Lakehill Preparatory School
The Warrior Weekly

Volume 11, Issue 28
April 4, 2019
Taking The Next Step
Lakehill held a special ceremony on April 3, to honor seniors Connor Alexander and Ben Palmer , who announced that they will continue their varsity athletic pursuits at the college level.

Alexander will row for the Varsity Club team at Lehigh University, while Palmer will join the SMU Mustangs as a preferred walk-on.
 
Both Alexander and Palmer are Lakehill Lifers, having attended since kindergarten. Palmer led this year's Warrior football team to the state playoffs, and was recognized with First Team All-District and Honorable Mention All-State honors. Alexander is a nationally-ranked member of Dallas United Crew, a team that encompasses rowers from across the city of Dallas.

As coaches, administrators, family, and friends gathered to cheer them on, Palmer and Alexander personally thanked those who had supported them on their journeys as students and athletes in heartfelt statements.

"I have known these young men since they were in kindergarten," said Headmaster Roger Perry. "I am impressed by their dedication to their academics and to their chosen sports. I am thrilled that they will be able to continue pursuing the sports they love at the college level."

Congratulations to these outstanding student-athletes.

On Their Honor
Lakehill's National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) held a combined Induction Ceremony on April 3, in Lakehill's Charles Wyly Auditorium. NHS President  Kate Langley  and NJHS President  Mitchell Crow  plus officers 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.

Eighteen new members were inducted into the Warrior Chapter of the NHS, an honor society for students in grades 10 to 12. Students must have a minimum 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 Cade Armstrong , Asher Chamoy , Keegan Clendenin , Emerson Danamraj , Sophia Ganson , Thea Gilliland , Atsuyasu Hirata , William Leake , Nathan Lewis , Max Link , Chudi Liu , Kathryn Mahan , Matthew McCall , Jourdyn Owens , Sarah Smith , Georgina Stephens , Ender Trout , and Justin Vlier .
  
Thirty-three students were inducted into Lakehill's Golden Arrow Chapter of NJHS. To be considered, students must have attended Lakehill for three semesters and maintain a 3.5 GPA. Those selected must demonstrate outstanding scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship, and character.

This year's inductees include seventh-grade students  Taylor Allen , Isabella Bassman , Victoria Bell , Blake Bied , Nicholas Blanchard , Lily Bracken , Sofia Bracken , Maxwell Byrd , Jackson Cook , Zoe Crist , Abby Dondis , Lobna El-Feky , Sarah Ganson , Emma Hoffman , Olivia Johnston , Isabel Ketterson , Kellen Khan , Daniel Knipp , Taylor Lewis , Sydney Nguyen , Vivek Patel , Madeline Reister , Willow Turkyilmaz , and Jack Widhalm , and eighth-grade students  Hayden Bauer , Megan Blomquist , Arthur Cirillo , Donovan Covarrubias , Jon Paul Maney , Ellis Meyer , Tristan Osang , Kayla Ristianto , and Hudson Welch .
 
Congratulations to these outstanding students. 

See  more pictures  from the ceremony.
Seventh Grade Grand Rounds
Receive a patient file. Research and determine your diagnosis and treatment approach. Present your findings to a group of Attendings – and be prepared to answer their questions. 

This experience is not typically associated with middle school, but for Lakehill science teacher Bryna Thomson’s seventh graders it has been part of the curriculum since the 2013-14 school year. While studying the human body has always been included in seventh grade science, it was not until Thomson attended some professional development classes that she got the idea to create Grand Rounds, a “project-based learning” lesson for this area.

Over the years, she has adapted it to create a challenge that gives students the chance to experience what becoming a doctor would be like. Students are divided into groups and create their own “clinics,” with each one staffed with a variety of medical specialists. Each clinic presents information about their patient, health issues faced, diagnostic tests run, and the diagnosis the “doctors” determined. They then present their recommended treatment, including medications required.

“I hope that this is a much more fun and interactive way to learn about the human body,” said Thomson. “It is a great deal of work, but students get a lot of experience out of it. I also want them to get an idea of different fields of study they can pursue in the future.”

Each year, the Attendings are composed of Lakehill parents who are doctors and nurses. This year’s panels were made up of veterans Paula Gillman, Brent Walker, Waleed El-Feky, and A mbareen Salam. New this year were Devra Langford, Kelly Johnson, and Denise Sullivan.

Seventh grader Isabel Ketterson enjoyed the experience, but acknowledged it was hard work. “I really liked it, but it could be stressful at times. You really had to work well with your group to get anything done.” She was most worried about presenting to the Attendings, “but it was just three nice doctors.”

