Lakehill Preparatory School
The Warrior Weekly
Volume 10, Issue 32
May 3, 2018
Students Reflect, Celebrate at Junior-Senior Ring Luncheon
The Junior-Senior Ring Ceremony remains one of the most significant events of the Upper School end-of-year activities.
There has always been a special bond between the junior and senior classes at Lakehill, and this year's group is no exception. Held on April 26, amidst the elegance of the Warwick Melrose Hotel, the Junior-Senior Ring Luncheon allowed the class of 2018 the opportunity to reflect, to celebrate, and to pass the torch to Lakehill's next class of leaders.
After a recap of their successful senior year, Senior Class President
Steven Murff Drake introduced next year's President,
Katie Anne Eastus. Then, members of the senior class introduced each member of the junior class, presenting class rings and a Class of 2019 shirt, and paying tribute to each junior during this special Lakehill rite of passage.
Five Play Palooza
On May 1, the Middle School Drama Club culminated the year with the
Five Play Palooza. In performances ranging from a couple of minutes to half an hour, twenty-seven fifth and sixth grade students and two seventh grade directors showed how hard they had worked all semester.
The Genius of the Lamp, directed by
Cali Byrd and
Anna Knickel, featured
Paulette Maney as Aladdin and
Harper Kuhn as a lamp-dwelling Genius who could do higher math, but not grant wishes.
Cheese and Circuses depicted a talk show host (
Taylor Allen) interviewing the Three Blind Mice (
Caiti Muller, and
Sydney Nguyen) confronting the farmer (
Jackson Cook) and his wife (
Done to a T, written and directed by
Amanda Rasbury, told of two amateur sleuths (
Asa McCaleb and
Willow Turkyilmaz), a perky concierge (
Taylor Lewis), and a vacationing vampire (
Then Kuhn and Maney, again directed by Byrd and Knickel, were back as two squabbling peas in a pod.
The finale, a zany exploration called
Melodramapalooza, written and directed by
Julie Riggs Murugen, featured a professor (
Aslan Campbell) and a playwright (
Gabby Therivel) trying to maintain order while stock characters--in cow masks--(
Sarah Ganson, and
Caiti Muller) and construction workers (Chamoy, Cook, Crist, Davis, and Ganson) disrupted their plans.
Beautifully singing witches (
Abby Dondis, and
Addie Tuttle) created the villain Don Caramel (
Kellen Khan), who, with the help of his henchmen Itchy and Bruiser (
Vivek Patel and
Connor Sullivan), tried to take over the play by capturing most of the opposition and extorting a fashion designer (
Sophia Cirillo) to betray the stickhorse-riding hero, Prince Dewayne (
Morgan Wright). Good triumphed over evil, of course, since melodramas, as the professor insisted, always have happy endings.
Daniel Knipp helped at the performance with curtain and sets.
Middle School Drama Club could not be successful without the help of supportive parents, notably
Lacie Kuhn, and
Denise Sullivan, who helped sub for directors when they were absent, and
Jodi Wright, who created a beautiful program for the occasion. Mrs. Murugen and Ms. Rasbury would like to thank them for their help and all the parents for the lovely cast party they provided for the participants.
The Lakehill Upper School biology class traveled to Galveston Island on April 26-29, to dive a little deeper into their studies.
While in Galveston, students had the chance to explore a salt marsh to collect a variety of small fishes, crabs, and comb jellies by dragging a long seine through the waist-deep water. They also collected specimens with a trawl net in the deeper water of the Houston Ship Channel.
Students toured many of the smaller channels of the estuary in kayaks, allowing them to get a closer look at this important ecosystem. Egrets and herons quietly stalked and expertly snatched their prey, just feet in front of the kayaks. To help students understand the individual components of the habitat, they painted the landscape using water-color paints.
The class also spent time at Brazos Bend State Park where they observed alligators in their natural environment. A visit to the George Observatory expanded their knowledge of astronomy. On the last day, they visited the aquarium on the Kemah Boardwalk where they touched and fed dozens of stingrays and a guitarfish.
"I loved learning more about the ecosystems from hands-on experience, and creating great memories along the way," said junior
Elizabeth Motes. "My favorite part was catching the fish and feeding the sting rays."
