Volume 9, Issue 9
October 20, 2016
Little Shop of Horrors Blooms on the Lakehill Stage
Lakehill's talented musical theater students will bring Little Shop of Horrors to the Lakehill stage on Friday, November 11, and Saturday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. A preview of the musical will be performed for students in grades 4-12 on November 11 at 9:00 a.m.
Little Shop of Horrors is a sci-fi comedy-horror musical with an electrifying 1960's pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. In this gleefully gruesome musical, Seymour Krelborn, a meek florist's assistant happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names "Audrey II" after his crush and co-worker, Audrey, at the flower shop.
Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will not only bring the little flower shop more revenue, but also develop a soulful R&B voice and an unquenchable thirst for human blood. As Audrey II grows bigger and meaner, the carnivorous plant promises limitless fame and fortune to Seymour, so long as he continues providing a fresh supply of blood. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's extraterrestrial origins and intent toward world domination. Can Seymour foil the plant's evil plans?
Little Shop of Horrors
has been a favorite of mine for a long time," said co-director Mark Guerra. "It is the first musical that I was in as a freshman in high school. I just played a hobo, but it was the greatest experience of my life.
"This summer, after looking at the enrollment for our Musical Theater class, Mr. Herron and I decided that we had the perfect group to pull of this 'monster' of a show. We are using a live band for the production and bringing back choreographer Lela Bell. We've rented Broadway-style puppets to round it all out!"
While all ages are invited to attend, the musical is recommended for students age nine and older.
Lakehill Celebrates Homecoming Week
Lakehill's Homecoming celebration brought many former students back to campus. Alumni gathered prior to the game for a dinner in their honor, hosted by
Rudy's "Country Store" and Bar-B-Q®
. The Class of 1976 came out in full force for their 40th year reunion.
The Homecoming Court nominees were presented at the game on Friday. The Homecoming Court consisted of freshman
Loveth Heard, escorted by
Jonah Shaw; sophomore
Macy Ellis, escorted by
Kumail Imam; and junior
Ashley Peacock, escorted by
Senior Nominees for Homecoming Queen were:
, escorted by
, escorted by
, escorted by Dylan Welch; and Abi Price
, escorted by
Reid Chickering. Tillie McCoskey
was crowned Homecoming Queen.
Triangle Rules Take Shape with Poster Contest
Students in Lakehill's Lower School recently unveiled their artistic entries for the 10th annual Triangle Rules poster contest.
Each fall, students in Lower School participate in a poster contest to illustrate the three rules of the Lower School Behavior Code. Known as the Triangle Rules, they are based on respect, safety, and providing a welcoming environment to all.
Winners were announced on October 17 during a special assembly. Assistant Headmaster Lara Gajkowski and Head of Lower School John Trout presented the awards.
This year's winners were:
Madeline Jones, third grade - first place
Sophia Cirillo, fourth grade - second place
Elisa Haden and
Mason Pedroza, third grade - third place
Gray Henegar, fourth grade - fourth place
Madeline's winning poster, selected from 38 entries, will be displayed throughout the Lower School.
Twelve students were also recognized at the assembly as honorable mentions in their grade levels.
Recipients were first graders Lucas Kurian and Maddie Norman, s
Olivia Eyring, and
, third graders Jason Dickerson, Maya Patel, and Maya Tolia, and fourth graders Paulette Maney,
and Gabby Therivel.
Admission Previews Put Lakehill on Display
Just nine weeks into the school year, the applications are already coming in for next year. To give prospective families an opportunity to spend some time on campus, Lakehill offers a series of informative Admission Previews throughout the fall.
The first will be held on Wednesday, October 26. "We have had a tremendous response already to this year's Previews and inquiries in general," explained Lisa Bracken, Director of Admission. "It is exciting to watch our Lakehill community grow."
Admission Previews provide an in-depth overview for parents considering a Lakehill education for their children. Guests hear from administrators and teachers, visit classrooms, and tour the school with Student Ambassadors.
"Our current families are a wonderful source of information as well," said Bracken. "I am so grateful to everyone who shares their experiences about our school."
