Volume 13, Issue 26
March 4, 2021
Lakehill Bionicles and the Ultimate Goal
by: Mrs. Jennifer Herta, Lakehill Bionicles

The Lakehill Bionicles First Tech Challenge Robotics team has been working diligently all year despite the constraints of social distancing. The team started off strong in the summer by joining a group called Project Worldwide. The purpose of the group was to share STEM ideas with students around the world. The team also continued their Lower School STEM experiments and Weekly STEM Hero series highlighting a diverse set of innovators in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Be sure to follow the Bionicles on social media (@ftc14904 on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook) to learn about these exciting projects!

This year’s game is called Ultimate Goal. It involves a field with two “Tower Goals”, four moveable goals called “Wobble Goals”, and two sets of “Power Shots” that are reminiscent of a milk bottle game at the fair. The robot must intake and shoot orange, donut-shaped rings at these targets to score points. Upon return to school the team started by breaking down the tasks the robot would need to complete, prototyping possible solutions using the CAD software Fusion 360, and making the team’s vision a reality. Most Importantly, the team determined this year’s robot’s name: Vhisola, after the character in the Lego Bionicles series.

Because of the pandemic, this year’s competition is virtual. On Saturday, March 6th the team will meet at school for the competition kickoff hosted by Aledo High School. They will meet judges virtually to explain their vision for the robot and its functionality. At that time, the submission period for matches will open, and the team will have a week to submit completed matches through a cloud-based scoring system. The following Saturday, March 13th, the team will learn the results of the competition.

This year’s team consists of Seniors Sarah Smith, Max Link, and Cade Armstrong; Juniors Page Howland, Blake Perry, Sumner Born, Indi Esneault, and Will Gorman; Sophomores Anna Knickel, Ma’Ki Shaw, and Millie Castoldi; and Freshmen Nick Blanchard and Max Byrd. If you see the team members in the hallway, be sure to wish them good luck!
By: Jack Shean, Class of 2033
Lakehill Celebrates Black History Month
Dancing with Jamal
Jamal Josef, son of third grade teacher Rochelle Rasheed, is known for dancing with pop stars around the world and most recently known for the release of his children’s book titled Black Boys Dance Too, Darnell Enters A Talent Show.

In conjunction with Black History Month, Jamal put on a dance seminar for third grade students. First he allowed each student to ask him any question they would like. The questions ranged from which pop stars he has danced with to what drove him to write a book. Jamal then taught the third grade students how to dance and encouraged them to chase their dreams!

To purchase Jamal’s book, click on the book above. To dance with Jamal, enjoy the video!
Poster Club

During the month of February, the Poster Club focused on modern day Black History Month figures. Last year, they focused on traditional figures and they are excited about this new modern day view of Black Americans. Enjoy the final video created by the Poster Club.
Texas Independence Day
Lower School students celebrated Texas Independence Day on Tuesday by dressing in traditional western wear!
Dr. Sesuss' Oobleck
In conjunction with Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss' birthday, third grade celebrated by making "oobleck."

Bartholomew and the Oobleck is a 1949 book by Dr. Seuss. It follows the adventures of a young boy named Bartholomew Cubbins. Bartholomew must rescue his kingdom from a sticky green substance called "oobleck." The story was read aloud and then the students made their own sticky batch of "oobleck."
Fourth Grade Science
Gets Muddy
Mrs. McCoskey's fourth grade science classes are studying erosion and deposition with muddy projects!
Ferguson Road Beautification this Saturday, February 6
Join us this Saturday for the Ferguson Road Beautification Project.

Report to RLP Campus at 9:00 am for the service opportunity. We will be picking up trash along Ferguson Road along our property.
Top 10 Spelling
Bee Finisher
Jason Dickerson competed in the Dallas County Private School Regional Spelling Bee on Monday morning.

Mrs. Julie Murugen was Jason's proctor and is proud to announce his top ten finish! Congratulations, Jason!
March Mammal Madness
Middle School Science Classes Participate in annual March Mammal Madness

Inspired by (but in no way affiliated with or representing) the NCAA College Basketball March Madness Championship Tournament, March Mammal Madness is an annual tournament of *simulated* combat competition among animals. Scientific literature is cited to substantiate likely outcomes as a probabilistic function of the two species' attributes within the battle environment. Attributes considered in calculating battle outcome include temperament, weaponry, armor, body mass, running speed, fight style, physiology, and motivation.

Through the scientific information embedded in the bout descriptions, participants are educated about inter-species interactions, the importance of ecological context, how natural selection has shaped adaptations, and conservation management of endangered species.
Second grade dressed up in Dr. Seuss inspired outfits in celebration of Read Across America Week!
NJHS Presents
The Class of 2021, Senior Spotlights
Ryan Henry
by: Leyton Scruggs and Maeve Smith

Ryan Henry has attended Lakehill since first grade. While attending Lakehill, Ryan has been involved in football, basketball, and track and field. Outside of Lakehill, he enjoys hanging out with his friends and working out to stay in shape.

During his time at Lakehill, Ryan’s favorite class was AP Literature with Mr. Jones. He said it was a challenging course and he enjoyed getting to know his classmates and Mr. Jones’ personality. While Ryan has been involved in many activities, athletics has played a major role in his success. His favorite memory during these twelve years is winning the State Championship in football his senior season after all of the team’s hard work. Ryan has earned several football awards over the past four years including Freshman of Year, Co-Offensive Player of the Year his sophomore year, First Team All-State Running back his junior and senior year, District Most Valuable Player his senior year, First Team All-State Linebacker his senior year, and Academic All-State his senior year. In addition, Ryan has also earned Academic All-State in track and field in his junior year.

