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Volume 8, Issue 15 January 7, 2016
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Lakehill Benefit Auction: We're Going Back to the Eighties
Like, it's totally that time of year, again!  So dust off your leg warmers, tease up your hair, and prepare for a wickedly rad auction when we go Back to the 80's on 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. 

Grab a Members Only jacket or some neon accessories, and join us for a tubular time!  
Coming Home
Alumni Return to Lakehill
Lakehill's college-aged alumni joined students and faculty at the basketball games on January 5 for a special "Home for the Holidays" celebration in their honor. 

"It's always fun to have our graduates return to campus," explained Ray Dent, Director of Development and Alumni Relations. "The  Home for the Holidays  basketball game is a great event to bring Alumni together with their Lakehill family and with each other. It has become another Warrior tradition!" 
"In today's world we must determine the success or failure of virtually everything a school does. You want a good measure of Lakehill's success? Just count the number of smiles and hugs exchanged when our alums come to this event--not to mention the number of success stories we hear from our alumni every day!"
Saddle Up
Middle School Student is a World Champion
Lakehill fifth grader Katie Rich started riding horses five years ago, when she was just six years old. She is now in her second season to compete in horse shows and has won more than 30 blue ribbons since she began competing in 2014. That year and again in 2015, she was the highest ranking 10-year-old in the Walk and Trot division in the Texas/Louisiana region. Katie earned 16 Champion and Grand Champion titles in 2015 and claimed a spot in the World Top Three in the Walk and Trot category.

Early in her first season, Katie got her first horse, Champion Bella Marietta, or "Bella" for short.  

In August, Katie competed in the World's Championship Horse Show in Louisville, Kentucky, where she finished in Third Place in the 10 year-old Walk and Trot class. 

Katie made history in November when she was crowned as the youngest winner of the 2015 horse show held in Kansas City, winning a class at the prestigious American Royal UPHA (United Professional Horseman's Association) National Championship Horse Show. She and Bella competed and won the Walk and Trot Pleasure class for riders 12 and under, competing against winning horses and their riders from all over the United States.  

In December, Katie and Bella made an impressive debut in the canter division at the TASHA Texas American Saddle Horse Association) show in College Station, bringing home another championship.

Katie, who has always been interested in horses, began taking lessons after attending a horse camp after kindergarten. Now she is riding three hours a day, three days a week, with more time getting ready for shows. "I know I've learned a lot about responsibility," said Katie. It's important that I keep my grades up, so I can continue riding."  Katie already knows that her love of horses will have an impact on her future. "I plan to continue riding and to study equine management in college. I've already looked at some colleges that offer that program."
Lakehill Student is TriMathlon Champion
Harley Glazer knows his math facts. In the fifth annual TriMathlon, he placed first in the second grade competition while competing with students at over 500 Mathnasiums. 

Open to students in second through fifth grade, Mathnasium's TriMathlon is an annual math event held over the course of one weekend at Mathnasium Learning Centers across the United States and Canada. The event is designed to generate excitement about math by stimulating a child's mathematical thinking skills. Similar to the way a triathlon tests an athlete's physical fitness through three athletic challenges, the TriMathlon tests a mathlete's mental fitness through three fun-filled math challenges. The questions become increasingly more difficult as the event progresses.

"Math is definitely my favorite subject," said Harley. "I am really happy about winning and feel like I am learning. I think that if I could do that than I could be good at math for the rest of my life."
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: Brandon Douglas
Brandon Douglas has attended Lakehill since the seventh  grade. He has played many team sports including track and baseball. Brandon played football all four years and was elected a team captain this year. 

During his time at Lakehill, Brandon has performed in four drama and musical theater productions. His favorite role was the Jester in Once Upon a Mattress.

Brandon's favorite part of Lakehill is the people: "The teachers, staff, and students are amazing and push me to learn and become the best overall person I can be."

While in high school, Brandon has participated in many organizations, including Student Council, where he is currently President, National Honor Society, Debate, French Club, Math Club, Poetry Club, and Student Ambassadors.
Brandon's favorite subject is English. He finds the books very interesting and especially enjoys the interactive conversations with the teachers about the meanings of a passage within the text.

Brandon would like to attend New York University to major in music business. He is currently a member of the band [sic] muzik, which performed at Lakehill's 2014 Trek for Tech and have a song, "Salty," on SoundCloud.

By Connor Alexander, ninth grade
Sports Snippets
Varsity Girls Basketball
On December 18, the Varsity Girls Basketball team played at Poetry Christian. After starting  out strong in the first quarter, the Lady Warriors ultimately fell,70-53. They were led in scoring by  Charity Abengowe with 28 points.  Jakayla Silas  added 17 points. The Lady Warriors played in the McKinney Christian tournament on December 29, losing the first game, 58-43, to 3A public school powerhouse Van Alstyne. Abengowe paced the team with 23 points.

In the second game of the tournament, the Lady Warriors beat TAPPS 4A Fort Worth Southwest Christian, 65-44. The team was led by Abengowe with 27 points and Silas with 23. 

In the consolation game, the Lady Warriors lost to Founders Classical School of Lewisville, 59-53. Abengowe and Silas led with 25 and 19 points respectively. 

On January 2, the Lady Warriors took on Shelton, losing 62-50. Silas and Abengowe contributed 28 and 14 points respectively. 

The Lady Warriors were at home against Waxahachie Prep On January 5. They jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, winning 64-37. They were led in scoring by Silas with 29 and Abengowe with 26 points. Ashley Peacock added three three-pointers, good for nine points in the game. 

The Lady Warriors travel to Irving Universal on Friday at 6:00 p.m. 

See more pictures here and here and here.

Varsity Boys Basketball
The Varsity Boys competed in several games and tournaments over the holidays. With match-ups against Poetry Christian on December 18, Shelton on January 2, and Waxahchie Prep on January 5, as well as the McKinney Christian Tournament on December 29, the young team is honing its skills and getting ready for a packed winter schedule. The team will play at Irving Universal on January 8 at 7:00 p.m.

See more pictures here and here and here.
What's Happening?
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January 8
PFC Executive Committee Meeting - canceled 

January 8
NJHS Pizza Sale
3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
Benefiting Water is Basic

January 9
Shoreline Spruce-Up
White Rock Lake, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

January 11 
College Night for Juniors
Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

January 14
Tribe Meetings, 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. 

January 15
Admission Application Deadline
Applications for admission for NEW students (including new siblings) for the 2016-17 school year are due to the Office of Admission.

January 18
No school - MLK Holiday

January 21
Middle School Fly Up

January 21
Geo Bee (grades 4-8)
Auditorium, 3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

January 22
Freshman Visit Day, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
January 22
Upper School Day of Service, 8:00 a.m. - noon 

January 22
All-School Pep Rally, 1:40 - 2:05 p.m. 

January 25
College Night for Sophomores
Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
Mrs. Dondis will discuss PSAT scores as well as introduce topics related to the college process itself. All sophomores and their parents are encouraged to attend.

January 28-31
Upper School Debate State Tournament

January 29
Early Release Day/Faculty 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.

January 30
Admission Testing for 2016-17 Applicants

Welcome Back, Warriors!