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The Warrior Weekly
Volume 6, Issue 29
April 10, 2014
In This Issue
All About the Arts
Art and Acting
Book Fair Fiesta
Kickin' It Old School
Did You Know?
Senior Spotlight
Community Spotlight
Sports Snippets
This Week at the ESC
What's Happening?

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All About the Arts

Students Learn and Entertain at ISAS Arts Festival

This year 33 students from Lakehill's Upper School participated in the three-day ISAS arts festival at St. John's School in Houston accompanied by chaperones Mr. Boles, Ms. Kizer, Ms. Booth, and Mr. Herron. 


The Lakehill choir prepared for months to perform a set of seven songs for a panel of judges. Also, nine students sang during Lakehill's coffee house to a large audience. Additionally, students performed monologues, duets, and a short play.


Lakehill students were able to enjoy other students' art through several mediums including dance, short films, sculpture, short plays, drum lines, and visual art. With such a wide variety of activities, workshops, critiques, and performances in choir, drama, and visual arts on the schedule, the students were never at a loss as for things to do.


With more than 3500 students in attendance, the ISAS Arts Festival gets bigger and better every year. "This is my third year to attend the ISAS arts festival, and it was my favorite, said junior Erin Boyce. "It opened my eyes to different forms of art and ways people express themselves, whether it be a ballet or a drumline." 


By Lucia Dunlap, Marketing Intern, Class of 2014

Art and Acting

Lakehill Students Bring Home Awards

 Four Lakehill Upper Schoool students competed in the State TAPPS Academic and Speech competition in Waco on April 7. These students were Christian Giadolor (extemporaneous persuasive speaking), Charlotte Abate and Brandon Douglas (duet acting), and Cameron Gavinski (solo acting). Gavinski advanced to the finals on April 8, claiming a spot in the Top 8 in Texas.


Two Lakehill students earned top finishes at the TAPPS State Art Competition. Yinting Fan medaled with a second place finish in Painting and Sam LaJone took fifth in the same category. Fan also placed fourth in Drawing. 

Book Fair Fiesta

Scholastic Spring Book Fair Is Here - Ole!

The Scholastic Spring Book Fair continues this week through Friday, April 11.


Replenish your bookshelves for summer reading 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. 


On Friday, students are invited to come with their families and browse the Book Fair in the morning and enjoy some Chapter Books and a churro.


Check out the list of daily activities!

Kickin' It Old School

Third Graders Enjoy Colonial Games

In colonial days, children had to work as hard as their parents in order for their community to survive. But no matter how hard they worked, they always found time for games and recreation.


After working hard on their study of colonial American life, Lakehill third graders celebrated by playing a few colonial games of their own.


Students worked in teams to research and prepare a game from the period. On Colonial Games Day, held on April 10, Lower School students visited the student-led activity stations, enjoying a variety of activities, from familiar games like shooting marbles and hopscotch, to lesser known games like nine pins and wampum. A collection of colonial costumes let everyone dress the part.


See more pictures.

Did You Know?
Lakehill's UConn-ection

Did you know that the recent NCAA Champions UConn have a Lakehill connection?


Lakehill hosted the men's team's practice on January 2 prior to their January 4 game against SMU due to the renovations to SMU's Moody Coliseum. Although there are strict NCAA rules about the contact high school kids can have with the college coaches, the senior Warriors got to watch the part of UConn's practice. 


Coach BobYttredahl says he was impressed by the team's focus and discipline. After practice, Yttredahl was able to spend some time with UConn Head Coach, Kevin Ollie, who was particularly impressed with Lakehill's gym and the Warriors' focus on practices during the holiday break. Ollie said he was grateful for his team's opportunity to prepare in Lakehill's top-notch gym. His message, to not get worked up when things aren't going your way and to focus on the little things that others overlook, seems prophetic now. After a roller coaster season of ups and downs, UConn stayed the course and ended up the best team in college basketball. 


Getting to share in the thrill of victory was Lakehill's own Heather Dondis, Director of College Counseling, who was attending a college visit at UConn on April 7-8, when men's team defeated Kentucky, and the women's team defeated Notre Dame, to secure a dual NCAA Championship. This was the second time in history that UConn has secured dual championships - the only team to make that claim. The last time was exactly a decade ago.


Is it all coincidence? Or did Lakehill serve as a good luck charm for the Huskies?

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: Sydney Thompson

Sydney Thompson has attended Lakehill for four years and has enjoyed the experience. She likes Lakehill because the small class sizes make it easier to learn, and she loves the caring faculty.


Sydney is a great leader in the Lakehill community. She is cheer captain, Pan American Student Forum president, track manager, a member of Sisteens, NHS, ambassadors, and choir. Her favorite memory at Lakehill was from her sophomore year: A severe tornado warning forced most of the Metroplex to go on lockdown. She was at a track meet two hours away, and the entire track team had to take shelter in a Whataburger for three hours until the danger passed.               


