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Volume 8, Issue 19 February 4, 2016
Faculty Warriors
Faculty and Staff Hit 100% Participation in Annual Campaign
The Annual Fund at Lakehill plays an essential role in providing resources for the education for which Lakehill is known. 
Supporters are encouraged to donate to the school in whatever amount they can, as participation is the most important aspect. Donations are a tax-deductible way to cover the costs of a Lakehill education that tuition does not. It is not just important for parents to be involved, but is also essential for grandparents, alumni, and friends to donate as well. This year marks the fifth consecutive year of 100% teacher participation.
The Annual Fund Campaign is not used for one specific project, but is used to offset the operating costs of the school, ranging from iPads and teacher training to field trips and academic competitions. 
The participation from the Lakehill community shows a strong sense of pride and confidence in the school. It is also a factor in the acquisition of financial grants and donations from outside organizations and corporations.
Currently, the parent participation rate is at 50%. "The faculty has provided an excellent example for others to follow, but the backbone of the campaign is the parents," said Director of Development, Ray Dent . "It is what makes the fund successful."
To find out more about The Annual Fund or to make a gift, visit here .

By Afton Guedea
Marketing Intern, Class of 2016
State Debate
Upper School Students Bring Home Honors 
Twenty members of the Lakehill Upper School Debate team participated in the State Debate Conference, held on January 28-31 in Austin. More than 1,200 students participated in the conference. 
Lakehill had seven teams in State Affairs Forum, representing proposals including   high poverty rates, lack of NASA funding, affirmative actions policies, low graduation rates in Texas, and SAT performance . Five teams advanced to the second round, and two teams advanced to the General Assembly, the third and final round made up of the top 10 teams. The proposal bBrandon Douglas Varun Iyer , and  Carlos Lopez, III  on the lack of drone regulations was passed in General Assembly and finished second overall. 
Additionally, Douglas was recognized as a Distinguished Delegate for his outstanding performance in pro/con debat e.  Zain Imam, who was elected as the District V State Affairs Forum Chair in November, ran in the statewide election and was selected as the 2016 State Affairs Forum Chair. He will preside over next year's District and State Conferences.  Lakehill was named Premier Delegation for the third consecutive year.  
Totally Awesome Auction

Questions? Want to help? Please contact the Auction Chair, Hilaree Casada .

Follow the Lakehill Back to the 80's Auction on Facebook!
Heart Heroes
Students Jump Rope, Shoot Hoops for Heart
February is National Heart Month, and
students are learning how to take care of their own hearts, while raising funds for life saving research.  Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. 

Since 2009, Lakehill students have raised more than $60,000 for the American Heart Association through their participation in the Jump Rope for Heart and, since 2014, Hoops for Heart programs.

These events engage elementary and middle school students with jumping rope or playing basketball, while empowering them to improve their own health and help other kids with heart-health issues.  
Students can find out more and raise money online here. Any student who gets an online donation will receive the Super Pup and Ninja Star dog collectibles. Students can continue collecting all their favorites as they reach new fundraising levels: Capt'n Bark ($20), Dr. Bow Wow ($35), Martia N. Mutley ($85), and Soccer Pup ($100).

A pizza party will be held to recognize the top 10 individual fundraisers in Hoops for Hearts. I n kindergarten through third grade, the top 10 fundraisers will earn the opportunity to participate in a special kick-off activity--spraying Mr. Perry and the coaches with Silly String!

Hoops for Heart is for students in grades four through eight and will be held on February 10 from 1:00 - 1:40 p.m. Jump Rope for Heart will be held on February 11 from 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. for students in kindergarten through grade 3.
Basketball Bonus
Special Events Raise Funds, Add Excitement

Take Your Best Shot 
On January 29, the Sophomore Class held a Half-Court Shot contest, raising $215 for  Crossroads Community Services, an organization that helps clothe and feed those in need.  

The five raffle winners were  Tillie McCoskey Charity Abengowe Jakayla Silas Brett Peacock , and  Kenneth Franklin .  All five contestants came close to sinking the shot, but the winner was ultimately determined with an exciting game of Knock Out.  Abengowe took the top prize in the contest, with Peacock claiming second.  

The Sophomore Class would like to thank Burger House, Taco Joint, and TCBY for donating gift cards to the event, and to everyone who donated to and participated in the event!

By Ashley Peacock
Lakehill Class of 2018 

Special Guests Recognized
On February 2, two special guests were added to the basketball rosters, joining the Varsity teams for the warm-ups and games. 

Fourth grader Taylor Lewis and fifth grader Blake Perry joined the teams as Basketball Players for a Day, a highly-sought-after item offered each year at Lakehill's Benefit Auction. 

Seniors Kaeli Bunger and Kason Burt  and their families were recognized in a special Senior Night Ceremony between the boys' and girls' games. They were also recognized as this year's basketball Beau and Sweetheart.

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: TaTa Fortune
Attiyya Fortune, also known as TaTa, has been at Lakehill since fifth  grade. Her favorite subject is English because she likes all of the different stories they read from different time periods and places. She says her favorite teacher is Mr. Hagood "because he doesn't sugarcoat anything he says. He knows my full potential and how to push me to achieve it."

