Volume 13, Issue 29
April 1, 2021
Two Lakehill seniors leave their mark
Matthew McCall earned the highest possible
ACT composite score of 36.
Lakehill senior Matthew McCall earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2019, only 4,879 out of nearly 1.8 million students, or fewer than half of one percent (.5 percent), who took the ACT earned the top composite score of 36. The final numbers from the 2020 testing cycle have not been reported because of later testing due to the pandemic.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science, each scored on a scale of 1–36. A student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. Matthew is the second Lakehill student in the last year to score the highest possible ACT composite score, following Preston Bied (‘20). The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam that measures what students have learned in school. Students who earn a 36 composite score have likely mastered all of the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in first-year college courses in the core subject areas.

“I completed several practice exams in preparation,” said Matthew. “I knew I was capable of scoring a 36 and was pretty excited to share the news with my family.”

In a time when there was much uncertainty and fluctuation surrounding test policies for universities across the country, Matthew persisted with his academics and test preparation in order to be an excellent candidate for the college of his choice.

Congratulations, Matthew!
Keegan Clendenin soars his way to become an Eagle Scout
Keegan Clendenin has been involved with Scouts since the age of eight and always dreamed of getting his Eagle Badge, the highest achievement attainable in Scouts. In order to receive the Eagle Badge, each Scout member must communicate with an organization to help build or remodel a project for them. Once the Scout finishes the project, they write a report and present it to the troop.

When Keegan was considering his Eagle project, he connected with Teresa Smith who owns Living the Doxie Dream in Royse City. He then visited their recently rebuilt pet sanctuary that his mother had conducted a fundraiser for. “When I visited, I noticed that they had a building, but nothing to put inside the building,” Keegan said. “There were just fences for the dogs to stay in and blankets for them to sleep on.” It was then that Keegan decided he would build dog beds for the facility. “I wanted to create something that could be used for years to come. Something substantial!”
For the project, Keegan began with a fundraiser where he shot a video with a green screen and then shared his project. Raising over $1,400, Keegan was able to purchase all the supplies needed. Building the dog beds took place over two weeks. “I spent about twelve hours one weekend measuring, cutting, sanding, and drilling. There was a lot of prep work before the building even started.” The following weekend, Keegan’s current troop and ten other volunteers helped him. In all, Keegan and his volunteers assembled, sanded, stained, and finished 15 beds that are 2.5 ft by 2.5 ft. “All the stains and finishes were natural and nontoxic in case any animals chewed on the wood.” 

On March 7, Keegan delivered the 15 dog beds to Living the Doxie Dream and he met with his unit leader that afternoon. The completion of his Eagle project was approved! The board then confirmed all requirements were met on Tuesday, March 23 and he is thrilled to announce the successful completion of the Eagle Scout Badge. 

Congratulations, Keegan!
Lakehill Celebrates Women's History Month
Women's History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and society. Lakehill celebrated Women's History Month during the month of March across all three divisions with books, creative bulletin boards, presentations, and much more.
The Lakehill Robotics team posted on social media celebrating some of their favorite female STEM Heroes. In addition, they shared informational sheets and activities featuring Nancy Chang and Mary Kenner with Lower School students.
Third grade read about Jane Long, the "Mother of Texas," Susanna Dickinson, Clara Driscoll, and Adina de Zavala. They studied each of these women and their contributions to the Texas Revolution and preservation of the Alamo. 

As students began practicing writing nonfiction summaries during reading and writing class, Mrs. Curtis read about Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Bessie Coleman, Louisa May Alcott, Mattie Knight, and Malala Yousafzai. Several of these wonderful women books are featured on the Bluebonnet Book list!
Middle School Spanish students studied influential Latina women and prepared presentations which were displayed in the hallways. These presentations, in Spanish of course, are included below.
Sandra Cisneros

Biografia por: Eli, Kalen, Karly, Rowan y Shelby

Sandra Cisneros es escritora. Ella es novelista. Ella es latina. Ella es trabajadora. Ella es alegre. Ella es paciente. Ella es agradable. Ella es famosa porque ella es una escritora. 
Monica Ponce de Leon

Informacion por: Campbell, Dhruv, Harper y Price

Ella es Monica Ponce de Leon. Monica Ponce de León es de Sudamerica. Ella es arquitecta y educadora. Ella es inteligente. Ella es astuta. Monica Ponce de Leon es castaña. Ella es graciosa. Ella es honesta.
Frida Kahlo

