Lakehill Preparatory School
The Warrior Weekly

Volume 10, Issue 31
April 26, 2018
Class of 2018 Honored at Senior Day 
Lakehill seniors are rapidly approaching the end of their high school careers. On April 25, they had the opportunity to slow things down a bit and celebrate the journey that has brought them to this point as Lakehill celebrated Senior Day.

Seniors began their day with a catered breakfast in the cafeteria with their parents. They then headed to the auditorium for an assembly in honor of the Class of 2018. They were escorted by Lakehill's youngest students, the Class of 2030. Seniors were later treated to Starbucks during open period.

The Senior Class sponsors introduced each student and shared his or her college plans. Each senior also had the opportunity to pass down a personal Lakehill memento to a lucky raffle winner. From athletic wear and cheerleading bows to footballs and a rice cooker, there was no limit to the priceless treasures passed on to the underclassmen.

See more pictures from Senior Day and the Senior-Parent Breakfast.

See the list of College Acceptances for the Class of 2018.
Spring Fling Music and Art Show 
Lakehill's Lower School students took to the stage on April 24, to perform in the annual Spring Fling in the Wyly Auditorium. The students' works of art were also on display in the Presentation and Performance Hall.
The endearing Art Show highlighted the accomplishments of Sacha Troxler's art students in an aesthetically pleasing display. The collection, which featured a wide variety of media from ceramics to stuffed, hand-stitched monsters, was well presented and provided a true art gallery experience to all who visited.

Jodi Wright brought a re-imagined structure to the Spring Fling, with ensemble casts across grade levels, stand-out performances by Alexa Biedler and Maximus Smith on piano, and a comedy routine by Lily and Mary Greenwood, that brought a bit of Broadway to the Lakehill stage. The joyful, animated performances clearly showcased Lakehill's talented Lower School students, and even encouraged some audience participation.

See more pictures from the Art Show and Spring Fling.
Old-Fashioned Fun 
Lakehill's 20th annual Mark Twain Day celebrated 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 also competed in a variety of good-natured contests, including watermelon seed spitting, pie eating, and bragging.

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 Maeve Smith and Lauren Williams (Becky Thatcher), Paulette Maney as Tom Sawyer, and Ally Therivel as Huck Finn.

Caiti Muller took the top prize for the jury-evaluated rafts, with Maney and Therivel taking second and third, respectively.

Lakehill dad Ross Crum played the role of Mark Twain, conducting the bragging contest, and Mrs. Riggs was Aunt Polly, trading hints for prize tickets to sixth graders filling out scavenger hunt questionnaires. 

Kimberly Reister and Kelli Powell organized a great team of parent volunteers who made the event go smoothly.

Artistic Achievement 
Eighth grader Zak Goldstein was named one of the top 25 finalists in the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Art and Literacy Contest. The contest, which was open to sixth through eighth graders across Texas, drew 145 student entries. The prompt was to create a black and white work of art with a pop of color about a favorite literary character. Entrants were also required to write a short essay.

Amber Kramer with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt presented Zak with his finalist award and a $50 Visa gift card.

"Not only was Zak's picture of Puck from Midsummer Night's Dream a skillful and beautiful drawing, his essay demonstrated his personal connection with a character whose motivations range from obedient service to out-and-out mischief," said Julie Riggs, who encouraged Zak to apply. "He captured many aspects of Puck's complex motivations in his picture and his words."

The next round of judging will take place later in the month, with the winner being announced on May 1.
Sounds of Spring
Lakehill Preparatory School's Middle and Upper School Choirs took the stage on April 20 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 and the Lakehill Chorale.

An emotional finale of "Let There Be Peace on Earth" marked the last performance for this year's seniors: Alex Gentry, Arthur Hu, Lovely Lopez, Katie McKnight, and Judy Zhu, and featured a guest chorus of ten members of Lower School.

Upper School Performing Arts students will celebrate their successes at the upcoming Performing Arts Banquet on May 11 at the ESC. 

