Logo Banner
The Warrior Weekly
In This Issue
Warrior Web
Quick Links
Join Our List
Quote of the Week
"A successful man is 
one who can lay a firm foundation with 
the bricks others have thrown at him."

 ~David Brinkley

Volume 7, Issue 31April 23, 2015
Opening Doors

Lakehill Begins Process on School Expansion

In anticipation of Lakehill's growing needs, school leaders have been working for almost two years setting the stage in order to open the doors to the possibility of expanding the school facility. A committee has considered issues including feasibility, space needs, legal issues, and funding requirements. Lakehill families were treated to the first look at the proposed renovations to the Hillside campus in this month's Milestones Magazine.

"We have begun the lengthy process to gain the support of our neighbors and the approval from the city," said Headmaster Roger Perry. Tonight, Perry will meet with residents in the immediate neighborhood, giving them the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns before the school can move forward with the rezoning. During the meeting, Kimley-Horn will present the traffic and parking study, as well as the site plan by the architects Good Fulton & Farrell.

"I think it is the neighborly thing to do," continued Perry. "We have a very good relationship with the vast majority of the people who live near Lakehill. I think meeting with them early on in this process will help them understand that improving our school will have a positive effect on our neighborhood."

The proposed plans for 15,000 square feet of new space and 8,000 square feet of renovated space are currently under review by all city departments. "Once we have city approval to move forward, we will host a meeting for all of our Lakehill families," said Perry. "We are optimistic that the results will be favorable. We can't wait to share the enhancements to the campus with our Lakehill families."

Academic Achievers

Three Recognized Through Duke Talent Identification Program

Three Lakehill seventh graders who elected to take the SAT or ACT as part of the Duke University Seventh Grade Talent Search recently received State Recognition, with one student qualifying for Grand Recognition.  

Lakehill congratulates Addison Baum, Niamh McKinney, and Stella Palmer for their outstanding achievements. All three students received state recognition. Additionally, Niamh received Grand Recognition, the highest honor in the program. 

The Duke University Seventh Grade Talent Search identifies academically talented seventh graders based on their standardized test scores. Candidates are then invited to complete either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT Assessment college entrance examination. The goal is to provide them with information about their abilities while introducing them to a network of services and enrichment programs.
These three Lakehill students will be honored on May 30 at a Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) State Recognition Ceremony at the University of North Texas. They have also been invited to participate in a Duke TIP Summer Program. Niamh has also been invited to a Grand Recognition ceremony on May 18 at the Duke University campus.

Honoring Scholars
Students Inducted Into Math, Foreign Language, and Social Studies Honor Societies
Mu Alpha Theta (Mathematics), Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (Spanish), Société Honoraire de Français (French), and Rho Kappa (Social Studies), four of Lakehill's student honor societies, held their induction ceremonies on April 21 in Lakehill's Wyly Auditorium. These groups welcomed a total of 34 students into their illustrious ranks. The ceremony was led by faculty sponsors Susie Brigham, Joan Mayo, Tamra Badgett, and Jamie Thorne.

French and Spanish honorees must complete at least three years of the language and maintain an average of 3.5 or higher. Membership in Mu Alpha Theta at Lakehill is reserved for juniors and seniors who have maintained a "B" average or better in all math classes. Rho Kappa honorees must have completed four semesters of Social Studies, and maintain a 3.0 overall and a 3.5 in all high school Social Studies classes. Members of these highly regarded academic organizations wear honor cords at graduation and receive a special seal on their diploma.

This year's Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica inductees were Anna GonitzkeBrent HugginsJana KahnBaustin ShawKelly Werther, and Haley York. Kiefer Gorena, Jonathan Motes, Baustin Shaw, and Leo Nussenzveig were inducted into the Société Honoraire de Français. 

Mu Alpha Theta honorees were juniors Charlotte AbateEmily BolesJohn Crutchfield, Becca CurreyKevin DaiSofia De La CruzNam DoanBrandon DouglasAva EcklinYinting FanSunny FangReed HenryHannah HerrmanDante JiangKevin LantzCarlos Lopez, IIIRichard MaJennifer Seo, and Camryn Thompson and senior Rachel Drazner.

Rho Kappa inductees were juniors Audrey Castaigne, Becca CurreyAfton Guedea, and Hannah Herrman.

See more pictures here.

Check Mate
Chess Team Brings Home Awards
Members of the Lower School Chess Club participated in the Founders Classical Academy Chess Tournament held on April 18. The team wins are based on points earned during individual matches.

Lakehill's kindergarten and first grade team took fifth place as a team, with an eighth place finish for Andrew Knipp and a 13th place finish for Maya Patel.

In the second and third grade division, the Lakehill team of Daniel Knipp (4th place), Asa McCaleb (6th place), and Vivek Patel was honored as the first place team. 


