The Warrior Weekly   
Volume 9, Issue 31
April 27, 2017
Sounds of Spring
Middle and Upper School Choirs Perform Spring Concert
Lakehill Preparatory School's Middle and Upper School Choirs took the stage on April 21 for their final school performance of the year. The Spring Concert, featuring the vocal talents of sixth through twelfth grade students, was a beautiful and fitting end to a successful year.

The program featured a variety of performances by the Sixth Grade Choir, Allegro Singers (the Seventh and Eighth Grade Choir), Women's Chorale, Man Choir, and the Lakehill Chorale, in addition to instrumental performances by alumnus Hagen Hauschild (drums), junior Ryan Zhu (piano), and sixth grader Murray Smith (violin). 

An emotional finale by the combined choirs of Queen's "Somebody to Love" marked the last performance for this year's seniors: Brandon Bartholow, Varun Iyer, Sophia Liu, Tillie McCoskey, Jourdyn NelsonAbi Price, and Lily Turner. Upper School Performing Arts students will celebrate their successes at the upcoming Performing Arts Banquet on May 13 at the ESC. 

Eco-Friendly Fun
Lakehill Students Educate Others at Earth Day Texas
The 2017 Earth Day Texas was the planet's largest Earth Day Expo ever. The 130,000 visitors who attended the event, held April 21-23 at Fair Park, were treated to more than 250 speakers and 700 interactive exhibits showcasing leaders in the corporate, academic, and non-profit worlds, including a booth featuring Lakehill  Preparatory  School. 

Earth Day Texas strives to increase environmental awareness through education. Thousands of educators and students from more than 100 schools attended the three-day event. 

Students in Jeremy Holman's AP Environmental Science class showcased a variety of environmentally friendly projects.  Their exhibits included art works made from paper waste, an experiment on how plants help reduce soil erosion, and an activity to learn what types of materials can and cannot be recycled. 

Lakehill's Director of Environmental Education, Daniel Bracken, helped visitors paint silicone fish and leaves that they rolled paint onto and used to create colorful prints. "Many visitors were also interested in the types of classes that are held at the ESC," Bracken said. "I showed off the student created herbarium and insect collections that were created by second and third grade students."

Bryna Thomson's Middle School student volunteers in fifth and eighth grade showed visitors the ESC's worm compost bin and taught them about the benefits of worm composting. They also engaged visitors in a fun matching game to teach about the amount of time it takes different materials to break down in a landfill.

"Visitors especially appreciated the worm farm," said Head of Lower School John Trout. "The courageous held the wriggling creatures in their hands as they learned why farmers love to have worms in their gardens while the timid cringed from afar."

Earth Day Texas is an annual festival seeking to elevate environmental awareness and change the way North Texans think, live, and work. This is the sixth year that Lakehill has been featured. 

Hooked on Books
Middle School Enjoys Author Visit
Lakehill's fifth through seventh grades welcomed Brandon Mull,  New York Times best-selling author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders, and Five Kingdoms series, on April 24 to the Charles Wyly Auditorium.

English Chair (K-7) Julie Riggs was thrilled when Barnes and Noble offered to sponsor a school visit by Mull. She had already read nine of his books. She posed a challenge to her students that whoever read and tested on the most Mull books would receive a prize.  Kellen Khan Daniel Knipp , and  Spencer Neill  received new  Dragonwatch  books as a result of their efforts.  

Mull was introduced to students by seventh grader Will Gorman. "I was so excited when I found out he was coming to Lakehill," Will said. "I have read five of his books, and they are some of my favorites, so I was really looking forward to hearing him speak. I was honored to be able to meet him and introduce him; it was a surreal experience."

Mull is promoting literacy and sharing the message "Imagination can take you places." That evening, he spoke and signed copies of Dragonwatch at Barnes and Noble, to an energetic crowd with many Lakehill fans in attendance.
Student Leadership
Student Council Elects New Officers
Officers have been elected for Upper School Student Council for the 2017-18 school year. Congratulations to everyone who participated in these student government elections and to the new Executive Council.

