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Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let 

every new year find you 

a better man.


~Benjamin Franklin
Volume 7, Issue 17January 8, 2015
Diamonds Are Forever

Lakehill Benefit Auction: Think Bond. James Bond.

Calling all Secret Agents, Mystery Women and International Spies...Your top secret mission is to attend the Lakehill Preparatory School "Diamonds are Forever" 2015 Auction Benefit Gala on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 1900 hours at the Highland Dallas Hotel.  

Enjoy a night of dancing with the brilliant DJ Souljah, dinner from the renown Knife restaurant, a Live and Silent Auction, casino tables and more! This will be the one night you only live twice. 

If you wish to accept this mission, it will leave you shaken, not stirred. 
Home for the Holidays

Alumni Return to Lakehill

Lakehill's college-aged alumni joined students and faculty at the basketball games on January 6 for a special celebration in their honor. "This was the second year for us to host this event," explained Ray Dent, Director of Development and Alumni Relations.  "We hope it will become a long-standing tradition. Everyone enjoyed reconnecting with our college-aged alums and hearing about their successes while they were home for the holidays." 


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Making Magic

Lakehill Teacher is King of the Cards

John Trout has sponsored the Lakehill

Magic: the Gathering club and summer camps every year since he began teaching fourth grade 12 years ago. 


Magic, a strategy card game that is something like the game of chess crossed with a fantasy world like 

The Hobbit and flattened into a card game, has been a hobby of his since he was in high school. Predating games such as Pokemon, it remains the most popular trading card game in the world, with millions of players in dozens of countries. When he's not teaching kids to play, or slinging cards himself, he referees local tournaments as a Magic judge.

This December in Waco, after eight years of judging events as an entry level judge and hours of study, Trout passed his exam to become certified as a Level Two judge. He will now be able to referee games at the state, national, and international levels, including large cash prize tournaments such as the Pro Tour, Grand Prix circuit, and National Championships, which often have thousands of players in a single room. Only 7% of certified judges make the leap to Level Two or beyond. Trout is 20th active Level Two judge in the state of Texas, and now ranks in the top 7% of judges in the entire world.

"I am really excited about this," said Trout. "I went through multiple interviews, collected recommendations from shops and tournament organizers who had worked with me, judged higher level events with other judges for peer review, wrote reports on the tournaments I judged, and had to study literally hundreds of pages of rules, both for the game and for how to referee the game. The last step was the 2 1/2 hour exam I passed in December. It was a substantial amount of work!"

The Lakehill Magic Club is offered to students in grades 4-8 and meets on Thursdays after school. Magic Summer Camp will be available at Lakehill this summer. Registration for all Lakehill Summer Camps begins February 20.
Karate Kid

Middle School Student Earns Black Belt

Following three years of intense training that culminated with a rigorous three hour physical exam, eighth grade student Reed Zimmermann recently received his black belt in karate from Ray's American Karate.

 Zimmermann first became interested in karate after seeing the movie Kung Fu Panda 2. "Karate felt strange at first with all the bowing and gestures," he said, "but I realized I really enjoyed it and was learning a lot, so I stuck with it." 

An important focus of karate is to promote physical and mental growth through focused training, while instilling a sense of discipline and code of ethics to inspire students to become good citizens.


To test for their black belts, students must exhibit proficiency in various areas of study, including basics such as hand strikes and kicks, self defense techniques, takes downs and throws, and sparring. Students train extremely hard for this special day.


According to Keith Yates, founder and president of American Karate and Tae Kwon Do Organization, "The black belt has a humility that is evident to all who know him. He should be in control of himself and have the perseverance to face difficult circumstances."

Zimmermann plans to continue his training in karate with hopes of advancing to higher levels of black belt. "Karate has helped me develop self-discipline and confidence," he says. "In sparring, if you quit, you fail. Karate teaches you to never give up."

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: James Girards

James Girards has attended Lakehill Preparatory School for six years. He is currently a member of Science Club. James's favorite subject is physics because he enjoys math and how physics is the application of math to real things. He also thinks physics can be useful in everyday life. It's no surprise that James's favorite teacher is Dr. Kroll, his physics teacher.


James is also interested in computers. He is currently enrolled in AP Computer Science and is the lead computer operator on the production team for Lakehill's live broadcasts.


James plans to attend college this fall, and is considering Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas A & M University, University of Texas at Dallas, Florida Institute of Technology, and University of Houston. He plans to major in aerospace engineering.


In his free time, James likes to play video games and hang out with his friends. His favorite Lakehill memory is playing volleyball after school with his friends during his sophomore year. He will miss his teachers the most when he graduates.  


By Greg Gillman, eighth grade

Sports Snippets
Not pictured: Cole Ellis
All-Tournament Team
Kelly Werther, Samantha Caldwell, Cole Ellis, and Clayton Shaw were each named to their respective All-Tournament Team during the Lakewood Presbyterian New Year's Eve Bash Tournament on December 29-31. 

Junior Varsity Basketball
The JV Boys Basketball team defeated Tyler Street 22-20 on January 6, in a tough, physical game. The Warrior defense was in top form all night. Dunny Bock led the Warriors with seven points and Cameron Vanek added some late game heroics from the free throw line to secure the team's second win of the season.  The JV Boys are at DeSoto Canterbury on January 9 at 5:00 p.m. 