Delightful Disaster 
Lakehill's talented Upper School Drama students brought madcap hilarity to the Lakehill stage on April 19 and 21, with their production of The Great All-American Musical Disaster by Tim Kelly under the direction of Mark Guerra

Film producer Junior Dover, played with style and bravado in platform shoes by Justin Reed, hasn't made a picture since his last flop, Zombies of the Stratosphere. But his latest project has everything, from earthquakes to savage lobsters, thanks to put-upon screen writer Carmel McGregor, portrayed by Thea Gilliland. Junior induces every major Hollywood star, a few has-beens, and even a maybe, to appear by tailoring separate scripts to meet each star's personal requirements. So each star assumes he or she is the whole picture, with the other Greats relegated to supporting roles - an assumption that leads to all kinds of stage frenzy.

Stand outs in the cast were Alanna Stern as the manipulative  Apassionatta Abalone, Logan Stout as the conceited "boy-next-door" Bob Everlove, Jake Aron as the narcissistic director Plato Voltaire, and Tyler McCall as the obnoxious, potential child star Baby Bernice. However, the true scene stealer of the show was Georgia Ferguson as GeeGee Fontaine, whose timing and physical comedy kept the audience both laughing and in awe.

With eye-popping, seventies-style costumes and plot twists galore, the play provided 90 minutes of merriment. "I laughed so much my face hurt," said faculty member Elizabeth Schmitt. "And that was just in the first 15 minutes!"

See more pictures here and here.
Paws for Books: Scholastic Book Fair Closes April 26
Don't miss your chance to replenish your bookshelves for summer reading at Lakehill's Scholastic Book Fair. The Book Fair is being held in the Upper Library and will be open until 4:30 p.m. today.
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 900 registrations have already been received! Be sure to register by May 15 to make sure your camps are available!

With 84 different camps for all grade levels in every area imaginable, this is one summer you don't want to miss!

Check out the new  2018 Summer Camps Guide.

Find out more about our Summer Camps programs.
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: Mingyue (Judy) Zhu

Judy was born in Shanghai, China. She has attended Lakehill for four years. Judy has participated in choir, basketball, yearbook, musical theater, and art classes. She was also a member of National Honor Society and the Math Club, and served as a student intern for Lakehill Summer Camps. Her favorite class was yearbook because she enjoyed arranging photos, interviewing teachers, taking pictures at exciting events, and, especially, editing video on the computer.

Judy has been named to the Headmaster's Honor Roll for earning A's and B's each year during high school. Her favorite memory at Lakehill is from the Upper School Biology Trip to Galveston where she was able to interact with the fish on their boat and then return them to the water.

Judy will attend Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and plans to major in marketing. She will begin her college career with a study abroad program through Northeastern in London, England. Her goal is to open a cafe and become an entrepreneur.

Judy's advice for young Warriors is “Don’t stop fighting, never give up, and your future years will get better.” Her favorite quote is from Pirates of the Caribbean: “Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.”
By Georgina Stephens, ninth grade
Sports Snippets

Varsity Softball
The Lady Warriors defeated Greenville Christian, 18-13, on the road on April 16.

It was a hard-fought win for the Lady Warriors. They played with a fierce determination to take and hold the lead with solid defense and strategic hits. Macy Ellis pitched seven innings to earn the win.

Lakehill followed up with a 28-5 win over Greenville Christian on April 17.

Ellis pitched three innings and earned her fourth win in District play. Greenville Christian scored two runs early to take the lead. With sound defense and timely hits, the Lady Warriors earned a decisive victory.

The Lady Warriors are currently second in the District standings with a 4-2 record.

See more  softball photos .
Varsity Baseball
The Varsity Baseball team roared into the playoffs with a 20-2 victory over Rockwall Heritage Christian, powered by Nathan Lewis pitching a complete game (striking out nine and allowing only three hits), Jonathan Kelley driving in seven runs, and Jake Aron driving in five. Gerard Franklin went three-for-three, scoring four runs and driving in three, and Lewis had two hits, two walks, and scored three runs.

