Lakehill Preparatory School
The Warrior Weekly

Volume 11, Issue 20
January 24, 2019
Channeling The Bard
Members of Lakehill's Shakespeare and Friends Club competed in the school's fourth English-Speaking Union (ESU) National Shakespeare Competition on January 23. Juniors Elizabeth Blanchard, Ryan Douglas, Jonah Shaw, Alanna Stern, and Kira Willis, and sophomores Josh Aron and Asher Chamoy, each performed a 20-line monologue from a Shakespeare play to judges Julie Murugen, Amanda Rasbury, and Allegra Schmitt.

Reclaiming the title she won two years ago, Stern took first place, impressing the judges with her performance of Desdemona from Othello. Second place went to Blanchard who performed Iago from Othello and will serve as the alternate. Shaw finished third, performing Rumour from Henry IV, Part 2.

The ESU National Shakespeare Competition is a performance-based education program in which high school students nationwide read, analyze, perform, and recite Shakespearean monologues and sonnets. Approximately 2,500 teachers and 20,000 students in nearly 60 ESU Branch communities participate each year. 

Lakehill's competitors worked throughout the first semester during Shakespeare and Friends, an Upper School club sponsored by Elizabeth Schmitt. "It is exciting to watch these students approach a text and make it their own. Their hard work and confidence shone through their performances."

"Participating this year was a great experience," said Stern, who represented Dallas in the National Competition in 2017. "I am grateful for the opportunity to compete again and hope to go even further in the competition this year."

Stern will represent Lakehill at the local ESU Dallas Branch Competition on February 23, at Highland Park High School. In addition to her monologue, she will also memorize and perform one of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets. 

The local winner will be awarded an all-expense-paid trip to New York City (underwritten by the Dallas Branch of the English Speaking Union) for the National Competition, held at Lincoln Center. National Competition prizes include a scholarship to study acting in England, Shakespeare's homeland. 
Middle School to Perform Practically Perfect Musical
Middle School Musical Theater students will bring Mary Poppins, Jr. to the Lakehill stage on Friday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m.

The practically perfect nanny takes center stage in this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure based on the award-winning Broadway musical and classic Walt Disney film.

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins, Jr. is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, and delightful dance numbers and choreography. 

The jack-of-all trades, Bert ( Noah Kohn), introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane ( Ellis Langford) and Michael ( Ethan Gaertner) have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins ( Abby Dondis) arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members (including Megan Blomquist as Winifred Banks and Kole Cannon as George Banks) how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it."
Making A Case for Kindness
Martin Luther King., Jr., friendship, and kindness were the topics this week in kindergarten. Students enjoyed making friendship cards for students in other grades and role playing what it means to be a friend. They also discussed random acts of kindness and how much fun it can be to notice the kindness all around,.
The Big Reveal
In order to foster friendship and unity within the organization, Sisteens places its members into pairs or families each year. Traditionally, the younger students are matched with older ones who will guide them in contributing to the vision and future of the club. Each January, Littles (typically ninth and tenth grade girls) receive small tokens from their Bigs, along with small clues that hint at the identity of each Big Sister. The week of excitement culminates on Friday in a "reveal" of the pairs or families. On January 18, Bigs were able to reveal themselves to the Littles. All of the Sisteens families gathered the following morning at Breadwinners for a delicious and fun-filled brunch.

By Natalie Sevilla
Class of 2019

Sisteens Valentine's Day Carnation Sales
Sisteens are selling Valentine's Day carnations to benefit Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Orders will be accepted beginning January 28.

To order carnations with personalized messages, just complete the order form and turn in to Mrs. Badgett's box by February 8. Carnations will be delivered on Thursday, February 14, during Upper School class meetings and to first period teachers for Middle School.

Orders must include payment by check (made out to Lakehill Preparatory School) or exact cash. Contact Mrs. Badgett with any questions.

Get the Order Form.
Canned Soup
Food Drive for North Texas Food Bank
Community Connections is sponsoring a Food Drive from January 28 through February 1, to support the North Texas Food Bank.

The North Texas Food Bank is working diligently to support the community during uncertain times. As the shutdown continues, the financial burden for many federal workers and their families continues to increase. 

Lakehill invites members of our community to donate items to meet the increased need.

Most Needed Items:
  • Low-Sodium Canned Vegetables
  • Dried or Canned Beans
  • Canned Tuna or Chicken
  • Whole-Grain Rice or Pasta
  • Healthy Cereal
  • Peanut Butter

Look for donation boxes at all entrances.
Denim & Diamonds
Lakehill Benefit Auction
Saturday, March 23, 2019
7:00 p.m.