Praise for Poetry
Lakehill sixth grader
Sabina Chamoy was named a finalist in the 22nd Annual Express Yourself! Youth Poetry Competition, sponsored by the Joe M. and Doris R. Dealey Family Foundation, the Dallas Public Library, and the Friends of the Dallas Public Library.
The 60 finalists, selected from 1,223 entries from Dallas students in grades 2-12, were honored on April 26, at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library.
Sabina's read her poem, "Hanukkah," to the audience. The work of each finalist was also published by the Dallas Public Library in a bound anthology. Sabina was encouraged by her English teacher,
Julie Riggs Murugen, to participate.
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!
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:
Ziyi (Ryan) Zhu
Ryan has attended Lakehill Preparatory School for four years. He has participated in International Club, Math Club, and French Club.
Ryan’s favorite memory at Lakehill was when the musical theater class rehearsed after school together. His advice to younger Warriors is to “Read more and attend more; engage yourself in the Lakehill community.”
Ryan has been accepted to University of California Santa Cruz, Clark University, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Connecticut. He plans to attend Pennsylvania State University where he will study psychology.
By Henry Hopkins, eighth grade
The Lady Warriors played an exciting home game against Rockwall Heritage. The team gave great effort but fell short, 11-9.
The Warriors were led by
Katie Anne Eastus
Having qualified for the playoffs, the Lady Warriors will now play on Tuesday,
Nathan Lewis struck out 12 batters in five innings, plus had two hits and an RBI, and
Gerard Franklin went three-for-three with two runs scored, but the Warriors fell 10-4 in a playoff game against Midland Classical.
Gaige McKnight made the most of his first start of the season, making a terrific running catch in right field that started a double play, and banging out a clutch hit.
This marked the final game for seniors Franklin,
Warren Lester, and
Christian Druebert. A future core may be in place with freshmen Lewis,
Matthew McCall, and
Jake Aron, and sophomore
Varsity Track and Field
The Varsity Track and Field team competed in the North Region Track Meet on April 27, and each athlete left with a ticket to State!
The qualifying athletes were: Girls 4x100 (
Lynley Waggoner, and
Alanna Stern) first place; Girls 4x200 (Owens, Yoss, Waggoner, Stern) third place; Boys 4x200 third place (
Ryan Henry); Owens - 100m fourth place; Stern - 400m third place; Waggoner - 200m fourth place;
Maddie Cerda - Shot Put third place. The team of 11 will compete in the State Meet on May 4-5, in Waco.
Shop 'Til You Drop
Visit the Spirit Shop this week and get 50% off all apparel.
Don't forget to check out the new, hand-made jewelry!
Alice + Olivia
, located in Highland Park Village, will be having a private shopping event for Lakehill on Tuesday, 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!
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.
Hoops for Heart, 1:00 - 1:40 p.m.
Jump Rope for Heart, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Middle School Volunteers at Children's Center Carnival
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Summer Camp Intern Orientation, 7:30 a.m.
Lower and Middle School Community Connections
Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake - 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
New Lower School Student Ice Cream Social, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Lower School Field Day
Parent volunteers are needed!
Middle School End-of-Year Celebration, 12:15 - 3:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Banquet (ESC), 6:00 p.m.
Upper School Prom
8:00 - 11:00 p.m.; doors close at 9:00 p.m.
Student Council is now selling tickets for this year's
Back to the Future: Under the Sea themed Prom. You can buy tickets from Dr. Ostroff for $50 for singles and $85 for couples. The first 25 people to buy will receive a free parking pass, otherwise parking will be $5.
Lower School Awards Ceremony, 2:00 p.m.
Middle School Awards Ceremony, 2:00 p.m.
Athletic Banquet (ESC), 6:00 p.m.
Last Day of school for K-5
Upper School Awards Ceremony, 11:00 a.m.
Upper School Celebration, 12:30 p.m.
Baccalaureate (ESC) 2:00 p.m.
Commencement Ceremony, 7:30 p.m.
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The mission of Lakehill Preparatory School is to guide motivated students to learn with curiosity,
lead with confidence, and serve with compassion. Our challenging and nurturing educational community inspires students to become collaborative problem-solvers who live with integrity.
Lakehill Preparatory School
2720 Hillside Drive, Dallas, Texas 75214
Phone: (214) 826-2931