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"We rise by lifting others."


~Robert Ingersoll
Volume 7, Issue 21February 5, 2015
Outstanding Orator

Senior Honored in Audio-Essay Contest

Senior Brent Huggins recently placed in the Top 10 as a finalist in this year's Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy essay contest. 


Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW's Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition. Students are judged on originality, content, and delivery.


The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves about democratic ideas and principles.

This year, more than 1,900 students from across Texas entered audio essays on the theme, "Why are veterans important to our nation's future?" The essays were required to be recorded and were limited to five minutes in length. 


The winner of each state competition advances to Washington, D.C. to compete at the national level, with the national winner receiving a $30,000 scholarship. 


The top ten winners in Texas were invited to Austin last weekend to tour the State Capitol (including going to the top of the dome with the fire marshal) and visit the Texas state cemetery where famous Texans like Stephen F. Austin are buried. Winners also toured the Texas State History Museum and the LBJ Library at the University of Texas. 


The awards banquet was held on Saturday night. Huggins was awarded eighth place and also received a cash prize. "I had an amazing experience and made great memories," said Huggins. 


Huggins was the sole finalist from Dallas and was sponsored by VFW District 3, Post 8627, in Richardson. Huggins has been invited to read his speech in two weeks at the District 3 Meeting. 

Hope for Hearts

Students Raise Money through Jump Rope, Hoops for Heart

February is National Heart Month, and Lakehill is partnering with the American Heart Association to promote heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. 

Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart are national education and fundraising events sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).

These events engage elementary and middle school students with jumping rope or playing basketball while empowering them to improve their own health and help other kids with heart-health issues.  

Students and their families can raise money for the American Heart Association online at www.heart.org/jump or by downloading the app to a smart phone or tablet (search jump/hoops in the app store). Lakehill will also earn PE equipment that helps keep fitness fun for students.

Lakehill's Jump Rope for Heart is for grades K - 3 on February 12 from 12:45 - 1:45 p.m. Hoops for Heart is for students in grades 4 - 8 and will be held also on February 12, from 9:50 - 10:40 a.m. 


Coach Bracken will be collecting money through February 27. Lakehill's combined goal is $15,000. As an added bonus, if Lakehill reaches its goal, Coach Bracken has promised to wear a suit to work every day for a week, including a tuxedo on Friday!
Art on Display

Middle School Students Recognized in Art Contest

The artwork of 12 Lakehill Middle School students was recently selected for the 31st annual Private School Invitational Art Contest, held this year in the Trinity Art Gallery at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison. The annual contest showcases exceptional art created by Middle School students.

These outstanding artists are: fifth grader Lucie Daudelin; sixth graders Kathryn Mahan, Sarah Smith, and Zoe Williams; seventh graders Merritt McCaleb and Spencer Mihm; and eighth graders Julia Bartholow, Charlotte Bond, Isa Bruner, Ben GillmanLeah Hawthorne, and Ella Moxcey.

The artwork will be displayed from January 29 through February 22. A special closing reception and awards ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. on February 22.
Songs of Hope
Photo by Haley York

Matsiko Choir Performs at Lakehill

On January 26, the Matsiko World Orphan Choir performed for all Lakehill students. 


The choir is part of the International Children's Network, whose mission is to provide orphaned and at-risk children sponsorship for a complete education.  By doing so, every child will be on equal footing with their nation's most privileged children, and they will return to their villages to help other children.  


The choir is comprised of students from Peru, Liberia, and India. The children shared their lives and culture through song and dance. 


Lakehill's response was enthusiastic. "They were so passionate about their performance," said junior Anna-Maria Springman. The children were so talented and energetic. You could tell that they truly loved what they were doing."  


Matsiko is a Ugandan word for "hope." The word embodies both the children and the songs that they sing.  

Creative Chemistry

Chemistry Class Learns through Hands-On Project

In Jeremy Holman's chemistry classes, students are studying stoichiometry, the part of chemistry that studies amounts of substances that are involved in reactions. They are applying this knowledge by making their own paint, while learning the principles of solubility of compounds, limiting reactants, and percent yield of products in chemical reactions.  


Students dissolve small amounts of compounds like zinc sulfate and silver nitrate in water to make solutions that are often clear and colorless. However, when they mix the various solutions, a chemical reaction occurs and solids start precipitating out of the mixture.  


