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Volume 7, Issue 26March 19, 2015
Forging Leadership

Lakehill Junior Selected for Freedoms Foundation Program

This year, junior Brandon Douglas was selected to attend the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program and spent his Spring Break in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. 

Brandon participated in a tour of Philadelphia, experienced historical reenactments, and studied leadership techniques throughout his three-day trip. 

The Freedoms Foundation, located in the heart of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, was established with the purpose of educating students and adults about the rights and responsibilities they are given as Americans and to teach Americans how to actively engage in our country's democratic government. The program allows students to engage in activities such as historical tours, educational workshops, and seminars to develop leadership skills. 

In order to be selected to attend this rigorous program, students must send in an application along with multiple essays and a layout of how the student will bring their leadership and knowledge of America to their community in ideas such as educating younger students, creating a fundraiser for local veterans, or coordinating a celebration for soldiers. 

The top ten students from the North Texas area were selected to be interviewed in front of a panel of men and women from the Dallas Chapter of the Freedoms Foundation. After the interview, five students are chosen to attend the all-expense-paid conference. 

 "My trip to Valley Forge truly surprised me," said Brandon. "Unlike some leadership seminars I've attended, the speakers and activities engaged me from the start. I found my niche in the Vesper Committee (a talent and public speaking organization) and even got to contribute to the conference with a musical performance."


By Haley York
Marketing Intern, Class of 2015 

Honorary Scholars

Honor Societies Induct New Members

Lakehill's National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) held a combined Induction Ceremony on March 25 in the Wyly Auditorium. NHS President Baustin Shaw and NJHS President Lauren Smith-Morris assisted with the presentation. Headmaster Roger Perry offered his appreciation for the efforts members have made throughout the year and the example they set for others.

Thirteen members were inducted into the Warrior Chapter of the NHS, an honorary society for students in grades 10 to 12. Students must have a 3.5 GPA for the previous three semesters to be eligible for membership. The NHS Faculty Council then reviews each eligible student's application for character, service, and positive leadership.


This year's inductees are Sofia DeLaCruz, Afton Guedea, Noah Bernstein, Reid Chickering, Claire Crow, Salma El-Feky, Varun Iyer, Matthew Levine, Chambliss Piersson, Charlie Pippen, Abi Price, Lily Turner, and McKinney Waggoner.

  Sixteen students were inducted into Lakehill's Golden Arrow Chapter of NJHS. To be considered, students must have attended Lakehill for at least one year and maintain a 3.3 GPA. Those selected must demonstrate outstanding scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship, and character.

 This year's inductees include seventh-grade students Madison ClaytonAnders EkstromHamed El-FekyKyeser HallLoveth HeardHaley LopezMerritt McCalebNiamh McKinneyStella PalmerJas SauzKira Willis, and Ella Witherite, and eighth grade students Isabella BrunerLuke JeromeLiam Reece, and Reed Zimmermann. 


Congratulations to these outstanding students. See  more pictures from the ceremony.

Ready for the Real World

Senior Internships Provide Valuable Experience

Lakehill's seniors are actively preparing for their internship experience in May.  As a requirement for graduation, seniors must work 80 hours during a two-week time period following their Advanced Placement and final exams.  


Students keep a log of their work and present a summary of their experience to a panel of faculty and administrators. Through the experience, students gain valuable insight into the careers they are interested in pursuing.  

This year's internship dates are May 11-22. If you are interested in hosting a senior intern at your place of employment, please contact Heather Dondis, Director of College Counseling and Senior Class Co-Sponsor at hdondis@lakehillprep.org or 214-826-2931.  


Particular fields of interest this year include: communications, marketing, physical therapy/athletic training, computer science, game development, philosophy, business, small business entrepreneurship, pre-medicine, English, psychology/psychiatry, film, music, creative writing, and pre-law. Other opportunities are always welcome.

Drama by Design

Upper School Performs 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 is the story of a widow Celia Granger who is desperate to keep her stately home and is hopeful her son David will marry the daughter of a textile magnate. At first, Celia is more preoccupied with her own desire to preserve her husband's legacy that she is with her son's happiness. 

The play is reminiscent of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Audiences will need to analyze the characters and carefully 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. Concessions will be available.

Those who love suspense will not want to miss this drawing room whodunit. 
Community Spotlight
President's Service
President's Volunteer Service Award - Applications Due April 1!
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. 


Freshmen Diaper Drive for Vogel Alcove -
Ends March 27

The freshman class is collecting packages of diapers (any size) for Vogel Alcove, a community organization that provides needed resources to homeless children from five weeks to six years of age. Donation boxes are located at the Main, Lower School, and Upper School entrances.  


Cascarones - Egg-Cellent Spring Fun for a Good Cause!

The Pan American Student Forum (PASF) is selling cascarones to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Research Institute (CFRI) in memory of Lakehill alumna Haley Wester. Cascarones, dyed eggs filled with confetti and a personalized message for the recipient, can be ordered for $1 each, $5 for a half dozen, or $10 for a dozen. Orders must be placed by March 30 and will be delivered on April 2.

Upcoming Service Opportunities

March 28 - All Middle School students invited - Community Partners of Dallas - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Contact Ms. Hauschild if you would like to attend.


