Lakehill Preparatory School
The Warrior Weekly

Volume 10, Issue 25
March 8, 2018
Middle School Performs Crowd-Pleasing Favorite
On March 2, Lakehill's seventh and eighth grade musical theater students brought Annie, Jr. to the Lakehill stage.

Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, and Martin Charnin, Annie Jr. featured everyone’s favorite little redhead in her first adventure.

Ella Berry led the outstanding cast as Annie. Her singing voice and stage presence were perfectly in tune with Annie's pluck and positivity. Will Gorman displayed billionaire Oliver Warbucks's transformation from gruff businessman to loving father with great heart. Aleena Wallace was endearing as his faithful assistant, Grace Farrell. Megan Blomquist was a scene stealer as Lily St. Regis. Blomquist, Dasha Ramey as Miss Hannigan, and Spencer Neill as her con artist brother Rooster, provided a strong rendition of the classic "Easy Street" as well as great comedy. As Annie's lovable dog Sandy, Luke Williams was adorably loyal.

Ensemble member Madison Deason had a standout moment during "NYC," singing and tap dancing in her featured solo. The production also featured musical performances from Katherine Gluck on saxophone and Tristan Osang on piano. The ensemble of orphans had the audience singing along to the favorite "It's the Hard Knock Life."

The musical was co-directed by Mark Guerra and Tracy Herron. "This was my first year working on Lakehill’s Middle School Musical, and I couldn’t have been more pleased," said Guerra. "Mr. Herron and I are a great team, and together we were able to take these enthusiastic Middle School students and get them to create the 1930’s world of New York City as well as the most famous orphan in musical history. I am thrilled to find their hidden talents and to be able to put them in our shows. Musical Theater is a great way for these kids to really show us what they’ve got."

See more photos from Edwin Neill here and here.
Road Trip: Middle School Enjoys Adventure Week
Middle School students hit the road on Monday morning for their much anticipated Adventure Week trips. 
Fifth grade is at Mo Ranch for a leadership and science adventure, while sixth grade headed south for a Tour of Texas. Seventh grade is getting up close with science and ancient civilizations on their trip to Amarillo and Palo Duro Canyon, while eighth graders are following the trail of the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement to Memphis. The groups return on Thursday afternoon and will enjoy a Middle School holiday on Friday.
See more pictures from their adventures.
Community Service Opportunities  
President's Volunteer Service Award -
Applications Due Tuesday, April 3!
Students in any grade, kindergarten through high school, who plan to apply for the President's Volunteer Service Award should turn in their records of service to Ms. Ekstrom by Tuesday, April 3. All recipients will be recognized at the Award Assemblies in May. 

Get more information or download the  Tracking Form. Please contact Ms. Ekstrom for more information. 

Upcoming Service Opportunities - March and April
Saturday, March 10 -Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
All students, families, and friends are invited to help clean up Lakehill's adopted shoreline at White Rock Lake. The recent rains have left an abundance of trash. All cleaning tools will be available. Breakfast is provided. Get more information.

Crochet for a Cause
Calling all crocheters to make chemo caps for an area hospital. Pick up the pattern from Ms. Schmitt, or email her to have it sent to you. Service hours awarded. Turn in caps to Ms. Schmitt by March 29.

Spring Break Opportunities
Dallas Life Shelter is looking for volunteers (age 14 and older) during Spring Break. Spend time with children in the nursery, play room, and art room. This is a great opportunity to bring positive energy into a child's life and make great memories! Shifts are two hours long with two opportunities available: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Brother Bill's Helping Hand is also looking for Spring Break help with their children's program and in their grocery store.
The Real World: Senior Internships Provide Valuable Experiences
Lakehill's seniors are actively preparing for their internship experiences in May. As a requirement for graduation, seniors must work 80 hours during a three-week time period.  
Students keep a log of their work and present a summary of their experience to a panel of faculty and administrators. Through the experience, students gain valuable insight into the careers they are interested in pursuing.  

This year's internship dates are April 30 - May 18. Members of the community who are interested in hosting a senior intern at their place of employment, are encouraged to contact Heather Dondis, Director of College Counseling, at or 214-826-2931.  
Particular fields of interest this year include: business, computer science, economics, education, engineering, film, fine arts, game design/coding, journalism, marketing, medicine, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, sports fields, statistics/math, and theater.

Other opportunities are always welcome. Lakehill is grateful to the many members of the school community who have already agreed to sponsor an intern this year.
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. More than 600 registrations have already been received!

With 84 different camps for all grade levels in every area imaginable, this is one summer you don't want to miss!

Check out the new  2018 Summer Camps Guide.

Find out more about our Summer Camps programs.
Get in the Games
The White Rock Spring Games, which over the past six years has brought thousands of East Dallas families together to raise over $100,000 for local schools, returns again this spring for another fun-filled afternoon of fun and friendly competition. This year's festivities will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, April 14, when teams in Grades K thru 5 will compete in five different events to raise money for their respective schools. Registration fees for each four-member team are $100, all of which will be directed to the participant’s school.

Due to capacity limitations, participation in the 2018 Games will be limited to 32 teams per gender per grade. (For example, only 32 girls teams from the third grade will be accepted.) Please note that registration is first come first serve and that absolutely no exceptions to this 32-team limit will be made.

Before signing up, please keep in mind that this year's competition will be split into two sessions, with Grades K thru 2 competing from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and Grades 3 thru 5 competing from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Please check to be sure your team is available for their session before signing up.

