this year's Bee on January 16. 


But it was McCall's winning combination of words, accusatory and suture, that again earned her the title of Lakehill's Spelling Bee Champion. After many rounds of competition, McCall edged out Willis for the title, with Willis going out on derelict.


The last fourth grade student in the competition, Mara Sandberg, took third place, going out on  focaccia. Tyler's brother Matthew McCall was the last fifth grader standing and claimed fourth place, going out on sapphire. Warren Lester and Jakayla Silas were the last eighth graders in the competition, both going out in Round 3.


Lakehill's  eighth annual Spelling Bee attracted 50 interested students in fourth through eighth grades. Each year students from all over the country compete for the chance to represent their schools and communities in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. McCall will now compete in February at the University of Texas at Dallas against winners from other Dallas County private schools.


Think you can spell? Just for fun, take a look at past National Spelling Bee Champions and Their Winning Words

Parent Partners

Parent Faculty Club Hosts Lunch and Learn 

On Wednesday, January 15, more than 60 Lakehill parents attended the first "Lunch and Learn" at the Environmental Science Center, co-sponsored by the Parent Faculty Club (PFC) and the school.  

Assistant U.S Attorney Mandy Griffith, a highly sought after speaker, spoke about Internet safety and encouraged parents to become better educated about their children's Internet footprints and the technology that they use. Her informative presentation included tools for safely navigating social media sights and ways parents can engage their children in a conversation about their online activity. 

Parents found the presentation enlightening and were happy the PFC is providing these opportunities. "I thought the information was extremely useful," said sixth grade parent Barb Witherite. PFC President Tricia McCaleb was thrilled with the turnout for the event. "It is a wonderful testament to the level of engagement of our Lakehill parents," she said. "I can't wait until the next guest speaker."

That next event will be held on
Thursday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. Nationally recognized speaker Brooks Gibbs will talk to parents about Bullying Intervention and how parents can help their children become more resilient. This presentation is open to the entire community. Gibbs will also give two presentations on February 28, one for students in grades four through eight, and one for those in Upper School. More information will be sent in February.
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: Haley Gladden

Haley Gladden has attended Lakehill since eleventh grade. She chose this school because of "the small size, nice people, and also because it prepares students for college." In her two years here, she has participated in National Honor Society, Student Ambassadors, Fine Dining Club, and French Club. She has also been a teacher's aid, a member of Sisteens, and, last year, she was in the Upper School musical and choir. 


Her favorite teacher is Mrs. Thorne because "she is very organized and really cares about her students" and her "classes are very interactive."  Haley is a co-captain of the cheer team and her lasting memories from Lakehill are "going to all the games with my friends and cheering the team on."


Haley hopes to major in either education or business at either TCU, UNiversity of Mississippi, Chapman University, SMU, or University of Arizona. She is grateful that Lakehill has made her feel more prepared and confident for college by providing her with a strong education. 


By: Shelby Britton, eighth grade 

PFC Events
Save the Date for Lakehill's Benefit Auction 
Break out your bell bottoms, butterfly collars, gold chains, and body glitter, and venture beyond the velvet rope for the 2014 Lakehill Preparatory School Auction Party. Mark your calendar for "A Night at Studio 54" on Friday, February 21, 2014 at Hotel Palomar.

With a live auction by Luis Murad, live music featuring DJ Soul Jah, and the Velvet Rope VIP exclusive after party, this is one night you definitely don't want to stay home! Put on your boogie shoes and get ready to dance the night away--STUDIO 54-style. The auction website and further information will be coming your way soon, can you dig it?
Sports Snippets


Boys Varsity Basketball 

The Lakehill Warriors were on the road on January 10 to play DeSoto Canterbury. Senior

Drew Norman had an outstanding night ,, leading the team with 27 points, 7 three-pointers, and 2 field goals. Senior Prince Giadolor also came up with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists. It was a close battle, but the Warriors came up short with the final score 67-70. 


The JV team had a hard fought match-up against Canterbury. Mason Pace and John Crutchfield led the team with 15 and 9 points respectively. 


On January 14, the Warriors hosted Tyler Street. Senior Johnathan Page, back after an injury, had 14 points in limited action. Also helping the team was Norman, who had another great game with 19 points, shooting 80% from the field. Giadolor had an outstanding night with 19 points, 17 rebounds, and 7 assists. It was a total team effort with four players in double figures and a final score of 65-45. 


The boys currently stand 2-2 in district, 9-2 overall, and have a rematch at Dallas Cambridge on January 16. 


The JV team played Tyler Street in a cohesive team effort with seven players scoring, but came up short.


