Volume 9, Issue 18
January 19, 2017
|Upper School Students Explore Science
Upper School Biology students capped off their exploration of animal diversity with a dissection of fetal pigs. "It is an interesting exercise to watch many of the students transition from being a little squeamish about handling the pigs to skillfully bisecting kidneys and hearts to scrutinize their internal anatomy," said Biology teacher
Students were able to measure the length of the pigs' small intestines (about 3.5 meters in their specimens) and observe inflation of their lungs. Students gained a better understanding of their own external anatomy by observing many of the same muscles and bones in the pig. Removing muscle and connective tissue (ligaments and tendons) allowed them to observe the different types of joints, developing an understanding of why some are more flexible than others, but are often more prone to injury and dislocation. Students previously dissected earthworms and blue crabs to compare with the anatomy of the pig to gain perspective on the evolution of organisms and organ systems.
Honors Chemistry Paint Creation
Honors Chemistry students demonstrated the laboratory and math skills gained in the first semester by creating their own paints. Students practiced the math involved in determining precise amounts of chemicals required to make solid pigments that do not dissolve in water. They applied what they learned about solubility of compounds, interactions of different kinds of elements and compounds, measurements in chemistry, and laboratory techniques to mix chemicals safely, as well as extract and measure the products.
In some of the more dramatic experiments, students mixed clear, colorless solutions that yielded a colored solid suspended in a clear liquid. One of the class favorites involved making a solution that was clear and orange and another that was clear and green. Upon mixing, they produced a cloud of dark-blue pigment which could be easily filtered and mixed with acrylic, oil, or some other binding agent to make a paint. Students created vibrant yellows, oranges, reds, greens, purples, and blues and experimented with different binding agents to determine which combinations worked best. One group actually made mercury metal (to be used in a second reaction) from a yellow mineral containing the element. The final step was to create a masterpiece with the paints they made in class.
National Junior Honor Society Highlights Lakehill's Soon-to-be Graduates
NJHS Spotlight on Seniors
This week's senior: Varun Iyer
Varun Iyer has attended Lakehill since third grade. He has been involved in Varsity Football, Choir, and Musical Theater, and is a member of the National Honor Society (NHS).
His favorite memory at Lakehill was playing the male lead Seymore in Lakehill's
Little Shop of Horrors this year. Music is an important part of Varun's life. He performed at Trek for Tech and at the House of Blues with his band [sic] Muzik.
Varun plans on majoring in business and entertainment in college, and is leaning toward the University of Texas.
After graduating, he plans on going into the entertainment industry as an A&R (arts and repertoire) director.
Varun's mother has had the greatest impact on his life. His hobbies include reading fantasy books, watching Netflix, and making music. Varun will miss his friends and teachers at Lakehill when he graduates.
By Kira Willis, ninth grade
he Varsity Girls Basketball team is sitting at 5-0 and in first place at the top of district 3-3A. On January 12, the Lady Warriors defeated Yavneh Academy, 49-44, at home.
led the team with 35 points and 14 rebounds.
also contributed heavily to the Warriors' victory.
On January 14, the team traveled to Dallas Covenant and beat the Knights, 38-23. Abengowe scored 20 points for the Lady Warriors and Peacock continued to make three-pointers to pace the Warriors. Waggoner has averaged 12 rebounds per game since district play started.
On January 17, the Lady Warriors traveled to Rockwall and defeated the Heritage Christian Eagles, 37-23.
led the way with their rebounding, steals, and tough defense on the Eagles leading scorers. Abengowe and Peacock led the team with nine combined three-pointers in the game. Waggoner again had a strong night rebounding and setting strong screens for Abengowe and Peacock for their three-point shots.
The Lady Warriors return to action on
at home against Dallas Lutheran.
he Varsity Boys Basketball team lost on January 17 to Rockwall Heritage. "
We have been playing hard, but the results have not been what we hoped," explained Head Coach Bradley Neyland. "I am seeing continuous improvement from this team and am proud of their efforts." The Warriors take on Dallas Lutheran at home on January 24.
Middle School Boys Basketball - Seventh Grade
The Seventh Grade Boys Basketball team
continued its winning ways
on January 17
with a decisive 37-15 win over Rockwall Heritage. The Warriors once again got off to a fast start, outscoring Heritage 13-0 in the first quarter. The team was led in scoring by Brett Peacock with season high 16 points, followed by Alex Dondis with 11, Mitchell Crow with seven, Caleb McCaleb with two, and Will Gorman, one.
