The Warrior Weekly   
Volume 9, Issue 35
May 25, 2017
Parent Partners
Parent Faculty Club Announces Gift, Officers
Lakehill's Parent Faculty Club (PFC) gathered on May 19 for their final General Meeting of the year, chaired by outgoing PFC President  Barb Witherite .
Witherite announced the PFC's annual gift to the school, totaling $119,000. The gift included technology enhancements, contributions to the capital campaign and endowment fund, new student desks and chairs, and furniture for the new addition. In addition, the PFC also sponsored $32,000 of programs for the school, including banquets, Graduation, Field Day, Back-to-School Picnic, and the Halloween Carnival.
The new PFC Executive Committee was also announced. 
Members of the 2017-18 Executive Committee are as follows:
President:   Andrea Johnston
Vice President:   Kelli Powell
Secretary:   Allison Lewis
Treasurer:   Lydia Perry
Parliamentarian:   Shelley Shook
Immediate Past President:   Barb Witherite

Many thanks to the PFC and all its members who do so much for Lakehill.
New Frontiers
Class of 2017 Prepares for Graduation
The Class of 2017 stands at the threshold of new beginnings and opportunities, looking forward to the new challenges ahead.

This year's Valedictorians are  Kelly Carlson and Chambliss Pierson. Kelly will attend the University of Tennessee in the fall to study psychology, while Chambliss will attend the University of Southern California to study Business Administration with a concentration in International Relations.

The Salutatorian is  Abi Price. Abi plans to study mechanical engineering at Auburn University.

Members of the Senior Class have just completed their two-week internships as part of their graduation requirements and presented a summary of their work to a faculty committee. They will take their final walk across the Lakehill stage on May 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Lakehill's forty-fourth Commencement Ceremony.

Seniors, in the words of  Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg,  "As you leave this campus and set out into the world, build resilience in yourselves. When tragedy or disappointment strike, know that deep inside you, you have the ability to get through anything. I promise you do. As the saying goes, we are more vulnerable than we ever thought, but we are stronger than we ever imagined.

"You will have good days and you will have hard days. Go through all of them together. Seek shared experiences with all kinds of people. Write shared narratives that create the world you want to live in. Build shared hope in the communities you join and the communities you form. And above all, find gratitude for the gift of life itself and the opportunities it provides for meaning, for joy, and for love."

Once again, 100% of Lakehill graduates will continue on to college. You can read more about all of Lakehill's seniors and where they are headed in the upcoming Class of 2017 Profile.
Awarding Athletes
Teams Celebrate at Athletic Banquet
It was a time of celebration for the Athletic Department as Lakehill's Upper School teams wrapped up the year with their annual Awards Banquet on May 18 at the Environmental Science Center.

Sponsored by the PFC, the event allowed each athletic team the opportunity to be recognized and also gave coaches, students, and supporters the perfect opportunity to celebrate the season's successes and build momentum for the coming year. Those athletes maintaining strong academic standards were recognized with the Warrior Honor Club Award. 
The Fighting Heart Award, selected by the coaches, is given to two student-athletes who lead by example, display pride, and put the team first, embodying the true spirit of a Lakehill athlete. This year's honorees were  McKinney Waggoner and  Reid Chickering.
Congratulations and thanks to all the Lakehill athletes and coaches who dedicate their time and talents to these programs. A special thanks to PFC Athletics Chair  Michelle Crow and her committee for organizing this event.   
See  more pictures from the banquet. 
Looking Back
Baccalaureate Brings Reflection, Thanks
Lakehill's Baccalaureate Ceremony was held on Sunday, May 21 at Lakehill's Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center. 
A time-honored Lakehill tradition, the ceremony provides an opportunity for each member of the graduating class to publicly thank the people who have made it possible for them to get to this moment of achievement in their lives. The afternoon of thoughtful reflection and heartfelt emotion provided a more intimate opportunity to pause and reflect on this rite of passage.

Senior George Cheng said, "This is my first public speech for Lakehill, and probably my last. There are so many nice people here, a great contrast to the negative people in our world. I am an international student from China, a global thinker. What I pursue is a place where inclusiveness, tolerance, and equality bring people hope, because hope moves us forward, and our differences bring us together."

 See  more photos.
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A Note of Thanks
Special Thanks to Interns, Editor
Special thanks to  Salma El-Feky, '17, and Nia Rasheed, '11 , Marketing Interns, for their contributions to Lakehill's Communications Office this year. From the creation of content and collateral materials, to the development and introduction of the new Lakehill website, these two outstanding young women have been invaluable, and will be missed greatly.

Every publication needs a good editor, and The Warrior Weekly is fortunate to have a fantastic one. A special thanks to  Elizabeth Schmitt , editor extraordinaire, for her continued help with each week's edition of  The Warrior Weekly,  and for her amazing way with words and uncanny ability to make everything sound better. It wouldn't happen without her.
Around Campus
Student Groups Serve, Lead, Write
Sisteens Walk for Human Rights
On May 13, five members of Sisteens, an Upper School service organization for girls, participated in a 5K supporting the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas.

The Human Rights Initiative of North Texas is a nonprofit organization that provides free legal representation and social services to victims of human rights abuses living below the poverty line in the DFW area. Their clients include victims of human rights abuses seeking asylum in the United States, victims of human trafficking, victims of spousal or child abuse at the hands of a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, and men, women and children who are the victims of a violent crime.

Honor Societies Elect Officers
The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) elected Sarah Smith as President and Keegan Clendenin as Vice-President for the 2017-18 school year. The remainder of the slate will be filled when school begins. NJHS members volunteered more than 710 hours of service to their community this year.

