Volume 9, Issue 14
December 1, 2016
|Lakehill Celebrates with Annual Grandparents Day
Lakehill celebrated Grandparents Day on November 18.
Always a popular event for students and staff, the day is scheduled prior to the long Thanksgiving holiday, so that many visiting grandparents from out of town can share in the festivities.
After a delicious breakfast, sponsored by the Parent Faculty Club and chaired by Elizabeth Gorman, visitors moved to the auditorium for a memorable performance which also spotlighted the veterans in attendance.
Members of Boy Scout Troop 861 and 518 presented the colors, while Student Council President
Zain Imam and Senior Class President
Abi Price welcomed the capacity crowd. Video narration by the Upper School Broadcast Production class, edited by
Ashley Peacock, tied the patriotic-themed event together.
While introducing each class, seventh and eighth grade Drama students shared their favorite memories of their grandparents. Artwork by sixth grade students lined the walls. The program presented students in kindergarten through fifth grade in their own unique musical tributes. First grade gave a passionate performance of the highly anticipated favorite, "Super Turkey."
The morning also featured performances by the Allegro Singers and the Lakehill Chorale. In the always heartwarming finale, children and faculty members performed "Family Tree," a poignant song written especially for Lakehill by Jack Noble White, a celebrated local composer.
Debate Teams Win High Marks, Advance to State
Middle and high school students gathered at Duncanville High School on November 19 to participate in the YMCA Texas Youth and Government conference, a means for local clubs to simulate the legislative and judicial sections of government.
Upper School Team Advances to State
Twenty-one Lakehill students, representing eight Lakehill teams, competed in the State Affairs Forum.
The proposal by
on raising the penalties for drunk driving was ranked second overall.
were awarded Distinguished Delegate for their outstanding performance in pro/con debate.
Zain Imam served as the District 5 State Affairs Forum Chair and will serve as the Statewide Chair at the State Conference. All Lakehill teams will advance to State, to be held January 26-29 in Austin.
Middle School Team Advances to State
Middle School Debate was represented by 15 students from sixth and seventh grades who were among hundreds of middle school students in attendance.
The students authored legislative bills and presented them in committee, defending their positions by answering questions. Although many of the students were new to the process, they worked hard to prepare for the conference, and many of their bills were passed. This conference serves as preparation for the State Conference in Austin on
March 3-5. Students will visit the Texas State Capitol and have the opportunity to share opinions with many students from across the state.
Lakehill Middle School has been named an outstanding delegation at the state conference for the past two years and is looking forward to continuing this tradition. "District was a great experience and good preparation for state," said Middle School Debate Club President
Alexander Dondis. "Many team members enjoyed debating and we hope that our success in District will carry on to State."
Author Visits During Book Fair
As part of the fall Scholastic Book Fair, parent organizers
Katie Lavie and
Sherri Barrett arranged for a special author visit from Michelle Staubach Grimes, author of
Where is Pidge?, and illustrator Bill DeOre.
Grimes and DeOre spoke to students in kindergarten through second grade first, reading the book and talking about Pidge's emotions and the story. Grimes also touched on hthe creative process. After reading the book for students in third through sixth grade, Grimes detailed the writing process and the "story beats." DeOre shared
his process of illustrating with the students.
The Scholastic Book Fair continues all week in the Upper Library.
Update from Headmaster Roger Perry
The past few weeks we have enjoyed watching the steel rise into the sky. On Monday, the next load of fabricated steel should arrive, and we will once again see the skeleton of the new building continue to take shape.
As we return from the holiday break, we should see the structure of the building in place. It will be a wonderful way to start the new year, with significant progress evident and imagining how it will look when it is complete.
National Junior Honor Society Highlights Lakehill's Soon-to-be Graduates
NJHS Spotlight on Seniors
This week's senior: Blake Farokhnia
Blake Farokhnia has attended Lakehill Preparatory School since the eighth grade. He has had many great achievements during his experience, including third place in the eighth grade math competition, awards in Intro to Psychology and Classic Monsters, as well as receiving the Corley Family Scholarship.
During his time at Lakehill, Blake has participated in Debate for four years, as well as Varsity Football, Student Ambassadors, Science Club, field events for Track and Field, and the Warrior Outreach Organization (WOO). He believes it important that members of the senior class do as much as they can to better the community before they leave for college.
Blake's favorite classes are English, and the classes that are taught by Mrs. Thorne such as World History and AP Psychology. As someone who hopes to be an attorney one day, Blake finds Government, a class based on rhetoric and arguments, to be very beneficial and one of the most fascinating classes of his senior year.