In the fourth grade and up category, Lakehill's team of James McKinney (2nd place), Ethan Gaertner (11th place), and Cullen McCaleb (13th place) claimed second place as a team.

Community Spotlight

Freshman Class Concludes a Successful Diaper Drive, Thanks Participants

The ninth grade class was thrilled to return to Vogel Alcove in March. Vogel Alcove provides free childcare service, education, and meals to Dallas' youngest victims of poverty - homeless children six weeks to five years old. "Working with the people at Vogel Alcove gave me a greater understanding of Dallas' homeless population," said Jonathan Kroll.


The Freshman Class has completed several service projects this year, but working with Vogel Alcove has been the best experience and most rewarding experience for them. "I loved my experience at Vogel Alcove," said Mandy Scales, "because I knew that I was doing something for a good cause." 

On Saturday, March 21, students helped facilitate Vogel Alcove's Family Matters Day, when families whose children attend Vogel Alcove's school can spend quality time with their children in a safe environment. Freshmen helped run the clothing store, made lunches to be served to the families, read books, and led craft activities. Even after working for a full eight hours on her Saturday, Ashley Peacock said, "I had a great time volunteering at Vogel Alcove. I hope that I can go back and help them more."


Vogel Alcove uses about 2,000 diapers a week, prompting the Freshman Class to spend two weeks collecting diaper donations. The class collected 4,393 diapers, almost 10 times more than last year. Of that total, the Kindergarten classes contributed an impressive 1,402 diapers. As a reward for their great stewardship, the freshman are throwing them a pizza party.


Regarding the semester of work with Vogel Alcove, class Vice-President Steven Murff said, "Vogel Alcove is by far one of the best places where I have volunteered. It is the true epitome of selflessness and caring for those in need." Warren Lester, class president, added, "Words cannot describe how we love what Vogel Alcove does for families in need, and we are honored to have had the privilege of working with them this year."


See more photos.


By Shelby Britton and Gerard Franklin, ninth grade


Warrior Outreach Organization Works with Community Partners of Dallas

Nearly 30 students gathered on April 18 in the warehouse of Community Partners of Dallas, ready to sort, organize, and help out in any way needed. Students worked solidly for two hours: organizing next year's Easter Basket Drive, unpacking and sorting new books for local elementary students, creating toiletry kits, and lifting heavy packages for organization. Community Partners of Dallas is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring safety and restoring dignity and hope to abused and neglected children by providing resources and support to the caseworkers of Dallas County Child Protective Services.


See more photos.


National Junior Honor Society Spruces Up Shoreline

Seventeen eighth and ninth grade members of the National Junior Honor Society pitched in on Saturday morning to help clean-up Lakehill's adopted shoreline at White Rock Lake. Lower and Middle School Community Connections members will lead the next Shoreline Spruce-Up on May 5 after school. Lakehill has been a leading Adopt-A-Shoreline member for seven years. Thanks to everyone who helps to maintain this neighborhood treasure throughout the year. 


Seventh and Eighth Grade Powder Puff

The seventh and eighth grade boys squared off in a competitive Powder Puff game of volleyball on April 17 with the girls serving as coaches. Although the seventh grade boys won the first game, the eighth grade boys claimed the second and third games. More than $700 was raised for Roger's Wildlife, a non-profit wildlife rescue organization whose purpose is to help injured, sick or orphaned birds and animals return to their natural environment. See more photos.


Upcoming Service Opportunities

April 25 - All 7th, 8th, and 11th 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.

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: Camille Willaford

Camille Willaford has attended Lakehill since eighth grade. Over the years, her favorite classes have been Musical Theater and Art. She has also enjoyed the time she spent working with Sisteens as co-chair and with SWAG Club as Vice-President. 


Camille plans to pursue her interests in piano, guitar, and painting when she attends Berklee College of Music this fall. She will major in music/voice and minor in song writing.  Camille's goal is to get a Bachelor's in music, and then she wants to become a songwriter and performer when she graduates.


Camille's childhood hero was Julie Andrews; she loved her in movies and enjoyed the way she sang. Now, she looks up to her as a public figure that has had an amazing career.


One of Camille's favorite experiences at Lakehill the Upper School Prom during her junior year. She says that one of the best things about Lakehill is its small class size, because it allows teachers to spend time with each student if necessary. Her advice to younger students is, "Make friends and be nice to everyone, and remember to always be yourself."


By Connor Alexander, eighth grade

Sports Snippets
Spring Sports Continue


Middle School Track Teams Dominate 
After being rained out on April 13, the Middle School Track team returned to Parish on April 20 to compete in the IAA Track Championships. The Boys team claimed first place out of eight teams, and the girls claimed second place, also out of eight teams. Points were received in each event for the top six finishers. 

