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"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve."


~Albert Schweitzer
Volume 7, Issue 20January 29, 2015
Bringing the World Closer

International Students Embrace Culture, Increased Responsibility

Lakehill Preparatory School has always been a school that welcomes new students with loving arms. 


For the third year in a row, Lakehill has opened its doors to new students from places such as China and Vietnam. With 16 students in the program, the school's international student population is growing quickly. 


Coming from countries with drastically different cultures and social customs, it was, at first, difficult for students to get used to the American ways of life. "Finding a host family and figuring out how to make good relationships with American students and teachers was rather difficult," said junior Dante Jiang. Freshman Amy Tang explains: "English is our second language and it was hard to talk with others at first. The customs are very different here and we had to get used to them." While the students found it difficult to learn English, they believe they have transitioned well into American culture."We have to work harder on subjects like English, Geography, and History," freshman Judy Zhu adds. 


Each student added that there are advantages of being an international student at Lakehill. Jiang explains, "I love the environment here and the studies in America have become easier over time." 

Many of the students discussed how much they enjoyed being able to study American culture. They also shared pride in their increased independence. "We can be more independent here," said Zhu, "and we can be responsible for ourselves more." Others agreed that they feel more grown up and cultured than their friends back in their home countries. 


Bruce McCoskey spoke about how rewarding it is to host Amy Tang. "It's really interesting to see the difference in our cultures. The difference between the socialist country that Amy is from and the United States is startling," said McCoskey. 


Amy is now a huge part of their family. "We have hilarious times at the house. It's so funny to see Amy crack up at things, like our dog dancing for her the other day." McCoskey explained that the biggest thing that the family had to teach Amy was the difference between formal English and everyday English. "We taught her 'Texan.' She can say 'y'all' now." 


The international program at Lakehill is a win-win situation. The students are obviously thankful for all that they have learned in America. But the Lakehill community has also benefited, and the international students have added a great deal to the culture of the school. "Our international students help remind us that we are part of a global community," said faculty member Bill Dunklau. "We all benefit from the opportunity to learn side by side."

Read more on the Lakehill Blog from Bruce McCoskey, Host Parent.

Interested in becoming a host family for the 2015-16 school year? Find out more.


By Haley York, Class of 2015
Expressions of Gratitude

Lakehill Students Win Essay Contest

Two Lakehill Middle School students were recently selected as winners in the tenth annual Expressions Arts Competition, sponsored by the Thanks-Giving Foundation. The contest was open to students from around world in grades K-12. There were over 600 entries to the contest, including work from Hawaii, Nebraska, and Uganda.

Dasha Ramey and Cullen McCaleb, both fifth graders, were honored in the Written Word category which required students to express their personal perspectives of gratitude on the theme "I am grateful for the Golden Rule." 

Dasha won first place in the grades 4-5 division with her story about how she wants to repay her parents' kindness for adopting her from an orphanage in Russia by someday becoming a lawyer and helping others. Cullen placed third with his story about donating some of his Halloween candy to American soldiers overseas. 

Dasha, Cullen, and their English teacher Julie Riggs were honored at an awards ceremony on January 23 at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Judges from major museums, publications, educational institutions, the public library, dance companies, as well as individual artists, made the selections. Students won cash awards for themselves and for their teachers or schools to buy classroom supplies.  

The Expressions Arts Competition highlights education and the arts, which find common ground in gratefulness and thanksgiving. Winning entries are exhibited at Thanks-Giving Square, and then will travel to other venues.  


See excerpts from the winning entries.

Global Smarts

Eighth Grader Takes Top Spot in Geo Bee

Madison Cunningham knows a thing or two about the world. After her second place finish in the 2013 Geo Bee and fourth place finish in 2014, the eighth grader had her eye on the top spot this year. Madison knew that the country of Norway was located on the Scandinavian Peninsula.

Madison was declared Lakehill's champion after answering two questions correctly in the championship round. Eighth grader Ben Gillman, the other finalist, claimed second place. For the third consecutive year, eighth grade student Kate Langley took third place.


