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Volume 7, Issue 32April 30, 2015
Celebrating Seniors
Class of 2015 Honored at Senior Day

Lakehill seniors are rapidly approaching the end of their high school careers. On April 29, they had the opportunity to slow things down a bit and celebrate the journey that has brought them to this point as Lakehill celebrated Senior Day.

Seniors began their day with a catered breakfast in the cafeteria with their parents. They then headed to the auditorium for an assembly in honor of the Class of 2015. Seniors were later treated to Starbucks during open period.

The Senior Class sponsors introduced each student and shared his or her college plans. Each senior also had the opportunity to pass down a personal Lakehill memento to a lucky raffle winner. From football jerseys and cheerleading uniforms to drumsticks and boxing gloves, there was no limit to the priceless treasures passed on to the underclassmen.

See more pictures from Senior Day.

See the List of College Acceptances.  

Find out where our seniors are headed in this video.

Kites and Kids

Lakehill Hosts Annual Kite Day

A breezy day, a kite, and a kid - a Saturday morning at its finest. This old-school pastime became a new favorite for hundreds of students from Bayles Elementary and their families during this year's annual Kite Day celebration on April 25.


The fields at Lakehill's Roger L. Perry Campus provided the perfect location. Lakehill Middle and Upper School volunteers handed out 500 kites and offered guidance to novice kite fliers and their families. The Lion's Club fired up the grill to serve a hot dog lunch to all who attended.


As the sky came alive with hundreds of colorful, dancing kites, spirits soared back on the ground.


See more pictures from Kite Day.

On the Mark

Students Enjoy Old-Fashioned Fun at Annual Mark Twain Day

Rain couldn't dampen the spirits of those gathered for Lakehill's sixteenth annual Mark Twain Day, celebrating the culmination of the fifth grade unit of study on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

The event offered fourth through sixth grade students the chance to have fun the old-fashioned way: sack races, bobbing for apples, and fence painting. Students competed in a variety of good-natured contests, including watermelon seed spitting, pie eating, and bragging.

Lakehill dad Peter Goldstein added an air of authenticity to the event in his role as Mark Twain.

The fifth grade students said they loved making the miniature rafts, dressing up as the characters, and playing games that kids played more than a hundred years ago. Mercy Horton and Mara Sandberg were honored for the most authentic costume for Becky Thatcher, Kole Cannon and Noah Kohn for Huck Finn, and Hayden Bauer and Ellis Meyer for the most authentic Tom Sawyer. Anna Knickel was also honored for her creative costume as the fence.  Spencer Neill took the top prize for the jury-evaluated rafts, with Macy Moskovik, Macy Bogatay, and Hannah Ostermayer rounding out the top four.  

See more photos from Mark Twain Day.

Songs of Spring
Middle and Upper School Choirs Perform

Lakehill Preparatory School's Middle and Upper School Choirs took the stage on April 24 for their final school performance of the year. The Spring Concert, featuring the vocal talents of sixth through twelfth grade students, was a beautiful and fitting end to a successful year.

The program featured a variety of performances by the Sixth Grade Music Class, the Allegro Singers (the Seventh and Eighth Grade Choir), the Man Choir, and the Women's Choir. 

An emotional finale by the combined choirs of Noel Zancandella and Ryan Tedder's "I Lived" marked the last performance for this year's seniors. Upper School Performing Arts students will celebrate their successes at the upcoming Performing Arts Banquet on April 30 at the ESC. 

See more pictures.

Spring Fling Showcases Music and Art

Lakehill's Lower School students took to the stage on April 28 to perform in the annual Spring Fling in the Wyly Auditorium.


The program's theme was "Building America through Music," with musical selections performed by each Lower School grade. Narration for the evening was done by fourth grade students Olivia Nymeyer, Jon Paul Maney, Oliver Adams, Hayden Bauer, Hannah Reister, Anna Knickel, Avery Owen, Maddie Muller, Ethan Gaertner, Megan Blomquist, Calista Byrd, Tristan Osang, Taylor Gardsbane, and Katie Rich.

See more pictures from Spring Fling.

Middle School Musical

On May 15 at 7:00 p.m., Lakehill's seventh and eighth grade musical theater students will share the fantastic tale of Mulan.

