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The Warrior Weekly
Volume 6, Issue 26
March 20, 2014
In This Issue
Performance Warriors
State of Debate
Art Awards
The Heart of the Matter
Community Spotlight
Get in the Games
Senior Spotlight
Sports Snippets
This Week at the ESC
What's Happening?

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Truth, Honor, Loyalty
"The brick walls are there for a reason. They're not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something."
~Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture  

Performance Warriors

Upper School Actors Perform Award-Winning Pieces

Upper School Drama students present their award-winning work on March 21 and 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wyly Auditorium. 


Students will present two excerpts from longer plays, Vanities by Jack Heifner and Visitors from Chicago from California Suite by Neil Simon. The scene from Vanities centers on the lives and friendship of three Texas high school cheerleaders in 1963. During practice, they are stunned by a sudden announcement over their school's PA system about President Kennedy's assassination. The drama students will perform this piece again at the upcoming ISAS Arts Festival in Houston in April. 


Visitors from Chicago is a playlet from Simon's four-part California Suite, a play about relationships and how they can become compromised. The scene, which centers on two middle aged couples who are taking a much-needed vacation together, joins them after a particularly competitive tennis match where one of the wives twisted her ankle. Their friendship is tested as the four of them come to blows over not only the tennis match but the entire, disastrous vacation. 


The cast of  Vanities includes Dante Jiang, Richard Ma, Charlotte Abate, Tata Fortune, and Camryn Thompson. Visitors from Chicago will be performed by Gracie Carroll, Brandon Douglas, Cameron Gavinski, and Camille Willaford.


In addition to the two one-act plays, students will present three award-winning pieces from their recent TAPPS Speech and Drama competition.


The plays are directed by Lakehill Drama teacher Ann Kizer. Tickets are $5 for Lakehill students and $10 for the general public and are available at the door. Faculty and staff members receive free admission. The concession stand will be open before the show. Don't miss this fun-filled evening full of comedy and drama! 

State of Debate

Middle School Team Gets All Bills Passed at State

Lakehill's Middle School Debate team participated in the 67th Annual Junior Youth and Government State Conference, held February 28 through March 2 at the State Capitol in Austin. Eighth grade team members Gabrielle Gard, Warren Lester, and James Praeger and seventh grade team member Ben Gillman represented Lakehill.


Students compete as mock legislators using the actual State House and Senate Chambers. Each student must draft a bill on a matter of state law and argue for its passage. To do this effectively, students must learn procedural rules and how to respond to questions and suggested amendments from delegates. They must also learn parliamentary procedure, how to question other delegates, and how to draft amendments.


The well-prepared team had tremendous success, with all of their bills passing committee. Winnie Arrington and Larry Praeger provided excellent leadership as club sponsors this year. "The four members of our delegation received numerous compliments from both students and adults regarding how well-prepared they were," said parent Paula Gillman, who attended the conference and will sponsor the club next year. "They did an amazing job representing Lakehill and our district."


Gillman continued, "I loved the process and will greatly enjoy working with our YMCA representative to grow the Middle School program next year." A preview meeting will be held soon for Middle School students who are interested in Debate.

Art Awards

Lakehill Claims Five Awards in Painting, Sends Four Works to State 

On February 27, Visual Arts Chair Scott Boles took 25 pieces created by Lakehill Upper School art students to compete in the TAPPS 2A District 2 art competition. The competition, held at the Rockwall Heritage Christian School, showcased more than 300 works of art from eight schools from around North Texas.


In the category of Senior Portfolio, Sam LaJone took fifth place out of 11 entries. In this category, seniors from the competing schools bring six of their best works of art. Sam entered her paintings of cats and horses. She also placed third in the individual painting category. Sam's painting will advance to the TAPPS State competition in Waco.


Yinting Fan placed fourth in drawing for her ink drawing of skateboarders and sixth for her anime fairy. She also placed fourth in painting with her futuristic painting of a woman and fourth in sculpture for her mixed media bird. Yinting will now advance to the TAPPS State competition in drawing, painting, and sculpture. 


