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Volume 7, Issue 25March 5, 2015
Music Men

Lakehill Musicians Make Dreams Reality

As the Lakehill family well knows, our school houses many talented students with dreams of becoming big names in the music industry. 


Recently, Brandon Douglas, a lead in his band [sic] Muzik, entered one of his band's vocal tracks into the House of Blues "Bringin' Down the House" contest for musicians aged 13-19, and was honored as one of six finalists. The vocal track was recorded by Bill Dunklau's INFINITY Engineering class. [sic] Muzik includes the talents of  Lakehill Upper School students Varun Iyer, Cameron Vanek, and Adam Muncaster, as well as a few other local high school friends. Be sure to come out and support the band at the House of Blues "Bringin' Down the House" on April 6.


Photo by rgphotog.com
Photo by rgphotog.com

Another Lakehill talent, Class of 2013's Sterling Gavinski, just released his band's new EP called Esperando on February 27. The Happy Alright, as they are called, has taken Dallas and the surrounding areas by storm with their live performances. 


In honor of the release, the band will be hitting the road this month on a tour of New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Oklahoma. The band hopes to create a full album over the summer. See recent coverage of The Happy Alright in VENTS Magazine. Be sure to check out the Happy Alright's new song "Half Empty" from Esperando.


By Haley York
Marketing Intern, Class of 2015 

Equestrian Excellence

Lakehill Junior Earns Awards

Rebecca (Becca) Currey, class of 2016, has been riding horses since she could walk, has always admired their beauty, and dreamed of riding competitively. At a young age, Becca purchased her own horse and has cared for many ever since. 


For eight years now, Becca has been riding competitively, and has brought home countless awards for her talents. Recently, she placed fifth in Nationals, and tenth in World. 


Becca participates in the United States Equestrian Federation's (USEF) High School Equestrian Athlete program where she has been recognized for her many accomplishments and involvement in the equestrian sport. Through this program, she prepares for competitions through training and practice sessions, while balancing her school and extra-curricular activities. 


Becca lives by a quote she heard when she was a young rider: "You don't understand trust until your teammate is a 1200-pound free spirit."


By Haley York
Marketing Intern, Class of 2015 

Auction Update


Bedtime Stories
Photo by Kathryn Mahan

Drama Club Presents Original Play

The monster under the bed won't
settle down without a really good bedtime story, but most of Jenny and Penny's babysitters don't have the gift, so they have to defeat the monster themselves.

Members of the Middle School Drama Club entertained the crowd on February 26 with their performance of The Bedtime Story Contest, an original play written by Julie Riggs.

The cast featured the talents of Asher Chamoy, Annabelle Boyle, Ella Berry, and Natalie Hunt as the Rootabaga Family. Johnny Tiernan played the monster under the bed. Hannah Ostermayer was Cousin Winnie while Graysen Walker served as the emcee. Babysitters were Harrison Hunt, Brooke Granado, Macy Bogatay, Sophia Ganson, Grace Addison, Chris Dickey, Mara Sandberg, Ava Cunningham, and Macy Moskovic. The ensemble featured Ashton Abbott-Sharifi, Charlie Borowczak, Nico Montez, Emma Myers, Joey Spiro, and Andrew Ward.

See more pictures by Kathryn Mahan, Class of 2021.
State of Debate
Middle School Debate Team Receives Honors, Reaches Goals
Lakehill's Middle School Debate team participated in the 68th Annual Junior Youth and Government State Conference, held February 27 through March 1 at the State Capitol in Austin. 

Eighth grade team members Connor Alexander, Eli Buxt, Ben Gillman, Greg Gillman, Ben Palmer, Laura Wildman, and Reed Zimmermann, seventh grade team members Claire Maxwell, Niamh McKinney, Jacob Meazle and Jonah Shaw, and sixth grade team member Lincoln Turner represented Lakehill. Other members, Drew EllisMerritt McCaleb, and Sarah Smith had participated at District, but were unable to attend the state conference. 

Students compete as mock legislators using the actual State House and Senate Chambers. Each student must draft a bill on a matter of state law and argue for its passage. To do this effectively, students must learn procedural rules and how to respond to questions and suggested amendments from delegates. They must also learn parliamentary procedure, how to question other delegates, and how to draft pro/con arguments and amendments.