These solids are often brilliant colors that can be filtered, dried, and then mixed with oil, acrylic, or egg yolk to make paint. Students created artwork with their colors, as artists have done for centuries. This artistic blend of creativity and chemistry is currently on display outside Upper School Science Lab 2. 

Future Leaders

Upper School Students Shine at State Debate Conference

Eighteen members of the Lakehill Upper School Debate team participated in the State Debate Conference, held on January 30 - February 1 in Austin. Two students participated in the Model United Nations and 16 in the State Affairs Forum. The delegates were also able to schedule a tour of the capitol on their way into Austin.  


Lakehill's Model United Nations team represented Paraguay this year. As a member of the Political and Security Committee, Monty McKnight authored two proposals that were passed before the General Assembly. The Model UN program has grown so much that the YMCA will hold a separate state conference for the program beginning next year. Lakehill will participate in the Dallas Invitational for Model UN in April.  


Lakehill had five teams in State Affairs Forum representing proposals ranging from fracking to education. Chambliss Pierson, Allison Riemer and McKinney Waggoner's proposal on the pre-harvest treatment of livestock was the top ranked proposal in committee one.  


Additionally, Pierson was recognized as a Distinguished Delegate for her outstanding performance in pro/con debate. Lakehill was named Distinguished Delegation for the second consecutive year, and Monty McKnight received an award for Outstanding Club Member.  

Drama by Design

Upper School to Perform Murder Mystery

Lakehill's Upper School Drama students are bringing George Batson's
Design for Murder to the Lakehill stage on April 10 and 11.

Design for Murder has everything a murder mystery needs: Murder, romance, comedy--even a dark and stormy night. There is a stately mansion, a dead body, a maid with a secret, and a family trying to hold onto its wealth while dealing with skeletons in the closet. Everyone is a suspect in this play that is reminiscent of an Alfred Hitchcock tale. Audiences will need to analyze the characters and watch for clues as the suspenseful drama unfolds.

Design for Murder will be performed on Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11 in Lakehill's Charles Wyly Auditorium. Showtime is 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.

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: Jana Kahn

Jana Kahn has attended Lakehill since the eighth grade. One of her favorite classes was Sports in Literature and Film with Mr. Hagood because she gained a new perspective on writing, and the course gave her more confidence. Mr. Hagood is one of her favorite teachers because he helps students develop their writing, makes everyone laugh, and enables students to really think about what they are studying. 


Jana is involved in many clubs and organizations, including National Honor Society, Rho Kappa, Pan American Student Forum, Sisteens, Science Club, and Ambassadors. She is also the Senior Class Vice President. She is co-captain of the cheer team, plays volleyball, and managed the girls basketball team her junior year.


Jana plans to study sociology and psychology, and she has been accepted to the University of Kansas, University of Missouri, Indiana University, and Texas Christian University.


Jana says the best advice she's ever received is "It's the little things that make life big." Her advice for students entering high school is to try everything they want until they find something that satisfies them, and to be sure they don't allow school to become overwhelming. "Find a balance that allows you to work and play."


Jana's favorite Lakehill memory is her ongoing rivalry with alumna Caroline Boles to see who can capture the worst pictures of each other. She will most miss the community that Lakehill has allowed her to be a part of, her friends, and her teachers.                                                                                     

By Autumn Scales, ninth grade

This Week at the ESC

Fourth grade continued their study of trees and other flowering plants by designing a community forest. They learned what goes into planting the right tree in the right location. 


As part of their continued study of flowering plants, third grade dissected flowers and identified the basic parts. They used the iPad for an activity centered on the plant life cycle.

Sports Snippets
Photo by Ken Bernstein
Boys Varsity Basketball
The Varsity Boys Basketball team was narrowly defeated 54-58 by DeSoto Canterbury on January 31.
Cole Ellis paced the Warriors with 17 points, eight rebounds, and seven blocks. Clayton Shaw contributed 16 points and six steals, while Noah Bernstein added fourteen points.

The Varsity Boys Basketball team lost 62-51 at Tyler Street on February 2. Shaw led the Warriors with 20 points. Ellis added 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Gerard Franklin contributed nine points and nine rebounds.  

Girls Varsity Basketball 
Photo by Ken Bernstein
The Lady Warriors defeated Lucas Christian 54-35 on January 30. 
Sam Caldwell led the team with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Charity Abengowe had 11 points and 11 steals, while 
Jakayla Silas added 12 points.

