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Volume 8, Issue 31 April 28, 2016
Songs of Spring
Middle and Upper School Choirs Perform Spring Concert
Lakehill Preparatory School's Middle and Upper School Choirs took the stage on April 26 for their final school performance of the year. The Spring Concert, featuring the vocal talents of sixth through twelfth grade students, was a beautiful and fitting end to a successful year.

The program featured a variety of performances by the Sixth Grade Choir, Allegro Singers (the Seventh and Eighth Grade Choir), Chorale Women, Man Choir, Chorale Men, and the Lakehill Chorale, in addition to two solo performances by Charlotte Abate and Varun Iyer

An emotional finale by the combined choirs of  "I Hope You Dance" marked the last performance for this year's seniors, Charlotte Abate, Emily Boles, and Jennifer Seo. Upper School Performing Arts students will celebrate their successes at the upcoming Performing Arts Banquet on April 29 at the ESC. 
Old-Fashioned Fun
Students Celebrate Mark Twain Day
Rain couldn't dampen the spirits of those gathered for Lakehill's 17th annual Mark Twain Day, celebrating the culmination of the fifth grade unit of study on  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

The event offered fourth through sixth grade students the chance to have fun the old-fashioned way: sack races, bobbing for apples, and fence painting. Students competed in a variety of good-natured contests, including watermelon seed spitting, pie eating, and bragging.

Jack Lynch, grandfather to Van Alex and Dasha Ramey, added an air of authenticity to the event in his role as Mark Twain.

The fifth grade students said they loved making the miniature rafts, dressing up as the characters, and playing games that kids played more than a hundred years ago. 

Students honored for the most authentic costumes included Katie Rich, Aleena WallaceSidney Pouncy, Arthur Cirillo, Van Alex Ramey, Hayden Bauer, Anna Knickel, Megan Blomquist, and Cali Byrd.

Ellis Meyer took the top prize for the jury-evaluated rafts, with Anna Knickel and Jeremy Cortes taking second and third, respectively.
Planet Protectors
Lakehill Students Educate Others at Earth Day Texas
The 2016 Earth Day Texas was the planet's largest Earth Day Expo ever. The nearly 75,000 visitors who attended the event, held April 22-24 at Fair Park, were treated to 1500 interactive exhibits showcasing leaders in the corporate, academic, and non-profit worlds, including a booth featuring Lakehill  Preparatory  School. 
Students in Lakehill's AP Environmental Science class  showcased a variety of environmentally friendly projects. Their exhibits included an interactive game to determine the rate of decomposition of eight common household items ( Afton Guedea and Reed Henry), a station for visitors to make composters out of recycled soda bottles ( Audrey Castaigne and Guilia Ferguson), a water table which demonstrated how surface pollutants can contaminate water ( Kevin Lantz and Kason Burt), a station to test the different pH levels of batteries, ( Adam Muncaster and George Cheng), an interactive fishing game to highlight the impact of pollution on lakes and streams ( Kaeli Bunger and Camryn Thompson), a simulated oil-spill with suggested solutions for safe clean-up ( Charlie Pippen and Zain Imam), and a world map for attendees to add their personal Earth Day pledge ( Charlotte Abate and Tata Fortune). 

Visitors to the event could also tour the tiny house village, test drive electric bikes and cars, and see NASA's Space Station exhibit.
Earth Day Texas is an annual festival seeking to elevate environmental awareness and change the way North Texans think, live, and work. This is the fifth year that Lakehill has been featured. 

By Afton Guedea
Marketing Intern, Class of 2016
Coming Soon
Middle School Brings Peter Pan, Jr. to the Stage
On May 13 at 7:00 p.m., Lakehill's seventh and eighth grade musical theater students will invite audiences to fly away to Neverland with Peter and the Darling children in this adaptation of Disney's beloved animated film.

Peter Pan, Jr. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn't grow up. The journey includes Lost Boys, Mermaids, and the infamous pirate, Captain Hook.  

Admission is free. Don't miss this family-friendly performance! 

By Afton Guedea
Marketing Intern, Class of 2016 
Community Minders
Upcoming Service Opportunities
April 30  - National Junior Honor Society - Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake - 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. All members should plan to attend. Contact Ms. Palmer for more information. 

April 30 - Kite Day - Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Members of the eighth grade and eleventh grade classes are invited to help host Kite Day for students from Bayles Elementary and their families. Contact Ms. Hauschild for more information.

May 3 - Lower and Middle School Community Connections - Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake - 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
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: Jennifer Seo
Jennifer Seo first came to Lakehill in tenth grade and has been involved in many clubs and activities at the school. Jennifer participates in Debate Club, International Student Organization, Pan American Student Forum (PASF), National Honor Society (NHS), Math Club, and Mu Alpha Theta. She is also a member of the Lakehill Varsity Soccer team. Outside of Lakehill, Jennifer takes classes at the Japanese School of Dallas. 
Jennifer will attend Bryn Mawr College where she plans to major in International Business. Jennifer's favorite subject is Psychology because she likes "learning how brains work," and her favorite teacher is Mrs. Thorne.
Her favorite memory from her time at Lakehill is attending the ISAS Arts Festival three years in a row. Jennifer's dream job would be a toy maker. Her advice to young Warriors would be to "just keep swimming."
By Niamh McKinney, eighth grade
Sports Snippets
Middle School Track Wins Girls and Boys IAA Championships
The Middle School Track team dominated the competition at the IAA Meet on April 25 at Parish, bringing home the IAA Championship for both the boys and the girls teams. 