The competition, held on January 28, was open to all students in grades four through eight. The bee consisted of seven rounds of questions, a final round, and a championship round. This is the 27th year the National Geographic Society has organized this bee, and each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.


As a school winner, Madison will advance to the next level of competition, a 70-question written examination. The top 100 test takers in the state will then compete for the state title. Each state winner will advance to Washington, D.C. for the national finals in May. 
Serving Others

Upper School Students Mobilize for Day of Service

Lakehill's commitment to serving others took on new meaning on January 23 with the school's fourth annual Upper School Day of Service. 

While eighth graders were busy learning more about high school at the Freshman Preview, Upper School students headed out in a variety of directions to lend a helping hand to their community. Students and faculty logged more than 500 hours of service before returning to campus for a celebratory lunch from Burger House with the eighth graders.

Freshman worked with homeless children at Vogel Alcove, while sophomores participated in a a variety of projects to benefit neglected and abused children at Community Partners of Dallas. 

Juniors sorted food and prepared food bags for children at the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), packing more than 4,500 pounds of snacks for hungry North Texas children. 

Seniors joined forces with Reading Partners, to provide tutoring to students in two under-served elementary schools in DISD. 

"I have been thinking about how what we did will impact so many people," said sophomore Giulia Ferguson. Senior Cole Ellis agreed, "I loved helping the students practice their reading skills. The kids were amazing and so eager to learn. I hope the senior class can work with Reading Partners again."

"We love Lakehill," said Annie Mullins, Director of Volunteer Services for Community Partners of Dallas. They are a great group and helped us out tremendously!"

See more pictures from Upper School Day of Service.
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.

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: Brent Huggins

Brent Huggins has attended Lakehill Preparatory School since he was in the ninth grade. His favorite courses are those involving computer science, and Mr. Dunklau is his favorite teacher. "He allows me to create in my own environment. He really understands me." Brent has participated in football, debate, musical theater, and is currently in the Male Choir.


Brent plans on becoming an engineer when he graduates college and has applied to several schools including Rhodes College, Furman University, Sewanee: The University of the South, Brown University, Princeton University, Williams College, and Amherst College. His top choices are Princeton and Williams.


His favorite hobbies outside of school include singing barbershop, playing the piano, bass, and the mandolin, and improving his skills through voice and piano lessons with Mr. Herron.


Brent says that his best experience at Lakehill was participating in musical theater, especially this year when he landed the lead, Albert, in the 2014 production of Bye Bye Birdie


He will most miss Mr. Dunklau, Coach Peacock, and Mr. Herron. His favorite quote is, "The only people who never fail in life, are the ones who never try," by Tom Dempsey. Brent's parting advice to young Warriors out there is, "Try everything you can and get involved. There is nothing you can't do." 


By Warren Lester, ninth grade

This Week at the ESC

The fifth grade learned about the importance of pH in soil. They used their individual, processed soil samples to conduct pH tests. This will prepare students for next month's visit when they will conduct the rest of their chemical testing on the the soil.


Luckily, the beautiful weather also allowed students the opportunity to feed the fish and enjoy the sunshine! 

Sports Snippets
Photo by Ken Bernstein
Boys Varsity Basketball
The Varsity Boys Basketball team defeated East Texas Christian 59-20 on January 23.

Lakehill used a strong defensive effort to hold East Texas to just four points in the second half and scoreless in the third quarter.

Cole Ellis led the way with 25 points, 15 rebounds, five blocks and six steals. Gerard Franklin added 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Dunny Bock contributed seven points.

The Warriors next take on Desoto Canterbury, currently the first place team in the district

Girls Varsity Basketball 
Photo by Ken Bernstein
The Lady Warriors defeated East Texas Christian 74-19 on January 23 in a team effort. 

Kelly Werther led the Lady Warriors with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Charity Abengowe had 18 points, 13 steals, and five assists. Samantha Caldwell had 15 points, six steals, and five assists. Jakayla Silas added 12 points and six rebounds.

