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"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."


Volume 7, Issue 19January 22, 2015
A Way with Words

Willis Claims Long Sought After Top Spot

Kyra Willis found herself in a familiar spot on Friday morning. After finishing as runner-up in both the 2014 and 2013 Lakehill Spelling Bees, as well as runner-up in the 2012 Spelling Bee at Tyler Street Christian Academy, the seventh grader again found herself face to face against a formidable competitor, fifth grade spelling sensation Mara Sandberg, in the final round of this year's Bee on January 16. 


But it was Willis's winning combination of the words, papyrus and symphonic, that finally earned her the title of Lakehill's Spelling Bee Champion. After many rounds of competition, Willis edged out Sandberg for the title, with Sandberg going out on staccato.

The competition was so intense that Spelling Bee Coordinator Julie Riggs ran out of words - over 135 of them. "I had a standby list from previous years, but it was just too hard," said Riggs. "They were not getting any of them-- too many were based on foreign words. I spent an hour generating another list, and I had 60-- but only used seven!" 

"Kira and Mara could not be tricked by any words that they had studied," said Riggs. "It was only when they went off the list that trouble ensued." 


Last year's champion Tyler McCall, the last eighth grader in the competition, took third place, going out on officious. Eighth grader Kumail Iman took fourth, going out on heiress. Nathan Lewis was the last sixth grader standing, while James McKinney was the last fourth grader in the competition.


Lakehill's  eighth annual Spelling Bee attracted 55 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. Willis will now compete on February 17 at the DCS Training Building against winners from other Dallas County private schools.

"The next list contains some of the challenge words I used in our Bee," said Riggs. "They have over 700 words to study!" 

See more pictures from the final rounds.

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

Lakehill Benefit Auction: Think Bond. James Bond.

Tickets for the 2015 Benefit Auction are on now on sale! Go to the auction website to buy your tickets. Early bird pricing is available from now until February 14. 

The Spring Auction Benefit and Gala, Diamonds are Forever 007, is on Saturday, February 28 at the Highland Dallas Hotel. 

The event will feature casino tables, silent and live auctions, food from the renown Knife restaurant, and the chance to dance the night away again with DJ SoulJAH. 

If you want to make a night of it and stay at the hotel, there is a block of rooms reserved. Book your room here.


Sponsors and auction items are still needed. If you are interested in helping with either of these, please contact one of the Auction Co-Chairs, Kelli Powell or Christy VanDuinen.

Basketball Royalty

Teams Name Basketball Beau and Sweetheart

Lakehill's school spirit was in full swing as students embarked on Basketball Spirit Week.   


Toward the end of each basketball season, it is a Lakehill tradition to select students who are the basketball teams' number one fans. The Sweetheart is selected by the boys' basketball team and the Beau is selected by the girls' basketball team.


Nominees were announced during the Pep Rally on January 16 and included Sam Caldwell, Kelly Werther, Rachel Myers, Cole Ellis, Jack Pippen, and Baustin Shaw.


In a special ceremony following the Varsity Girls' game on Friday night, Sam Caldwell and Cole Ellis, both seniors, were chosen as Basketball Beau and Sweetheart.


See more pictures here.

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: Jordan Johnson

Jordan Johnson has attended Lakehill since her sophomore year and has always felt welcome. "I have learned things at Lakehill that I would have never learned at my old school. The amount of homework we have has taught me tolerance and self-control." 


English is Jordan's favorite school subject. She has particularly enjoyed this year's deep, philosophical conversations and class discussions about the texts they are reading. She enjoys this subject because she can see her improvement as she writes more and more. Mr. Jones and Mr. Hagood are her favorite teachers because they have made English challenging, for which she is thankful. 


Jordan is involved in many extracurricular activities including musical theater, choir, volleyball, and track. She serves as the Vice President of the Pan American Student Forum (PASF). In her free time, Jordan enjoys singing in her church choir and playing club volleyball. She also likes to play piano.


Jordan is considering several schools, including Centenary, Tulane University, the University of Arkansas, and the University of North Texas.


Jordan says that the best advice her parents ever gave her was, "There comes a time in every person's life when they have to choose between doing what's right and what's easy." This has helped Jordan stay focused in school and shape her personality. 


Her advice to a young Warrior is to get involved, since this is the only way you can become and leader and be more confident in yourself.


Jordan's advice to underclassmen is to go to tutoring when help is needed and do not procrastinate. Her most memorable moment was going to Houston for ISAS, the Independent School Association of the Southwest's art festival. 


When she goes to college, Jordan will most miss her family, and the close, family-friend environment at Lakehill. 

By Gerard Franklin, ninth grade

This Week at the ESC

The seventh grade selected trees to classify and mark with GPS. The students will create QR codes to place on them that include information about the trees.


The sixth grade is conducting water quality tests on the ESC fish tank, stream, and pond. They will determine which ecosystem is the healthiest based on their test results and how they can improve each one.

Sports Snippets
Photo by Ken Bernstein
Junior Varsity Basketball
The JV Boys Basketball team took on Longview Christian at home on January 16, losing 18-51. Dunny Bock lead the team in scoring with 11 points. John Crutchfield had four points, while Griffin Burt contributed three. The team next plays at Tyler Street on January 27 at 4:00 p.m.

Boys Varsity Basketball
Photo by Ken Bernstein
The Varsity Boys Basketball team defeated Longview Christian 39-35 on January 16.

Clayton Shaw lead the Warriors in scoring with 14 points. He shot eight for eight from the free throw line. Cole Ellis added 10 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks, while Noah Bernstein contributed eight points.

The Varsity Boys played good team defense and held Longview to 35 points. This was a huge win as it breaks the tie with them and moves the Warriors into third in the district with the top three teams going to the playoffs.