Blake has been influenced most by Mrs. Thorne and Mr. Hagood. "Mr. Hagood essentially taught me how to write," he explains. "Mrs. Thorne fostered in me a deep interest in politics and the law.
Thanks to both Mrs. Thorne, and Mr. Hagood I saw much more clearly what I would enjoy doing with my life. It is because of them that I saw law school as the solution."
Blake's favorite memories at Lakehill are the moments when he and his classmates unite to help with any last minute preparations before an event, whether it is a football game, an assembly in the auditorium, or WOO events.
Blake has applied to Tulane University, Loyola University, Roanoke College, SMU, Hofstra University, Vanderbilt University, Babson College, Reed College, Louisiana State University, Auburn University, and University of Southern California. He plans to study business management with a focus on pre-law. His career goal is to be an attorney one day, something more along the corporate side rather than Civil or Criminal Law.
Blake's achievements are inspired by his parents. "I know they came from humble beginnings, yet through hard work they have strived, and achieved the American Dream. They have successfully started a business on top of having full-time jobs and are fortunate enough to provide me with the opportunity of attending a private school. When I see my parents, I think to myself that whatever I want to accomplish, however difficult, can be done."
The advice Blake gives to young Warriors is: "Do not worry about the letter grade; if you invest yourself in learning the material, the grade will take care of itself."
By Nia Rasheed, '11, Marketing Intern
|Lakehill Athletes Recognized with All-District and All-State Honors
All-District and All-State
Volleyball Players Recognized
Head coaches in District III gathered recently to bestow the 2016 honors for All-District and All-State Volleyball. Five Lakehill athletes were recognized with 13 awards.
First Team All-District
Second Team All-District
All-District Honorable Mention
Abi Price was selected for First Team All-State and senior
Claire Crow was selected for Second Team All-State. Senior
Kelly Carlson was selected for All-State Honorable Mention.
Abi Price, and
McKinney Waggoner were recognized with Academic All-State honors.
was voted the TAPPS District 3-3A Offensive Player of the Year.
Congratulations to Coach Cayme-Mosley and these outstanding Lakehill athletes.
All-District Football Honors
Head coaches from TAPPS Division I / District II met on November 9 to bestow All-District honors for the recently completed 2016 football season. Lakehill was well-represented with 11 players receiving recognition for their performance.
Second Team All-District
Brandon Bartholow, Running Back
Gerard Franklin, Quarterback
Warren Lester, Defensive Back
Ben Palmer, Wide Receiver
Jalen Webster, Linebacker
Harrison Lankford, Defensive Back
Honorable Mention All-District
Brandon Bartholow, Linebacker
Griffin Burt, Running Back, Defensive End
Christian Druebert, Offensive Lineman
Jonathan Kelley, Kicker
Avery Meiteen, Wide Receiver/Defensive Back
Ben Palmer, Defensive End
District Freshman of the Year
Congratulations to these football players on their accomplishments!
The Varsity Boys Basketball team won their first game of the season, 48-38, a
gainst Garland Christian on November 21.
Dunny Bock and
Noah Bernstein paced the Warriors with 18 and 17 points, respectively. The Warriors lost, 53-34, at Lakewood Presbyterian on November 29, in a hard-fought game that was tied at halftime and remained close until the end, and were defeated 65-26 by a tough Burton Adventist team on November 30.
They next play at home in a tournament on December 3. The team is coached by
Varsity Girls Basketball
The Varsity Girls Basketball team defeated Lakewood Presbyterian 37-24 on November 29. The Lady Warriors were led in scoring by
Charity Abengowe with 14 points and
Ashley Peacock with 13. The next night, the team took on Arlington Burton at home in the most exciting game so far this season. The lead went back and forth all night with Abengowe hitting a three-pointer to tie the game and send it into overtime. After a hard fought battle, the Lady Warriors lost by one point. They were led in scoring by Abengowe with 12 points. Next up for the Lady Warriors is a Round Robin at Lakehill on
December 3 against Founders and CHANT. The team is coached by
Middle School Boys Basketball - IAA
The Lakehill eighth grade IAA Boys Basketball team is off to a strong start to the 2016-17 season. The Warriors are currently at 3-0 and sit atop the North Division of the IAA league standings. The season began before the Thanksgiving Break with a 52-10 home win against Calvary Lutheran and a 36-13 home win against Parish. Leading scorers against Calvary were
Christian Barefoot, and
Matthew McCall with 17,15, and 10 points, respectively. Barefoot (11 points) and McCall (10 points) led the way against Parish as well.