Defying ttradition, Mulan takes up arms and disguises herself as a boy in order to spare her father from having to serve in the army. The Huns have invaded, and it is up to Mulan and her mischievous sidekick Mushu to save the Emperor. 

Disney's Mulan, Jris a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor, and the fighting spirit. The score includes such favorites as "Reflection," "Honor to Us All," and "I'll Make a Man Out of You." There are also new songs that promise to get the audience up on its feet.

Admission is free. Don't miss this family-friendly performance! 
Community Spotlight

Middle School Students and Parents Lend a Hand at North Texas Food Bank

Lakehill Middle School students helped pack potatoes for the North Texas Food Bank on April 25. Volunteers sorted more than 6,000 pounds of potatoes before packing them into five pound bags for distribution. "It was a great project," said eighth grader Elizabeth Motes. "I am so glad we were able to help people get the food they need." Lakehill will return to the North Texas Food Bank on May 8, when seventh and eighth grade students not rehearsing for the musical will volunteer from 8:00 a.m. until noon.

Lakehill Showcased at Earth Day Texas
The 2015 Earth Day Texas was the planet's largest Earth Day Expo ever. The more than 75,000 visitors who attended the event, held April 24-26 at Fair Park, were treated to 1200 exhibits showcasing leaders in the corporate, academic, and non-profit worlds, including a booth featuring Lakehill Preparatory School. 

Volunteers shared information about Lakehill's programs with visitors while demonstrating a variety of environmentally friendly projects, including a model solar house built by Lakehill's eighth grade students and a solar oven. Guests to the Lakehill booth were also able to make a flower pot out of recycled newspaper. Lakehill students of all ages came out to help staff the booth during the three-day festival.


Earth Day Texas is an annual festival seeking to elevate environmental awareness and change the way North Texans think, live, and work. This is the fourth year that Lakehill has been featured

Sisteens Sell Ice Cream for Charity

Members of Sisteens, a service organization for Upper School girls, recently hosted an Ice Cream Sale to raise money for Genesis Women's Shelter. 


Sisteens activity usually quiets down during the spring semester, but the Giving Back committee, led by Camryn Thompson, Charlotte Abate, and Erin Boyce, is turning that around.

The money raised during the two-day sale will be donated through Genesis' online donation portal. Genesis Women's Shelter offers quality safety and shelter to battered women and their children.

Upcoming Service Opportunities

May 3 - Middle School students are invited to help at the Children's Center Carnival from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.


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


Student Leadership

Student Council Elects New Officers

Officers have been elected for Upper School Student Council for the 2015-16 school year. Congratulations to everyone who participated in these student government elections and to the new Executive Council.

President - Brandon Douglas

Vice-President - Zain Imam

Historian - Claire Crow

Secretary - Will Skipworth

Treasurer - Noah Bernstein

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: Haley York

Haley York is a Lakehill Lifer, having attended Lakehill for thirteen wonderful years. She says of her time at Lakehill, "My experience - despite how much smaller Lakehill is compared to other schools - has provided me with many great opportunities that have helped me be able to succeed and find out what I want to do with my life."


Haley has been a member of the volleyball, softball, and cheer teams. She enjoyed playing sports at Lakehill because it is a great bonding experience with others. In fact, one of her favorite memories at Lakehill was during her sophomore year when the volleyball team went to South Padre Island. "I had so much fun, and I loved the bonding time that we all got to have together, hanging out and playing on the beach."


Haley has dedicated a great amount of her time to student organizations, such as Sisteens and Student Council. As the president of Student Council, she has made this year great, organizing many fun activities and projects. She also has many others commitments outside of school, like volunteering at SPCA, which she has been doing since she was 12. Haley dedicates a great deal of time to her schoolwork, saying that Biology has been her favorite subject.


She was honored as this year's Homecoming Queen. Haley will be attending Texas A&M University where she plans to study business marketing. 


Many people have contributed to Haley's experience at Lakehill: Mr. Dent, Mr. Hagood, Mr. Holman, Mrs. Ekstrom, and the rest of the faculty, Cole Ellis, her parents, her grandparents, and her friends. She says that her favorite faculty member is Mrs. Ekstrom. "She has gone above and beyond helping me figure out my plans for college and my internship. She's helped make every everything much easier. She's also always there when I need her." 