After Lakehill, TaTa wants to attend college to major in business or arts management, as well as study abroad. She has looked at Columbia College Chicago, LSU, University of Colorado, and the College of Charleston. When asked what her dream job would be TaTa says, "Anything that can help others achieve any goal in their life."

TaTa enjoys dancing, reading and doing puzzles in her free time. She has been dancing since she was three years old and has been a member of the Allegro performing ensemble at Dallas Black Dance Theater for the past five years. She plans to minor in dance on college. 

TaTa has had amazing experiences at Lakehill that have prepared her for college. She participates in PASF, Science Club, Varsity Cheerleading, and is the manager for the Varsity Volleyball team. As she looks back on the eight years she has been at Lakehill, TaTa's favorite memories are attending the ISAS Arts Festival last year and participating in this year's Homecoming Pep Rally. 

The best advice given to her was that "people are always watching you, so always give 100% in anything and everything." TaTa's advice for younger Warriors: "Don't procrastinate. Just get your assignments done, and then watch your movie."

By Ella Witherite, eighth grade
Sports Snippets
JV and Varsity Boys Basketball
The JV Boys Basketball team made a heroic comeback on February 2 night against East Texas Christian, falling just short in the two-point loss. The team was led by  Ben Gillman Toni Stark Luke Jerome , and  Cole Nickerson . "It was an outstanding team effort," said Coach Bob Yttredahl. "They applied strong defensive pressure that led to great fast break points."  See more photos

The Varsity Boys Basketball team had two very competitive games for their final two home games of the year. Dunny Bock and Eli Buxt lead the team in scoring, averaging 15 points per game. Kason Burt and Reid Chickering are playing solid defense and are leading the team in rebounds and steals. "The team continues to show improvement and play hard in these tough district games," Yttredahl said. The team is on the road on Friday at Longview Heritage. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.

Varsity Girls Basketball
The Lady Warriors Varsity Basketball team  continued their unbeaten district record after victories over Tyler Street Christian Academy on January 29 and East Texas Christian Academy  on February 2 Friday  night's game was the closest district match-up the Lady Warriors have had, winning 43-35 over Tyler Street.  The Warriors were led in scoring by Jakayla Silas with 20 points and Charity Abengowe with 11 points.

The Lady Warriors followed up on Tuesday with a significant 64-33 win over the Lady Panthers. Silas and Abengowe again led the team with 33 and 13 points, respectively. Ashley Peacock nailed four three-pointers and had several rebounds. McKinney Waggoner has averaged double digits in rebounds in every district game this season. 

The Lady Warriors have two district games remaining on the road to an undefeated district season.

Middle School Basketball
The Middle School IAA Boys Basketball  team concluded the IAA regular season  on Tuesday  with a 53-16 victory against Oakhill. The Warriors had scoring contributions from almost everyone on the roster, and were led by Nathan Lewis and Jalen Webster, with 12 points each. Spencer Mihm provided tough defense and several rebounds. Lakehill finishes with an 11-2 record and is a second seed in the IAA Playoffs. The Warriors will host Dallas International  on Thursday , February 4, at 6:30 p.m.

The seventh grade boys team concluded their season on January 29 with a hard-fought game against Garland Christian. Asher Chamoy led the Warriors with 16 points, but ultimately the Swordsmen pulled out a tough 39-30 victory. "The team has worked hard and has continued to improve throughout the season," said Coach Jared Franklin. "I am looking forward to seeing them develop into great basketball players."

The Middle School Girls IAA team continued their winning streak, beating Cambridge 26-14 on January 28, to finish the season undefeated. The girls will now advance to the IAA Playoffs on Thursday,  February 4, when they host Fairhill at 5:30 p.m.
This Week at the ESC
T his week , third  grade used their knowledge of flower parts to investigate pollination. They observed pollen grains under a microscope and discussed how they are transported from flower to flower. They also observed the structures that make pollinators successful under the macroscope. They saw bee pollen sacs, a butterfly's proboscis, and hairy flies that mimic bees. They also planted new strawberry and cauliflower plants in the Little Sprouts Garden.

Second grade explored the stink bug family of insects, learning about their smelly defensive mechanisms, piercing mouths, and how to determine which types are aquatic, and examining the unique anatomy that make them successful in the wild.

See more photos from the ESC.
What's Happening?
finger with string
February 5
8th Grade Visit to UNT
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

February 10 and 11
PASF Bake Sale

Middle and Upper School lunches

February 10
Hoops for Heart (Grades 4-8)

1:00 - 1:40 p.m.

February 11
Jump Rope for Heart (Grades K-3)

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

February 11
Sixth Grade to Holocaust Museum
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
February 11
Roman Banquet  
Seventh and eighth grades, noon - 3:00 p.m.

February 11
End of Term 4 (LS & MS)

February 12-15
Winter Break (No Classes)

Save The Date!
Lakehill Benefit Auction: We're Going Back to the Eighties
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Join us for an awesome evening at Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park and enjoy a buffet dinner by Two Sisters Catering, a live and silent auction, a performance by the Dan Quinn Band, and an 80's "rave" party with DJ Dan Quinn spinning your favorite 80's tunes following the live auction.