Auction Update
Check out the Instabuy and No Bid sections of Silent Auction items that are still available. This week only!

Even if you did not attend the Auction or set up your phone to bid, it's not too late.

Register your phone and start your bidding here.

Attention Auction Winners!
Please contact Jessica Therivel via text at 214-236-9422 or email at to make arrangements to pick up items and gift certificates. Please retrieve items prior to Spring Break. 

Winners of Teacher Gifts of Time, your teachers have been notified and are expecting you to reach out regarding scheduling. 

For Spirit Items, the school will be notified to ensure arrangements are made (for example, reserved parking, locker choices, etc.). For Sign-up parties, hosts will receive lists of winners. 

You can click on "My Activity" on the auction website and it should let you know what you have purchased or won. 

Many thanks for your support of the Lakehill Benefit Auction!
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: Antoni Perez-Stark              
Student Council President Antoni Perez-Stark has attended Lakehill Preparatory School since seventh grade. His favorite classes are AP American Literature, Pre-Calculus, and AP U.S. History.

Antoni is an excellent student who has participated in baseball, basketball, football, Student Government, Debate Club, Academic WorldQuest, and Upper School Student Ambassadors. His favorite memory at Lakehill is winning Student Council President. Other honors include Headmaster's Honor Roll, Warrior Honor Club, President's Volunteer Service Award, National Merit Hispanic Scholar, and AP Scholar Award. Antoni is an active volunteer who frequently helps out at the Vickery Meadow Food Pantry.

Antoni has applied to the University of Southern California, University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M, University of Denver, New York University, Boston University, Duke University, University of Colorado Boulder, Tulane University, and University of Michigan. He plans to major in Business Administration and Finance in college, with the goal of becoming a consultant, broker, or a financial manager.

Antoni’s advice to young Warriors is “Do your best in anything you do."

By Johnny Hirata , ninth grade
Sports Snippets

Varsity Baseball
The Varsity Baseball team defeated McKinney Cornerstone on March 6, 15-5, scoring the first 10 runs of the game. Nathan Lewis pitched four innings with nine strikeouts and no earned runs, making a terrific diving play at from the mound.

Gerard Franklin pitched one inning and had a big single to start off the third rally of six runs. Jonathan Kelley had a single and a double to drive in a total of three runs. He also pitched the final inning. Other highlights included a leaping catch on a line drive at second base by Matthew McCall. In the final inning, Jake Aron had a spectacular throw from right field to get a runner out at third.

The Warriors take on Poetry Christian at home on Thursday, March 8, at 4:30 p.m.

Varsity Softball
The Varsity Softball team started the the 2018 season on Monday, hosting Frisco Legacy. The Lady Warriors held Legacy to a 1-0 lead during the first 4 1/2 innings, but ultimately lost, 6-0. Macy Ellis was strong on the mound, pitching the entire game. The team is at home on March 8, against Prince of Peace. The team is coached by Lloyd Gamboa, with assistants Rick Howard, Robert Walton, and Kenneth Franklin.

Varsity Tennis
The Varsity Tennis team kicked off its 2018 season on March 2, at home against Dallas Covenant. Of the 12 matches played, the Lakehill team won five and lost seven.  

In the first round, the doubles team of Julia Bartholow and Maya Ariss won 3-2. Luke Jerome and Arthur Hu won 6-3, while Owen Liu and Gary Hou won 6-2. 

In the second round, Bartholow and  Elizabeth Motes won their doubles match, 4-3. Will Grooms and Justin Reed won 4-3.
The team is coached by Rob Vaughn. The Warriors next match is Wednesday, March 7, at home against First Baptist Academy at 4:00 p.m.

Varsity Track and Field
The Varsity Track and Field team had their first meet on March 3, at the Clay Jones Memorial Relays. The team showed grit and excitement in both track and field events.

Lynley Waggoner took home the gold medal in her first competitive 400-meter run. The Warriors also claimed three silver medal finishes: Ryan Henry in the 100-meter dash, Gerard Franklin in the 200-meter, and the Men's 4x100 Relay team of ​ Ben Palmer, Henry, Jonah Shaw, and Franklin.

Points were awarded for top three finishes in each event, helping both the girls and the boys teams finish in the top six of their division against fierce competition.

The team is led by Head Coach Devon Callens and Assistant Jo Cayme-Mosley.

The Warriors hit the track again on Thursday, March 8, at the Winter Warm-up at Prince of Peace. Follow their progress on Twiiter.
What's Happening?

Box Tops
Congratulations to Dr. Haynes's class for collecting the most Box Tops, with Ms. McCoskey's class a close second. Thanks to everyone who participated.

March 5 - 8 
Middle School Adventure Week

March 9 
Middle School Holiday

Third Grade to Dallas Heritage Village, 9:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

March 10 
Shoreline Spruce Up at White Rock Lake
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

March 12 - 16
Spring Break - enjoy the holiday!

March 21
NJHS Meeting, 7:30 a.m.

PASF Cascarones Sale Ends

March 22
Admission Coffee and Conversation
8:30 a.m.

March 23
Kindergarten Creature Teacher, 9:00 a.m.

Kindergarten Beach Day, 2:15 - 3:00 p.m.

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Have a fun and safe Spring Break, Warriors!

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Phone: (214) 826-2931