"I was impressed with the comprehensive presentations of each group," said Sullivan, a pediatric anesthesiologist. "The students were able to assimilate and discuss fairly complex information and address all questions posed by the panelists in a very thoughtful and logical manner. The Grand Rounds format is the method used in medical schools and academic hospitals to present interesting and challenging cases, so I think the students were able to get a glimpse of how physicians approach patient care in a very realistic way. Hopefully, some will be inspired to pursue a career in the medical field."

"I enjoyed learning about the procedures that real doctors take to diagnose a patient and start their treatment," said seventh grader Vivek Patel. "It gave me an idea of what it would be like to be a real doctor and further supported my desire to be an orthopedic surgeon when I grow up."


By Lacie Kuhn
Art Awards
On April 1, Visual Arts Chair Scott Boles took 21 selected works of art created by Lakehill visual art students in his drawing, painting, computer graphics, and sculpture classes and Cat Huitt's ceramics and fiber arts classes to Waco, Texas for the 2019 TAPPS State Art Championship competition.  

After advancing to the final round, s enior Julia Bartholow was recognized with a bronze medal for her Senior Art Portfolio . She has been working on her portfolio over the past year in her AP Studio Art class.

Sophomore Cytheria Luo was recognized as a State Champion, receiving the gold medal in the Drawing - Color category for her self-portrait. Luo also received an 8th place in the same category.

Other notable finishes include the following:
Gary Hou , 7th place, Drawing - Black and White
Zak Goldstein , Honorable Mention, Drawing - Color
Ender Trout , Honorable Mention, Communication Design
Georgia Ferguson , Honorable Mention, Painting
First Grade Fizz
First graders just completed an exciting science unit on solids, liquids, and gases.They observed how matter can change from one state to another through the process of making ice cream (liquid to solid state). Then, they observed all three states of matter in the same mixture while making "Purple Fizzy Cows." In these mixtures, the grape soda was the liquid, the ice cream was the solid, and the carbonated bubbles (carbon dioxide) were the gas.

Vocal Masters
For the first time, this year's ISAS Arts Festival is offering a vocal master class focused on musical theater. Performing Arts Chair Tracy Herron worked with three Upper School students to record and submit their auditions. All three, Elizabeth Blanchard , Keegan Clendenin , and Sophia Ganson , were hand-picked to participate. 

In the workshop, students will perform a song of their choosing, receive feedback, and have the opportunity to apply the notes given. Using these selections as a launching point, they will have the opportunity to discuss aspects of performance practice with the leader of the master class, such as the journey of a song, vocal technique, text exploration, and musical clues.

The class will be taught by Cara Johnston Firestone, who has an extensive background in opera, musical theater, and as a symphonic soloist. She has taught at St. Edward's University in Austin since 2011, where she has appeared as Lily in The Secret Garden and Nettie in Carousel .
Tale of Transformation
Myths transform into theatrical magic in Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses.

Featuring a vibrant, shape-shifting 28-member cast, most playing multiple roles, Metamorphoses tells the stories that are filled with love, loss, and longing based on Ovid's classic myths.

The center piece of the production, directed by Mark Guerra, is a pool of water that serves as the stage for this production. Seniors Connor Alexander and Ben Palmer constructed the pool during their Engineering and Design class.

Transformation is the thread that connects the stories. Early in the play, Ceyx ( Jonah Shaw) leaves his wife, Alcyone ( Sophia Ganson), for a two-month sea voyage. When he perishes in a storm, the grief-stricken Alcyone reclaims him, and the couple morphs into a matched pair of graceful sea birds.

In another melancholy love story, the aged couple Baucis ( Kira Willis) and Philemon ( Bill Song) - each unable to face life without the other - become gracefully intertwined trees after giving hospitality to gods in disguise.

Other tales were lighter in tone. King Midas ( Justin Reed) sets a wry tone as a self-congratulating one-percenter (“Money is a good thing”) whose wish for the golden touch quickly turns disastrous. Erysichthon ( Koby Watkins) is physically possessed by an all-consuming Hunger ( Georgia Ferguson), while Phaeton ( Logan Stout), the son of Apollo ( Will Gorman), takes a bright comic turn while complaining to his therapist ( Elizabeth Blanchard). Another scene focused on Vertumnus ( Harris Jones), a not quite master of disguise, who finally gains the attention of wood-nymph Pomona ( Tyler McCall) after learning to be himself.

