Lakehill Preparatory School
The Warrior Weekly

Volume 11, Issue 26
March 21, 2019
Adventures Abroad
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.

Eleven freshman Spanish students, accompanied by Spanish teacher  Joan Mayo and art teacher  Scott Boles, experienced a ten-day adventure of a lifetime in Costa Rica. The trip highlighted the culture, natural beauty, flora and fauna, food, and outdoor activities of this amazing country. 

In San José, students visited the Gold Museum where they learned about the history of Costa Rican money and saw thousands of pre-colonial gold artifacts. They also visited the luxurious National Theatre, housed in an exquisitely designed 18 th century building, and had the opportunity to view numerous sculptures outside the theater by the world-renowned Costa Rican artist Jiménez Deredia.

Students traveled to three National Parks while in Costa Rica. They hiked to the rim of the recently active Poás Volcano in Poás National Park, learning about the widespread volcanic activity in the country and its impact on flora and fauna. At the site of the most recent lava flow of the Arenal Volcano in the Arenal National Park, they learned about the impact of volcanic activity on mankind.

Students spotted sloths, monkeys, iguana, and toucans in Manuel Antonio National Park and spent a morning swimming in the Pacific Ocean and enjoying the white sand beaches. The group traveled by horseback to Fortuna Falls and swam in the transparent waters of the river. At the Ark Herb Farm, students learned about the biodiversity in plant life and sampled numerous herbs and fruits. "I enjoyed trying the unique Costa Rican dishes and tropical fruits," said Graysen Walker. Students also visited coffee and chocolate plantations, learning about the history and production and enjoying samples. 

The group had fun taking part in a number of outdoor activities, including zip-lining in the canopy, rafting on the Sarapiquí River, kayaking on Lake Arenal, and swimming in the thermal pools at Los Lagos. "The zip-line was amazing," said Leo Paparoni. "I gained a completely different perspective of the rainforest by seeing the canopy from both the ground and high above."

Lakehill students also carried out two community service projects. They visited a local school where they interacted with elementary school students and provided them with Lakehill t-shirts. They also purchased groceries and supplies and delivered them to three families of children with Cystic Fibrosis.

See  more pictures.
Acclaimed Author Visits Lakehill
Acclaimed Scholastic author Elly Swartz will visit Lakehill on Tuesday, March 26, from 1:00 - 1:40 p.m. in the Community Room.

Organized by the PFC Book Fair Committee, Swartz will visit with students in grades four through six, inspiring the writers and illustrators of the future by sharing her experiences as a writer. Parents are invited to attend.

Swartz will be signing pre-ordered books, Smart Cookie  and  Finding Perfect , as well as books from home. No books will be sold on the day of the event.

Book Order Forms must be turned in by March 22.
Serving Others:
Community Service Opportunities  
President's Volunteer Service Award -
Applications Due Monday, April 1!
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 Monday, April 1. All recipients will be recognized at the Award Assemblies in May. 

Get more information or download the   Tracking Form. Please contact  Ms. Ekstrom for more information. 

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! Camps run June 3 through August 2.

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 30
Ninth Grade Class Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Everyone is invited to join Lakehill's ninth grade class for our monthly Shoreline Spruce-up! Meet at the parking lot at West Lawther and Chapel Hill. All supplies will be provided. Breakfast will be available.

Thursday, April 11
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.
Students must have a Signed Permission Form to participate.

Saturday, April 13
Kite Day, 10:00 a.m. - noon
All students in grades seven through twelve are invited to help host Kite Day for students from Bayles Elementary and their families.  Sign up here.

Saturday, April 13
White Rock Spring Games, 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. (K-2); 4:00 - 6:30 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.

Fiday, April 26 - Sunday, April 28
EarthX, Fair Park, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
All Lakehill students and families are invited to help with the Lakehill booth at EarthX.

Saturday, April 27
NJHS Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Thanks to the National Junior Honor Society for taking on Lakehill's Shoreline Spruce-up this month! All members should plan to attend. Contact  Ms. Blanchette or  Mr. Neyland for more information.
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. More than 700 registrations have already been received!

With 89 different camps for all grade levels in every area imaginable, this is one summer you don't want to miss!

Check out the new   2019 Summer Camps Guide

Find out more about our Summer Camps programs.
Get in the Games
The White Rock Spring Games return on Saturday, April 13, for another year of fun and fundraising! The Games bring together students in kindergarten through fifth grade from dozens of East Dallas schools to compete in five fun-filled events while enjoying plenty of great food and other activities. Students in kindergarten through grade 2 will compete from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. Those in grades 3 - 5 will compete from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Registration closes on March 25 at 8:00 p.m. The fee for each 4-member team is $100, every dollar of which goes directly back to each participant’s school.

Lakehill PFC Denim & Diamonds
2019 Spring Gala & Benefit Auction
Saturday, March 23, 2019
7:00 p.m. at The Statler Dallas
Get out your jeans and bling and join us  this Saturday night  at The Statler with dinner, drinks, music, casino, incredible auction items . . . and did we mention the mechanical bull? This is certainly going to be a night to remember!
  • Register your phone and start your bidding here

  • The Silent Auction and Instabuy items are now Live and open for bidding here

  • Don’t forget to buy your tickets! Registering to bid is not the same as buying event tickets to attend. If you plan to attend the eventplease purchase your tickets here
We hope you will join us at the Denim & Diamonds Gala for an evening of fundraising and making fun memories.’s for the kids!