Junior Varsity Basketball
The JV Boys Basketball team takes on DeSoto Canterbury at home on January 30 at 5:00 p.m.

Middle School Basketball 
Photo by Ben Gillman
The Middle School Boys Basketball team had a busy week of IAA league games. On January 22, the Warriors traveled to Oakhill Academy. After a close first quarter, Lakehill held Oakhill scoreless for the final three quarters en route to a 50-7 victory.
Almost every team member scored, with seventh-grader Jalen Webster leading the way with nine points. Eighth-grader Luke Jerome and seventh-grader Spencer Mihm each had season highs of six points and numerous rebounds.

The Warriors played again on January 23, hosting the Carrollton Christian Saints. Lakehill had a rough start, with a season-low two points in the first quarter. However, the defense was once again exceptional, holding CCA to a total of six points over the last three quarters. The offense gained momentum, and the Warriors cruised to a 36-13 win. Eighth-grader Eli Buxt and seventh-grader Cole Johnson led the team in scoring with 14 and 15 points, respectively.  

Finally, January 27 marked the final regular season home game for Lakehill as they took on Dallas Academy. It was a fast-paced game, and the visiting Bulldogs hung tough the first half. The Warriors broke the game open in the third quarter with their pressure defense, ultimately leading to a 58-29 victory, making a season-high total, with the team receiving scoring contributions from 10 different players.

Lakehill now stands at 10-1 on the season and has secured the top seed in the IAA South Division. There are remaining regular season games at Cambridge (January 29, 5:30 p.m.) and at Winston (February 3, 5:30 p.m.). The opening round of the IAA playoffs will begin on Thursday, February 5.  

Middle School Soccer
Photo by Bob Gillman

The Lakehill Middle School Soccer team claimed a big 7-0 win over Ovilla Christian on January 26. Harrison Hall earned the shutout only needing to make one save in goal.


Lynley Waggoner, Jacob Meazle, Logan Stout, Stella Palmer, and Loveth Heard provided solid defense for the Warriors.


Heather Hines, Hamed El-Feky, and Addison Baum created strong opportunities for the offense, while Ben Gillman and Kyeser Hall took full advantage of those opportunities. 

Palmer and Baum each scored a goal while Ben Gillman scored twice. Hines and Gillman each had an assist. Kyeser Hall finished the game with a hat trick (three goals).


The Warriors were at home on January 27 against Prince of Peace. The Warriors, who had been shut out 0-7 by Prince of Peace earlier in the season, fought their way through a close game, ultimately losing 1-3. 


Each team scored on a penalty kick in the first half. Lakehill's point was earned by a Kyeser Hall breakaway and scored by Heather Hines. Despite a strong showing by Lakehill in all areas, Prince of Peace scored two late goals to seal the victory.


The Warriors next play at Dallas Covenant on January 30 at 4:00 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 30
Early Release Day/Faculty Development 
All Lower School students will be released at 11:30 a.m. and Middle and Upper School students will be released at noon. After School Care is available. Contact Kaye Hauschild to make a reservation.

January 30 - February 1
State Debate Tournament in Austin

February 6
Middle School Valentine's Dance (7th and 8th grade)

ESC, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

February 12
Lower School Jump Rope for Heart

February 12
Middle School Hoops for Heart 

February 12
Roman Banquet  
Seventh and eighth grades, noon - 3:30 p.m. 

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 13-16
Winter Break 

No classes on Friday and Monday - enjoy your holiday! 

February 28
Lakehill Benefit Auction

March 2-5
Middle School Adventure Week 

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
Which class will be the first to reach 100%?
KindergartenMs. BurtBrent Walker and Kevin Gray53.8%

Ms. PooreBrian and Kate Walker69.2%
1st GradeMs. JanningJennifer P. Dickerson77.8%
Ms. ShawBrad and Jennifer Robinson73.7%
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 McCall77.4%
7th GradeCarolyn and Rick Howard67.7%
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%