Ryan has applied to several colleges, including Western Washington University, Michigan State University, and Colorado State University. He plans to major in kinesiology. Ryan’s advice to all Warriors is, “Make the most out of the time you have with your friends. Time goes by fast. Do everything you can to make the most of your time!”
Jourdyn Owens
by: Lobna El-Feky

Jourdyn Owens has attended Lakehill since sixth grade. Throughout her seven years, Jourdyn has been involved in volleyball, track and field, National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, Pan American Student Forum, and Sisteens. Outside of school, she enjoys participating in community service projects. Jourdyn has earned several awards, including First Team All-District and Academic All-State in volleyball, Headmaster’s High Honor List, National Spanish Exam Award, All-State Honorable Mention in track and field, Rho Kappa National Social Student Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society.

While at Lakehill, Jourdyn’s favorite class was calculus with Mrs. Rutherford, whom Jourdyn loved because of the support she provided for her. She noted that she enjoyed working out the math problems backwards to get the answer. Her favorite memory in high school was the junior biology trip. During the trip, Jourdyn was able to spend time with her friends and explore and learn about different animals at the zoo.

Jourdyn has applied to several colleges, including Howard University, University of Arkansas, Louisiana State University, and Texas Tech University. She plans to major in chemistry and to become a pharmacist. Jourdyn’s advice to younger Warriors is, “Take advantage of every opportunity you can because time flies!”
Sports Update
Athletic Director Bob Yttredahl is thrilled to announce the hanging of the 2020 State Championship banner.

At the end of the most unique football season in Lakehill's history due to the pandemic, it was the Warriors who found themselves at the top of the mountain after defeating Allen Academy in the State Championship game. The Warriors dominated throughout district play and finished the season undefeated. We have been looking forward to raising the banner on Lakehill's campus to celebrate the historic season.

Special thanks to Ty McCall, Jason Lewis, Maria and Ed Leach, and the Senior football parents for making this happen! Go Warriors!
Varsity Girls Basketball

The Varsity Girls basketball team wrapped up their season last Friday after a tough loss to Kennedale Fellowship in the Bi-District round of the TAPPS State Playoffs.

It was a highly competitive game with several lead changes throughout between the Warriors and Mustangs. Junior Brook'lynn Williams led the team in scoring with 13. The girls finished the season with an 8-4 overall record.

Several members of the team were named to the All-District teams for their outstanding efforts on the court.

1st Team All-District:
  • Krista Carlson
  • Hayden Yoss
2nd Team All-District:
  • Brook'lynn Williams
All-District Honorable Mention:
  • Avery Owen
  • Addie Ashford
Academic All-State:
  • Krista Carlson
  • Hayden Yoss
  • Brook'lynn Williams
Congratulations to Coach Cayme and the Varsity girls on an outstanding season!
Varsity Boys Basketball

The Varsity Boys basketball team finished their season Tuesday night in the Area Round of playoffs with a 52-40 loss at Midland Classical.

The Warriors fought hard the entire game and it was back and forth until the final buzzer. We were led in scoring by Cullen McCaleb with 16 and Mitchell Crow with 15.

The Warriors ended their season with a winning record for the third year in a row and having won a playoff game for the second year in a row. The season was short and there were lots of changes but it was a true testament to the fortitude of the players to be playing so well at the end of the season.
"I'm really proud of all the players and the way they stepped up and encouraged one another," said head coach Bradley Neyland. "They put in the extra effort and rallied around each other. It was fun to watch. This Senior class is one of a kind and I am going to miss all of them. They are great kids and I know they are going on to do great things in the future with sports and life."

Congratulations Coach Neyland and Coach Brown on a great season!
NHS CCC Donation Drive
Tomorrow is the last day!

Upper School is working with White Rock Center of Hope for a Clothes, Cans, and Cloth Drive. To donate, students should bring items into school and place them in the proper donation bin. There are three donation locations: the Lower School entrance, the Middle School entrance, and the Main Entrance by the front desk. One box will be for clothes, linens, and coats, and the other box will be for canned items. For a specific list of needs, please click the button below.
#TogetherWeCan help Lakehill students move forward on the path to accomplishing their dreams. Support the Warrior Fund – text GIVE to 469-393-7038 or donate here. Monthly donations allow you to budget your gift – consider making a recurring contribution.

The only gift too small is no gift at all!
Looking Ahead
March 1 - 5
Read Across America Week

March 6
Ferguson Road Beautification
Report to RLP Campus at 9:00 am for the service opportunity.

March 8 - 10
Middle School Adventure Week

March 8
Varsity Tennis vs Ovilla
Varsity Tennis vs Ovilla at 4:00 pm.

March 11 - 12
Middle School Holiday

March 11
PFC Executive Meeting
Executive PFC Meeting will begin at 2:00 pm via Zoom.
Varsity Tennis vs HSAA
Varsity Tennis vs HSAA at 4:30 pm.

March 12
1st Grade St. Patrick's Day Celebration

March 13
Shoreline Spruce Up
Meet at the W. Lawther and Chapel Hill parking lot at 9:00 am.
COVID-19: Lakehill Preparatory School
Visit the Lakehill Website to read Lakehill's Plan for Reopening.

Please review our “what if” scenarios regarding notification and returning to school after an illness that may be helpful in clarifying situations we may encounter: COVID-19 What Ifs.
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