Lakehill Preparatory School
The Warrior Weekly

Volume 10, Issue 16
January 4, 2018
Save the Date
Lakehill Benefit Auction: Monte Carlo by Moonlight -
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Play your cards right and you can join us for an affair to remember on the 42nd floor of the Tower at Cityplace. Enjoy dinner, drinks, and dancing while enjoying stunning views of the Dallas skyline. There will be an over-the-top live auction, silent auction, DJ Jason Esquire, a casino with craps, roulette, and blackjack tables for prizes, and new games of chance with an opportunity to win up to $15,000 in tuition money.  

The auction will open on February 27 to anyone who wants to bid. This year, bidding for the silent auction, including spirit items and teacher gifts of time, will be done online and through your mobile devices (bid stickers are so 2017). At the event, you can check your bids while you are rolling the dice or showing your best moves on the dance floor.

Visit www.lakehillauction2018.com to stay up-to-date on the latest information. Links for ticket sales and sponsorships will be available January 8, and official invitations will follow later in January.
Dishing Up Hope
Eighteen members of Lakehill's Upper School took time out of their holiday break to participate in a Warrior Outreach Organization (WOO) event at Dallas Life Homeless Shelter on December 19. Volunteers served lunch, assisted residents with water and trays, washed dishes, and cleaned tables. ""I am thrilled with how many students turned out for the event," said WOO President Natalie Sevilla. "Working at Dallas Life was a completely different experience than anything we have done in the past, and I really enjoyed the experience. It took on special meaning to be able to volunteer there during the holidays. I left feeling extremely grateful, and aware that I shouldn't take anything for granted." Sophomore Hamed El-Feky agreed. "When you work at Dallas Life, you know you are doing something positive for the community," he said.

WOO, an initiative of the Upper School Student Council, was founded in 2014 to increase community service opportunities for high school students. "Students are always looking for more ways to serve," continued Sevilla. "It's nice to wake up in the morning and start the day by doing something positive."
 
Students are already excited about the next WOO project, scheduled for January 20, tutoring children through Heart House Dallas, an organization that serves refugee families in the Vickery Meadow area of Dallas. In addition to the upcoming Upper School Day of Service on February 2, WOO has projects scheduled for February 24 at Crossroads Community Services, March 24 at East Lake Pet Orphanage, and April 21 at Voice of Hope. 
 
"We have had a tremendous response to the year's events," said Community Service Coordinator and WOO Co-sponsor Gigi Ekstrom. "Our three co-presidents (Sevilla, Kumail Imam, and Georgia Ferguson) have done a fantastic job planning events and encouraging others to attend."

WOO events are open to all high school students.
Service is Part of the Mission
An important part of the mission at Lakehill Preparatory School is to guide students to serve with compassion. I feel extremely fortunate to work with students in kindergarten through high school on a variety of community service projects. Last year alone, Lakehill students gave more than 12,500 hours of volunteer service to their community.

Unlike most schools, service at Lakehill is not required, but, as our faculty and students know, you'd be hard-pressed to find a single child who is not actively engaged in their community.

At Lakehill, we help students realize that service isn't something you do because it is required, but because it is important. We don't ever want our students to think of service as something they have to do to get out of trouble, or as a requirement for graduation. At Lakehill, they learn the importance of service from an early age, and that it is an integral part of the fabric of our school. Our goal is to help students develop a life-long passion for service.

My personal belief is that service is contagious - once you start, you can't stop - and that gets others excited to serve too. Kids who volunteer become adults who volunteer, and that's the best way we know to pay it forward.

Follow our new blog, 52 Weeks of Service, to find out more about service opportunities in our community - a new one every week of the year!

By Gigi Ekstrom
Director of Marketing and Community Relations
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: Christian Druebert
Christian Druebert has attended Lakehill since the sixth grade. His favorite classes include Computer Maintenance and Fiber Arts. He has participated in Varsity Football and Varsity Baseball. He also served as president of the Computer Club and the Ultimate Frisbee Club.

Outside of school, Druebert works on his athletic skills so he can excel during the sport seasons. He loves eating at Whataburger, playing with his cat, and learning new things about computers.

