Lakehill Preparatory School
The Warrior Weekly

Volume 10, Issue 15
December 14, 2017
Holiday Luncheon
For more than 40 years, Lakehill has been opening its doors to elderly members of the Dallas community for the much beloved tradition of the Holiday Luncheon. I have enjoyed participating in this tradition as an Upper School student for the past four years.

Each grade has progressively more complex responsibilities. Freshman entertain the guests over coffee and cookies after they have had their meal.

Sophomores have the important job of taking and delivering the guests’ photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus placed into a hand-decorated frame. This provides each guest with a special souvenir from the luncheon.

Junior year features the class in traditional reindeer and elf costumes, the parade for Lower School with special guest appearances from none other than Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and the coveted Reindeer Games.

As seniors, the class shops for the food, decorates the cafeteria, serves the guests, and cleans up after the event. Senior parents help prepare the turkeys for the luncheon. This year, there were a record-breaking 209 guests.

From easing into the Luncheon our freshman year, to running it our senior year, the Holiday Luncheon has been a staple in my experience at Lakehill. Each year, seeing familiar faces, making lasting connections with the guests, bonding with friends over shared experiences, are highlights of mine and so many other Lakehill students' experiences.

See  more pictures .

By Shelby Britton, '18
Marketing Intern
Middle School Plays

Drama Club Production
The fifth and sixth grade Drama Club performed  Color Scheme , a new play by Julie Riggs, on December 8. When Principal Palette has to leave for a family emergency, the substitute principal makes some changes that threaten to undermine the spirit of teamwork and cooperation the kids at Harmonium Academy have grown to love. Taking matters into their own hands, they start an underground resistance to restore harmony and prove that there's nothing stronger than "All for one and one for all." 

See the cast list.

Drama Class Production
Seventh and eighth grade drama students presented  Makin' It  by Cynthia Mercati  on December 8, in the Wyly Auditorium. 

Makin' It   is a play about the ordinary students you see walking down any hallway of any school. Yet, for all their travails, the students come to understand their own inner difficulties and how, truly they are all the same, searching both to understand and accept themselves, as they strive to make it through four years of high school. At the heart of  Makin' It   are a number of monologues in which characters step out of the action to address their thoughts to the audience.

"I chose this play because we continually hear about bullying in the news," said director Mark Guerra . It also gave the middle school students a chance to be "high schoolers." This experience planted the seeds about situations that they may face in the future. The class learned valuable lessons from the play and its characters to carry with them."

See the cast list.

Juniors Host Reindeer Games for Lower School Students
Lakehill's junior class carried on a long-standing tradition on December 9, with the school's annual Holiday Parade and Reindeer Games.  

Since 1976, when it was known as the Junior Parade, the junior class stages this event for the benefit of the Lower School students. Children lined the fire lane in anticipation of the dancing reindeer, joyful elves, and Santa and Mrs. Claus riding in a convertible. After the parade, juniors led the Lower School students into the gym and onto the practice field for a variety of activities and an afternoon of holiday fun.

Texas Travels: Third Grade Presents Tour of Texas
Travelers to Lakehill's cafeteria on December 7 were treated to a fascinating tour of Texas as third grade students showcased their study of Texas, sharing information on the history, geography, climate, citizens, and landmarks of a variety of Texas towns, from Abilene to Amarillo and from Lubbock to Lockhart. Each created a travel brochure, highlighting the top attractions of their destination. 

Some students dressed the part, outfitted in 10-gallon hats or oilfield uniforms. Texas favorites, including brisket, taquitos, and Dr. Pepper, gave visitors a true taste of Texas. 
With third grade students serving as tour guides, visitors wandered from town to town, exploring the sights, sounds, and tastes from the great state of Texas.

Ringing and Singing

Ringing In The Holidays
Mr. Perry and Ms. Gajkowski took a break on Monday to ring in a little cheer for the holidays and to help those less fortunate. Several Lakehill teachers, students, and their families rang the bell for the Salvation Army as well. 

Celebrating more than 125 years, the Salvation Army's traditional red kettle is an integral part of the holiday scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless, in keeping with the spirit of the season. Thanks to Irwin Thompson and  The Dallas Morning News  photography department for including Lakehill in their volunteer efforts. See the video .