Other notable winners were Sophia Liu with a fifth and sixth  place finish in painting. Haley York received an Honorable Mention in painting. "I am most proud of the fact that Lakehill students took third, fourth, fifth, and sixth place, and Honorable Mention, in the highly competitive category of painting, which had a total of 34 entrants," said Boles.

The Heart of the Matter

Second Graders Complete Heart Dissection

As Lakehill second graders wrapped up their study of the circulatory system, the young scientists were busy preparing for an experience of a lifetime. Students enjoyed two sessions at the ESC : one was a presentation on the heart by parent Devra Langford, a nurse; the other was a heart dissection led by a docent from the Perot Museum. The students, wearing gloves and goggles, worked in teams to dissect a sheep's heart and explore the various parts. 
Although the dissection is usually geared toward Middle School students, the presenter from the Perot Museum raved about the preparedness of the young Lakehill students. "We learn so much about the heart before we actually dissect," explained second grade teacher Sheryl Janning. "It is especially wonderful to be able to do these activities in our own laboratories at the ESC. It is a great opportunity for our students to participate in these hands-on science activities."    
Melissa Carpenter, Director of Environmental Education at Lakehill, agreed. "The students were so well prepared for the heart dissection. They really impressed the docent from the Perot Museum with their knowledge, enthusiasm, and expertise."


Thanks, also, to the many parents who attended and assisted with the dissection.


See more pictures.

Community Spotlight

Students Help Out in the Community, Award Deadline Draws Near


Freshmen Collect Diapers for Vogel Alcove

The ninth grade class had the privilege of working with the children at Vogel Alcove during the Upper School Day of Service. They fell in love with the children and the amazing work that Vogel Alcove does. Lily Turner said of the experience, "It makes me really happy to practice improving my compassion by helping the community, but the real prize is the smiles on the children's faces."   Blake Farokhnia added, "It makes me realize how lucky I am to be able to help those that are in this position."


Vogel Alcove provides free childcare services, education, and meals to homeless children aged six weeks to five years old. Because the class thinks this is such an outstanding organization, they have decided to collect diapers for Vogel Alcove to be used at the center and distributed to the children's families.


If you would like to support this wonderful cause, please bring a package of diapers (any size) before March 27. Donation boxes are located at the Main, Lower School, and Upper School entrances.  

By Tillie McCoskey, 9th grade


Sophomores Sell Sweets for a Good Cause
The sophomore class is holding a Sweet Sale through March 21 during all lunches. All of the proceeds from the sale will benefit Community Partners of Dallas (CPD), an organization that works with abused and neglected children by providing resources and support to the caseworkers of Dallas County Child Protective Services. Sophomores worked with CPD during their Upper School Day of Service and wanted to help further the organization's cause.


Community Connections Clubs to Help Fill the Boot for MDA
Members of the Lower and Middle School Community Connections Clubs are partnering with the Dallas Fire Department to help Fill the Boot for MDA. Lakehill fourth grader Hannah Ostermeyer is an Ambassador for MDA and helped inspire the idea for the project. Students will be selling lemonade, cookies, and pizza by the slice or box from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28, an early release day.

President's Volunteer Service Award - Applications Due April 1!

Students who plan to apply for the President's Volunteer Service Award should turn in their records of service to Ms. Ekstrom by Tuesday, April 1. All recipients will be recognized at the spring Award Assemblies. Get more information or download the Tracking Form. Please see Ms. Ekstrom for more information. 

Get In The Games

Registration is Open for the Third Annual White Rock Spring Games

The White Rock Spring Games will be held on April 11 and 13 and are open to students in grades 1 though 8. 


The Games bring together kids and families from neighborhood schools for a weekend of fun and friendly competition. Boys and girls from East Dallas area schools will compete in 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 on hand to create a festive atmosphere of community camaraderie.


