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"Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability 

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 ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

Volume 7, Issue 27April 2, 2015
Art Champions

Lakehill Claims TAPPS State Art Championship

On March 23, Visual Arts Chair Scott Boles took 20 selected works of art created by Lakehill art students in his drawing, painting, and sculpture classes and Cat Huitt's ceramics, weaving, and printmaking classes to Waco, Texas for the 2015 TAPPS State Art Championship competition. Competing against 31 other 2A schools from the state of Texas, five Lakehill students placed high enough to accumulate 57 points and claim the coveted State Championship title for Lakehill. 

In the competitive category of Drawing with 59 entries, Sophia Liu took second place. Chase Prokop finished in seventh place and Sunny Fang claimed eighth place.


Liu claimed awards in five additional events: second and third in Drawing out of 55 entries, second and sixth in Painting with 57 entries, and second in Sculpture with 38 entries. 


Lakehill claimed two winners in the Fashion/Jewelry/Textile/Applied Design category. Kaeli Bunger took second and Steven Murff took fourth with their woven yarn rope baskets.

"We have had many state champions in individual categories, but never as a school," said Boles. "Since we have added more Upper School art electives, like weaving taught by Ms. Huitt, we can enter more categories in the state competition. Entering more categories made us more competitive, resulting in our first state championship."
Artists Abound

Students Showcase Work at ISAS Arts Festival

Last week, 47 Upper School students traveled to Fort Worth Country Day School for the three-day ISAS arts festival.


Students were able to participate in activities and workshops, or even perform their talents in front of crowds of students from all over Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Louisiana. Visual Arts students showcased everything from ceramic pieces to photography. The Upper School Choir performed a program of songs that they had rehearsed for months before a panel of adjudicators and many other listeners. Other students performed in the coffee houses, showed off their acting skills, and even put on short plays. If students were not performing, they were making new friends, enjoying the performances of other students, or enjoying the beautiful weather. 

Students anticipate these three days all year and each come back with new friends and stories to tell. "ISAS is like a big fine arts party," says senior Kelly Werther. "Thousands of kids from all over the southwest come together and perform for each other's enjoyment. The best parts of ISAS are definitely meeting new people, celebrating everyone's individual talents, and enjoying the coffee houses."

By Haley York, Marketing Intern, Class of 2015

Community Spotlight

Middle School Community Connections Volunteers with Community Partners of Dallas 

Lakehill's Middle School Community Connections Club continued their tradition of Service Saturdays with a project at Community Partners of Dallas (CPD) on March 28. Volunteers prepared hygiene kits and infant kits as well as doing inventory on Easter baskets and other donations.  Eighth grade members of the Club were able to present a check for over $200 that was raised through the eighth grade Valentine sales. CPD is an organization dedicated  to working with abused and neglected children by providing resources and support to caseworkers at Child Protective Services. 


Sharing a Love of Reading

Members of the Lower School and Middle School Community Connections Clubs prepared 50 Summer Reading Kits to be distributed by Reading Partners to K-5 students at Mata Elementary in DISD. Each kit contained a Summer Reading Journal, pencils, book marks, a pencil sharpeners, five summer reading books, and a personal note of encouragement. "We love Lakehill Prep," said Kaitlin Guthrow, Executive Director of Reading Partners Dallas. "We are so grateful for everything the students do."


Sophomore Class - Throw the First Pitch Raffle

  Make sure to buy a ticket for the Throw the First Pitch raffle, sponsored by the sophomore class. The lucky winner can throw the first pitch at the Varsity Baseball home game on April 14 or April 27. Tickets are $3 for one and $5 for two. Selling stations will be set up April 8-10 and April 15-17 at the Lower School and Main entrances after school. High school students can also buy tickets in the commons during Open Period on those dates.


Upcoming Service Opportunities

April 15 - Lower School Community Connections - Kite Making for Kite Day - 2:50 - 3:20 p.m.

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. ThorneMs. 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. 


April 25 - All 7th and 8th grade students are invited - Kite Day for Bayles Elementary - 10:00 a.m. - noon. Contact Ms. Hauschild if you would like to attend.


April 25 - All Middle School students are invited - North Texas Food Bank - 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Contact Ms. Hauschild or Ms. Ekstrom if you would like to attend.


April 25 - All Lakehill students and their families are invited to volunteer at the Lakehill booth - Earth Day Texas - 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Any length shift available). Contact Ms. Ekstrom if you would like to attend.


April 26 - All Lakehill students and their families are invited to volunteer at the Lakehill booth - Earth Day Texas - 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Any length shift available). Contact Ms. Ekstrom if you would like to attend.

May 5 - Lower and Middle School Community Connections - Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake - After school.

Get in the Games

Registration is Open for Fourth Annual White Rock Spring Games

There is still time to participate in the White Rock Spring Games! The Games will be held on Friday, April 17 at Lake Highlands Park and are open to students in kindergarten through grade 5.  Don't wait - the deadline to register is April 12! 

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: Leo Nussenzveig

Leonardo Nussenzveig has attended Lakehill since third grade. Leo is part of many activities. He is the Vice President of the Film Society and a member of the National Honor Society. He is also on the Varsity Tennis team, and recently competed in the district tournament.  