Please visit for more information.

Any questions? P lease email .
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: Ben Palmer
Ben Palmer is a Lakehill Lifer, having attended Lakehill since kindergarten. Throughout his high school years, he has played on the Varsity Football, Track, and Soccer teams. He has been a member of National Honor Society, Student Ambassadors, and is the current treasurer of Student Council. Ben received the Headmaster’s High Honor Roll all four years, and was a six-time Player of the Week in football. He was also designated an Academic All-State recipient and an All-District Running Back and Defensive End.  

Ben's favorite subject has been French due to the ability to communicate in a new way and the small class sizes. Outside of school, he enjoys playing video games and watching football. His favorite memory as a Warrior was a game played against McKinney Cornerstone in which the football team won by one point in overtime. 

Ben will attend Southern Methodist University and will join their football team as a preferred walk-on. He plans to major in Biology on a Pre-Med track with the hopes of pursuing a career in sports medicine. 

Ben advises future Warriors, "Take advantage of study halls and open periods to get work done. Participate in team activities when you can."

By Will Gorman, ninth grade
Sports Snippets

Lakehill Claims All-District Honors in Basketball
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.

Lakehill had an impressive showing, capturing nine All-District awards.

All-District Girls Basketball  
First Team All-District -  Krista Carlson  
Second Team All-District - Alanna Stern, Hayden Yoss
All-District Honorable Mention -  Tyler McCall

All-District Boys Basketball:
First Team All-District -  Mitchell Crow , Ryan Henry
Second Team All-District -  Eli Buxt , Luke Jerome
Freshman of the Year - Mitchell Crow

Congratulations to these outstanding athletes.
Varsity Tennis
The Varsity Tennis team took on Cambridge on March 18, in their first official match-up of the season. In Men's Doubles, the pair of Cade Armstrong and Owen Liu, as well as the team of Ben Gillman and Luke Jerome, won their matches. Hayden Yoss won her match in Women's Singles.

Lakehill continued their winning streak against Alcuin on March 20. Jerome and Gillman won 8-2 in Men's Doubles, while Yoss defeated her opponent 8-1 in Women's Singles. The team of Maya Ariss and Julia Bartholow won 8-7 in Women's Doubles, while Elizabeth Motes and Prahlad Pant played to an 8-7 victory in Mixed Doubles.

Varsity Baseball
The Varsity Baseball team finished tuning up for district play with a rough outing against Fort Worth Calvary. John Hirata had two hits, while Nathan Lewis , Charlie Leake , and Spencer Neill got in some innings on the mound. The Warriors open district play Friday at Dallas Lutheran.

Varsity Softball
The Varsity Softball team started district play with a big win, defeating Garland Christian Academy on the road on March 19. Macy Ellis was the winning pitcher. Tyler McCall, Loveth Heard, Kate Langley, Claire Howard, Katie Ann Eastus, and Ellis all had hits in the game.

Lakehill will play Molina on March 21 at home.

Varsity and Middle School Track
The Varsity Track team started their season on Saturday, March 2, in the Ft. Worth Country Day Falcon Invitational. Despite cold and rainy weather, every athlete set a personal best in at least one of their events. Ryan Henry came in third in the 200-meter run and fourth in the 100 meter. Alanna Stern placed second in the 400 meter while Lynley Waggoner placed fifth in the same event. The 4x400m relay team of Mitchell Crow, Jaden Lambert, Cullen McCaleb and Henry placed fourth overall. The team will compete in the Nazarene Christian Invitational on March 23 in Ft. Worth. The Middle School track team is loaded with potential and will also run in this weekend's meet. 

Middle School Golf
The Middle School golf team will compete in the IAA Golf Tournament on Monday, March 25. Good luck to eighth graders Avery Owen, Taylor Gardsbane, Noah Kohn, and Arthur Cirillo.
Show Your Warrior Spirit!
The Spirit Shop is open for business, with great new styles and classic favorites so you can show your Warrior spirit! The Spirit Shop is open on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7:45-8:45 a.m. and Monday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons from 2:45-3:45 p.m.

Called by  Time  the "theater event of the year," Mary Zimmerman's  Metamorphoses  brings Ovid's tales to stunning visual life. Set in and around a large pool of water onstage,  Metamorphoses  juxtaposes the ancient and the contemporary in both language and image to reflect the variety and persistence of narrative in the face of inevitable change. 
March 22
Kindergarten Visit from Creature Teacher

March 23
NACAC College Fair
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Lakehill Benefit Auction: Denim & Diamonds

March 26
Admission Coffee
Share Lakehill with your friends! Invite them to an Admission Coffee.

Elly Swartz Author Visit (4th-6th grades)
1:00 - 1:40 p.m.

Fourth Grade Escape to Nature

March 27
Third Grade Escape to Nature

7th vs 8th Grade Powder Puff Game
1:00 - 1:40 p.m.
Benefiting Austin Street Center

March 28
Second Grade Escape to Nature

All-School Pep Rally
1:35 - 2:00 p.m.

March 29
First Grade Escape to Nature

Fourth Grade to Trinity Audubon Center, 9:00 a.m. - noon

March 29, 30
Upper School Play, Metamorphoses , 7:00 p.m.

April 1
Kindergarten Escape to Nature

Preliminary 2019-20 Calendar
Take a look at the  preliminary school calendar  for 2019-20.
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