Despite adverse weather conditions and several other obstacles, the well-prepared team had tremendous success. The Lakehill team was named as one of the Distinguished Delegations for the first time in school history, and Ben Gillman was recognized as Outstanding Delegate for the Lakehill team. 

Eighth grade parents Paula Gillman and Heidi Alexander provided excellent leadership as club sponsors this year. "I could not be more proud of these students," said Gillman. "All but one member started the year with absolutely no experience, yet they demonstrated remarkable perseverance in preparing for this event and it certainly paid off. I watched them grow and become more confident over the course of the year which was a huge reward for me. They did an amazing job representing Lakehill and our district." 

"It has been immensely gratifying to watch the progress of the team over the last six months," said Alexander. "I was very proud of how each student overcame the setbacks associated with the weather and delivered their presentations with confidence and composure - proof of their hard work this year."

Gillman added, "Ben and I started the year with three goals: 1) to grow the club, 2) to involve sixth graders in the process to groom them for future leadership roles, and 3) to be recognized at the State Conference as a Distinguished Delegation - and we accomplished all three. We hope to grow the club even more in the coming year." 

A preview meeting will be held soon for Middle School students who are interested in Debate. Stay tuned for more information.

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: Rachel Myers

Rachel Meyers has been at Lakehill for nine years. She is involved in several clubs, including Science Club, Sisteens, Rho Kappa, and the National Honor Society. Rachel serves as president of Science Club and Rho Kappa, and she is also the Senior Class Secretary. Her favorite class is Anatomy. 


Rachel is also a member of the Varsity Cheerleading squad, the Varsity Swim team, and the Varsity Softball team, which she enjoys the most. Rachel has many athletic accomplishments, such as second in state for swimming and first team all-district softball. Her favorite Lakehill memory is being able to go on both the Spanish and French trips.


Rachel has not decided on a college yet, but she has it narrowed down to Maryville University, Baylor University, Sarah Lawrence College, and Oklahoma University. She plans to major in Physical Therapy and swim on her college team.


Rachel's advice to younger Warriors is to "not procrastinate, do your homework, and apply to college on time." She says, "I feel that Lakehill has prepared me well for college and a post-college career."


Along with sports, Rachel says she will most miss the "amazing family-like community" at Lakehill.  


 By Ashley Peacock and Jonathan Kelly, ninth grade

Sports Snippets
Photo by Irwin Thompson
Girls Varsity Basketball Team Concludes Outstanding Season  
The Varsity Girls Basketball team defeated Wichita Falls Notre Dame 59-51 on March 2 in Sanger in the TAPPS Second Round State Playoffs. Charity Abengowe led the team with 23 points, seven rebounds, and five steals. Sam Caldwell contributed 12 points, eight rebounds, and six steals, while Kelly Werther added 17 points and eight rebounds. The Lady Warriors played a tough game and held on at the end to clinch the victory.

They team advanced in the State Playoffs to take on Austin Waldorf at Waco Reicher on March 3. After a slow start, the Lady Warriors fought to get back in the game, but ultimately could not grasp the win, finishing an amazing season with a heartbreaking 44-41 loss. Abengowe had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Jakayla Silas added 10 points.

"I am extremely proud of these girls," said Head Coach Sharita Smith. "We had an awesome season and they should be extremely proud of themselves for all they have accomplished!"
What's Happening?
finger with string
March 5
Snow Day 
School is closed today due to inclement weather. All school activities have been canceled. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Adventure Week groups are expected back on time today. Eighth grade returned safely last night. 

March 6
Middle School Holiday 

March 9 - 13
Spring Break 
Enjoy the break!

March 16 - 27
Ninth Grade Diaper Drive for Vogel Alcove

March 17
Lakehill Day at Genghis Grill 

March 19 and March 21
Round Two by Julie Riggs; Directed by Elizabeth Schmitt 
Thursday, March 19, at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 21, at 5:00 p.m. Get tickets and find out more here.

April 10 and 11
Upper School Play, 7:00 p.m. 
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.
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