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Volume 7, Issue 26March 19, 2015
Basketball Honors

Lakehill Athletes Claim All-District and All-State Honors

Coaches from the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) Class 2A District 4 met recently to bestow the coveted honor of All-District teams for Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls Basketball.

Class 2A District  4 is comprised of seven schools, including Lakehill, DeSoto Canterbury, East Texas Christian, Longview Heritage, Longview Trinity, and Tyler Street Christian Academy.

Lakehill had a great showing, capturing 11 All-District awards and two All-State honorees.

All-District Girls' Basketball:
First Team All-District - Charity Abengowe, Sam CaldwellJakayla Silas, and Kelly Werther


Second Team All-District - Emily Boles and Mandy Scales


Honorable Mention - Ashley Peacock and McKinney Waggoner

All-District Boys' Basketball:

First Team All-District - Cole Ellis


Second Team All-District - Noah Bernstein and Gerard Franklin

Honorable Mention - Dylan Welch



All-State Teams

Sam Caldwell was named to the First Team All-State and Charity Abengowe
made Second Team All-State.

Congratulations to these outstanding athletes on their achievements. 

Community Spotlight

Ninth Grade Hosts Diaper Drive

This year's Freshman Class
 had the privilege of working with the children at Vogel Alcove during the Upper School Day of Service in January. They helped sort clothing and played with the children. The entire class enjoyed the day, loved spending time with the children, and appreciated what great work Vogel Alcove does. 


"It is good for the kids and their families, and we really enjoy helping," said freshman Dayton Steinbach. Freshman Ashley Peacock agreed, "I like the feeling of being able to help the children, and it makes me feel like I was able to make an impact on their lives." The class has already planned to return to Vogel Alcove on March 21 for another day of service.  


Vogel Alcove provides free childcare service, education, and meals to children six weeks to five years old who are victims of poverty. The children are in families who are homeless or victims of domestic violence. 

Vogel Alcove goes through about 2,000 diapers a week. The freshman class is hosting a diaper drive to benefit families served by Vogel Alcove. Students are asked to donate diapers (especially size four, the most-used size at Vogel Alcove) to support this worthy cause. The Diaper Drive is underway and will continue through March 27

Donation boxes at the Main, Lower School, and Upper School entrances. Please use a sharpie to write your child's grade on the diaper packages. The grade with the most diapers donated will be rewarded with a pizza party provided by the ninth grade!

By Lovely Lopez

Lakehill Class of 2018


Organizations Show Their Love for the Lake

Sophomore Class took their turn cleaning Lakehill's adopted shoreline at White Rock Lake on February 21. The

National Junior Honor Society has scheduled a Shoreline Spruce-Up for their members on April 18. Any Lakehill group can schedule their own Shoreline Spruce-Up through Ms. Ekstrom. All needed materials will be provided.

Community Connections Clubs Prepare Summer Reading Kits for DISD Students at Mata Elementary
Members of the Lower and Middle School Community Connections Clubs are partnering with Reading Partners to prepare Summer Reading Packets for elementary children in DISD. Each packet contains pencils, erasers, sharpeners, book marks, a reading journal to record thoughts on summer reading, and five books to enjoy over the summer. Books included in the packets have been generously donated by Lakehill families and the Book Fair.

Service Saturdays
Members of the Middle School Community Connections Club have been participating in a new initiative known as Service Saturdays. The group has already picked up trash at White Rock Lake, and played Bingo with residents at C.C. Young Home. On
March 28, they will work with
Community Partners of Dallas, an organization dedicated  to working with abused and neglected children by providing resources and support to caseworkers at Child Protective Services. Other upcoming projects include a day at the North Texas Food Bank on April 25 and The Children's Center Carnival on May 3. Any Middle School student interested in participating in a Service Saturday should contact Ms. Ekstrom or Ms. Hauschild.

Warrior Outreach Organization
The new Upper School Student Council initiative, Warrior Outreach Organization (WOO), is already making an impact in the community. The group kicked off the year with a Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake in September. They have continued their quarterly projects by volunteering with City Square, helping sport clothing and household goods at the organizations thrift store, and packing food at the North Texas Food Bank. Their final project of the year is at Community Partners of Dallas on April 18. All Upper School students are encouraged to attend. 


President's Volunteer Service Award - Applications Due April 1!

President's Service

Students in any grade, kindergarten through grade 12, who plan to apply for the President's Volunteer Service Award should turn in their records of service to Ms. Ekstrom by Wednesday, April 1. All recipients will be recognized at the Award Assemblies in May. 
Get more information or download the Tracking Form. Please see Ms. Ekstrom for more information. 
World Travelers

Upper School Students Explore Costa Rica

While many students stay close to home for Spring Break, some desire to spend their break in a more adventurous manor, such as traveling to a foreign country to explore a vastly different culture.


On March 6, a group of 17 Upper School students, accompanied by Spanish teacher Joan Mayo, Art teacher Scott Boles, and the Bernstein family, traveled to Costa Rica for a ten-day adventure to discover a different part of the world.


Upon arrival in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, the students admired the Museo de Oro (Gold Museum) where they learned about the culture and art of the indigenous peoples. They also toured the Museo de Arte Costarricense (Museum of Costa Rican Art) where they saw many famous pieces of art. They shopped at the local market and purchased delicacies indigenous to Costa Rican culture. 


