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The Warrior Weekly
Volume 6, Issue 31
April 24, 2014
In This Issue
Top Notch Scholars
Coming to America
Academic Achievers
Earthly Endeavors
On The Mark
Senior Spotlight
Sports Snippets
What's Happening?

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Top Notch Scholars

Three Seniors Named National Merit Finalists

Lakehill seniors John Devine, Matt Graff, and Ethan Harrison-Weil have been named National Merit Finalists, an honor reserved for the nation's most academically talented students.


First named as Semi-finalists in January from a highly competitive pool of students in Texas who were selected to apply to the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Competition in the fall, John, Matt, and Ethan advanced to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and fulfilling several requirements that included submitting a detailed scholarship application and presenting a record of high academic performance. Additionally, John has been selected as a National Merit Scholarship winner.


John plans to attend the University of Virginia as both a Jefferson Scholar and an Echols Scholar. Matt was accepted Early Decision and will attend the University of Pennsylvania. Ethan will attend Oberlin College where he received a Stamp Foundation Scholarship.

Coming to America

Lakehill Continues International Initiative, Seeks Host Families

Lakehill is entering its second year in a highly successful partnership with The Cambridge Institute. Lakehill will again welcome several new international students for the 2014-15 school year. 


The Cambridge Institute is working with Green Planet to recruit families to serve as host families during the school year.


Green Planet is an educational service company that specializes in bringing on-the-ground support to international student programs at U.S. high schools across the country. The Green Planet staff is committed to the success of each student, providing arrangement and oversight of residential accommodations that are not only safe, but will enhance the students' overall American experience.


Host families will have an amazing opportunity for meaningful cross-cultural experiences, learning about exciting cultures and languages.


International students look to their host families to serve as mentors, imparting a love of American culture and education.


Green Planet is the sole coordinator for the host family program. The families receive a stipend of $800 per month. To find out more, visit www.gphomestay.com or inquire at info@gphomestay.comIf you are not interested, but know someone who might be, refer them to Green Planet and receive a $150 referral fee when they are approved to host.

Academic Achievers

Five Recognized Through Duke Talent Identification Program

Five Lakehill seventh graders who elected to take the SAT or ACT as part of the Duke University Seventh Grade Talent Search recently received State Recognition, with one student qualifying for Grand Recognition.  


Lakehill congratulates Leah Hawthorne, Tyler McCall, Piper Munro, Laura Wildman, and Reed Zimmermann for their outstanding achievements. All five students received state recognition. Additionally, Piper received Grand Recognition, the highest honor in the program. 

The Duke University Seventh Grade Talent Search identifies academically talented seventh graders based on their standardized test scores. Candidates are then invited to complete either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT Assessment college entrance examination. The goal is to provide them with information about their abilities while introducing them to a network of services and enrichment programs.
These five Lakehill students will be honored on May 17 at a Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) State Recognition Ceremony at the University of North Texas. They have also been invited to participate in a Duke TIP Summer Program. Piper has also been invited to a Grand Recognition ceremony on May 19 at the Duke University campus. 

Earthly Endeavors 

Upper School Students Enjoy Earth Day at the Zoo

On March 22, Lakehill's AP Environmental Science and AP Biology classes took a trip to the Dallas Zoo in conjunction with Earth Day. 


While at the zoo, students were offered a special tour, and were able to view a cheetah and the endangered Sumatran tiger. Students also learned how they could help the tiger's habitat loss through social media. If you log on to inyourpalm.org, you can upload a photo of your hand with the message "#inyourpalm" written on it and it helps the fight against palm oil companies destroying animal habitats. 


By Lucia Dunlap 

Marketing Intern, Class of 2014 

On The Mark

Students Enjoy Old-Fashioned Fun at Annual Mark Twain Day

Lakehill's fourteenth annual Mark Twain Day celebrated the culmination of the fifth grade unit of study on 
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.


The event offered fourth through sixth grade students the chance to have fun the old-fashioned way: with sack races, bobbing for apples, and fence painting. Students competed against each other and themselves in a variety of good-natured contests, including watermelon seed spitting, pie eating, and bragging.


Lakehill Director of Development Ray Dent added an air of authenticity to the event in his role as Mark Twain.


The fifth grade students said they loved making the miniature rafts, dressing up as the characters, and playing games that kids played more than a hundred years ago. Abbey Bauer was honored for the most authentic costume for Becky Thatcher, Zoe Williams for Huck Finn, and Hannah Ostermayer and Zach Goldstein tied for the most authentic Tom Sawyer. Sarah Smith took the top prize for the jury-evaluated rafts, with Kathryn Mahan and Hunter Cowart claiming second and third, respectively.


