Lakehill Preparatory School
The Warrior Weekly

Volume 10, Issue 23
February 22, 2018
Summer Camps Registration Opens Today for Lakehill Families
Summer is much closer than you might think - especially when it comes to signing your kids up for summer camps! 

Registration for Lakehill Summer Camps officially opens to the public on Friday, but Lakehill families have the opportunity to register beginning today to beat the crowd! 

This summer, Lakehill is offering 84 different camps for all age levels, with new and exciting camps in every area imaginable. This is one summer you don't want your children to miss!

Check out the new  2018 Summer Camps Guide

Find out more about our Summer Camps programs.
Toga Party
Lakehill's halls were invaded by Trojan warriors, togas, and mystical creatures on February 15, as the seventh and eighth grade Latin classes marched their way back in time to attend the annual Roman Banquet. 

Each year, students travel to Stratos Global Greek Taverna to dine like Roman royalty on ancient delicacies that would make any Roman's mouth water. The students take this trip in conjunction with their study of Ancient Civilizations and Latin.
Once they arrive, students are treated to an afternoon full of feasting, as well as Latin and history trivia Bingo and a costume contest.  Zak Goldstein  took the prize for Most Creative while  Laurel Way   was awarded Most Historically Accurate.  Harris Jones was honored for the Funniest Costume, while Leo Chou was declared Crowd Favorite. Jeremiah Blanco was selected for the Most Visually Appealing Costume. Anna Knickel and Hannah Reister were celebrated for the Most Effort, while Alex Dondis, Ashton Abbot-Sharifi, and Brett Peacock were recognized for the Best Last Minute Attire.

“While every Roman Banquet is different, I always delight in the leadership and teamwork reflected in the eighth grade committee members and hosts, as they facilitate the afternoon activities," said Latin teacher Victoria John. "I am grateful to all the organizers for creating such a fun afternoon for everyone.” The committee included Sydney Rutherford and Goldstein , Chairs; Leo Chou , Brooke Granado , Macy Moscovic , and Graysen Walker .   Ella Berry , Will Gorman , Luke Williams , Dasha Ramey , Jones , and Henry Hopkins served as hosts.

Seventh Grader Shines in Frankenstein  
When Dr. Frankenstein’s experiment goes horribly awry, he resolves to destroy the terrifying creature he has unleashed upon the world. But can he kill his own creation without becoming a monster himself? Mary Shelley’s 200-year-old horror story, widely regarded as the original science fiction novel, continues to challenge the modern imagination. And after its sell-out run in London, Nick Dear’s electrifying new adaptation, full of shocking twists and turns, is sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats as it brings Frankenstein (and his monster) to life. Frankenstein is presented by Dallas Theater Center in association with Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts. It runs through March 4 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.

Lakehill seventh grader Donovan Covarrubias plays William Frankenstein, the younger brother of Viktor Frankenstein. Covarrubias was selected after answering a casting call for an audition, along with 30 others. He read a monologue and recited lines before ultimately receiving the part. Covarrubias has extensive stage experience given his young age. He recently appeared in Lakehill's production of Makin'It, and has also appeared in Dallas Children's Theater's Matilda, Alice in Wonderland, and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. In December, Covarrubias appeared in Dallas Theater Center's production of A Christmas Carol.

Covarrubias says he plans to continue acting and hopes to attend Julliard to study theater or film.

"We were surprised and thrilled to see a seventh grade Lakehill student on stage at Dallas Theater Center," said alumni Barbara Clay, '76. "We were proud of his performance." 
Bright Lights, New Friends  
On Thursday evening, 26 members of the International Club gathered at Muses KTV, a karaoke bar, to sing their hearts out. They danced with their pals, and sang songs as groups and duos by artists ranging from Taylor Swift to Linkin Park. With multiple live microphones rotating around the room, everyone got the chance to participate.

“It was such a fun time and a great way to get to know people outside of school”, said senior Reese Brown. "I was worried about how we were going to break the ice with such a varied group,” said junior and club president Hao Zhao. Brown added, "I enjoyed getting to experience different cultures. Hao did an amazing job bringing us all together."

By Shelby Britton
Marketing Intern, Class of 2018
Who's New? Meet Jodi Wright
Jodi Wright recently joined the Lakehill faculty, teaching Lower School music.

Originally from West Monroe, Louisiana, Wright earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music and English from Southern Methodist University. Prior to Lakehill, she worked in corporate IT. “What a fantastic job to have after all those years. I am so happy here. I knew as soon as I visited Lakehill that this was exactly where I needed to be.”

Wright is one of four siblings and has numerous nieces and nephews, even great nieces and nephews, as a result. One of her nephews just signed with the National Rugby League. Her family still lives in Louisiana. She has a 10-year-old son, Morgan, who began fifth grade at Lakehill in January. Her partner, Cheryl, is one of Dallas’s leading theater directors which has already proven to be a great help to Lakehill's performing arts program.
Wright, an avid reader, usually reads everything by one author, goes through "a bit of a mourning period," then discovers a new author to begin the process again. Some of her favorites include Harry Crews, Herman Wouk, and Ferrol Sams. 