Though she has 13 years of experiences to choose from, Haley says that the what she will miss most about Lakehill are the amazing teachers and her awesome friends.


The advice that she'd give to other Warriors is to "Try your hardest at whatever you're doing. That is how you will succeed in whatever it is that you want to do, so don't let anything stop you from doing that."


By Mandy Scales, ninth grade, and Tyler McCall, eighth grade

Sports Snippets
Seasons Conclude for Track, Baseball, Softball Heads to Playoffs 


Varsity Track
The Varsity Track team completed their season at the District Meet. Members of this year's team are
Cameron Vanek (shot put and discus),
Dayton Steinbach (100m),
Kason Burt (shot put and discus),
Nicholas Morvay (shot put and discus),
Steven Murff (800m), Autumn Scales (200m), Jakayla Silas (200m), Judy Zhu (800m), Katie McKnight (100m), and Rachel Bloom 200m). The top finishers in the District Meet were Silas (5th), Scales (7th), and Morvay (8th).

"Everyone improved their time and throws from week to week," said Coach Sharita Smith. "I am so proud of this team for their hard work, dedication, and commitment. I can't wait to see what they can do next year." 

 Varsity Softball
The Lady Warriors played at East Texas Christian on April 23, losing a tough game 16-11. 
McKinney Waggoner made several outs at first, Kelly Werther tagged a runner out at second base on a steal, and the Lady Warriors turned a double play in the fifth inning. Sofia de la Cruz,
Emily BolesAva Ecklin, and Rachel Myers each contributed several hits.


The team defeated Poetry Christian 17-9 in a non-district game on April 27 at home. Haley York and Emily Boles made outstanding catches in the outfield while Werther and Waggoner made key infield put-outs. Myers, Audrey Castaigne, Waggoner, de la Cruz and Ashley Peacock all had strong hits in the win.

The Lady Warriors clinched third place in district and a spot in the TAPPS State Playoffs with a 5-3 record. They will play Ft. Worth Bethesda Christian in a first round match-up in White Settlement on May 1 at 7:00 p.m.  


Varsity Baseball

The Warriors lost a tough game to East Texas Christian in Tyler on April 24.

Dylan Welch was pressed into service as relief pitcher, and kept the Warriors in the game. He also contributed a big hit. 

After a practice game against Stonegate Christian, the Warriors faced district rival Longview Christian. A win would have sent the Warriors to the State Playoffs in Austin, but Longview prevailed, ending a rain-shortened season for the Warriors. 

This Week at the ESC

Third grade enjoyed a very successful ESCape to Nature Day with close to 100%  participation.


After lunch indoors, students and their parents enjoyed a beautiful window of sunshine and warmth outdoors enjoying the grounds. 

"I would like to thank everyone that was able to break away from their normal routine and join us on these special days for the children," said Melissa Carpernter, Director of Environmental Education.

See more photos from the ESC and the ESCape to Nature days.

What's Happening?
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Calendar for 2015-16

April 30
Seventh Grade to Medieval Times
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.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 2
Second Grade Auction Party, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

May 5
PASF Bake Sale (MS and US lunches)

May 5
Third Grade to Dallas Heritage Museum
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

May 7
New Parent Luncheon
ESC, 11:30 a.m. 

May 8
Middle School Musical Rehearsal
8:00 a.m. - noon

May 8
Middle School Service Project at North Texas Food Bank
8:00 a.m. - noon
(Seventh and eighth grade students not in Musical) 

May 8
Lower School Field Day
Lakehill Ninja Warrior
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. 
Find out more!

May 8
Middle School Skate Party 
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 
May 8
White Rock Spring Games

May 10
Mother's Day
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May 12
Parent Faculty Club (PFC) General Meeting
8:15 a.m., Cafeteria
Join us to hear more about what is going on with the PFC and meet the officers for next year!  

May 12
Colonial Game Day
2:00 - 2:45 p.m. 
May 15
Middle School Musical: Mulan, Jr.
Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

May 17
ESC, 2:00 p.m. 

May 29
Commencement Ceremony
7:30 p.m., Auditorium 
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!