By Brandon Shaw, Class of 2014


See more pictures from the Boys and Girls games on January 10 and January 14

Girls Varsity Basketball 

The Varsity Girls Basketball team is currently 2-1 in district after a 56-21 blowout win over Tyler Street on January 14.
Maia Heard
led in scoring with 27 points, but it was a solid team effort with nine girls scoring throughout the game. The girls travel to Cambridge on Thursday, January 16 before returning home on Friday to face Fairhill. 
Middle School Basketball 

Both the boys and the girls teams were in action on January 10. The boys played a double-header, taking on Cambridge in an IAA league game, and playing again against Desoto Canterbury. The Warriors beat Cambridge 46-29, getting a balanced contribution from all ten players. 


In the second game against DeSoto Canterbury, the Warriors used a relentless full-court press to jump to a 34-2 lead after the first quarter on the way to a 63-25 victory. Seventh grader 
Westley Giadolor put on an incredible shooting display, with 18 points in the first quarter and 25 for the game. Solid efforts at both ends were turned in by eighth-graders Gerard FranklinTrey ReedJonathan KelleyToni Stark-Perez, and Warren Lester. 


The Lady Warriors squared off against DeSoto Canterbury in a non-league game. After a quick 14-0 start, Lakehill raced to a 57-9 victory. Eighth-graders Jakayla Silas and Mandy Scales 
led the scoring with 30 points and 16 points, respectively. Silas's 30-point outburst is the most points scored in a game by a Middle School girl in the last five years. Seventh-graders Tyler McCall
Leah Hawthorne, and Georgia Ferguson contributed valuable minutes. 


The Lakehill Middle School boys team continued their success with two IAA league games this week. On January 13, they traveled to north Dallas to play Dallas International School. The Warriors used tight defense and a strong transition offense to claim a solid 52-15 victory over the Tigers. 


On January 14, the Warriors were once again on the road to take on the Winston Eagles. Lakehill's suffocating full-court press and their ability to capitalize on the Eagle turnovers gave the Warriors a 15-0 lead after the first quarter. Seventh-graders Eli BuxtHenry BoltLuke Jerome, and Drew Ellis provided good minutes off of the bench, and Lakehill had a decisive 48-22 win. 


Lakehill currently stands at 6-1 on the season, and in second place in the IAA standings, just a half-game behind Akiba. The boys play next on Tuesday, January 21, hosting Parish Episcopal in a league game.  


Middle School Soccer

soccer shoes

On January 13, the Lakehill Middle School Co-ed Soccer team took on Dallas Covenant. The Knights scored an early first-half goal to go up 1-0.
Fortunately, the Warrior defense stood tough for the remainder of the first half. Lakehill regrouped during the half and was able to put pressure on Covenant early in the second half. 
The offensive pressure led to a well-placed pass by Stephanie Davis that Maya Desai was able to power past the Knight goalie to knot the game at 1-1. Both defenses held tough through the end of the contest resulting in a 1-1 tie. 
Lakehill soccer failed to earn its third win of the season, but the unbeaten streak has been preserved.
Middle School Sports
See pictures from the Middle School Pep Rally.
This Week at the ESC

The sixth grade continued their study of water by collecting samples from the pond at the ESC and bringing them to the lab to conduct water quality testing. They tested the pH, ammonia, dissolved oxygen, and nitrogen levels of the water to determine how the levels might affect the fish and aquatic plants growing in the pond. 

The seventh graders continued to work on their tree identification and labeling project. After researching and preparing QR codes for the trees they have identified, they will attach the printed codes to the trees on their next visit. Be sure to download a QR scanner on your Smartphone and be ready to check out their work on your next trip to the ESC. 

See more pictures from the ESC.

finger with stringWhat's Happening?   

January 17
Admission Application Deadline
Applications for admission for NEW students for the 2014-15 school year are due to the Office of Admission.
January 17
Lower School Birthday Book Club, 2:15 p.m.

January 20
No school - MLK Holiday
January 21-22
NJHS Donuts and Hot Cocoa Sale, 7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
January 24
Freshman Visit Day
January 24
Upper School Day of Service, 8:00 a.m. - noon 
January 31
Early Release Day/Faculty Development 
All students will be released at noon. After-care is available.

February 3
College Night for Sophomores
Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
Mrs. Dondis will discuss PSAT scores as well as introduce topics related to the college process itself. All sophomores and their parents are encouraged to attend.

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.

Middle School Adventure Week
March 3-6, 2014
Middle School Adventure Week will be here before you know it! All Middle School parents should have received an informational letter about this exciting Lakehill tradition. Please contact Kaye Hauschild with any questions.