Members of the National Honor Society (NHS) also elected its executive committee for 2017-18: Reese Brown, President; Shelby Britton, Vice-President; Kate Langley, Secretary; and Lauren Bush, treasurer. Congratulations to these outstanding young leaders!

Junior's Work Selected for Professional Literary Journal
Junior Lauren Bush  recently had an essay that she completed for her A.P. American Literature class accepted to the  Adelaide Literary Magazine, a professional literary journal. Those reading her article are professional academics and specialists in the field. Her writing, according to the journal, is of post-graduate quality.  

"I am proud of Lauren's recognition as a brilliant and creative thinker and writer," said  Michael Jones, her A.P. American Literature instructor. "Her enthusiasm and rigorous style of engaging with literary fiction and critical theory guarantee her to become a master of criticism, if she so chooses to follow that path. As academia continues to become more and more interdisciplinary and dynamic, her style is one worthy of, and even necessary of, imitation." Read Lauren's submission here.
Construction Corner
Update from Headmaster Roger L. Perry
The exterior of the new building is taking on a more finished look. Cleaning of the original brick is in process in the courtyard area. The window installers have almost completed their work on the west side of the building and the courtyard. Installation of glass in the entry will start in the next few days. 

The grand stairway to enter the school has been completed, and work on the grounds surrounding the new building is in progress. The new elevator is being installed this week. 

Over the next few weeks, the lighting and air conditioning will be operational in the new space. Renovations in the original building start this weekend. 

During the summer, repairs will be made to the main parking lot and lighting installed. Access to the building will be limited to the rear entrance for much of the summer. Patience and flexibility will be key.

We can't wait to welcome you to the new space!

Be sure to take a look at our    

See our latest time-lapse video of the entire project to date.
Senior Spotlight
National Junior Honor Society Highlights Lakehill's Soon-to-be Graduates
NJHS Spotlight on Seniors
This week's senior: Jenson Zhou

Jenson Zhou has attended Lakehill for two years. His favorite memory is the biology trip to Galveston. His favorite class was Modern American History with Mrs. Blanchette. 

Jenson participated in Musical Theater, French Club, Math Club, National Honor Society, International Club, and Varsity Soccer. He is a founder of Enigma Club, a music club where he also served as secretary. During his senior year, he also became the President of the Math Club.

Jenson will attend Indiana University Bloomington to major in accounting. After college, he is considering becoming a certified public accountant, or going back to graduate school and getting his MBA after gaining a few years of work experience.

The achievement he is most proud of is winning the Odyssey of the Mind Challenge Tournament, a competition where teams try to solve problems or build models with either limited time or limited equipment. Jenson is a frequent volunteer, and completed his senior internship with Reading Partners, a nonprofit organization which provides tutors to help young children improve their reading skills.  His favorite hobbies are playing and watching soccer. 

Jenson's family has had the greatest impact on his life. The greatest lesson he has learned at Lakehill is to be independent and to face each challenge as it comes.

His advice for young Warriors is to study hard, work hard, and enjoy life. His favorite quote is from the German philosopher Hegel: "Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion."

By Matthew McCall, eighth grade
Sports Snippets
Warrior Summer Workouts Begin
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Weights, Agilities and Speed Training:
  • RLP Field House - 7401 Ferguson Road  
  • May 30 - July 20 - Tuesdays / Wednesdays / Thursdays
    • Off the week of July 3 
  • Workouts are from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.  
    • Wear appropriate attire and shoes to run in.
    • Bring a teammate to workout with. It builds teamwork! 
Open Gyms:
  • Lakehill Main Campus - 2720 Hillside Drive
  • Basketball
    • Wednesdays - Noon - 1:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays - 1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Volleyball
    • Tuesdays/Thursdays
    • Noon - 1:30 p.m.
  • Cheer
    • Wednesdays - 6:00 p.m.
Lakehill Crew Offers Tryouts, Camps
Lakehill students interested in rowing next year are encouraged to tryout for crew. Lakehill is fortunate to partner with two outstanding organizations - Dallas United Crew and White Rock Rowing. Both programs offer summer camps and competitive programs for middle and high school students. Find out more at an upcoming Learn to Row event, summer camp, or team tryout.

What's Happening
Important Dates
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Important Information from the Business Office:
  • All 2016-2017 accounts, including After School Care through April, must be paid in full no later than Friday, May 19, to avoid a potential delay in receiving final grades/records/transcripts for the year.
  • Tuition for the 2017-2018 school year (either full payment or first monthly payment) is due on  Thursday, June 1. Late fees will apply for payments received after  June 10.
  • After School Care bills for May will be mailed in the first week of June. Parents are encouraged to make sure their accounts are clear over the summer to avoid any outstanding issues at the start of the 2017-18 school year.
Please contact Bruce McCoskey, Lakehill's Business Manager, at 214.826.2931, ext. 115, or if you have any questions.

May 26
Commencement Ceremony, 7:30 p.m.

Lakehill Commencement Live 
Lakehill's Commencement Ceremony will be streamed live and available on demand on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Network. You can sign up for a monthly pass for $9.95, or take advantage of the special Annual Pass for only $59. The link can be shared with three friends or family members. Let everyone in the family enjoy the ceremony! Find out more and sign up.

June 5
Visit the Parents Landing Page on the Lakehill website beginning June 5 to get Summer Packets, reading lists, and supply lists; take online book tests; buy and sell textbooks; order school supplies and PE uniforms; get the 2017-18 calendar; and more!

June 5
Lakehill Summer Camps Begin

Have a wonderful summer!

The initial registration date for Lakehill Summer Camps has passed, but registration continues all summer long while camps are available. Don't wait... 
Summer is just around the corner!

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