In the 200m, Ben Palmer took fourth place and Henry Bolt took sixth place. Addison Baum took first in the 800m and third in the 400m, while Anders Ekstrom claimed fifth in the 400m. Reed Zimmermann took first in the 110m hurdles. The Lakehill boys dominated the relays, with a first place finish in the 4 x 100 (Bolt, Cole Johnson, Zimmermann, Palmer) 4 x 200 (Bolt, Ben Gillman, Zimmermann, Palmer) and 4 x 400 (Gillman, Ekstrom, Spencer Mihm, and Baum). In field events, Bolt took first in shot put, while Gaige Cerda claimed second in both the shot put and discus. Johnson took second in the long jump.

Niamh McKinney claimed a first place finish in the 2400m and another first place finish in the 1600m. Heather Hines took first in the 100m. In the 200m, Alanna Stern took first, Lynley Waggoner took fourth, and Jada Silas claimed fifth. Ava Rheams took fifth in the 400m. In the hurdles, Lakehill posed a triple threat, with first place for Heather Hines in the 100m and 300m hurdles, third and second place for Lola Bond, and a fifth and third place for Isa Bruner. The girls relay teams were also strong, taking first in the 4 x 200 (Waggoner, Silas, Stella Palmer, Stern) and second in the 4 x 400 (Leah Hawthorne, Rheams, Merritt McCaleb, McKinney). In the long jump, Bruner took fifth and Hawthorne took sixth.

 Varsity Softball

The Lady Warriors defeated Greenville Christian 29-17 at home on April 16. Kelly Werther hit a two-run, out-of-the-park home run and an out-of-the-park Grand Slam home run. Audrey Castaigne contributed an in-the-park Grand Slam home run. Ashley Peacock hit a line drive double to center field bringing in three RBIs. Ava Ecklin and McKinney Waggoner led the defense with several outs. 


On April 20, the Lady Warriors played a double header at home against Garland Christian. In the first game, the team started off strong with hits by Werther, Waggoner and Myers. De la Cruz pitched three innings, and the Lady Warriors defense only allowed five runs and had a three-up three-down inning. The Lady Warriors won 20-5 in three innings with the Mercy Rule. In the second game, de la Cruz pitched four innings and the defense only allowed four runs including another 3-up 3-down inning. The Lady Warriors won 20-4 bringing their season record to 6-2.  
The team will travel to play East Texas Christian on April 23 at 5:00 p.m.

Varsity Baseball


The Warriors take on East Texas Christian in Tyler on April 24 at 5:00 p.m.


Middle School Baseball 

Lakehill's Middle School Baseball team ended the season with a smashing 12-2 defeat of arch rival DeSoto Canterbury on April 20. Jalen Webster pitched a phenomenal game, while Jackson Elliott filled in at catcher. Jacob Meazle knocked in the last RBI and David Hunt gave a solid performance at first base.

Middle School Softball
The Middle School softball team hosted Greenhill last Friday at the Warrior Athletic Complex. The Warriors had a tough time with Greenhill's ace pitcher and struggled at the plate. Several solid defensive plays were made, including a double-play by Loveth Heard and a force out by Georgia Ferguson. Ultimately, the visiting Hornets emerged victorious. Lakehill will host Desoto Canterbury this Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at the Warrior softball field. 
This Week at the ESC

The fourth grade enjoyed their ESCape to Nature Day on Tuesday. The weather was beautiful and everyone enjoyed lunch and being outdoors. 

The fifth grade finished their chemical testing of the soil sample. They obtained their sample at the first of the year and have been analyzing it the entire year. This week they will do a procedure to extract the nutrients and test for phosphorus, nitrogen, and potassium. 

On Earth Day, students walked the grounds and gathered trash to be good stewards of the environment and keep the ESC looking beautiful.

See more photos from the ESC.

What's Happening?
finger with string
April 20-24
Achievement Testing: Grade 3 - 4

April 24
Mark Twain Day, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. 

April 24
Middle and Upper School Choir Concert, 7:00 p.m. 

April 25 and 26
Earth Day Dallas
See Ms. Ekstrom to volunteer! 

April 28
Lower School Spring Fling, 7:00 p.m.


April 30
7th Grade to Medieval Times 

April 29
Senior Day, 8:35 a.m.

April 30
Junior-Senior Ring Luncheon

April 30
Performing Arts Banquet, 6:30 p.m. 

May 1
Birthday Book Club 
2:15 - 2:50 p.m.  

May 2
Upper School Prom 


May 8
White Rock Spring Games
May 15
Middle School Musical: Mulan, Jr.
7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium

May 17
ESC, 2:00 p.m. 

May 29
Commencement Ceremony
Auditorium, 6:30 p.m. 
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 1000 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!