Baskets with Brown
The Varsity Boys Basketball team spent some time at SMU over the holidays and had the opportunity to meet SMU Head Coach Larry Brown. 

The team watched the SMU team practice and then shot baskets on the SMU court. Coach Brown spent time visiting with the coaches and players and complimented the team for the dedication they showed by attending a retreat and playing in a tournament during the break. According to Brown, "those are the things that help the team get better - not just this season, but for seasons to come." Brown, who is widely considered to be one of the greatest coaches in basketball history, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.

Boys Varsity Basketball
The Varsity Boys Basketball team participated in the Lakewood Presbyterian New Year's Eve Bash Tournament on December 29 - 31. The Warriors won the first two games, 50-39 against Rockwall Heritage and 52-48 against Inspired Vision. The team claimed Tournament runners-up after losing a close match-up, 57-52, to Garland Christian in the Championship game. 

Cole Ellis averaged 17 points throughout the tournament. Clayton Shaw averaged 14 points while Noah Bernstein averaged 13 points.

"It was a good week for the team," said Coach Bob Yttredahl. "We were able to play three games in three days which helped us improve in many different areas. It was exciting to have both the girls and boys playing in the championship games on New Year's Eve. We had a lot of support and filled their gym with Lakehill parents, students and alumni."

 The Warriors dropped their first district game, 62-38, to Tyler Street on January 6. Cole Ellis had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Noah Bernstein added points. 

The Varsity Boys are at DeSoto Canterbury on January 9 at 6:30 p.m. They then take on Longview Trinity at home on January 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity Basketball 
The Lady Warriors played well in the Lakewood Tournament on December 29-31. The girls suffered a narrow 42-40 loss in the first game against Rockwall Heritage. Charity Abengowe led the team with 16 points and Jakayla Silas added 10 points. 

The Lady Warriors next took on Lakewood Presbyterian, winning 68-30. Silas was the leading scorer with 16 points, Sam Caldwell contributed 15 points, Kelly Werther had 13 points, and Abengowe added 12 points. 

The team then defeated Inspired Vision, 48-31. Abengowe led the team with 17 points while Silas contributed 13 points and Caldwell added 10 points. 

The Lady Warriors advanced to the championship game against Rockwall Heritage. The girls played hard, but fell 60-54, claiming a strong second place in the tournament. Silas led the team with 13 points, Caldwell added 12 points, and Werther contributed 11 points. 

After losing 69-48 to Pantego Christian during the break, the Lady Warriors played their first district game against Tyler Street on January 6, defeating the Lady Crusaders, 56-22. Abengowe lead the team with 13 points, four assists, five rebounds and seven steals with Emily Boles and Caldwell each adding 10 points. 

Middle School Basketball 
The Middle School Boys Basketball team is at neighborhood rival St. John's on January 9 at 4:30 p.m. The girls play next at Carrollton Christian Academy on  January 15 at 5:30 p.m.

Middle School Soccer

soccer shoes

The Middle School Soccer team will play at Ovilla Christian on January 12 at 5:00 p.m. and at Parish on January 13 at 4:00 p.m. and January 15 at 5:00 p.m. 

What's Happening?
finger with string
January 8 
College Night for Juniors
Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
Mrs. Dondis will discuss topics related to the college process such as researching colleges, testing, contacting colleges, and visiting campuses. All juniors and their parents should attend.

January 9-10
TPSMEA All-Region

January 15
Tribe Meetings, 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. 

January 16
Admission Application Deadline
Applications for admission for NEW students for the 2015-16 school year are due to the Office of Admission.
January 16
Spelling Bee, 9:50 a.m. 
Students in grades 4-8 are invited to participate in Lakehill's annual Spelling Bee. Interested students are encouraged to study the words in the  Study List (the password is BeeStudy15). The website www.spellingbee.com has daily tips, articles, and games that can increase your ability to compete. Spending a little time with it each week will improve your spelling sense and your vocabulary. 

January 16
All-School Pep Rally, 1:40 - 2:05 p.m. 

January 19
No school - MLK Holiday

January 20
Lakehill Day at Genghis Grill 
January 23
Freshman Visit Day, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
January 23
Upper School Day of Service, 8:00 a.m. - noon 

January 26
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.

January 30
Early Release Day/Faculty Development 
All students will be released at noon. After-care is available.

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 Lakehill Annual Fund
KindergartenMs. BurtBrent Walker and Kevin Gray38.5%

Ms. PooreBrian and Kate Walker61.5%
1st GradeMs. JanningJennifer P. Dickerson72.2%
Ms. ShawBrad and Jennifer Robinson63.2%
2nd GradeMs. ClarkDenise Jayroe40.0%
Ms. JohnsonDan and Melody Curtis 78.6%
3rd GradeMs. RasheedPaul and Andrea Johnston70.6%
Ms. SauerMichael Bracken70.6%
4th GradeDr. HaynesChuck and Tanya Bauer86.7%
Mr. TroutHolly Lynch53.8%
5th GradeVicki and Robert Granado68.6%
6th GradeTy and Colleen McCall71.0%
7th GradeCarolyn and Rick Howard64.5%
8th GradeTy and Colleen McCall68.3%
9th GradeFreshmanScott and Lyn Kelley31.6%
10th GradeSophomoreBrad Bartholow and Nicole Alphin64.5%
11th GradeJuniorRick Currey47.8%
12th GradeSeniorTrent and Lori Myers63.6%