Lakehill Preparatory School
The Warrior Weekly
Volume 10, Issue 26
March 22, 2018
Junior Selected for Intensive Leadership Program
Kumail Imam has been selected for the Experiment Leadership Institute, a highly competitive, fully funded program for participants with demonstrated interest in intercultural leadership, global issues, and civic engagement.
Imam will participate in a six-week program in South Africa, specifically focused on leadership development. The program fosters discussion on critical global issues such as worldwide health, human rights, and social change. The Experiment Leadership Institute promotes understanding of these and other global issues, and provides participants with an opportunity to see what communities are doing to address these challenges.
The programs are deigned to provide participants with an extraordinary opportunity to acquire key skills and intercultural competencies necessary to become effective leaders.
I was happy to recommend Kumail for this program," said Julie Riggs, who encouraged Imam to apply. "I described him as a person who has many friends and no enemies, as a young man with many interests and talents, and as a person who has compassion for those who feel that they are 'other' in any given situation. I have often been impressed with Kumail's generosity, kindness, and sense of humor."
Imam had to complete a detailed application and write eight extensive essays on a variety of topics, including "How would you welcome a foreign exchange student?", "Who do you see as a leader?" and "What qualities make someone a leader?" He was selected as a finalist and completed a Skype interview, the latter being only for the top candidates.
Imam will leave for South Africa in mid July, after completing a preliminary conference in Washington, D.C. Upon returning from South Africa, he will head to Vermont for a post-trip wrap-up.
Imam says he is most looking forward to being immersed in a different culture, as he will live with a host family while in South Africa. He will have the opportunity to visit Capetown, Johannesburg, and several rural areas during his experience. "The opportunity to further develop my leadership skills, while evaluating political and social change in South Africa first-hand, will be an amazing experience."
Upper School StudentsTake a Bite of the Big Apple
Twenty-four lucky Lakehill Upper School students embarked on the trip of a lifetime this Spring Break, taking off to the Big Apple. On March 10, the students began their adventure with an early morning flight to New York and then headed to the W hotel in the heart of Times Square.
The group attended five fantastic Broadway shows and an opera at Lincoln Center:
Come from Away,
Once on this Island,
Mean Girls. The students participated in two Broadway workshops, getting the chance to work with the dance captain for
Come from Away, learning a musical number and a dance from the show, and a second with Christian Dante White, currently appearing as Cornelius in
Hello Dolly, focusing on the life of a performer.
Students spent an afternoon touring Radio City Music Hall, getting an opportunity to stand onstage as well as talking with a member of the Rockettes. They had many opportunities to experience New York City culture, shopping at local shops, and trying the food at local delis and doughnut shops.
In their down time, students had the option to spend their time shopping in Soho, touring and shopping in the Strand bookstore with its 18 miles of books, or visiting the 9/11 Memorial. The group enjoyed a meal at the popular Ellen's Stardust Diner on Broadway, enjoying a live performance from the waiters as they ate, and a special performance of "New York, New York" by Mr. Herron. At their final dinner, the group was joined by three Lakehill alums:
Emily Boles, and
"The trip was exhilarating and exhausting," said chaperone
Elizabeth Schmitt. "It was gratifying to see all of our group participate in the workshops. They got to experience such a great variety of live performances from opera to Broadway classics to brand new shows. It was wonderful watching them create lasting memories."
"The highlight of the trip for me was seeing
Come from Away," said junior
Anna Somodevilla. "The workshop on it was fun and energetic, but the show gave me a new perspective on what 9/11 was really like." Sophomore
Lindsey Evans agreed. "The workshop gave me insights into all of the aspects of the creative process. I also taught my dad something about 9/11 that he did not know."
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While many students stay close to home for Spring Break, some desire to be more adventurous, such as traveling to a foreign country to explore a vastly different culture.
On March 9, a group of 9 Upper School students, accompanied by Spanish teacher
Joan Mayo and French teacher
Tam Badgett, traveled to Spain and France for a ten-day adventure to discover a different part of the world.
Upon arrival in Paris, France, the students explored the Musée d’Orsay where they experienced the work of Manet, Renior, and Toulouse Lautrec. They walked along the Seine to I.M. Pei's famous pyramid outside the Louevre. A stroll along the Champs Elysées offered endless opportunities to explore.
The following day, students experienced the riot of colors and smells at a traditional weekend morning market. A trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower afforded the group a magnificent view across Paris. A walk along the Seine led the group to Notre Dame, followed by a stop at the royal chapel Saint Chapelle. A visit to Monmartre, the artists' hill in Paris's 18th arrondissement, included highlights such as the I Love You Wall and Sacre Coeur.
The final day in Paris included a return to the Louvre, for a look at Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and other famous works of art.
A quick flight landed the students in Barcelona, ready to continue their adventures in Spain. A tour of the city, and a stroll along Las Ramblas, gave them their bearings. Students enjoyed exploring the Catalan city and tasting delicious treats along the way.