ALL registration fees for the White Rock Spring Games go directly to the participating students schools. More than $28,000 was donated to these schools last year. 


Students can enter as individuals ($25) or in teams of four ($100). Check out the events here. Teams and individuals can register here.

Parents are encouraged to lend a hand by signing up to volunteer here. It's a fun and easy way top support a good cause.

The Games will be held on Friday, April 11 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Lake Highlands Park, with the 3-on-3 basketball competition taking place on Sunday, April 13. Get in the Games - Register now!

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: Drew Norman

Football, basketball, baseball, cross country-Drew Norman has not simply attended Lakehill for the past seven years, through his prominent participation in these sports, he has become one of Lakehill's most recognizable faces. Preferring football and basketball, Drew says what he likes so much about Lakehill sports are his coaches and his teammates, whom he will never forget.


Along with sports, Drew is involved in NHS, Ambassadors, Fine Dining, Mu Alpha Theta, Rho Kappa and Man Club.  His favorite class is English, and his favorite teacher is Mr. Hagood.  Drew's favorite Lakehill memory is when the Boys' Basketball team won the District Championship in the 2014 season.  He says he will "miss the sports and being on a team" the most. Drew's favorite part of Lakehill is its school spirit, small classes, and fun athletics.


Drew plans to attend the University of Mississippi and major in economics. Coach Peacock says, "He is a great natural leader, combined with his talent and strong work ethic. He has proven himself to be on of the best athletes to come through Lakehill in awhile."  


Drew's advice to a younger student is to "come out of your shell and take opportunities." Looking at all he has accomplished at Lakehill, it is certain that Drew has acted fully on his own advice.


By: Ashley Peacock, eighth grade 

Sports Snippets


 Varsity Baseball and Softball

The Varsity Baseball team takes on Dallas Lutheran in an away game on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. Middle School Softball team takes on Arlington Burton at home on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. The Varsity Baseball and Softball teams have home games on Friday, March 21 at 5:00 p.m. Come out and cheer for our Warriors! 


Varsity Track
running-track.jpg The Varsity Track team will compete in its first meet on March 22 in the BVU Relays.
Varsity Tennis
The Varsity Tennis team has played two district matches,winning against both Cambridge and Fairhill. The team racked up another victory on March 6, beating Shelton 5-2. 
"The team is getting better, and we're excited for another year," said Tennis Coach Polo Cruz.
This Week at the ESC

Kindergarten was able to take advantage of a break in the weather during their most recent visit to the ESC. After reading a book about where animals find food, they talked about the places where humans get food. They planted radishes in the Little Sprouts Garden and went on a Nature Scavenger hunt. The hungry fish in the pond were fed before the class headed back to class. 


During their ESC time, the grade planted spinach in the Little Sprouts Garden. Both the radishes and the spinach will be ready for tasting when the classes come back to the ESC for their final visit of the school year. Mr. Dent lent a hand to the planting efforts by hoeing and readying the garden for planting and water the newly-planted seeds.


See more pictures from the ESC.

finger with stringWhat's Happening?   
March 21 and 22
Upper School Play, 7:00 p.m. 
March 24
Shoreline Spruce-Up
3:00 - 4:30 p.m., everyone is welcome to attend!
March 24-27
Achievement Testing: Grades 5-6
March 24
Lakehill Day at Liberty Burger  
Bring this flyer and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to Lakehill! 
March 26
NJHS/NHS Induction
7:00 p.m., Auditorium
March 28
Early Release
Lower School will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m., Middle and Upper School will dismiss at noon. Please RSVP for After School Care.
March 28
Community Connections Fill the Boot for MDA
Snack Sale, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
March 29
Upper School Prom
Texas Discovery Garden, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. 
April 11 and 13
White Rock Spring Games

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Lakehill Summer Camps 2014
More than 500 registrations for Lakehill Summer Camps 2014 have already been received! Camps are filling fast - don't miss out on the camps you want!


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