Five previews and a Freshman Visit Day for eighth graders are scheduled for the fall, each geared to a specific division:
Kindergarten Previews: October 26 and December 6
Lower School Preview: November 10
Middle School Preview: November 2
Upper School Preview: December 1
Freshman Visit Day: February 3
Kindergarten, Lower, and Middle School programs are held on the main campus at 9:00 a.m. The Upper School Preview will be held on the main campus at 6:30 p.m.
All seventh and eighth grade students and their families are strongly encouraged to attend the Upper School Preview.
Reservations can be made here.
Students Head to Perry Campus for Annual Senior Work Day
While the rest of Upper School was busy with the PSATs, seniors headed to Perry Campus for a work day. They re-stacked the rocks in the brook, planted pansies, and cleared the main trail.
They also cleaned up trash along the trails and in the woods, including the removal of shopping carts and tires. Seniors left their mark on the ESC by personalizing marking the largest tree they could find in honor of the Class of 2017. When their work was complete, they grilled hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch.
PFC Brings Signature Events to Campus
A sure sign of fall in Texas isn't always the weather, but at Lakehill, we know it's fall by the full calendar of events put on by our Parent Faculty Club (PFC). Take time now to find out more and get involved in these signature Lakehill events.
Sponsor the Race or P
The deadline to sponsor the race has been extended! Get the Sponsorship Form here. The deadline has been extended to October 21! Take a look at the list of this year's Technology Essentials and
help purchase items
including: new computers for the Writing Lab, and equipment for new classrooms (Mimeo Board equipment, projector, computer, document camera, printer, monitor, and speakers).
Buy Raffle Tickets...
There are fantastic raffle prizes this year, including: AirWalk Hoverboard (UL Approved), Tom Tom Spark 3 Cardio Sport Watch, Beats Headphones, Amazon Tap Bluetooth Speaker, and Asics Running Shoes.
Raffle tickets are $5 or five for $20, 10 for $40, 20 for $60, and 50 for $100. You do not need to be present on race day to win!
Run the race...
Register for Trek and win great class prizes! The grade that has the highest percentage of participation will receive their choice of a Cupcke, Kona Ice, or Steel City Pops Party!
Help your grade and register now!
Don't be a couch potato! It's not too late!
Dad's Club Chili Cook-Off
Chefs will begin set-up at 6:00 p.m. The Chili Cook-Off gets into in full swing at 6:30 p.m. Our expert panel of judges will determine the Grand Champion of Chili, to be announced at half time.
Halloween Parade and Carnival, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Lower School goblins will show off their costumes during Lakehill's annual Halloween Parade. Parents should send costumes to school in a bag the morning of the Carnival. Students will dress in their classrooms at 1:15 p.m. (No face makeup or weapons, please).
The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. followed by the Carnival at 1:40 p.m.
Parents are welcome to attend both the Parade and Carnival.
Update from Headmaster Roger Perry
The grade beam that supports the glass corridor, facing the courtyard, has been completed. The balance of work on the beam in other areas should be completed soon.
During the week of Halloween, the slab for the first floor will be poured and completed. The plumbers will continue installing the drainage for the courtyard and finish that portion in the next few weeks.
The structural steel will start going up next week in the new basement area. That process will take two to three weeks.
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: George Cheng
George Cheng has only attended Lakehill for two years, but has already gained many friends and memories to take with him to college. One of his favorite memories is creating the Enigma Club. He also participated in the Math and French Clubs, the International Student Organization, National Honor Society, and Model United Nations.
George loves math and has excelled in it. In fact, the honor that he is most proud of is being inducted into Mu Alpha Theta. His other hobbies include playing the piano, making music, working out, playing tennis, volunteering, and meditation. He also enjoys serving the community and has volunteered at the North Texas Food Bank and participated in several ESC clean-ups.
With his outstanding grades, multiple awards, and commendable hobbies and talents, it is not surprising that he has applied to University of California Berkeley, University of Rochester, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Illinois, University of Virginia, Emory University, Ohio State University, University of North Carolina, and University of Texas. Wherever he chooses to attend, he plans to study math and music. After college, George wants to continue to work in music and have a career in recording.
George credits his parents for their positive influence. His advice for young Warriors is to "keep your voice and take action." He has learned that you should never underestimate yourself and "never let time waste you."