Biografia por: Annelist, Etella, Lucas y Jonathan

Frida Kahlo es una artista. Ella es famosa porque ella es una artista. Ella es de México. Ella es inteligente. Ella es morena. Ella es amable. Ella es honesta. Ella es paciente.
Dolores Huerta

Biografia por: Lily, Mary y Rygel

Dolores Huerta es Latina. Ella es famosa porque ella es una activista de derechos civiles. Ella es gran. Dolores Huerta es estadounidense. Ella es vieja. Ella es baja. Ella es trabajadora.
Bunny Games
by: John Trout, Head of Lower School

Lakehill students have always enjoyed games and fun together, even across grade levels and school divisions. Today, Lakehill's Juniors lead fun, socially-distanced, bunny-themed races, relays, and games for Lower School Students in K-2 at our annual Bunny Games celebration. There was even a surprise visit and photo op with the Bunny!  The Lower Schoolers love hanging out with their Upper School role models, and the Juniors enjoy creating memories with younger Warriors.

What a great way to hop into the long weekend!
Physics Trebuchet Projects
Mr. Musselman's Physics students worked outside of class to build trebuchets to launch projectiles such as oranges or tennis balls.
In case you missed it, Lakehill Bionicles won first place in the coveted Inspire Award!
Congratulations to the following students: Anna Knickel, Sarah Smith, Blake Perry, Cade Armstrong, Indi Esneault, Ma'ki Shaw, Max Link, Maxwell Byrd, Milli Castoldi, Nicholas Blanchard, Page Howland, Will Gorman, and Sumner Born.
Friday, April 9
General PFC Meeting
Join us for the April General PFC Meeting on Friday, April 9 at 8:30 am.
NJHS Presents
The Class of 2021, Senior Spotlights
Joshua Aron
by: Willow Turkyilmaz and Zoe Crist

Joshua Aron has attended Lakehill for four years. While attending Lakehill, Joshua has participated in Rubik's Cube Club, baseball, basketball, tennis, Hat Club as President, French Club, and P.R.I.S.M. Club as Vice President. His favorite classes during his time at Lakehill were Dr. Solonick's history classes. Joshua had Dr. Solonick almost every year in high school and says he is a great teacher and is fun to talk to. Joshua has many favorite memories at Lakehill, including playing third base on the baseball team. He remembers a specific play where he scooped the ball and threw the runner out at first.

Joshua received the Headmaster’s High Honor List last year and has applied to several universities, including Drake University, Maryville University, The University of Iowa, Lynn University, and University of Alabama at Birmingham. Joshua’s advice to younger Warriors is, “Take your time, make memories, and last but not least, have fun!”
Atsuyasu Hirata
by: Nathalie Carollo and Nicholas Blanchard

Atsuyasu "Johnny" Hirata has attended Lakehill since sixth grade. While attending Lakehill, Johnny has participated in many different clubs and sports, including basketball, baseball, football, tennis, Rubik's Cube Club, International Club, and Math Club. He has also served as Sophomore Class President and is currentlyStudent Council Treasurer. Basketball is Johnny’s favorite sport and he enjoys practicing and playing basketball games with his friends. 

Johnny's favorite class was Anatomy and Physiology because he learned about what the human body looks like and its proper functions. He also enjoyed watching the dissections. Johnny's favorite memory is the biology trip during his junior year. He enjoyed walking San Antonio's River Walk and singing karaoke in the hotel with his friends.

Johnny has received several awards, including Headmaster's High Honor List, the Academic Excellence Award in Algebra II, World History, Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus AB, National Spanish Exam Gold and Silver medals, Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society.

Johnny is planning to major in Biology, Molecular Biology, or East Asian studies. He has applied to several universities, including Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Boston University, The University of Hong Kong, and New York University. Johnny's advice for younger Warriors is, "Read as many books as you can during high school."
Sports Update
Varsity Tennis
by: Coach Darvin McBrayer