During the school year, members of the Pan American Student Forum (PASF) raise money for those with cystic fibrosis. During the trip, students were able to donate the money to local children suffering from cystic fibrosis and their families and were able to visit two of the families. In the Poas volcano area, the group stopped to visit and play with children from a local elementary school, which was being rebuilt after the 2009 earthquake. They then traveled to visit the famous Poas Volcano National Park to view the crater and nearby lagoon. 


The group continued to Sarapiqui where they enjoyed zip lining and white water rafting. They also enjoyed a "chocolate tour," the local Baldi hot springs, and rode on horseback to La Fortuna Waterfall. They kayaked on Lake Arena and on the way to Chira Island, toured the Venado Caves. Students spent the night in rustic surroundings on the island and enjoyed delicious food prepared by women of the Chorotega Tribe.


As the trip neared its end, students packed in a few more activities: touring the mangroves near the island, observing scarlet macaws and jaguars in an animal sanctuary, and tasting exotic fruit at a local market. 


The students were sad that the trip came to an end, but all will cherish the memories they created. "The Costa Rica trip was something I will never forget," said sophomore Emily York. "It was an exciting experience." 


See more pictures.


By Haley York

Marketing Intern, Class of 2015 

Get in the Games

Registration is Open for Fourth Annual White Rock Spring Games

The White Rock Spring Games will be held on Friday, April 17 at Lake Highlands Park and are open to students in kindergarten through grade 5.


The Games bring together kids and families from neighborhood schools for a weekend of fun and friendly competition. Boys and girls from East Dallas area schools will compete in a wide range of individual and team events, ranging from the purely athletic to the wildly funny. There will also be food, beverages, and entertainment on hand to create a festive atmosphere of community camaraderie. There is even a dance party with a DJ after the event.


ALL registration fees for the White Rock Spring Games go directly to the participating students schools. More than $31,000 was donated to the 20 participating schools last year. 


Students can enter as individuals ($25) or in teams of four ($100). Check out the events here. Teams and individuals can register here.


What are you waiting for - Get in the Games!

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: Sean Puls

Sean Puls has been at Lakehill since third grade and has enjoyed his many years here. During that time, Sean has contributed to the athletics program by playing baseball and football. He is most proud of never being carted off the field with an injury in a football game.

When his time at Lakehill comes to an end, Sean plans to attend Bowling Green State University and eventually get a law degree. Sean's favorite subject in school is science. The best books he has ever read are The Life of Pi by Yann Martel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson, and Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup.

Outside of school, Sean is also very active. His hobbies include gaming, traveling, watching movies, playing sports, and weightlifting. His favorite band is The Pegboard Nerds. Sean's friends describe him as funny, energetic, and sarcastic. He would most like to meet the Japanese manga artist Eiichiro Oda and video game developer Gabe Newell.

The best advice Sean has ever received was from his father Michael: " Everything is a business, no exceptions." 

By Drew Ellis and Ben Palmer, eighth grade

Sports Snippets
Spring Sports Ready for Season  

With spring (finally) in the air, Lakehill Athletics turns its attention to Varsity Baseball, Softball, Tennis, and Track. Middle School Baseball, Softball, and Track also hope to begin their seasons soon.


 Varsity Baseball and Softball

After many canceled games due to weather, the Varsity Baseball and Softball teams are ready to begin their seasons. The Baseball team takes on Greenville Christian on the road on March 20 at 5:00 p.m. The Softball team plays at home on March 20 against First Baptist at 5:00 p.m. Come out to support these teams! 

Middle School Baseball and Softball
The Middle School Baseball team hoped to start its season on March 20 against Texoma Christian, but that game has been canceled. The Middle School Softball team takes on DeSoto Canterbury at home in its first game on March 24 at 5:00 p.m. 

Varsity Tennis
The Varsity Tennis team takes on Shelton at the JCC on March 20 at 4:00 p.m. They will then play First Baptist on March 25 at 4:30 p.m. The team is preparing for the District Tournament on March 31. 

Varsity Track
running-track.jpgThe Varsity Track team will compete in its first meet on April 1 in the Nolan Viking Relays at 3:30 p.m..


Middle School Track
The new Middle School Track team boasts 29 members under the direction of Coach Monica Rainey. The team will compete in its first Track Meet on Friday, March 20 at the Bradley V. Urshel Invitational at St. Mark's.
This Week at the ESC
ESCape to Nature offers an opportunity for Lower School parent to have lunch with their children at the ESC. This week, there was a fantastic showing of first and second grade parents who joined their children to enjoy lunch at the ESC and a walk around the grounds, including time to feed the fish! Parents were also able to take a look at their children's journals and hear about plans for next year.


See more pictures.
What's Happening?
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March 16 - 27
Ninth Grade Diaper Drive for Vogel Alcove

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.

March 21
Student Council Coffee House
All Upper School students are encouraged to come out for a great night of chili, coffee, and great music. Only $10 gets you everything. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the ESC.

March 25

NJHS/NHS Induction
6:00 p.m., Auditorium

March 25

Lakehill Night at Firecrust Neapolitan Pizza

March 27

Early Release Day/Staff Development 
Lower School released at 11:30 a.m., Middle and Upper School released at noon.

March 28

Middle School Community Connections at Community Partners of Dallas
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

March 30 - April 2

Achievement Testing: Grades 5-6

April 7 - 10

Achievement Testing: Grades 7-8

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.

April 17
White Rock Spring Games
Great fun for students in K through Grade 8!
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 Summer Camps 2015
More than 600 registrations for Lakehill Summer Camps 2015 have already been received! Don't miss out on the camps you want!