The best advice she's gotten out of Lakehill is: "Don't look back and have fun." Her advice for students entering highschool next year is: "Try not to procrastinate and make the most of your highschool career because you don't get these years back. And, realize how valuable Mrs. Dondis is."


Some of Sydney's greatest accomplishments are: getting a bronze medal on the National Spanish Exam two years in a row, being on the homecoming court twice, and coming out junior year with an A in chemistry. Sydney has been accepted to Texas Christian University, Southern Methodist University, Carleton College, Baylor University, Texas A&M, Louisiana State University, Spelman College, High Point University, University of San Diego, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and Centenary College of Louisiana. While she has not yet decided on a school, she plans to major in either psychology or pre-med.


The support of her family and friends has played a major role in her life. She says that they have helped her stay focused and make sure that she has her goals and priorities straight. Sydney hopes that she has made as good an impact on the people at Lakehill as they have made on her. She has definitely completed that task. Sydney truly is, and will always be, a great Lakehill Warrior.


By: Autumn Scales, eighth grade 

Community Spotlight

Students Help Out in the Community


Cascarones - Egg-Cellent Spring Fun for a Good Cause!
The Pan American Student Forum (PASF) is selling cascarones to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Research Institute (CFRI) in memory of Lakehill alumna Haley Wester. Cascarones, dyed eggs filled with confetti and a personalized message for the recipient, can be ordered for $1 each, $5 for a half dozen, or $10 for a dozen. Orders must be placed by April 11 and will be delivered on April 17.
Sports Snippets


Varsity Tennis
The Lakehill Varsity Tennis team took on First Baptist in a regular match on April 9. Four team members, Rachel Drazner, Tessa Hornbach, Dunny Bock, and William Skipworth are preparing for the State Meet on April 23-24 in Waco. Read more here.
Varsity Track 
The Varsity Track team competed in the Trinity Tiger Relays on Saturday, April 5. Maia Heard placed third in the 400 meters and Emily Allton took third in the 3200 meters. 

The track team will run at the Landry Relays on Friday, April 11 at Trinity Christian in Addison. This will be the last regular season meet before the District Track Meet on April 17 in Argyle. 


Varsity Baseball
The Varsity Warrior Baseball team defeated Garland Christian in an away game on April 8.

Drew Norman dominated with his pitching in the 11-0 Warrior victory. He allowed the Swords only one hit, and struck out 11 in a complete game victory. On the offensive side, Andrew Hendrick and Hudson Trent had key hits for the Warriors. The Warriors are now 3-2 in District and will take on rival DeSoto Canterbury on April 10 on the road.


By Brandon Shaw, Athletics Intern, Class of 2014


Varsity Softball
The Lakehill Lady Warriors take on Texoma Christian in an away game on Friday, April 11 at 5:00 p.m.




Middle Baseball and Softball


The Lakehill Lady Warriors Middle School Softball team played an exciting game on April 4 against Sherman Texoma Christian. Lakehill jumped out to an early lead but Texoma Christian staged a late comeback to tie the game in the fourth inning. The Lady Warriors were unable to squeeze across one last run in the final at-bat, and the game ended in a 7-7 tie by virtue of the time limit. Lakehill got outstanding pitching performances from Heather Hines and Gabrielle Gard, sound defensive plays from Mia Vafa and Ashley Peacock, and solid hitting from Jakayla Silas. The Lady Warriors play at home against Greenhill on April 10. 


The Middle School Baseball team lost 10-4 to Texoma Christian in a non-district game on Friday. The Warriors rallied in the bottom of the third inning, but ran out of time. The team takes on Fairhill on April 15 at McInnish Park field #6 in Carrollton.

This Week at the ESC

This week the eighth grade classes came to the ESC and put the fishing poles they made to good use. They caught an abundance of fish which were returned to the pond. The day finished up with making S'mores before they headed back to campus. 


During their last visit of the school year, the fifth grade class used the iPads to scan the QR codes on the trees that the seventh graders identified.


Fourth grade parents are invited to lunch at the ESC next Tuesday, April 15 as the make-up day for ESCape to Nature. Information is in the fourth grade Friday folders. 


See more pictures from the ESC.

finger with stringWhat's Happening?   
April 7 - 11
Lower School Achievement Testing 
(Grades K, 3-4) 
April 7 - 11
NHS Balloon Grams
April 11
7th Grade to Medieval Times 
April 11 and 13
White Rock Spring Games
April 14 - 17
Middle School Achievement Testing 
(Grades 7-8)
April 15
Lakehill Day at Genghis Grill 
April 17
Mark Twain Day 
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 
April 18 - 21
School Holiday 
April 25
MS/US Choir Concert 
7:00 p.m. 
April 25
Birthday Book Club 
2:15 - 2:45 p.m.  
April 25 and 26
Earth Day Dallas
See Ms. Ekstrom to volunteer! 
May 16
Middle School Musical: Aladdin, Jr.
7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium
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. 

Lakehill Summer Camps 2014
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