The Warriors also lost 8-4 to Dallas Lutheran despite 5 2-3 innings of solid pitching by Toni Perez-Stark , who also drove in two runs. Franklin scored twice and Kelley doubled and scored.

Middle School Baseball
The Middle School Baseball team tied against Good Shepherd and beat First Baptist Academy in two very close games. The team ended its season with a 7-4 loss against St. John's. Spencer Neill threw 3 2-3 innings, striking out eight and only allowing one run with no hits. Several Warriors came up with clutch at-bats, including Prahlad Pant and Hayden Bauer . Arthur Cirillo made an amazing diving catch which turned into a double play.

See more baseball pictures .
Varsity Track and Field
The Varsity Track and Field team continues to leave the competition in the dust. At last week's 3A District Track Meet, the Men's Team entered in 15 total events on the track and in the field. Warriors advanced to the finals in 10 of those events, and advanced five athletes on to the Regional Meet. That impressive showing is only surpassed by the Women's team, who advanced 12 of their 14 entries into the final round. The Lady Warriors will be competing in eight different events at the Regional Meet on April 27.
The Men's and Women's teams both advanced their 4x100 and 4x200 relays as well. Athletes that brought in gold medals include Jourdyn Owens , Hayden Yoss , Lynley Waggoner , and Alanna Stern . Top three medal earners include the aforementioned athletes as well as Gerard Franklin , Ben Palmer , Ryan Henry , Jonah Shaw , and Maddison Cerda .

Varsity Tennis
Juniors Ben Gillman and Luke Jerome  competed in the TAPPS State Tennis Tournament on April 18, in Waco, Texas. Jerome ’s incredibly fast serve, combined with Gillman's aggressive net play, made the boys doubles duo a force to be reckoned with.

Despite their valiant efforts, they were defeated by the eventual state champions from Austin Veritas. Gillman and Jerome ended up finishing ninth in the state. “I was extremely proud of the way the boys competed," said Coach Rob Vaughn . "They fought hard and know what they have to improve in their game to return to state next year.”

Varsity Crew
Lakehill Varsity rowers with Dallas United Crew, Connor Alexander and Anders Ekstrom, headed to Princeton, New Jersey, to race in the highly competitive Mercer Lake Sprints/ISA Championship on April 20-21. Mercer Lake has hosted numerous regattas including five Olympic Rowing Team Trials. This regatta represented a great opportunity for DUC Athletes to compete against some of the top crews in the country outside of their Central Region. Each crew raced in individual heats, and top crews landed a place in the finals. 

Alexander finished in fourth place in the Grand Final of the Men's Youth Quad. Ekstrom earned a silver in the Petite Final of the Men's Youth Varsity 8+. The team will compete in the US Rowing Central Youth Championships in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on May 5-6, vying for a spot in the National Championships in Sacramento in June.

Shop 'Til You Drop

Spirit Shop
Visit the Spirit Shop this week and get 50% off all apparel.

Don't forget to check out the new, hand-made jewelry!

Spirit Shop
Alice + Olivia, located in Highland Park Village, will be having a private shopping event for Lakehill on May 8, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The store will be closed except for Lakehill parents, and 20% of sales will go back to our school. This is a great way to get new looks for summer while helping Lakehill!
What's Happening?

April 26
Scholastic Book Fair

Fourth Grade to Zoo, 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Annual Fund: Help us reach 100% in 100 Days!

Junior-Senior Ring Luncheon

April 26-29
Upper School Biology Trip

April 27 
School Holiday 

May 1
Second Grade to Texas Discovery Garden, 10:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Fifth and Sixth Grade Drama Club Performance

May 3
1st Grade to Dallas World Aquarium, 8:15 - 11:45 a.m.

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

Headmaster's Reception for Top Donors, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

May 4
Hoops for Heart, 1:00 - 1:40 p.m.

Jump Rope for Heart, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

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