The group traveled to the Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres, the artist's hometown, and to the medieval, walled city of Girona.
Back in Barcelona, students visited Casa Batlló, where they reflected on the whimsical architecture of Gaudí, followed by a walk to La Sagrada Familia, Gaudí's beautiful nature-inspired basilica.
Dinner and flamenco dancing added a special element to the trip.
The students were sad that the trip came to an end, but all will cherish the memories they created. "The architecture in Europe is amazing," said senior
Katie McKnight. "I didn't even realize how much I loved architecture before this trip!"
Community Service Opportunities
President's Volunteer Service Award -
Applications Due Tuesday, April 3!
Students in any grade, kindergarten through high school, who plan to apply for the President's Volunteer Service Award should turn in their records of service to Ms. Ekstrom by Tuesday, April 3. All recipients will be recognized at the Award Assemblies in May.
Volunteer During Lakehill Summer Camps!
Middle and Upper School students who are interested in serving as an intern for Lakehill Summer Camps should see Ms. Ekstrom to sign up. This is a great way to have fun, help younger students, and get a head start on service hours for next year!
Volunteer Opportunities in March and April!
There are many ways to serve your community this spring.
Make plans to attend some of these exciting volunteer projects.
Saturday, March 24
WOO Event at East Lake Pet Orphanage - 9:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
All Upper School students are invited to help promote the adoption of orphaned kittens.
Transportation is provided. Meet at Lakehill at 9:30 a.m. We will be back at school at 12:15 p.m.
Crochet for a Cause
Calling all crocheters to make chemo caps for an area hospital. Pick up the pattern from Ms. Schmitt, or
to have it sent to you. Service hours awarded. Turn in caps to Ms. Schmitt by March 29.
Tutus 4 Teachers
Want to see your favorite teacher wear a tutu for a good cause? Donate $1 for any participating teacher during the Freshman Class Tutus 4 Teachers project. When a teacher's donations reach $25, they will wear a tutu for one day. Your donations will help raise money for Texas Pawprints Cat and Kitten Rescue.
Friday, April 6
Carter Blood Drive, sponsored by the National Honor Society (NHS) 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Help the National Honor Society save lives by donating blood during Lakehill's Blood Drive on Friday, April 6. Parents, faculty, and students 16 years of age and older are invited to participate. Those who are 16 must complete a
parent permission form
. Those older may sign up on their own.
The Carter Blood Care van will be set up in front of the school. If each blood donation saves up to three lives, imagine how many we can save at Lakehill's Blood Drive!
Saturday, April 7
Kite Day, 10:00 a.m. - noon
All students in grades eight through twelve are invited to help host Kite Day for students from Bayles Elementary and their families.
Sign up here
Thursday, April 12
North Texas Food Bank, 8:00 a.m. - noon
All Upper School students who are not attending the ISAS Arts Festival will participate in an Upper School Morning of Service with the North Texas Food Bank. Closed-toe shoes are required.
Saturday, April 14
White Rock Spring Games, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. (K-2); 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. (Grades 3-5)
Lakehill students in K-5 are invited to compete in teams in the annual White Rock Spring Games, benefiting local schools. Register by March 26.
Find out more and register
Friday, April 20 - Sunday, April 22
Earthx, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Lakehill students and families are invited to help with the Lakehill booth at Earthx (formerly Earth Day Texas).
Sign up to volunteer here
Saturday, April 21
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake,10:00 a.m. - noon
Saturday, April 21
WOO Service Project at Voice of Hope,11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Spring Into Summer
Summer is a lot closer than you might think - especially when it comes to signing your kids up for summer camps!
Registration for Lakehill Summer Camps is open, and space is filling quickly. Nearly 800 registrations have already been received!
With 84 different camps for all grade levels in every area imaginable, this is one summer you don't want to miss!
Get in the Games
The White Rock Spring Games, which over the past six years has brought thousands of East Dallas families together to raise over $100,000 for local schools, returns again this spring for another fun-filled afternoon of fun and friendly competition. This year's festivities will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, April 14, when teams in Grades K thru 5 will compete in five different events and help to raise money for their respective schools.
Registration fees for each four-member team is $100, all of which will be directed to the parents’ association of the participant’s school.
Due to capacity limitations, participation in the 2018 Games will be limited to 32 teams per gender per grade. (For example, only 32 girls teams from the 3rd Grade will be accepted.) Please note that registration is first come, first serve and that absolutely no exceptions to this 32-team limit will be made.
Before signing up, please keep in mind that this year's competition will be split into two sessions, with Grades K thru 2 competing from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and Grades 3 thru 5 competing from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Please check to be sure your team is available for their session before signing up.
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:
Dayton Steinbach is a lifer, meaning he has been at Lakehill since Kindergarten. During his time at Lakehill, he has been involved in numerous groups, clubs, and sports. Currently he is the editor-in-chief of yearbook, president of the Warrior Alliance, and a part of the live stream broadcast crew. As an underclassmen, he participated in computer club and track. AP American Literature has been his favorite class.