The team defeated Tyler Street 43-21 on the road on February 2. Abengowe paced the Lady Warriors with 10 points.

"Right now we are buckling down to focus on the little things that will make a big difference as we head into the playoffs," said Head Varsity Coach Sharita Smith. The team will play their first playoff game on February 21.

Junior Varsity Basketball
Photo by Ken Bernstein
The JV Boys Basketball team took on DeSoto Canterbury at home on January 30 in their last game of the season. The team put forth a great effort, but lost 50-19. The JV team finished with a 2-5 record and were led in scoring by Dunny Bock who averaged 10 points per game. The JV team will continue to work in the off-season for the opportunity to contribute to the Varsity team next year.

Middle School Basketball 
Photo by Ben Gillman
The Middle School Boys Basketball team completed the IAA regular season schedule with two road games. On January 29, the Warriors traveled to north Dallas to take on Cambridge. Lakehill started quickly, jumping to a 24-5 halftime lead. The fast pace continued in the second half with the Warriors closing out a 52-14 victory. Nine of the ten players scored in the game, with seventh-grader Cole Johnson leading the way with 17 points.

The Warriors wrapped up the regular season on February 3 with a trip to Winston. Lakehill over-matched the young Eagles team, leading 32-8 at the half, and finishing with a 51-16 win. It marked the third game in a row that the Warriors cracked the 50-point mark, and fifth time overall for the season. Three players finished with double-digit scoring: eighth-grader Ben Palmer with 12, eighth-grader Connor Alexander with 11, and Johnson with 11. Eighth-grader Henry Bolt led the team in rebounding.  

Lakehill completes the season at 12-1 and champions of the IAA South Division. The Warriors will host the Parish Panthers in the Quarterfinal round of the IAA playoffs on February 6 at 4:00 p.m.  

The Middle School Girls Basketball team lost a close 9-11 match-up at Parish on February 3. The team will now play at Fairhill on February 5 at 5:00 p.m. in the first round of the IAA Playoffs.

Middle School Soccer
Photo by Bob Gillman

The Lakehill Green Soccer team had a great showing against the Covenant Boys team on January 30, but lost 3-1. Maya Desai had Lakehill's only goal seven minutes into the game but Covenant tied it up a minute later. The rest of the game was closely contested. Harrison Hall had another strong performance in goal, while Lynley Waggoner, Stephanie Davis, Stella Palmer, Loveth Heard, Gaige Cerda, and Logan Stout did a great job on defense. Haley Lopez, Ella Witherite, Alanna Stern, Hamed El-Feky, and Heather Hines did well transitioning the ball from defense to offense in the midfield, while Desai and Ben Gillman created numerous opportunities on offense.


The Covenant Girls were no match for the Warrior Blue team on February 3 with Lakehill claiming an 8-0 victory. Kyeser Hall had a hat trick, and Desai, Witherite, Stout, Hines, and Addison Baum each scored a goal in the contest. Desai also had three assists; Gillman and Hines both had one assist. The Warrior defense did an excellent job stopping the Covenant attacks, while the midfield showed outstanding possession of the ball, creating multiple scoring opportunities.


The Middle School Soccer team will play its last game of the year on February 5 when the green team travels to Prince of Peace. The game begins at 5:00 p.m.
Varsity Swimming
Senior Rachel Myers took first place in the 50-meter freestyle (27.02) and second place in the 100-meter freestyle (58.10) in the TAPPS Regional Swim Meet on January 30. Rachel set a personal record in both events and is now preparing for the State Swim Meet.
What's Happening?
finger with string
February 6

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

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

February 12
Hoops for Heart (grades 4-8)
9:50 until 10:40 a.m., Gym
Jump Rope for Heart (grades K-3)
12:45 - 1:45 p.m., Gym
Lakehill has set a combined goal of $15,000 raised for the American Heart Association. Money will be collected through February 27. 

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

Box Tops for Education - Deadline February 19  Box Tops
The deadline for submitting Box Tops for Education has been extended to February 19. 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
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.

April 10 and 11
Upper School Play, 7:00 p.m. 
Design for Murder
The Warrior Shop is Open!
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Mondays, 7:45-8:45 a.m.
Thursdays, 2:45-3:45 p.m.