Lakehill defeated Greenville Phoenix 70-58 on January 20 in a non-district game. Ellis lead the team with 23 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. Shaw chipped in 16 points, 12 rebounds, and seven steals, while Gerard Franklin added 15 points and six rebounds. The Warrior win was a solid team effort with seven different players scoring. 

Girls Varsity Basketball 
Photo by Ken Bernstein
The Lady Warriors crushed Longview Christian on January 16 with a final score of 60-24. Sam Caldwell had 31 points, six rebounds, and 13 steals. Charity Abengowe added nine steals and 13 points, while Kelly Werther contributed 13 points and 8 rebounds.

The team defeated Greenville Phoenix 72-38 on January 20 in a non-district match-up. Caldwell had 20 points and eight rebounds, while Werther added 19 points and six rebounds. Abengowe had 13 points and five steals, while Jakayla Silas added 10 points and five steals.

"The girls are playing very well," said Coach Sharita Smith. "If we can keep our turnovers down, they will play even better."

Middle School Basketball 
The Middle School Boys Basketball team traveled to Carrollton Christian on Thursday for a meeting between the top two teams in the IAA South division. Lakehill jumped out to several early double-digit leads but CCA continued to fight their way back into the game.


Eighth-graders Eli Buxt, Ben Palmer, and seventh-grader Cole Johnson made key baskets throughout the game to keep the Saints at bay. The final result was a 44-37 Warrior victory.
On January 20, Lakehill hosted West Dallas Community School in an exciting non-league game. In a back-and-forth match, West Dallas made several attempts to pull away with a large lead, but the Warriors responded with a run of their own each time. Ultimately West Dallas held on for a 42-38 win, handing Lakehill their first defeat of the season. Johnson hit three three-pointers and led Lakehill scoring with 15 points.

Lakehill is now 7-1 and remains in first place in the IAA South division. Upcoming games include Lakehill at Oakhill on January 22 at 5:30 p.m., and CCA will be at Lakehill on January 23 at 4:30 p.m. 

The game on January 23 will be broadcast live on Lakehill's Sports Network Channel. Sign up to watch one game here or get an annual subscription for just $59 here.    

Middle School Soccer
Photo by Bob Gillman

The team played well on January 15 against Parish, but ultimately lost 5-0. Gaige Cerda, Lynley Waggoner, Stella Palmer, Ben Gillman, Loveth Heard, and Lola Bond on defense stopped seemingly endless waves of Parish attackers. 


Greg Gillman, Addison Baum, Ella Witherite, David Hunt, Hamed El-Feky, Jas Sauz, and Zoe Herrman did admirable work in the midfield. Ben Gillman, Maya Desai, Kyeser Hall, and Heather Hines distinguished themselves making runs on offense all night.


The Warriors were at home on January 20 to take on Irving the Highlands. Cerda,  Palmer, Heard, Jacob Meazle, Logan Stout, and Madison Cunningham did a first-rate job defending. Stephanie Davis, Greg Gillman, and El-Feky won and distributed the ball midfield. Ben Gillman, Hines, Hall, and Desai all had exceptional games on the offensive side of the ball. 

The Warriors went up early on a goal by Hall assisted by Hines. Irving leveled the score at one half way through the first. Desai got the lead back for the Warriors toward the end of the first half, but Irving scored immediately after their kickoff to tie the game at two all. 

Lakehill did not give up and once again took the lead thanks to a second goal by Hall. Once again the Trailblazers tied the game just before half time. After the half, The Highlands scored to take a 4-3 lead.  Thanks to two goals by Desai in the 48th and 55th minute of play, the Warriors were able to come from behind to win the game 5-4. Hines had a couple of assists; Hall finished with two goals and an assist; and Desai ended the night with an assist and three goals. 


Lakehill's next game is at home on January 22 against Dallas Covenant at 5:00 p.m.
Varsity Swimming
Senior Rachel Myers is preparing for the TAPPS Regional Swim Meet on January 30. She will compete in both the 50 and 100 meter freestyle.
What's Happening?
finger with string
 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 28
Fourth Grade Fly-Up

January 28
Geo Bee, 3:45 p.m. 

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

Box Tops for Education - Deadline February 12  Box Tops
The deadline for submitting Box Tops for Education is February 12.  Students should turn in Box Tops to their classroom teacher. If you have any questions, please contact Allison Lewis.

February 28
Lakehill Benefit Auction

April 10 and 11
Upper School Play, 7:00 p.m. 
Details Coming Soon! 
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 Annual Fund
KindergartenMs. BurtBrent Walker and Kevin Gray53.8%

Ms. PooreBrian and Kate Walker69.2%
1st GradeMs. JanningJennifer P. Dickerson77.8%
Ms. ShawBrad and Jennifer Robinson68.4%
2nd GradeMs. ClarkDenise Jayroe40.0%
Ms. JohnsonDan and Melody Curtis 78.6%
3rd GradeMs. RasheedPaul and Andrea Johnston82.4%
Ms. SauerMichael Bracken76.5%
4th GradeDr. HaynesChuck and Tanya Bauer93.3%
Mr. TroutHolly Lynch61.5%
5th GradeVicki and Robert Granado71.4%
6th GradeTy and Colleen McCall74.2%
7th GradeCarolyn and Rick Howard64.5%
8th GradeTy and Colleen McCall68.3%
9th GradeFreshmanScott and Lyn Kelley36.8%
10th GradeSophomoreBrad Bartholow and Nicole Alphin64.5%
11th GradeJuniorRick Currey47.8%
12th GradeSeniorTrent and Lori Myers68.2%