Lakehill Preparatory School
The Warrior Weekly
Volume 11, Issue 19
January 17, 2019
A Spirit of Community
Lakehill has a long tradition of community service with students who give generously of their time and talents to make an impact on their communities. Three Upper School students, juniors
Anders Ekstrom and
Lindsey Evans, and senior
Kate Langley were recently selected as honorees in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program for their outstanding volunteer efforts.
Since the first grade, Ekstrom has been involved in monthly Shoreline Spruce-ups through For The Love of the Lake, both with Lakehill and, more recently, with Dallas United Crew. He believes that small efforts over a sustained period of time can have a huge impact. "While most people would agree that picking up trash is not a glamorous activity, it is definitely one that makes a big difference," he said. "After 11 years, I know that my efforts have paid off." Ekstrom believes that it is important to clean up the lake because it is such a central part of our community. "Since I spend so much time at the lake, and I know how important it is to others, I want to stay involved in the ongoing clean-up efforts to make the lake a better place for everyone to enjoy." Ekstrom enjoys seeing the difference in the shoreline after a clean-up. "The most important lesson I learned from my volunteer experience is that sustained effort over time really does make a difference."
Evans came to volunteering at a young age as a family activity, packing food boxes before Thanksgiving or visiting retirement homes. Her favorite service project, however, is the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the The Rise School of Dallas, a nonprofit preschool for children with Down Syndrome. "I knew then that I loved helping children," she explains. Serious in her efforts to improve the lives of children, Evans is also involved in THANKS (Teens Helping Abused and Neglected Kids) at Community Partners of Dallas, an organization that aims to ensure safety, restore dignity, and inspire hope for the abused and neglected children served by Dallas County Child Protective Services. She is also active with the Heroes for Children teen board, providing support to children battling cancer and their families. "My motivation is purely the joy that service brings me," she said. "It is really very simple--it just makes you feel good to serve others."
Langley has spent the past three summers volunteering at Theatre Three in a workshop for teens interested in acting. She attended rehearsals, helped construct props, assisted the stage manager in clerical tasks, and even ran the lights and projections. "Through this activity, I not only learned the inner workings of a theater, but I was able to help young actors reach their goals and develop a passion for theater," she said. "I would tell other young people to pursue what you are passionate about because there will always be a way to serve others and volunteer."
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents America’s largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer service. The awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial, Inc. in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honor outstanding community service by students in grades five through 12 at the local, state, and national level.
"By shining a spotlight on their service, we hope that more young people will be inspired to serve their communities and make a difference to the people around them," said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld.
Lakehill Headmaster Roger L. Perry praised the students for their volunteer service. "They set a wonderful example of philanthropy and dedication that we hope others will follow. These Honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate - that volunteering within the community is an essential part of life."
Junior and senior
Anatomy and Physiology
students began the semester with the dissection of a cow eye. Each unit of the course is accompanied by a hands-on lab, primarily dissections. They have already dissected fetal pigs, looking particularly at the muscle structures and a sheep brain, which provided a spatial realization of the brain that is difficult to grasp through two-dimensional illustrations. Teacher
decided upon a cow eye for its likeness to the human eye for their study of the brain and special senses. For the students, most notably those who are considering the medical field, the dissections prove incredibly beneficial in helping to confirm their interests. Seniors
enjoyed the dissection and the application it had to their future careers in the medical field. "It helped me expand my knowledge in an area that would be hard to experience outside of a school setting,” Rotellini explained.