President -  Toni Perez-Stark
Vice-President -   Ben Gillman
Secretary -   Kumail Imam
Treasurer -   Ben Palmer
Historian -  Natalie Sevilla
Parliamentarian -  Georgia Ferguson
Happy Campers
Scholastic Book Fair Set Ends Friday
Replenish your bookshelves for summer reading at Lakehill's Scholastic Book Fair. The Book Fair is going on through Friday afternoon in the Upper Library and will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. 

As a special treat, the Book Fair will be open on Thursday evening, before and after Spring Fling!

Get Social! Check out the Book Fair on Facebook and Instagram.
Construction Corner
Update from Headmaster Roger Perry
Our building is really starting to take shape, especially from the outside. 

The window installers are making good progress with many of the windows in the front of the building now in place. All of the windows should be fitted by the end of next week. 

The wall framers are completing the connection of the buildings at the corner of the auditorium. The installation of the decorative metal will begin toward the end of next week. The concrete work in the courtyard is now complete and the concrete crew is now working on the main stairway of the new entry. 

As soon as all the building is enclosed, the interior work will move at a rapid pace. 

Be sure to take a look at our 
Senior Spotlight
National Junior Honor Society Highlights Lakehill's Soon-to-be Graduates
NJHS Spotlight on Seniors
This week's senior: McKinney Waggoner

McKinney Waggoner has attended Lakehill for six years. Her favorite classes are AP Psychology and AP American Literature. She has participated in musical theater, drama (most recently as the lead in Sense and Sensibility), volleyball, basketball, track, softball, and cheer. She is also a Lakehill Ambassador, a member of Sisteens and National Honor Society, and is serving as Senior Class Vice-President. Outside of school she enjoys being with her friends and reading.    

McKinney's most memorable moments at Lakehill are the closing night of Little Shop of Horrors and beating Irving the Highlands in the Dig Pink volleyball game. All of her sport teams, especially volleyball, have taught McKinney the important lesson that is "being on a team is the best way to learn how to better yourself."  Her advice for younger Warriors is "Learn time management. It will help you later on more than you think."

Her mother, Laura Waggoner, is McKinney's inspiration. "She is always kind and supports me in all that I do." McKinney applied and will be attending the University of Oklahoma as part of OU's Honors Program. She plans to study Psychology and Occupational Therapy and possibly become an Occupational Therapist. McKinney Waggoner is a strong minded and hard working student who has the drive to excel in her dreams.  

By Lynley Waggoner, ninth grade
Sports Snippets
Warrior Pride
Varsity Baseball
The Varsity Boys Baseball team kept up their winning ways on April 24 against Rockwell Heritage Christian. The Warriors jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back. Charlie Pippen was in command as the starting pitcher, and held the Rockwell hitters in check for six innings, striking out six. Pippen, Dylan Welch, and Jalen Webster all had doubles to pace the offensive attack. The Warriors are back in action  Thursday, April 27, against Dallas Lutheran.  

Middle School Baseball
The Middle School Baseball team lost 11-4 at home on April 20 to Parish. The Warriors led 4-2 after the first inning. The team was led by Spencer Neill who had a two RBI double in the inning. Mitchell Crow and Ryan Henry also collected hits in the inning and   Nathan Lewis scored after reaching on a walk. On defense, the Warriors turned two double plays, including an unassisted by Alex Dondis in the fourth inning.

The team then took on St. John's  on April 25, falling 8-1 with Christian Barefoot scoring the loan run for the Warriors.  Henry Hopkins made the play of the season at third base, reaching into the dugout to make a spectacular catch on a foul ball. Blake Perry made a nice running grab in left field. The Warriors take on Dallas Covenant  on April 27 with first pitch set at  5:00 p.m.

See more baseball photos.