The evening offered new views of familiar myths including a retelling of Orpheus ( Jack Pinchot) and Eurydice ( Alanna Stern).Through the frame of questions posed by children, the myth of Eros and Psyche (Shaw and Claire Howard), the winged love god and his paramour, silently unfolded.

Guerra dedicated the production to senior Kate Langley, who has stage managed every Upper School show he has directed at Lakehill, as well as his shows at Theatre Three."I chose this play because it was the last one I stage managed in college, and it the last one Kate will stage manage with me at Lakehill. She has done the job so well - she really has been my assistant director." Students will perform a truncated version of the play at the upcoming ISAS Arts Festival with Langley directing.

Honor the 2018-19 school year with a gift to the Warrior Fund
Donations to the Warrior Fund make Lakehill an amzing place for every member of our Community. Our new  online donation platform features a streamlined donor experience, so it's quicker and easier to make a  #BigImpact.  

The Warrior Fund supports the Lakehill experience, including STEM advances, competitive athletics, and innovative performing and visual arts. Your support gives our students the foundation to succeed, whatever their next challenge.


Thank you for being an important part of our Warrior Community!
Donors who give $1,000 or more will be honored at the annual invitation-only Headmaster's Reception on April 11. It's just one of the ways we show our appreciation for Lakehill's supporters.
Spring Into Summer
Summer is a lot closer than you might think - especially when it comes to signing your kids up for summer camps! 

Registration for Lakehill Summer Camps is open, and space is filling quickly. More than 700 registrations have already been received!

With 89 different camps for all grade levels in every area imaginable, this is one summer you don't want to miss!

Check out the new   2019 Summer Camps Guide

Find out more about our Summer Camps programs.
 
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: Natalie Sevilla
Natalie Sevilla has attended Lakehill for four years, coming to the school as a high school freshman. She immediately embraced Lakehill’s unique culture and took an active role in a number of sports and organizations. She participates in Varsity Cheer, serves as the head photographer of PASF (Spanish Club), Student Council historian, softball manager, and is a member of the International Club. She has also served as an Ambassador, co-publicist of the senior class, co-public relations chair of Sisteens, co-president of WOO (Warrior Outreach Organization), and homecoming chair for Sisteens.

Natalie has received many awards while at Lakehill, but one she is most proud of is the All American Cheer award she received her junior year. Her favorite memory at Lakehill was during her sophomore year when the cheer squad traveled to an away football game and the Warriors won 51-50 in overtime.

For life after Lakehill, Natalie is considering the University of Alabama, Auburn University, and Texas Tech University. She plans to major in Public Relations and Marketing.

Natalie’s advice to young Warrior is, “Get involved as much as you can; it makes high school more enjoyable!”

By Brooke Granado, ninth grade
Sports Snippets

Varsity and Middle School Tennis
Six members of the Varsity Tennis team are headed to the State Finals on Wednesday, April 10, in Waco. Congratulations to Hayden Yoss, Ben Gillman, Luke Jerome, James Freeman, Maya Ariss, and Julia Bartholow.

Varsity and Middle School Baseball
The Varsity Baseball team scored their most runs this season and took a lead in their final at-bat before falling 6-5 to Texoma Christian. Nathan Lewis crushed a double and drove in three runs, and struck out eight over five innings, helping Lakehill go ahead 3-0 and then 5-4 in the top of the seventh. Logan Stout had a hit and scored twice, and Charlie Leake and Jake Aron also added hits. The next game is Friday afternoon at home against Rockwall Heritage.

The Middle School Baseball team lost a lost a hard-fought game to McKinney Christian on March 29, despite scoring five runs in the first inning. Arthur Cirillo had two hits and two RBI's and pitched two innings. Hayden Bauer also played well with a triple, single, and an RBI. On April 1, the Warriors played First Baptist Academy. The Warriors had a great game hitting the baseball, but again were unable to hang on to win. Noah Kohn, Austin Boothe, and Hayden Bauer each reached base twice. Lucas Chretien layed down an excellent bunt to score a run as well.

The Warriors will play again at Parish Episcopal on April 4, at 6:30 p.m.

Varsity and Middle School Softball
The Varsity Softball team hosted Rockwall Christian on April 1. The team gave a solid effort and kept competing until the final out.  Tyler McCall, Ella WitheriteKate Langley, Macy Ellis, Loveth Heard, and Claire Howard all had hits in the game.

Lakehill will play their next game on April 4, at home against Garland Christian at 5:00 p.m.