Varsity tennis star Hayden Yoss has repeated her 2019 accomplishment. Last week she swept through the district tournament to qualify to go to state playoff on April 7, 2021. Yoss, a senior, had a conflict and could not go in 2019. So it’s a sweet ending to her Lakehill tennis career. Tennis is described as a series of “emergencies”.  Both mental and physical capacities are pushed to the limit, yet it is very fun to play. Tennis uses terms and expressions found in daily life: break, advantage, honorable line calls and most of all, love. "Tennis never fails to make me happy, even if I am having a bad day. Once I get on the court, I instantly feel happier," said Hayden.
Hayden Yoss is one of three student athletes that qualified for the TAPPS State Tennis Tournament this year. The dynamic duo of Cade Armstrong and Douglas McKenzie also advanced in boys doubles. With grit and determination, these two fought hard in the district tournament to secure their spot at State. Their first match was against Amarillo San Jacinto and the boys came out on top 8-3. They fell in the second match against Denton Calvary 6-8. The third match was played against Waco Live Oak and Cade and Douglas came out strong and sealed the victory 8-3.

The TAPPS State Tennis tournament is being help on April 7, 2021, at the Waco Regional Tennis Center.

Congratulations to Hayden, Cade, and Douglas!
Varsity Track
The varsity track team competed in the Brook Hill Invitational last week in Bullard. Despite the competitive field, the Warriors placed in several events and continued to PR in multiple events. Results from the meet can be found below. 

100m - 3rd Ryan Henry
200m - 2nd Ryan Henry
4x100m Relay - 3rd Jourdyn Owens, Hannah Reister, Bella Pumpelly and Maddie Reister
4x200 Relay - 4th Jourdyn Owens, Hannah Reister, Bella Pumpelly and Maddie Reister
1600m - 2nd Cullen McCaleb and 4th Avery Owen
3200m - 2nd Cullen McCaleb and 2nd Avery Owen

The team is back in Bullard today in the David Vinson Invitational. 
Middle School Baseball
by: Coach Bradley Neyland

Middle school baseball won their first game of the season 5-0 on Tuesday evening against Coram Deo. The Warriors were led by Austin Sanders who threw a complete game shutout on the mound and also contributed with two hits. Dig Curtis also had a big game with 3 hits, 3 runs scored, and played great defense! Drew Perry had 2 hits and 3 RBIs. The Warriors were led defensively by Kegan Thompson and Ian Johnston
Varsity Softball
Varsity softball kicked off their season on Tuesday, March 23. "Our first game was a good introduction to the season," said first year Head Coach Devon Potter. "The girls played hard and kept great energy the entire game. The dynamic that we have on this team is a lot like family, we work hard together and it shows in how the girls perform on the field." Coach Potter joins the Lakehill athletics staff this year as varsity softball coach. She is looking forward to a great year getting to know the student athletes and competing on the field.

The girls are back in action tonight vs Coram Deo at the Warrior Athletic Complex. First pitch is at 4:30 pm. Go Warriors!
Winter and Spring Sports Pep Rally
Special thanks to Patrick Dunn and Adam Jochelson for capturing photos!
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Looking Ahead
April 1
Cross Country Meet
David Vinson Private School Invitational.
Varsity Softball vs Coram Deo
First pitch is at 4:30 pm.

April 2, 5
School Holiday

April 6
Varsity Softball vs FBA
First pitch is at 4:30 pm.

April 8
Middle School Baseball vs FBA
First pitch is at 4:30 pm.
Varsity Softball at Lucas Christian
First pitch is at 4:30 pm.

April 9
General PFC Meeting
The meeting will begin at 8:30 am via Zoom.
Warrior Relays
Warrior Relays in Argyle, TX.

April 10
Shoreline Spruce Up
Meet at the W. Lawther and Chapel Hill parking lot at 9:00 am.

April 12
District Track & Field Meet
Varsity Softball vs Greenville
First pitch is at 4:30 pm.

April 13
District Track & Field Meet
Middle School Softball vs Calvary Christian
First pitch is at 4:30 pm.
Middle School Baseball vs Coram Deo
First pitch is at 4:30 pm

April 15
Middle School Baseball at FBA
First pitch is at 6:00 pm.
Varsity Softball vs Ovilla Christian
First pitch is at 4:30 pm.

April 17
Upper School Prom
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm at the Roger L. Perry Campus.
COVID-19: Lakehill Preparatory School
Visit the Lakehill Website to read Lakehill's Plan for Reopening.

Please review our “what if” scenarios regarding notification and returning to school after an illness that may be helpful in clarifying situations we may encounter: COVID-19 What Ifs.
Lakehill Preparatory School

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Phone: (214) 826-2931