On January 14, the team faced Dallas Covenant in a rematch and came away with a thrilling 29-17 victory, avenging an earlier season loss to the Knights. The stifling pressure from the Warrior defense forced a number of Covenant turnovers early on, leading to easy baskets for Lakehill. The score stood 9-1 after the first quarter, but Covenant would narrow the score to 11-7 by halftime.
In the second half, the Warriors were able to fend off a few comeback attempts from Covenant to secure the win. The team was led in scoring by Crow with 12 points, Peacock nine, Dondis five, and Blake Perry with two. The team will try to add to its three-game winning steak
on January 19
when they take on Shelton at home with tip-off set for
. The Warriors record now sits at 3-3 on the season.
Middle School Boys Basketball - Eighth Grade
Middle School Girls Basketball
The Eighth Grade Boys Basketball team returned to action on January 12 against Calvary Lutheran, coming away with a 43-17 victory.
led the way with 16 points, and eight players contributed baskets.
On January 17
, Lakehill traveled north to take on the Parish Panthers. The defense was sharp, leading to numerous transition points as the Warriors cruised to a 43-18 win. Barefoot again led the team with a season-high 20 points, and
had a personal best of 14 points as well. Lakehill is now 7-0 on the season and continues to lead the IAA North Division, with two challenging games ahead against Canyon Creek (
) and Dallas International (
The Middle School Girls Basketball team returned to action on January 12 against Calvary Lutheran, winning easily, 25-4. Every player scored with Hayden Yoss leading the team with 14 points. On January 17, the girls traveled for a rematch against a tough Parish team. The team was down 14-17 at the half, before holding Parish scoreless in the third quarter, going up 18-17. It was a back and forth battle in the fourth quarter and, unfortunately, the girls lost 19-24. They will look to bounce back against Canyon Creek at home on January 20 at 4:30 p.m
Middle School Soccer
The Middle School Co-ed Soccer team claimed a 6-5 victory over Parish Episcopal on January 17. Parish scored first after five minutes of play, followed by Jason Davis who scored Lakehill's first goal after 10 minutes. Parish responded with another goal after 14 minutes and Davis scored again on a solid pass from Henry Hopkins to tie it at 2-2. Parish finished out the half with a late goal. Lakehill scored three goals at the beginning of the second half to ensure the win. The first was an outstanding pass from Johnny Hirata to Hopkins; the second was a pass from Davis that Spencer Neill headed in; and the final was a third goal by Davis, assisted by Neill. The team takes the field again at home on January 19 against Greenhill.
The Varsity Co-ed Soccer team
lost to Shelton, 8-2. Lakehill went into the half tied 2-2, thanks to Luka Varnes had a goal and an assist on a Reid Chickering goal just before the end of the first half for Lakehill's only points.
Justin Reed, Ben Gillman, and Arjun Agrawal gave a solid performance on defense, while Hamed El-Feky, Greg Gillman, and Logan Stout were strong in the midfield.
The Warriors play again at Dallas Lutheran on January 24 at 3:30 p.m.
Varsity and Middle School Crew
Join White Rock Rowing on
Saturday, January 28, at 10:00 a.m.
at the White Rock Boathouse for an Open House. Tour the facilities, meet the coaches, meet the rowers, and find out what it is like to be on a rowing team!
Tribe Meetings, 1:40 - 2:05 p.m.
Senior Inauguration Trip to Washington, D.C.
Practice ACT for Sophomores
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
Middle School Canned Food Drive
Upper School Canned Food Drive (sponsored by ninth grade)
January 30 - February 2
All-School Canned Food Drive (sponsored by ninth grade)
Geo Bee (grades 4-8)
Auditorium, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Upper School ESU Shakespeare Competition, 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Upper School Debate State Tournament (Austin)
Middle School Can Sculpture Contest
Admission Testing for 2017-18 Applicants
Lakehill Launches New Website (stay tuned for more information!)
All-School Pep Rally, 1:40 - 2:05 p.m.
Freshman Visit Day, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Upper School Day of Service, 8:00 a.m. - noon