Saddle up and join us at the 2019 Denim & Diamonds Spring Gala & Benefit Auction, on Saturday, March 23, at The Statler Dallas. 

To help the auction succeed, we count on the generous support of our families through sponsorship opportunities and helping with donations. Restaurant gift cards, summer camps, services - you name it, we can find a place for any donation in our auction. To donate, please email

A formal invitation will follow next week, but, in the meantime, please feel free to visit to sign up for a sponsorship or purchase tickets.

A room block is also available and rooms are going quickly. Book your room now! (If the room block is sold out, please contact Jessica Therivel).

Stay tuned to The Warrior Weekly for sneak peeks of some amazing auction items and updates!
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: Gary Hou 
Gary Hou has attended Lakehill for four years. He has represented the school in several sports, including Varsity Tennis, Basketball, and Cross Country. He has also participated in National Honor Society, International Club, the Enigma Club, and the Math Club where he served as president. Gary’s favorite Lakehill memory is the choir performance at NorthPark.

Gary has applied to Purdue University, University of Illinois, Texas A&M University, and Southern Methodist University, among others, as well as a few colleges in Canada. He plans to study Statistics or Mechanical Engineering. Gary's advice to young Warriors is, "Listen to your teachers because 99 times out of 100, they are right."

By Avery Owen , eighth grade
Sports Snippets

Varsity Soccer
The Varsity Soccer team defeated Dallas Lutheran, 2-1 on January 17. Luka Varnes scored on a free kick that he dropped in behind the keeper and assisted Logan Stout for the second goal of the game. Lutheran responded, but Lakehill controlled the rest of the game, hemming in the Lions in their own end and creating numerous shot attempts. 

Lakehill took on Covenant at home on January 22, losing 4-0. The Warriors played a great defensive game against the reigning state champs. Greg Gillman, Michael Skellie, Justin Reed, Cade Armstrong, and Kyeser Hall gave strong performances, forcing Covenant into long shots from outside the penalty box. Spencer Neill had more than 20 saves in goal. Covenant scored once in the first half on a corner kick, followed by two more goals on breakaways and another on a one-timer that was crossed into the back post.

Middle School Soccer
The Middle School eighth grade soccer team lost 2-0 at Covenant on January 18. Lakehill mounted a formidable defense, giving up only two goals in the game, but the Covenant back line kept the Warriors from getting quality shots on net. Covenant scored in the first half on a shot that ricocheted off the near post and fell at the feet of a striker who passed the ball in at the back post. They scored again five minutes later on a cross that rebounded and again rolled to the feet of an opposing striker. Kellen Khan had numerous saves in goal, while Hannah Reister and Tristan Osang were outstanding on defense. Kayla Ristianto and Ethan Gaertner were solid in the midfield, and Avery Owen and James McKinney helped create chances for the Lakehill strikers.

The Middle School seventh grade soccer team tied Corem Deo, 1-1, on January 22 at home. Lakehill controlled most of the game in Corem Deo's half creating numerous chances on net, but were only able to score once on a Max Byrd shot early in the game. Corem Deo kept Lakehill's remaining chances sailing wide of goal. They even poached a goal in the second half on a clearance that rebounded off of a Deo striker and over the Lakehill keeper. Khan did well in goal, and Lobna El-Feky and Vivek Patel were strong on defense. Olivia Johnston and Bella Pumpelly were a force in the midfield and Maddie Reister and Byrd were solid on offense.

Varsity Boys Basketball
On January 17, the Varsity Boys Basketball team defeated Dallas Covenant on the road, 50-27. The Warriors were led in scoring by sophomore Nathan Lewis with 11 points and six rebounds. Sophomore Ryan Henry had a perfect shooting night, going five for five, with 10 points and seven assists.

The Warriors returned home on January 22, for a nail-biting match-up against district rival Rockwall Heritage. Down 49-39, with less than four minutes to go in the game, the Warriors rallied, ending the game on a 12-0 run and winning, 51-49. It was a total team effort with all members stepping up throughout the game. 

The JV team played four games in the last week against tough competitors, including Dallas Covenant and Rockwall Heritage. While they failed to notch a win, they continued to show positive growth and maturity throughout the games.

Both teams have the rest of this week off, but get back to action at home on January 28, against Yavneh. JV plays at 4:30 p.m. and Varsity at 7:30 p.m.