Wright is most passionate about “telling the story.” A talented actor and singer, she writes and performs many cabaret shows. “There is always a story: love, heartache, humor, an artist's journey, my journey, or just a random life observance. Writing the story first, then weaving the right songs through the story is a tricky process. It's definitely hard work but so worth it. Then getting to share it with an audience? Pure magic. It's true, when the story you're telling gets so fevered that words alone can no longer tell it, you have to sing it. Tell the story.”  

Wright is looking forward to watching her students blossom. “It's funny how one can develop a special place in her heart for 119 individual children in such a short time. I love so much about each of these kids. I can't wait to see them fly.”

She says the best part of her job is “seeing the tiny light bulbs go on in their minds when they understand a concept, hearing them giggle, and, of course, all the hugs!”
Auction Update
Join us at the 2018 Auction Gala, Monte Carlo by Moonlight , on Saturday, March 3, at 7:00 p.m. on the 42nd floor of the Tower at Cityplace.

Take a look at the amazing opportunities available in the Teacher Gifts of Time category. These special moments with Lakehill teachers will make memories that your kids will remember forever. Instructions and the link to register for online bidding will be available soon.

Tickets for this not-to-be-missed event are on sale now. Tickets are $125 and include dinner, drinks, dessert, and fun!

Visit for more details and the link to purchase tickets.
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: Katie McKnight              
Katie McKnight is an amazing Warrior. She has attended Lakehill for 13 years, and has enjoyed every one of them. One of her favorite memories is from sophomore year when she had a solo in the musical On Broadway. When she was singing, Katie felt like everything was right, not to mention the fact that it was really fun. 

Katie enjoyed acting and singing from a young age, starting with the Lower School Choir. In Middle School, she was in Ms. Riggs's Drama Club, The Little Mermaid Jr., where she played Scuttle, Aladdin Jr. as the narrator, and the seventh and eighth grade Choir. She has continued to take choir all four years of high school. This year, she played Morgan Le Fey in the musical Camelot. For the past three years, Katie has helped Mr. Guerra with the Lower School Drama Club.

Katie also participates in Varsity Track and Field, running the 100-meter dash and throwing shot put and discus.

Katie’s advice for younger Warriors is, "Be yourself and have fun! School might be hard, but if you just be yourself and don’t care what other people think, you will have a lot more fun. Don't be afraid to ask questions. This can be a sign of maturity and letting people know that you care and want to do better is good." 

By Graysen Walker , eighth grade
Sports Snippets

Lakehill Claims All-District Honors in Basketball, Soccer
Coaches from the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) met recently to bestow the coveted honors of All-District teams for Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls Basketball, as well as Varsity Soccer.

Lakehill had an impressive showing, capturing 11 All-District awards in total.

All-District Girls Basketball 
First Team All-District - Krista Carlson , Alanna Stern  
Second Team All-District - Lynley Waggoner , Zuri Williams 
All-District Honorable Mention - Tyler McCall , Hayden Yoss
All-District Boys Basketball:
First Team All-District - Gerard Franklin
Second Team All-District - Eli Buxt
Honorable Mention -  Luke Jerome
All-District Soccer:
Honorable Mention (Offense) - Luka Varnes 
Honorable Mention (Goalie) -  Warren Lester
Lakehill rowers with Dallas United Crew got a fast start on the spring racing season on February 18, in Austin, at the Lady Bird Invitational.

Junior Connor Alexander and sophomore Anders Ekstrom each brought home a first place finish in their Men's 8 events, while seventh grader Margaret Henderson placed fourth in the Women's 8 event.
What's Happening?

February 23
Fourth Grade Mini Musical, Shh, We're Writing the Constitution , 9:30 a.m. 

Box Tops Due!
Look for Box Tops for Education on participating products, cut them out, and turn them in to your child's teacher by February 23. The class that collects the most will earn a class party! Please bundle your Box Tops in groups of 10 or 50 using a sealable bag or envelope. All Box Tops must have a visible expiration date. 

February 23-25
Middle School State Debate (Austin)

February 24 
WOO Service Project with Crossroads Community Services, 9:00 a.m. - noon 
Meet at Lakehill at 9:00 a.m. Bus transportation will be provided.

Dallas-Fort Worth Area English Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition
Highland Park High School

February 26 
Seventh and Eighth Grade National Latin Exam

February 28
Lakehill Night at The Heights

February 27 
Fourth Grade Invention Convention

March 1 
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, March 1, between 8:00 a.m. and noon and between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. For your convenience, we are once again using PTC Wizard, an online system for scheduling conferences. Online scheduling begins Tuesday, February 20, at 8:00 a.m. and ends Tuesday, February 27, at midnight. To begin scheduling, click on the PTC Wizard Link
Instructions have been emailed to all parents.

March 3 - Save the Date!
Lakehill Benefit Auction: Midnight in Monte Carlo

Don't forget: Lakehill benefits from your purchases on AmazonSmile!

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