See more photos from Mark Twain Day.

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: Johnathan Page

Johnathan Page has attended Lakehill for four years A standout basketball player, he decided to try out for football as a senior because some of his friends were playing. His natural athleticism resulted in an incredible season personally and contributed to the Warriors making it to the state playoffs.  


Johnathan's athletic successes have left him with a wide variety of opportunities. However,with offers to play both football and basketball in college, his talents have left him with a difficult decision to make. 


Johnathan's classmates and teachers describe him as hard working, friendly, and thoughtful. Johnathan says his favorite subject is English and he appreciates that Mr. Hagood pushes all of his students to succeed.


While Johnathan has enjoyed some exciting times in high school, such as being part of Lakehill's recent district championship team in basketball and being selected a team captain in football, he has also experienced some rough patches as well. One of the toughest obstacles he has faced was an injury to his ACL that kept him from being able to play basketball. Johnathan's successful return from such a serious injury was the result of a positive attitude. He credits his parents and brothers for their full support during the difficult time. Johnathan also says that something a coach once said really stuck with him and has made a difference in how he approaches challenges, " A strong work ethic eliminates fear." 


Johnathan is proud to be a Lakehill Warrior. He says he will probably miss his classmates most of all and his advice to younger Warriors is, "Always read because there will be pop quizzes!"


By: Trey Reed and Jonathan Kelley, eighth grade 

Sports Snippets


Varsity Track Claims Six Golds, Bronze at District Meet
Lakehill's talented team of state-ranked athletes competed against ten other teams in the District Track Meet on April 17 at Argyle Liberty Christian. Lakehill athletes claimed six gold medals and district championships and one bronze medal finish.With the top four in each event advancing, the Lakehill team qualified in seven events for the Regional Track Meet on April 25 in Ft. Worth. 

Emily Allton and Brandon Shaw each brought home gold medals in the 1600 meter and 3200 meter events. Prince Giadolor claimed a district championship in the 100 meter run while Maia Heard took the gold in the 400 meter run. Christian Giadolor took bronze and will advance in the 400 meter run. 
See more pictures from the District Track Meet.


Varsity Softball and Baseball
The Varsity Baseball team defeated district rival Dallas Covenant 14-4 at home on April 23. A team effort led to victory, and provided revenge for an earlier defeat at the hands of the Knights. Dylan Welch had a great game, with four hits, and some fine defensive plays at first base. Hudson Trent also had four hits and Andrew Hendrick contributed two big hits. Drew Norman pitched a complete game, striking out ten Knights. Jack Pippen knocked in Charlie Pippen for the 14th and final run for the Warriors to end the game. The next game will be against Covenant on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., which will be played on DeSoto Canterbury's field.


The Lady Warriors Softball team defeated Garland Christian on April 22. They finished second in the district and have qualified for the playoffs. More details will be available shortly on their next game.


Varsity Tennis
Senior Tessa Hornbach and junior Rachel Drazner competed against other top athletes in the State Tennis Tournament on April 23 and 24 in Waco. This was Tessa's third trip to a state meet. The girls won in the first round and lost in the second. Freshmen Dunny Bock and William Skipworth also competed in the State Tournament and were defeated in the first round. Congratulations to these outstanding athletes on a very successful season!
Middle School Baseball
graphic-baseball-bat.jpg The Lakehill Middle School Warriors lost 15-2 to Dallas Covenant on April 17. The team finished with a 5-1 league record, earning second place based on run differential. Lakehill will host the first round playoff game today against Fairhill with a second round game scheduled for April 29.
finger with stringWhat's Happening?   
April 25
Middle and Upper School Choir Concert 
7:00 p.m. 
Enjoy the sounds of the Middle and Upper School Choirs and the sixth grade music class as they perform their Spring Concert. 
April 25
Lower School Birthday Book Club 
2:15 - 2:45 p.m.  
April 25 and 26
Earth Day Texas
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Fair Park 
Contact Ms. Ekstrom to volunteer! 
April 28
Lakehill Day at Liberty Burger 
All day long!
April 29
Lower School Spring Fling 
7:00 p.m.
April 30
Senior Day 
1:30 p.m.
May 1
Junior Senior Ring Luncheon
May 2
Performing Arts Banquet
6:30 p.m.

May 16
Middle School Musical: Aladdin, Jr.
7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium

May 18
Lakewood Country Club, 2:00 p.m. 

May 30
Commencement Ceremony
Auditorium, 6:30 p.m. 
The Warrior Shop is Open!
Visit us for all your spirit wear needs! 
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Thursdays, 2:45-3:45 p.m. 

Lakehill Summer Camps 2014
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