See more photos from the JV and Varsity games.

Varsity Girls Basketball
The Varsity Girls Basketball team dropped a district match-up on January 17, against Dallas Covenant, 35-26. The Lady Warriors started off slowly, but tried to make a comeback with several steals and 17 points in the fourth quarter. The team was led by sophomore Krista Carlson with 22 points. Maya Ariss had her best game of the season with four rebounds, two points, and strong defense. 

The Lady Warriors had a big victory on January 22, with a 41-33 victory at home against rival Heritage Christian Academy. Lakehill was led in scoring by Carlson with 20 points. Hayden Yoss added 11 points and four rebounds. The Lady Warriors out-rebounded the Eagles, 50 to 26. Alanna Stern led the way on defense with 12 rebounds. Carlson and Lynley Waggoner had 11 rebounds each, and Tyler McCall and Ryan Douglas each had seven.  

"This was a total team effort and team victory," said Coach Rob Vaughn. "One of the biggest keys was hitting all of their free throws at the end of the game to pull away with a win." 

The Lady Warriors are off until January 28, when they play Yavneh at home at 6:00 p.m.

Middle School Girls Basketball
The Middle School Girls (IAA) Basketball team defeated Cambridge, 27-5, on January 17. Taylor Lewis and Taylor Allen scored 10 points each. Sarah Ganson added four points, while Blake Bied chipped in two, and Addie Ashford had one. 

The Middle School Girls (Blue) Basketball team came from behind to defeat Dallas Covenant, 13-12, on January 18. Sarah Ganson scored seven points and Sydney Nguyen and Bied added two points each. 

Middle School Boys Basketball
The Middle School Boys (IAA) Basketball team defeated Parish, 47-10, on January 17. The Warriors mounted a full-team defensive effort in the win. The team was paced by Arthur Cirillo and Hayden Bauer, with six members scoring in the game. Lakehill remains undefeated and in first place in the league.

The Middle School Boys (Blue) Basketball team lost 26-36 to Covenant on January 18. The team showed tremendous improvement from the last match-up with Covenant, six weeks ago. The Warriors were led by Austin Boothe, Jack Wildham, Nicholas Meadows, and Leyton Scruggs.

Show Your Warrior Spirit!
The Spirit Shop is open for business, with great new styles and classic favorites so you can show your Warrior spirit! The Spirit Shop is open on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7:45-8:45 a.m. and Monday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons from 2:45-3:45 p.m.

January 25
Third Grade to Perot Museum
9:30 a.m. - noon

January 24 - 26
Upper School Debate State Conference

January 26
New Applicant Admission Testing

January 26
Upper School Robotics Team Qualifier

January 28
Varsity Winter Sports Pep Rally
1:40 - 2:05 p.m.

January 30
Honors Chemistry Paint Project Art Show 
10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Upper School Honors Chemistry students recently learned how to make paint completely from scratch using common laboratory chemicals and household ingredients. Students will now display the masterpieces they created with paints they made. Open to all.

Sophomore Parents Meeting 
Mrs. Dondis will discuss PSAT scores as well as introduce topics related to the college process itself. All parents of sophomores are encouraged to attend. This is a parents-only event. Sophomores will attend a similar presentation the following day in their class meeting.

January 31
Fourth Grade to Frontiers of Flight Museum
9:00 a.m. - noon

Sophomore College Information Meeting
10:45 - 11:15 a.m. 
All sophomore students will attend.

February 1
Fourth Grade Fly-Up
8:00 a.m. 
Fourth graders will spend a morning learning more about Middle School.

Eighth Grade Upper School Experience
8:00 - 10:30 a.m. 
Lakehill eighth grade students will spend the morning attending classes and leaning more about the many opportunities in Lakehill's Upper School.

Upper School Day of Service
8:00 a.m. - noon 
All Upper School students should meet in the Auditorium at 8:00 a.m. for the Day of Service. Jeans and a Lakehill t-shirt are appropriate dress for the day. All students are required to wear closed-toe shoes.
Students will return to campus at noon and will be dismissed for the day.

Early Release Day/Staff Development
Lower School students will be released at 11:30 a.m. Middle and Upper School students will be released at noon. After-care is available with a  reservation.

February 28
Don’t forget to keep collecting Box Tops to earn money for Lakehill! Every little bit counts. Please have all Box Tops turned in to your child's teacher or to Ms. Drake at the front desk by February 28. The Lower School class with the most Box Tops this semester will win a class party!
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