April 18 - All Upper School students invited - Joint service between WOO, NHS, and Dallas-area GP International students - Community Partners of Dallas - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Contact Ms. Thorne, Ms. Ekstrom, or Dr. Kroll for more information.


April 18 - National Junior Honor Society - Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake - 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. All members should plan to attend. Contact Ms. Palmer or Ms. Miles for more information. 

Lakehill's Got Talent

Coffee House Showcases Student Music, Dance

On Saturday, March 21, Upper School students gathered at the Environmental Science Center to be entertained by some of Lakehill's most talented students in an evening full of music, friends, hot chocolate, and chili. 


Student Council's Second Coffee House included musical artists Camille Willaford, Kiefer Gorena, Stephen Cohen and his band No Regrets, and [Sic] Muzik. Each act performed several songs and put on an excellent show not only for their peers, but also the faculty in attendance. 


The night also featured some of Lakehill's most talented dancers including Attiya Fortune and Jhordyn Nelson, whose jaw-dropping routine was an evening highlight. The artists agreed that it was a great experience to be in front of a crowd, and great practice for their futures as performers.


More than 80 people attended the event, helping Student Council to raise over $700 to go toward the Upper School Prom on May 2 at the Loft at Gilley's. Thank you to all who came out to watch these talented students and support our rising stars.


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.


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: Jack Pippen

Jack Pippen has been attending Lakehill Prep for ten years. He played football for Lakehill as a junior and has been the pitcher for the Varsity Baseball team for two years. One of his fondest memories is riding back on the bus from sports events with his teammates. Jack's favorite field trip while at Lakehill was this year during Upper School Day of Service when he and the entire senior class participated in a day of community service with Reading Partners at a South Dallas Elementary School.


During the school year, Jack's favorite subject is English with his favorite teacher Mr. Hagood. He loves the book Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Not surprisingly, he plans to major in English or Philosophy in college. Jack has been accepted to some of the top private liberal arts school in the country, including Pitzer College, Kenyon College, and the College of Wooster. Although he says he is nearing a decision, he is awaiting acceptances from two more schools before making a final decision.


Jack is a dedicated volunteer, and has been active in a variety of community service projects. He is a recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award and was a local honoree for this year's Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Jack has combined his love of service with his love of travel by working on a special project with his family in Africa. Jack helped collect and distribute books and clothing to the children in a rural school in Namibia, and spent last summer teaching in the school.


Jack says his will most miss the closeness of the Lakehill community when he leaves.


By Montgomery Rotellini and Ben Gillman, eighth grade

Sports Snippets
Spring Sports Begin After Weather Delays  


 Varsity Baseball and Softball

After many canceled games due to weather, the Varsity Baseball and Softball teams finally began their seasons on March 24. The Varsity Boys lost 15-0 at Longview Christian. They will take on CHANT at home on April 2 at 5:30 p.m.


The Lady Warriors won 18-3 at home against Poetry Christian. Junior Sofia De La Cruz pitched a complete game. Junior Ava Ecklin contributed strong defensive plays from second base. Senior Rachel Myers hit an out-of-the-park home run with two runners on base while senior Kelly Werther hit a double to the fence. The Varsity Girls next take on Greenville Christian at home on March 31 at 5:00 p.m. 


Middle School Baseball and Softball
The Middle School Baseball and Softball teams hoped to finally start their seasons on March 24 against DeSoto Canterbury, but those games were rescheduled for March 26. The March 26 games have also been rescheduled. The boys will take on Texoma Christian on the road on Friday, March 27 at 4:00 p.m. The girls will play DeSoto Canterbury on March 31 at 4:00 p.m.

Varsity Tennis
The Lakehill Varsity Tennis team played Shelton in a regular match on March 20. They 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 Middle School Track team competed in its first Track Meet on Friday, March 20 at the Bradley V. Urshel Invitational at St. Mark's. The boys team took eighth overall out of 15 teams, and the girls took eighth out of 14 teams. The team runs again on Saturday, March 28 at the Ovilla Middle School Relays at DeSoto High School.
This Week at the ESC
Kindergarten students and their parents enjoyed a beautiful day together at the ESC on March 24. The ESCape to Nature event brought a crowd of parents to the ESC for lunch in the Great Hall and on the deck overlooking the pond. Mr. Perry and Mr. Dent were able to join the group for lunch. After lunch, there were pond strolls, fish feeding, and rolling down the hill by the tennis courts. 


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

March 27

Early Release Day/Staff Development 
Lower School will be released at 11:30 a.m., while Middle and Upper School will be released at noon. After School Care is available with a reservation. There is no Upper School After School Care.

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 3 - 6
School Holiday 

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 13-17
PFC Scholastic Book Fair
Look for more information, coming soon!

April 14
Lakehill Day at Genghis Grill
Take a night off from cooking and enjoy a meal at Genghis Grill in Old Town. Tell them you are with Lakehill and a percentage of your check will be donated to the school! 

April 17
White Rock Spring Games
Great fun for students in K through Grade 8!

April 17
Fifth and Sixth Grade Game Night 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

April 17-19
NJHS Retreat


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