Singing In The Holidays
The fifth grade sang to residents at C.C. Young Senior Center on December 14. The Upper School Choir will share songs of the season with a performance at NorthPark Mall on December 16, at 1:00 p.m.   
Dr. Gary Haynes Performs a Program of Piano Music
On December 14, just before the holiday parties, Lower School students were treated to a special concert by fourth grade teacher Dr. Gary Haynes. A noted composer, Haynes holds a PhD in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Minnesota. He also holds degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder and Hastings College.

Dr. Haynes has written a wide variety of music, including works for chorus and orchestra, song cycles for voice and orchestra, song cycles for voice and piano, five collections of works for solo piano, 11 works for saxophone quartets and octets, and other instrumental works.

His works have received performances throughout the United States, and in Canada, England, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Italy, Norway, and the former Soviet Union. His music has been described as "wonderfully lyrical, rhapsodic pieces, conceived in a dissonant harmonic idiom that revolves around strictly-controlled tonal centers."

An important focus of the fourth grade year is students sharing their achievements with their classmates. After discussing with his fourth graders how it is often difficult to share these accomplishments and perform in front of a crowd, he decided to set an example by sharing his own talents. "I always knew he was more than just a fourth grade teacher, and it was really exciting to see him perform today," said fourth grader Ian Johnston. "The music was very different. I really liked it."

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: Evie Danamraj
Evie Danamraj has attended Lakehill for twelve years. While at Lakehill, she has participated in several activities including International Club, musical theater, yoga, and golf. Her favorite memories and experiences from attending Lakehill include the Adventure Week trip in fifth grade and the ISAS trip. Evie’s favorite class is ceramics with Ms. Huitt because of the relaxed environment and creative expression. During her schooling at Lakehill, Evie has also won several awards including the Citizenship Award and service awards.

Evie is undecided about her exact major and career, but is looking into animal studies and Bachelor of Arts majors. She has applied to several colleges in Canada and is currently in the process of applying to more. Reflecting her interest in animals, Evie has spent many years volunteering at the Dallas Zoo and Aquarium as a guide. She has also volunteered at a veterinary clinic, observing veterinarians perform animal appointments and surgeries. Some of her main hobbies include dancing and crafting because they allow her to be creative and have fun.

The greatest inspiration for Evie is her parents because they have had the greatest impact on her life. After her long attendance at Lakehill, Evie encourages young Warriors to "not be too hard on themselves if they don’t know something” and to “always ask teachers for help.” Her greatest lesson learned at Lakehill is that you should always try new things and find out what interests you. After many memories and experiences at Lakehill, Evie Danamraj is ready to begin a new stage in her life.

By Emerson Danamraj, ninth grade
Sports Snippets

Three Lakehill Students Receive Academic All-State Honors in Football
Three Lakehill Varsity Football players were recognized with Academic All-State honors on December 14. To qualify, players must be a junior or senior, have earned First or Second Team All-District, and have maintained a 3.5 GPA. Congratulations to junior Ben Palmer , and seniors Jonathan Kelley and Warren Lester who received award.

Three Lakehill Players Named to All-State Teams
Three Lakehill football players were named to the All-State team:

Second Team All-State
Gerard Franklin , Quarterback
Avery Meiteen, Defensive Back

Honorable Mention All-State
Avery Meiteen, Receiver
Ben Palmer, Defensive Line
Ben Palmer, Running Back

Congratulations to these student-athletes.


Middle School Boys Basketball (IAA)
The Middle School Boys IAA Basketball team defeated Dallas International, 40-8, on December 7, to bring its current winning streak to eight games. They were led by Mitchell Crow with 18 points, and Brett Peacock with 16. 

The Warriors sit in sole possession of first place in the North Division of the IAA. The team will next take on Calvary Lutheran on January 9, at Lakehill. This will be a big game for the team as Lutheran is in second place in the division. Lakehill won the first match-up between these two teams on November 9, 49-26. The Warriors record is 8-0 overall and 7-0 in IAA league play.

Varsity Girls Basketball
The Varsity Girls Basketball team lost 25-14 on December 8, to A+ Academy. The Lady Warriors were led in scoring by Alanna Stern with seven points. “We actually played really good defense-- we just missed a lot of shots that evening," said Coach Vaughn.