One of Dayton’s favorite memories at Lakehill is “playing Middle School Football and being a team player.”
Outside of school, Dayton plays guitar. He also has likes to create digital art and is learning German. In his spare time, he gives back to his community by volunteering at Lakehill Summer Camps. He was awarded the Gold President's Volunteer Service Award in 10th grade for his community service.
Dayton has applied to Bowdoin College, University of Arkansas, Southwestern University, University of Texas (Dallas), and Austin College. He plans to study psychology in college and, eventually, work as a psychologist. Dayton has been inspired by Alan Watts, a psychologist, who greatly influenced his life philosophy.
Dayton's advice to young Warriors is, “Put academics before athletics and stay hopeful. You can do anything you want with your future.”
, ninth grade
The Varsity Softball team defeated Poetry Christian, 13-9, in an exciting game at home on March 20.
Macy Ellis pitched a complete game. Game balls were awarded to Ellis,
Tyler McCall, and
Montgomery Rotellini. In addition, a game ball was awarded to the entire team for their hard work and team unity.
The Lady Warriors will host Texoma Christian on Saturday, March 24, at 2:00 p.m.
The Varsity Baseball team continued to tune up for the district season with a pair of games against tough foes. While the foes eventually pulled away, progress is being made, especially with a variety of players getting a chance to pitch. Against Lucas Christian on March 20,
Nathan Lewis had two hits and struck out five.
Toni Perez-Stark had two hits and two RBIs;
Gerard Franklin clubbed a double; and
Jonathan Kelley scored twice. In the game at McKinney Christian on March 21,
Logan Stout had a single and scored twice, Kelley drove in two runs, and Perez-Stark hit an RBI single while also doing a solid job in his debut at catcher. The Warriors take on McKinney Christian again on March 23, this time at home.
The Varsity Tennis team played its best match of the season at home on March 21, against First Baptist Academy.
Owen Liu won his singles match, 6-4. In Boys Doubles,
Luke Jerome and
Ben Gillman lost their first match, 4-6, but rebounded to win their second match, 6-2.
In Girls Doubles,
Julia Bartholow and
Hayden Yoss won, 7-6;
Maya Ariss and
Elizabeth Motes won, 6-2; and Yoss and Ariss won, 6-1.
The Warriors travel to Alcuin on March 23, for a match at 4:30 p.m.
Varsity Track and Field
The Varsity Track and Field team competed March 8, at the Prince of Peace Winter Warm-Up Relays. This meet consisted of 31 of the fastest teams in North Texas and was full of great competition for our Warriors.
Beginning at 8:00 a.m. and running until almost 8:00 p.m., the Warriors cheered their teammates on from sunup until sundown. The men's 4x100 meter relay, consisting of
Ryan Henry, and
Ben Palmer earned a sixth place finish and was only bested by teams from 5A and 6A schools. The women's 4x100 meter relay (
Hayden Yoss, and
Jourdyn Owens) also raced their way to a sixth placed finish against some tough competition. This same group of women earned a fourth place finish in their 4x200m relay, setting a season record. Individually,
Luka Varnes ran his first 1600-meter race, clocking in at an impressive 5:45.
Alanna Stern placed first in the 300m dash, leaving 47 other competitors in the dust. Overall the the team earned a personal best in more than half of their 28 events. Come out and support our Warriors on Friday, March 23, at Bishop Lynch High School beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Lakehill rowers with Dallas United Crew continued their sprint racing season at the OKC Invitational Regatta on March 17, in Oklahoma City. The team demonstrated strength and depth against regional powerhouses from Dallas, Oklahoma City, and Austin, bringing home 13 medals, just behind medal-leader and host Oklahoma City and well ahead of local rival Jesuit College Prep.
Connor Alexander earned a gold medal in the Men's Varsity 4x, and a silver in the Men's Varsity 8. Sophomore
Anders Ekstrom earned a gold medal in the Men's JV 8, and a bronze in the Men's Varsity 4+. Seventh grader
Margaret Henderson earned gold in the Women's Novice 8, and bronze in the Women's Novice 4+.
Alexander and Ekstrom have been selected to participate in the San Diego Crew Classic, held March 22-25 in San Diego, California.
Kindergarten Creature Teacher, 9:00 a.m.
Kindergarten Beach Day, 2:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
PASF Cascarones Delivery
Fourth Grade ESCape to Nature
WOO Service Project at East Lake Pet Orphanage
9:30 a.m. - noon
March 25 - 28
ISAS Accreditation Visit
Third Grade ESCape to Nature
Second Grade ESCape to Nature
First Grade ESCape to Nature
Kindergarten Grade ESCape to Nature
Lower School Bunny Games, 2:15 - 2:45 p.m.
US Science Club Fossil Dig in Seymour, Texas
March 30 - April 2
President's Volunteer Service Award Due
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