In the shot put, Gaige Cerda finished first while Spencer Mihm took second. Cerda claimed third in the discus. Cole Johnson took first in the long jump, with Ryan Henry and Jason Davis claiming second and sixth, respectively. Johnson also took first in the 100-meter dash, while Henry finished fourth. Emerson Danamraj took third in the 300-meter low hurdles. Lakehill swept the 400-meter, with Addison Baum claiming first, Mihm, second, and Johnny Hirata, fourth. Baum also claimed a victory in the 800-meter. Lakehill's 4x100 relay team (Davis, Henry, Danamraj, and Johnson) took second, while the 4x400 relay team (Mihm, Johnson, Henry, and Baum) brought home another first place finish.

In the girls field events, Jada Silas took first in the shot put, while Cecelie Smith-Morris brought in a fourth place finish in the high jump and Jourdyn Owens a fifth place in the long jump.

In the 100-meter dash, Hayden Yoss took third while Kalli Turner finished fourth. In the 100-meter high hurdles, Abbey Bauer finish third and Smith-Morris fourth. In the 200-meter, Alanna Stern took first, Silas, third, and Owens, sixth. In the 300-meter low hurdles, Smith-Morris took first and Marissa Rubio took second. Niamh McKinney brought in two more first-place finishes, with wins in the 400-meter and the 800-meter, while Grace Addison took fourth and second in those events.

The girls 4x100 relay team (Silas, Yoss, Owens, and Stern) and 4x400 relay team ( Emma Myers, McKinney, Addison, and Stern) both claimed victories, while the 4x200 relay team (Turner, Yoss, Owens, and Silas) added a second place finish to the Warrior scorecard. Congratulations Warriors on an outstanding track season!

Varsity Baseball
The Varsity Baseball team is headed toward the playoffs on quite a roll, having swept a doubleheader on April 22 against East Texas Christian (6-5 and 15-14) and following that with a 14-4 victory over Garland Christian on April 25. In Friday's opener,  Dylan Welch  pitched well and drove in two runs. In the second game,  Charlie Pippen  pitched six innings  despite an ankle injury suffered in the first game. Pippen also had three hits, two RBIs and scored twice, while Welch went 3-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored. After those nail-biters, the Warriors cruised past Garland Christian, with  Zac Aron  striking out 10 in five innings. Welch continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored, and  Toni Perez-Stark  also went 3-for-4, driving in three runs. Third grader Griffin Powell was the Baseball Player of the Day, a highly coveted position sold each year at the Lakehill benefit Auction. Sixth grader Brett Peacock won the raffle and threw out the first pitch at the game.

See more pictures here and here.

Varsity Softball
The Lady Warriors  won both games in the double header  Monday  night against  Greenville  Christian at home.  Lakehill won the first game 19-4 in three innings and the second game 17-3 in four innings.

The Lady Warriors were lead by seniors
Sofia De La CruzAudrey Castaigne ,
Ava Ecklin, and  Kaeli Bunger . Castaigne hit a triple to right field with the bases loaded and Bunger had several strong hits to left field. De La Cruz pitched two complete games and  Alex Tracy caught two foul balls behind home plate.

The Lady Warriors are 3-2 in District with one district game left to play on April 30 at 2:00 p.m at Texoma Christian.

Middle School Baseball
In what turned out to be their last game of the season, winning pitcher  Jalen Webster  saved his best for last. Going the whole game, Webster only gave up three runs on two hits while striking out 10 batters.  Jonah Shaw  had four stolen bases and scored both times he came up to hit. Lakehill's infield defense was in top form, leading to the 5-3 victory. The team finished the season with a 5-2 record.
This Week at the ESC
Third grade collected and prepared leaf samples that they put into plant presses. The samples will be identified and added to the new ESC herbarium collection.

Fourth grade learned about tree decomposition as they inspected a rotting log in the forest behind the pond. They saw worms, beetles, centipededs, pill bugs, spiders, and crawfish. They also enjoyed tasting the honeysuckle blossoms.

See more photos from the ESC.
What's Happening?
finger with string
April 28
Lower School Spring Fling
7:00 p.m. 

April 29
Junior-Senior Ring Luncheon

April 29
US Performing Arts Banquet 
6:00 p.m., ESC 

April 30
NJHS Shoreline Spruce-Up
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

April 30
Kite Day for Bayles Elementary
Noon - 2:00 p.m., RLP Campus 

May 2
Lower School Drama Club Production
4:00 p.m., Auditorium

May 3
Lower and Middle School Community Connections Shoreline Spruce-Up
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

May 5
New Parent Luncheon
11:30 a.m., ESC

May 6
MS Musical Rehearsal
8:00 a.m. - noon

May 6
MS Service Project (those not in musical)
North Texas Food Bank
8:00 a.m. - noon

May 7
US Prom

Lakehill Summer Camps 2016
More than 1,300 registrations for Lakehill Summer Camps 2016 have already been received. D on't miss out on the camps you want!