Zuri WilliamsTyler McCall, and Liz Blanchard had several steals along with Stern on defense for the Warriors. 

The Lady Warriors play in a holiday tournament December 28–30, at Lakewood Presbyterian. 

Varsity Boys Basketball
The Varsity Boys Basketball team has been working hard this week and look forward to showing off their hard work in their home games this Saturday at noon and next Monday at 3:30 p.m. Come out and support the Warriors!

Home for the Holidays
All college-aged alumni are invited back to Lakehill for a special event on January 4, 2018. Alumni can enjoy free admission to the basketball games (Girls Varsity at 6:00 p.m. and Boys Varsity at 7:30 p.m.) and free pizza. Join us to welcome our alumni home for the holidays!

Basketball Season Passes
Basketball season passes are now available for $100. Contact Michelle Crow  to get your pass! 

Middle School Soccer
The Middle School Co-ed Soccer team defeated Covenant, 4-3, at home on December 8.
James McKinney started off the scoring in the fourth minute of the game with a breakaway goal. Covenant tied the score several minutes later. Kayla Ristianto scored to put the team up 2-1. Covenant tied the score, but Lakehill came right back and Ristianto outran three defenders to score again on a great long ball from Avery Owen to put the Warriors up 3-2 half way through the first half. Just minutes into the second half, Covenant was able to score to tie the game at three and neither team was able to score until Ristianto got her third goal which was the difference in the game. Jeremiah Blanco was great in goal in a fast-paced match-up. Owen and Ethan Gaertner created chances all game long and Owen had two assists. Laurel Way, Tristan Osang, and Leo Paparoni were great on defense.

The Middle School continued with a 10-0 victory over TCA Cedar Hill on December 11, on the road.
Lakehill started strong, scoring five goals in the first 15 minutes of the game. The Warriors showed their ability to possess the ball in TCA's end of the field to create chance after chance.

McKinney had a hat trick and three assists, while Gaertner had two goals. Owen, Ristianto, Hannah Reister, Osang and Spencer Neill each had a goal, and Hudson Welch and Samuel Rosen both had assists in the game. The team is at home against Coram Deo at 4:30 p.m. on January 4.

Varsity Soccer
The Varsity Co-ed Soccer team lost 5-0 at home to Covenant on December 8, but came back on December 11, for a 8-1 road win against TCA Cedar Hill 8-1. Ben Gillman had a hat trick. Luka Varnes and Kyeser Hall had two goals each, while William Leake added a goal and two assists.

The Warriors are back in action on January 2 in a home game against The Highlands.

What's Happening?

December 13-15
Semester Exams

December 18 - January 2
Holiday Break - No School

December 19
Warrior Outreach Organization (WOO) Event at Dallas Life Shelter
10:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Support Lakehill through Amazon Smile
The holidays are approaching, and you can help Lakehill by spreading the word about AmazonSmile. Help Lakehill receive a portion of each of your purchases made through your Smile Account. 

Happy Holidays 
Need great holiday gifts? Check out all the  merchandise available on SmugMug. From puzzles to playing cards and mugs to magnets, take care of all your holiday shopping and benefit Lakehill while you do! 

December 31
Today is the last day to donate to the Lakehill Annual Fund for the 2017 Tax Year.
Thank you for your support!

January 2
Teacher In-Service

J anuary 3
Classes Begin - No block schedule this week!

January 4
Home for the Holidays Alumni Event 
All college-age alumni are invited for free pizza and free admission at the Varsity Basketball games beginning at 6:00 p.m. All college-age alumni are encouraged to attend!

January 10
Admission Tea and Talk
ESC, 11:00 a.m.
Invite your friends to take a look at Lakehill!

January 12
Admission Applications Due!

Spelling Bee Coming Soon!
January 29, 2018
Students in grades 4-8 are invited to participate in Lakehill's annual Spelling Bee. The website has daily tips, articles, and games that can increase your ability to compete. Spending a little time with it each week will improve your spelling sense and your vocabulary.  The Spelling Bee will be held January 29 at 8:45 a.m. in the Auditorium.
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