Honors Chemistry Class
embarked on a three-week paint project. Over the course of this project, students use their grasp of
the part of chemistry that studies amounts of substances that are involved in reactions) that they learned last semester to produce pigments through chemical reactions. After they have produced the pigments, they test different binding agents from household products to mix with the pigment, producing four different paints. By applying their knowledge to make their own paint, they are also learning the principles of solubility of compounds, limiting reactants, and percent yield of products in chemical reactions. This annual project is a hallmark of the Honors Chemistry class. "I love being able to create a piece of art in its entirety, from the pigments and chemicals to the finished product," said sophomore
Seventh graders also expanded their scientific knowledge this week with a
. Students looked at several different types of single-celled organisms in the kingdom Protista, such as
Amoeba, Paramecium, Stentor, and Volvox. "
It was really fun to see all of these tiny organisms swimming around under the microscope," said seventh grader
By Kate Langley, Class of 2019
Denim & Diamonds
Lakehill Benefit Auction
Saturday, March 23, 2019
to stay up-to-date on all of the latest Auction information. Links for ticket sales and sponsorship forms are now available. Official invitations will follow in the mail later in January.
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: Montgomery Rotellini
Montgomery Rotellini has attended Lakehill since the first grade. She has participated in Debate Club, French Club, Varsity Cheerleading, Varsity Softball, Sisteens, and Student Ambassadors. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, where she serves as Vice-President, and the Upper School Honor Council.
Montgomery has received many awards while at Lakehill, including the Headmaster's High Honor Roll and Honor Roll, Excellence Awards in Chemistry and Algebra, and the Citizenship Award.
Outside of school, Montgomery loves to watch hockey.
Her favorite class is Anatomy and Physiology because she loves learning about how the body works and hopes to have a career in the medical field.
Montgomery will attend Boston University in the fall, where she will major in Biology on a pre-med track.
Her advice to young warriors is, "Pursue what you love and don’t procrastinate."
, ninth grade
Middle School Soccer
The eighth grade soccer team defeated Parish, 8-0, on January 9. They were led by
Ethan Gaertner who had two goals and an assist.
Aleena Wallace had two goals, one of which was a penalty kick after she was fouled inside the box at the end of the first half.
James McKinney had a goal and two assists.
Hannah Reister had a goal and
Kayla Ristianto and
Avery Owen each had one assist. Ristianto, Gaertner, Reister, and
Tristan Osang were strong in midfield, keeping Parish in their own end of the field for much of the first half.
The seventh grade team beat HSAA on January 15, 6-1. The game was back and forth for the first 19 minutes until
Max Byrd scored on the first of McKinney's assists for the game.
Bella Pumpelly scored on another pass from McKinney a minute later and Byrd scored again on another pass from McKinney a minute after that.
Olivia Johnston and Pumpelly scored at the end of the first half to put the Warriors up 5-0. HSAA scored on a breakaway with five minutes left in the game and
Madeline Reister scored on the fourth assist from McKinney in the last minute of the game.
The Warriors take the field again on January 18, when the eighth grade team plays at Covenant at 4:30 p.m.
After a disappointing loss at Covenant on January 10, the Varsity Soccer team was narrowly defeated at All Saints in Tyler on January 12. The Warriors stopped repeated long passes and had a few breakaway chances throughout the first half, but neither team scored. The Warriors played short-handed in the second half, after losing a player to two yellow cards at the end of the first. All Saints was finally able to score on one of their few breakaway chances in the second half, with the final score of 1-0.
The team lost at home on January 15, to Shelton, 5-1. The teams were evenly matched. Lakehill scored early in the first half on a long punt from goalie
Spencer Neill to
William Leake. Shelton tied the game on a breakaway and took the lead shortly after that on a corner kick bringing it to 2-1 at the half. Three minutes into the second half, Shelton scored again and added two more in the half. Lakehill was unable to rally.
The Warriors play at Dallas Lutheran on Thursday, January 17, at 3:30 p.m.
Middle School Girls Basketball
The Middle School Girls (IAA) Basketball team soundly defeated Dallas International, 31-4, on January 10.
Taylor Lewis led the team with 17 points,
Sarah Ganson and
Taylor Allen added four points each.
Isabella Bassman, and
Addie Ashford scored two points each.
The Middle School Girls Blue Team lost 30-10 to DASCHE on January 11. Ganson scored six points and
Kate Marshall added four.
Middle School Boys Basketball
The Middle School Boys (IAA) Basketball team remains undefeated after beating Dallas International in back-to-back games, 37-26 and 27-23.