Leo not only takes part in school activities, but he has some hobbies outside of school as well. Producing music and playing the piano are just two of them. One of Leo's favorite Lakehill moments was the Upper School trip to Italy and France, where he saw some amazing monuments. He also enjoyed bonding with his fellow travelers.

For the past two summers, Leo has attended selective summer film programs at both New York University and the University of Southern California and won multiple awards for both his photography and his films. 

After debating between these two schools, Leo has decided to study film and television production at New York University as part of the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, one of the premier film programs in the world.


After graduating from Lakehill, Leo will miss the elective classes he took. He said that while these electives were "incredibly challenging," the hard work definitely paid off in the end, and led to many "moments of self discovery." 

By Lauren Smith-Morris, eighth grade

Sports Snippets
Spring Sports Head Toward District Play 


 Varsity Softball

The Lady Warriors Softball team defeated Greenville Christian 15-0 in their district opener.

Sophia De La Cruz and Audrey Castaigne combined to pitch three shut out innings.

Rachel Myers was the leading hitter with an out-of-the-park home run, a double, and several RBIs.
Seniors Kelly Werther and Haley York also provided several RBIs and scored several runs. Defensively, Ashley Peacock made an impressive running catch of a line drive to left field. 

The Lady Warriors next take on East Texas Christian on April 7 at home at 5:00 p.m. 

Varsity Baseball

In the second game of a rain-shortened season, the Warriors logged an 18-3 win over Greenville Christian. Jack Pippen pitched a complete game, striking out 10 of the 23 hitters he faced. Gerard Franklin set the pace for the Lakehill hitters, going three for five, and scoring three runs. Dylan Welch did a great job behind the plate, and added to the offense with three runs scored. Zack Aron also added to the scoring, and made several solid plays. 

In the third game of the season, East Texas Christian from Tyler got off to a strong start and never let up. The Warriors will look for revenge on April 7 at home. There are a lot of games coming up this month, so come on out and support the Warriors.

Middle School Baseball 
Lakehill's Middle School Baseball team saw their first action on March 27. Despite fielding only eight players, Lakehill led most of the game 2-0 behind the sharp pitching of Jalen Webster and the awesome effort behind the plate of catcher Harrison Hall, who stopped three runners in their tracks as they tried to score. On offense, Hall drove in Logan Stout on a triple, and then scored himself as Webster hit a line drive toward first base. Unfortunately, the lead didn't hold. In the fourth inning, Texoma Christian was able to capitalize on a couple of errors to take a 4-2 lead. Lakehill scored another run off the bat of Hall, and had the tying run on third, but couldn't get him home. The final score was 4-3.   

Jackson Elliot pitched a solid three innings to start the March 30 game against Prince of Peace. Webster provided an offensive spark, driving in five runs. Hall added another RBI, and Stout and Webster both hit triples in the game.  However, POP outscored Lakehill 14 to six.  

Middle School Softball
The Middle School Lady Warriors suffered a disappointing 15-3 loss to DeSoto Canterbury on March 31. The team is back at bat on April 2 at Greenhill at 4:30 p.m.

Varsity Tennis
The Lakehill Varsity Tennis team competed on March  31 in the District Tennis Tournament at L. B. Houston. Four Lakehill athletes medaled in their events and will now advance to the State Finals.
Senior Rachel Drazner finished second in women's singles. Sophomore Dunny Boch claimed third in the men's singles. The team of William Skipworth and Cole Ellis finished second in men's doubles. Senior Leo Nussenzveig is an alternate in men's singles. See more pictures.
Varsity Track
running-track.jpgThe Varsity Track team competed in its first meet on April 1 in the Nolan Viking Relays. The team will next participate in the Trinity Tiger Relays at Trinity Christian Cedar Hill on April 11 at 2:00 p.m.


Middle School Track
The Middle School Track team competed in its second meet of the season on March 28 in the Ovilla Middle School Relays held at DeSoto High School. The boys team took tenth overall, and the girls took seventh. Point-scoring performances for the boys included a fourth place finish for Ben Palmer in the 200m, a fifth place finish for the 4x100 relay team, and a third place finish for the 4x200m relay team. Standouts for the girls included a second place finish for Alanna Stern in the 200m, a fourth place finish for Jada Silas in the 200m, and a fourth place finish for Niamh McKinney in the 1600m. The girls 4x100 seventh grade team claimed an first place finish while the eighth grade team scored points with a sixth place finish. See more pictures.

The team competes in the IAA Track Championships on April 13 at Parish.
This Week at the ESC
This week at the ESC, the eighth graders made insect collecting nets for the Lower School students to use at the ESC. They also painted muslin bags using a variety of fish and leaves prints that are represented at the ESC.

What's Happening?
finger with string
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. 
Make plans to attend a performance of Lakehill's murder mystery, Design for Murder. Enjoy the multi-media production that will keep you wondering "who dunnit?" Suspicion of murder falls on every member of the cast until the final moment when all is revealed. Here's a tip: The butler is completely innocent. 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
NHS Retreat
Correction: This is a National Honor Society Retreat, NOT National Junior Honor Society as previously reported. 

April 18
NJHS Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

April 18
Upper School Service Project at Community Partners of Dallas, 10:00 - noon

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Lakehill Summer Camps 2015
Nearly 900 registrations for Lakehill Summer Camps 2015 have already been received! Don't miss out on the camps you want! Four new camps have just been added - check out pages 36 and 37 of the Summer Camps Guide to see what's new!