Varsity Softball
The Varsity Softball team lost to Rockwall Heritage on April 20 at home.  On April 24, the Lady Warriors defeated East Texas Christian 23-16 on the road in their last district game of the season. It was a team effort with strong at-bats, base running, and fielding. Senior Alex Tracy had several doubles and plays at home plate, while senior Chambliss Pierson had a double to left field that brought in two RBIs. Seniors Lily Turner and Allison Riemer both had defensive plays in center and left field.  Pitchers Macy Ellis and Ashley Peacock were strong on the mound. 
See more softball photos.

Middle School Track
The Middle School Track team finished their season at the IAA District Meet, taking fourth place overall in the boys events and fifth in the girls. 

In the shot put,  Andrew Ward finished first, while  Charlie Borowczak took sixth. Keegan Clendenin placed sixth in the long jump. 

Ward also took home a silver medal in the 400-meter.  Emerson Danamraj took sixth in the 100-meter dash, while  Cullen McCaleb  finished sixth in the 800-meter. Danamraj and Ward also took third and fourth, respectively, in the 300-meter hurdles.

Lakehill's 4x100 relay team (Clendenin, Danamraj, Brett Peacock, and Ward) claimed the gold medal, while the 4x200 relay team ( Johnny Hirata, Owen Liu, Zak Goldstein, and Chris Dickey) and the 4x400 relay team (Hirata, Clendenin, Leo Paparoni, and McCaleb) took sixth.

In the girls field events,  Maddie Cerda took second in the shot put. Sarah Smith claimed third and Zoe Williams, fifth. Smith also took fourth place in the discus. 

In the 100-meter dash,  Jourdyn Owens took fourth while  Emma Myers finished sixth. Grace Addison claimed the bronze medal in the 800-meter, with a sixth place finish in the mile run.

The girls 4x100 relay team (Addison, Owens, Myers, and Cecelie Smith-Morris) claimed third place, while the 4x200 realy team ( Cyntheria Luo, Laurel Way, Myers, and Williams) took sixth.

Varsity Crew
Lakehill rowers with Dallas United Crew and White Rock Rowing continued their spring sprint season at the Texas Rowing Championships on April 22-23 in Austin. Crews battled it out over two days, trying to earn the right to be the fastest boats in Texas. Connor Alexander claimed a bronze medal in the Men's Junior 4x, while Anders Ekstrom took fourth in the Men's Junior 8+. Rowers head to Oklahoma City on May 5-7 for the Central Youth Championships.   
What's Happening
Important Dates
finger with string
April 24-28
Scholastic Happy Camper Book Fair

April 27
Tribe Meetings/Senior Day
8:35 - 9:30 a.m., Auditorium

April 27
Lower School Spring Fling
7:00 p.m., Auditorium 

April 28
Junior-Senior Ring Luncheon

April 28
Mark Twain Day
(grades 4-6)
1:15 - 3:15 p.m., ESC

April 29
NJHS Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
All members should plan to attend. Contact  Ms. Blanchette  or  Ms. Pippen  for more information. Check the Lakehill website and Facebook page in case of rain.

April 29
White Rock Spring Games
Open to boys and girls in K-5 
This year's competition will be split into two sessions, with grades K through 2 competing from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and grades 3 through 5 competing from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Entry fees are $100 for a four-person team, with all registration fees donated directly to the participating students' schools.  Find out more.

May 6
Upper School Prom
8:00 - 11:00 p.m.; doors close at 9:00 p.m.
Prom tickets can be purchased from Mrs. Thorne for $50 for singles and $90 for couples. The first 20 students to buy tickets will be given vouchers for parking. Other students will need to bring cash for parking. Prom will be held at The Quixotic World at 2824 Main Street in Dallas.

May 9  -  Lower and Middle School Community Connections
Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake - 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

More than 850 registrations for Lakehill Summer Camps 2017 have already been received. D on't miss out on the camps you want!
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