Over the past years at Lakehill, Druebert has forged many friendships and made life-long memories.

Druebert has applied to Texas A&M University, University of Kansas, University of Alabama, Auburn University, and Louisiana State University. He plans to study Computer Science.

His advice to young Warriors is, “Talent sets the floor; character sets the ceiling.” 

By Hayden Yoss, ninth grade
Sports Snippets

Basketball

Varsity Girls Basketball
The Varsity Girls Basketball team finished in third place in the Lakewood Presbyterian holiday basketball tournament, held December 28-30. The Lady Warriors finished with a record of two wins and two losses with victories over Lakewood Presbyterian and First Baptist Academy. 

The Lady Warriors only had seven players for the tournament who all contributed greatly. L ynley Waggoner, Zuri Williams, Liz Blanchard, and Hayden Yoss carried the offense for the Warriors, while Maya Ariss, Ryan Douglas, and Alanna Stern carried the load defensively, getting many rebounds and steals for the Warriors. Stern was named to the All-Tournament Team. 

On January 2, the Lady Warriors were at full strength and celebrated a 37-16 victory over Garland Brighter Horizons Academy. The team was led in scoring by Krista Carlson and Yoss.  Tyler McCall and Williams also had solid games for the Lady Warriors. 

The team opens district play on Thursday night at home versus Dallas Lutheran at 6:00 p.m.

Varsity Boys Basketball
The Varsity Boys Basketball team competed in the FBA Tournament on December 27-29, along with some of the top TAPPS schools in 2A-4A, as a warm-up for their upcoming district games.

Come out and support the Warriors this Thursday at home as they will play their first district game against Dallas Lutheran at 7:30 p.m.


Home for the Holidays
All college-aged alumni are invited back to Lakehill for a special event on January 4, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. Alumni can enjoy free admission to the basketball games (Girls Varsity at 6:00 p.m. and Boys Varsity at 7:30 p.m.) and free pizza. Join us to welcome our alumni home for the holidays!

Basketball Season Passes
Basketball season passes are now available for $100. Contact Michelle Crow  to get your pass! 
What's Happening?

January 4
Home for the Holidays Alumni Event 
College-age alumni are invited for free pizza and free admission at the Varsity Basketball games beginning at 6:00 p.m. All college-age alumni are encouraged to attend!

January 10-19
Winter Outerwear Drive for the Homeless
Help Community Connections collect coats, mittens, gloves, scarves, and hats to help the homeless stay warm this winter. Drop-off boxes will be located at all entrances.

January 10
Admission Tea and Talk
ESC, 11:00 a.m.
Invite your friends to take a look at Lakehill!

College Night for Sophomore Parents
Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
Mrs. Dondis will discuss PSAT scores as well as introduce topics related to the college process itself. All sophomore parents are encouraged to attend. This is a parents-only event.

Seventh and Eighth Grade Powder Puff Football Game
1:00 - 1:40 p.m.

January 12
Admission Applications Deadline
Applications for admission for NEW students (including new siblings) for the 2018-19 school year are due to the Office of Admission.

PFC Executive Committee Meeting
2:00 p.m.

January 13 
Shoreline Spruce-Up 
White Rock Lake, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. 

January 15
No school - MLK Holiday

January 18
College Night for Juniors 
All juniors and their parents should be in attendance.
Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

January 25 
Fourth Grade Fly-Up

January 26
Tribe Meetings, 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. 

Early Release Day

January 29
Spelling Bee
Students in grades 4-8 are invited to participate in Lakehill's annual Spelling Bee. The website www.spellingbee.com has daily tips, articles, and games that can increase your ability to compete. Spending a little time with it each week will improve your spelling sense and your vocabulary.  The Spelling Bee will be held January 29 at 8:45 a.m. in the Auditorium.

January 30
New applicant Admission Testing

February 2
Freshman Visit Day, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
 
Upper School Day of Service, 8:00 a.m. - noon 

Welcome Back, Warriors!
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lead with confidence, and serve with compassion. Our challenging and nurturing educational community inspires students to become collaborative problem-solvers who live with integrity.
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2720 Hillside Drive, Dallas, Texas 75214
Phone: (214) 826-2931