The Middle School Softball team traveled to McKinney Christian Academy on April 2, and were defeated 16 - 1.  Kate Marshall led the team with an infield single and came all the way around to score on an overthrow. 

Top hitters included Abby Dondis, Victoria Bell, and Emory Johnston. Lily Bracken and Dondis pitched well, and Bell had it outstanding game at first base. Both catchers,  Emma Hoffman and Bella Bassman, did a great job defensively. 

The Lady Warriors return home on April 5, at 4:30 p.m. against Prince of Peace. 

Varsity and Middle School Track
The Varsity Track team ran in the W.T. White Invitational on March 30. Though Lakehill was the smallest school in the meet and competed against much larger public schools in the JV division, the team had a great showing and walked away with more personal bests in multiple events. The following athletes placed and earned points in their respective events: 

Cullen McCaleb - 2nd place, 800m; 1st place, 1600m
Lynley Waggoner - 5th place, 100m; 1st place, 400m; 6th place, 200m 
Alanna Stern - 2nd place, 400m (Varsity division)

The team will be in Tyler on April 4, competing in the David Vinson Private School Championships. Next Wednesday, April 10, the track team will be at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison competing at the District track meet. 

The Middle School Track team will be running in the Ovilla Christian Relays on Saturday, April 6.
Shop 'til You Drop!
Visit the Spirit Shop this week and get 25% off all apparel, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, leggings, flannel PJs, and hats!

The Spirit Shop is open on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7:45-8:45 a.m. and Monday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons from 2:45-3:45 p.m.
Serving Others:
Community Service Opportunities  
 
Volunteer During Lakehill Summer Camps!
Middle and Upper School students who are interested in serving as an intern for Lakehill Summer Camps should see Ms. Ekstrom to sign up. This is a great way to have fun, help younger students, and get a head start on service hours for next year! Camps run June 3 through August 2.

Volunteer Opportunities in April

Thursday, April 11
North Texas Food Bank, 8:00 a.m. - noon
All Upper School students who are not attending the ISAS Arts Festival will participate in an Upper School Morning of Service with the North Texas Food Bank. Closed-toe shoes are required.
Students must have a Signed Permission Form to participate. Forms must be turned in to Ms. Ekstrom by April 5.

Saturday, April 13
Kite Day, 10:00 a.m. - noon
All students in grades seven through twelve are invited to help host Kite Day for students from Bayles Elementary and their families.  Sign up here.

Friday, April 26 - Sunday, April 28
EarthX, Fair Park, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
All Lakehill students and families are invited to help with the Lakehill booth at EarthX on Sunday, April 28.

Saturday, April 27
NJHS Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Thanks to the National Junior Honor Society for taking on Lakehill's Shoreline Spruce-up this month! All members should plan to attend. Contact  Ms. Blanchette or  Mr. Neyland for more information.
What's Happening?

April 5
End of Term 5 for Lower and Middle School

Early Release Day/Staff Development
Lower School students will be released at 11:30 a.m. Middle and Upper School students will be released at noon. After-care is available with a reservation.

PACT (sophomore)
8:00 a.m. - noon

April 6
Upper School Prom
7:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Doors close at 7:30 p.m. Formal attire is required.
A five-star meal, including steak and a dessert cart, is included in the price of the ticket.

April 7
College Previews 2019
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

April 8-11
3rd and 4th Grade ERB Testing 

April 11-13
ISAS Arts Festival (Austin)

April 11
North Texas Food Bank, 8:00 a.m. - noon
All Upper School students who are not attending the ISAS Arts Festival will participate in an Upper School Morning of Service with the North Texas Food Bank. Closed-toe shoes are required. Students will be released for the day at noon.

April 12
Upper School Holiday
There is no school for Upper School students who are not attending ISAS.

PFC Executive Committee Meeting, 2:00 p.m. 

April 12, 15-17
1-2 ERB Testing 

April 13
White Rock Spring Games

Kite Day for Bayles Elementary, 10:00 a.m. - noon

April 15
Third Grade to Sister Grove Farm, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

April 16
Sixth Grade Parent Coffee, 8:00 a.m.

Lakehill Give Back Night at Unleavened Kitchen, 4:00 - 9:00 p.m.

April 16-20
Upper School Robotics Competition

April 17
Sixth Grade to Holocaust Museum, 1:15 - 3:30 p.m.

April 18
Middle School Athletic Luncheon, 11:40 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Bunny Games (K-2), 2:15 - 2:45 p.m.

April 19-22 
School Holiday 

Preliminary 2019-20 Calendar
Take a look at the  preliminary school calendar  for 2019-20.
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