Jon Paul Maney and
Hayden Bauer continue to lead the team in scoring.
Noah Kohn and
Arthur Cirillo are leading the aggressive defense with steals and rebounds.
The Blue team lost a hard-fought game to DasCHE, 20-30, on January 11, in Duncanville. The team was led by
Nick Blanchard, and
Nicholas Meadows. The team played an outstanding final quarter and continues to improve.
Varsity Boys Basketball
The Varsity Boys Basketball team continued district play on January 12, against Sherman Texoma Christian. The Warriors fell short against the Eagles, 62-46. The team fought hard against a bigger, more physical Texoma Christian team. The Warriors were led by freshman
Mitchell Crow, who had a team-high 16 points, and sophomore
Ryan Henry, who had a stellar defensive performance with four steals and a block.
The Warriors got back to action on January 15, against the Dallas Lutheran Lions with a thrilling 53-52 victory. The team was led by seniors
Luke Jerome, who had 15 points and seven rebounds, and
Eli Buxt, who had seven points on three-for-three shooting. Both provided great leadership in the back-and-forth game that came down to the waning seconds.
The Junior Varsity team had both their games on January 12 and 15, come down to the final seconds, but they came up short in both games. They lost the Texoma Christian on Saturday 41-39 and Lutheran, on Tuesday, 52-46. The young Warrior team fought extremely hard in both games.
Both teams return to action on Thursday, January 17, at Dallas Covenant, with the JV playing at 4:30 p.m. and the Varsity at 7:30 p.m. in another pivotal district match-up.
The Warriors then return home on Tuesday, January 22, against Rockwall Heritage with the JV playing at 4:30 p.m. and Varsity at 7:30 p.m. Come out and support our Warriors!
Varsity Girls Basketball
The Varsity Girls Basketball team got off to a fast start on January 15, at Dallas Lutheran. The Lady Warriors had a 19-7 lead in the second quarter, with strong defense and shooting. Dallas Lutheran made a late second-quarter come-back closing the gap at half time. They continued to score consistently in the second half. The Lady Warriors were unable to recover, dropping the game 41–23.
The Lady Warriors were led in scoring by
Hayden Yoss with seven points.
Krista Carlson added six points and
Alanna Stern had five.
Ryan Douglas had another big night on the boards with 10 rebounds. Carlson had eight rebounds and
Lynley Waggoner had seven.
Lakehill travels to Dallas Covenant on January 17, for the next district match-up. Tip off is 6:00 p.m.
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 19 - This Saturday!
Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Join other Lakehill students and families at Lakehill's adopted shoreline at White Rock Lake to help clean up this neighborhood treasure. Meet at the parking lot at W. Lawther and Chapel Hill. All supplies will be available. Breakfast will be provided. Rain or shine!
WOO Event at Hunger Busters
Noon - 3:00 p.m.
Bus transportation provided. All Upper School students invited.
No school - MLK Holiday
Upper School Shakespeare Competition
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Canadian College Fair
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Six major Canadian universities will be hosting a college fair at Lakehill for students in the Dallas area. Universities attending include Queen's University, Bishop's University, Concordia University, Ryerson University, Dalhousie University, and University of Guelph. We would love to see our Lakehill students there!
Fourth Grade Parent Coffee
8:00 - 9:00 a.m., Community Room
All fourth grade parents are encouraged to attend this informative meeting to learn more about fifth grade and the opportunities available in Lakehill's Middle School.
Third Grade to Perot Museum
9:30 a.m. - noon
January 25 - 27
Upper School Debate State Conference
New Applicant Admission Testing
Upper School Robotics Team Qualifier
Varsity Winter Sports Pep Rally
1:40 - 2:05 p.m.
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.
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.
Fourth Grade Fly-Up
This introduction to fifth grade will give fourth graders the opportunity to visit classes and learn more about Middle School.
Eighth Grade Upper School Experience
8:00 - 10150 a.m.
Lakehill eighth grade students will attending mini classes and learn 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
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