By Cecelie Smith-Morris, eighth grade
Warriors Record Wins in All Sports
The Lakehill Warriors hosted the Wichita Christian Stars for Homecoming 2016
night at the WAC. Both TAPPS teams came into the game sporting 4-2 records with solid seasons. The Warriors line-up was back to near full strength with the return of several players from injury. Lakehill came out firing on all cylinders, jumping on the Stars early and forcing them to play catch up all night long. The Warriors took a commanding 44-14 lead into halftime.
Lakehill had several opportunities in the second half to end the game via the six-man Mercy Rule, but the Stars were resilient. Ultimately, both teams swapped a number of scores, with the Warriors cruising to an easy victory. The final was 98-58, with Lakehill coming close to hitting the century mark for the first time since the record-setting 2013 season.
Six different players scored touchdowns in the victory for the Warriors. Junior
Gerard Franklin and Sophomore
Ben Palmer accounted for six and five scores, respectively. Defensively, junior
Warren Lester, sophomore
Avery Meiteen, and freshman
Jalen Webster all had double-digit tackles. Seniors
Brandon Bartholow and
Griffin Burt had solid games on both sides of the ball.
Andres Vann joined the team as Warrior for the Day while first grader
Maddie Norman cheered on the team with the Varsity squad.
Lakehill is now 5-2 on the season. District play begins
this Friday, with the Warriors traveling to Ovilla Christian. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Middle School Football
The Lakehill Warriors Middle School Football team continued their winning ways on Homecoming with a 56-52 victory over Wichita Christian at home to push their record to 4-1.
The Warriors were led by
's 220 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Quarterback
threw two touchdown passes, one to
and one to
, and a 30-yard pass on a trick play to
The offense blocked well, opening holes for Ward. They were led by Cowart,
had an excellent night on kick offs and side kicks, while
had an interception and several stand out tackles on defense. He also was seven for seven on extra points, which contributed 14 points to help win the game.
This week, the Warriors travel to Ovilla Christian
on Thursday at
JV and Varsity Volleyball
The JV Volleyball team concluded an amazingly successful season on October 18 at Rockwall Heritage. Even though the girls dropped the match (25-18; 25-27; 10-15), the team finished with a 13-2 season record and finished tied for first place in the district with a 9-1 overall district record.
led the JV team in kills for the season with 49, while
led the team in digs with 125, and
led in assists with 59.
"The girls improved with every practice and every game," said Head Coach Katie Ford. "We never took steps backwards. Not only did our physical strength improve, but also our mental strength. They pulled together and fought as a team."
The Varsity team lost their match in Rockwall in three sets (13-25; 11-25; 11-25). With one district game left
on October 20, the Lady Warriors are tied with Irving the Highlands for second place. They will play a tie-breaker game
on Saturday (location and time to be determined).
The eighth grade IAA team
won their play-off game on October 18, beating Garland Christian Academy (25-16; 25-20). The girls played competitive volleyball against fierce competition. Maddie Cerda was on a winning streak, with powerful serves and numerous aces. Kathryn Mahan and Jourdyn Owens were strong on setting while Sophia Ganson and Zoe Williams had great passing. The team advances to the second round on October 20 at Canterbury. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Seventh grade concluded an outstanding season with a loss to Rockwall Heritage Christian. "They had an amazing season and I can't wait to see how far they go next year," said Coach Ellen Kufel.
New Fall Items in the Spirit Shop!
The Warrior Shop
recently unveiled its new fall styles. Get ready to show your Warrior spirit! During the week, check out The Warrior Shop on Monday and Friday mornings from 7:30-8:00 a.m. and Friday afternoons from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Middle School Fall Social, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Trick or Treat for UNICEF Begins
Sophomore Class Bake Sale (MS & US lunches)
Middle School Drama Club Performance, 3:45 p.m.
Deadline to turn in Box Tops!
Lakehill Night at The Heights
7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Just mention Lakehill and a percentage of your sale will be donated back to the school!
Early Release Day
Lower School released at 11:30 a.m., Middle and Upper School at noon
(Make After School Care reservations
Junior Class Halloween Movie Night
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
November 5 - Save the Date!
Trek for Tech
for the one-mile Fun Run and 5K chip-timed event.