On November 29, Lakehill traveled to Canyon Creek in a rematch with the team that knocked the Warriors out of last year's playoffs in the semifinal round. Facing a much taller Cougar squad, the Warriors utilized their agility and speed for a measure of revenge in a 40-22 victory. Three players scored in double-figures: Barefoot (16 points), Henry (11 points), and Nathan Lewis (11 points). Lewis had a spectacular all-around game with a number of rebounds and steals against the larger Cougars post players.
Chris Peacock is optimistic about this year's team: "While we are not blessed with a lot of size, we make up for it in other ways. The guys have really bought into our aggressive, trapping defense which leads to turnovers and easy points. We are strong in the skill areas but will continue to focus on rebounding. It's a fun group to coach and watch them execute on the court. Hopefully we can position ourselves to make another deep playoff run in February."
Middle School Boys Basketball - Seventh Grade
The seventh grade Boys Basketball team opened the season on November 10, with a tough loss to Dallas Covenant 30-27. The team trailed 30-17 going in the the fourth quarter, but made a great comeback that just fell short. The team was led in scoring by
Mitchell Crow with 10 points, and
Brett Peacock who had eight.
The team then went on the road on November 17 to face a tough Akiba squad. The game ended with a 56-19 loss, but the boys played hard and outscored Akiba 9-3 in the fourth quarter. The team was led in scoring by Crow, and
Alex Dondis, who both scored eight. The team also got good play from Peacock,
Landon Burt and
The team's next game is on
at Dallas Lutheran. The team is coached by Denver Bowden.
Middle School Girls Basketball
The Middle School Girls Basketball team is off to a terrific start, having won their first three games of the season. The team is made up of eighth graders
and seventh graders
The girls won their first game of the year against Calvary Lutheran, 16-14, in an exciting come-from-behind victory. The girls played a tough Parish team next and won 23-15. Yoss scored 23 points, 18 of those being three-pointers. On November 29, the girls traveled to Canyon Creek to continue league play. Lakehill dominated the game, winning 45-6. It was a great team defensive effort as the girls capitalized on steals and running the floor on multiple fast breaks. Yoss once again led the team in scoring with 29. Addison chipped in eight points and Williams had four points on the night.
The Middle School Girls are coached by Jhoana Cayme-Mosley.
The Varsity Co-ed Soccer team lost to Denton Calvary on November 29 in a close 3-2 battle.
scored both Lakehill goals. Solid midfield control by
produced numerous Lakehill attacks. Strong defensive control by
Brandon Bartholow and
Jason Herron-Loza and stellar goalkeeping by
Zac Aron kept the game close. "The h
igh energy and tactical skills displayed in the first game are an excellent indicator of an exciting
season," said Head Coach Diego Hincapie.
Basketball Season Passes
Basketball season passes are now available for $100.Contact Michelle Crow to get your pass!
Season passes give the entire family access to all home games.
Through December 2, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Stock up on new books at Lakehill's Scholastic Book Fair in the Upper Library.
Upper School Admission Preview
Main Campus, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Invite your friends and neighbors to take a look at Lakehill's Upper School!
All Lakehill seventh and eighth grade families are strongly encouraged to attend
December 2, 7:00 p.m.
Middle and Upper School Winter Concert
December 3, 3:00 p.m.
Middle and Upper School Choir Perform at NorthPark
Sisteens Collecting Stocking Stuffers Now Through December 4
Help Sisteens collect travel-sized toiletry items for the men and women who will attend Lakehill's annual Holiday Luncheon for senior citizens in East Dallas. Suggested items include small shampoos, soaps, lotions, and other travel-sized toiletries, as well as other items like word puzzles, stationery, socks, etc. Please do not include candles, candy, or gum. Donation bins are located at the main Entrance. The last day to donate is December 4
December 6, 7:00 p.m.
Lower School Winter Program
December 7, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Lakehill Night at Unleavened Kitchen
Just mention Lakehill and a percentage of your bill will be donated to the school.
This annual event, sponsored by the Senior Class, provides a festive lunch and holiday celebration for elderly residents of East Dallas and the Lakehill family itself. Students may order the special holiday lunch or bring a sack lunch from home. The charge is $5 for Middle School and $3 for Lower School.
December 9, 7:00 p.m.
Middle School Play: Deck the Stage
Shoreline Spruce-Up, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Join us for our last Spruce-Up of 2016 to help keep our lake looking beautiful! Meet at the parking lot at W. Lawther and Chapel Hill. All supplies will be available. Breakfast is provided.
NJHS Bake Sale (Middle and Upper School lunches)
Benefits Doctors without Borders
Fifth Grade Sings at Sammons Cancer Center, 10:40 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
December 19 - January 3
Holiday Break - no classes
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