Volume 9, Issue 12
November 10, 2016
Trek for Tech Funds New Technology
When hundreds of people take to the streets for a good cause, a lot can happen.
Lakehill Preparatory School's 18th Annual Trek for Tech, the Parent Faculty Club's signature fall event, combined all the right elements: two great races, dedicated sponsors, enthusiastic volunteers, and a raffle with fantastic prizes. Uncertain weather couldn't keep the dedicated runners away. The results were a great time for all who attended, and a lot of money raised to purchase new technology.
Students, families, and faculty members put their best foot forward in the one-mile Fun Run, while a large crowd hit the pavement for the 5K chip-timed race.
Mohamed El Saed was the first place overall winner with a time of 21:50. Tenth grader Jason Herron-Loza finished was the top student finisher with a time of 21:55. Sixth grader Avery Owen was the top overall female runner and
the top-finishing female student, with a time of 23:40.
Organizers report that 326 people registered for this year's races. The Trek Committee is still counting the monies raised through sponsorship, registration, and technology purchases.
The second grade won a cupcake party for having the highest percentage of participation with 76%.
The Pasta Lunch, a carb-loading celebration, was held on Friday. For $5, diners enjoyed pasta and pizza, sponsored by Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.
The Trek Committee thanks those companies, individuals, and families who supported the race through underwriting and equipment purchases, and the faculty, NJHS, and parent volunteers who helped the event run smoothly.
thanks John and Karen Owen for chairing
this event again and for their efforts in making Trek for Tech a huge success!
Get the official Trek results here.
Anyone winning an trophy who has not picked it up should contact Karen Owen.
Middle School Unplugs at Annual Fall Day Out
Fresh air, wide open spaces, and a day away from school to enjoy it all...who could ask for more?
For Lakehill's Middle School students, it just doesn't get much better than Fall Day Out.
The weather provided the perfect backdrop for the 150 students who headed north on November 4 to enjoy a full day of play at Sisters' Grove Farm, Ms. Gajkowski's farm/homestead in Princeton, Texas.
Children enjoyed old-fashioned hay rides, a rope swing, and impromptu games of badminton and volleyball. Many
relaxed on the porch with games of checkers and chess. After a cookout, students explored the property, running through the fields and orchard.
While the students clearly enjoyed a day off from school, Fall Day Out seems much more about the "out" - having fun with friends in the great outdoors. It is no wonder that this special day for Lakehill's Middle School students continues to be a favorite.
Senior Holds Mock Election Assembly
As part of his recognition as a young civic leader through the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Charlie Pippen organized a school-wide election assembly and vote.
The assembly was an educational event that focused on voting and its importance, and included a school-wide mock presidential election for the students.
Pippen's presentation explained the process of registering to vote and the voting requirements, how to vote, and the significance of everyone's voice and vote in our democracy. After the presentation, students headed to the polling stations, manned by senior class polling monitors, which were set up at each windowsill. Monitors collected the ballots and passed out "I Voted" stickers to participants
"My goal was to introduce students to voting, and hopefully help them develop the skills and interests to engage in our democracy," said Charlie. "The students were engaged and I think it went very well. I am grateful to Lakehill for allowing me the opportunity to coordinate such a large event."
PFC Brings Signature Events to Campus
Upper School Musical: Little Shop of Horrors, 7:00 p.m.
Lakehill's talented musical theater students will bring Little Shop of Horrors to the Lakehill stage on Friday, November 11, and Saturday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. An all-school performance will be held on November 11 at 1:40 p.m. While all are invited to the evening musical performances, the show is recommended for ages 10 and up. Tickets will be sold at the door.
Child Care Available at the Musical
The senior class is providing babysitting in the cafeteria with games and a movie during the performance for $5 per child. Pre-register your child here.
Be a Part of the Show
Want a more interactive experience at the musical? Enter the raffle to be seated in the special dentist chairs at the front of the auditorium and be part of the show! Raffle tickets are $5 and will be sold before each show. Winners will be announced prior to each performance.
Grandparents Day, 8:00 a.m.
hill welcomes grandparents, parents, and special friends to the annu
al Grandparents Day Celebration on Friday, November 18. The festivities begin at 8:00 a.m. with a breakfast
reception in the cafeteria. The program, which includes performances by various student groups, will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium. School is dismissed at 11:00 a.m. for Thanksgiving Break, and there is no after-school care.
November 18; November 28 - December 2
Stock up on new books for the holidays at Lakehill's Scholastic Book Fair which will be held in the Upper Library. It will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Enjoy an advance preview and purchase books following the Grandparents Day celebration on November 18. Watch for more information about the Book Fair and get ready for fun events every day, including a special visit from author Michelle Staubach Grimes and illustrator Bille DeOre on November 30. Order their book, Where is Pidge? here. Be sure to place your order by November 16!
National Junior Honor Society Highlights Lakehill's Soon-to-be Graduates
NJHS Spotlight on Seniors
This week's senior: Salma El-Feky
Salma El-Feky has attended Lakehill since fourth grade. Her favorite subject is Social Studies, and favorite classes include AP Psychology, World History, AP US History, and Government with Ms. Thorne and Ms. Davis. "These classes are so fascinating," says Salma. "I love learning about events in the past as well as current events and how people interact in certain situations."
Salma enjoys playing sports, watching TV series, reading, and spending time with friends. She plays many sports, such as Varsity Volleyball, Varsity Soccer, Varsity Track, Varsity Softball, and Triathalon. She is also involved in many clubs, such as Student Council, where she serves as historian, National Honor Society, where she serves as president, Student Ambassadors, where she serves as secretary, Sisteens, Leadership Academy, Rho Kappa, and Mu Alpha Theta. She is also serving as an intern this year in the Marketing and Communications office and enjoys working with Ms. Ekstrom and learning more about this field.
Salma's favorite events at Lakehill have been Tailgate and the Holiday Luncheon. When asked about her favorite memory she replied, "I've had so many amazing memories at Lakehill, but one of my favorites was the ISAS Arts Festival trip."
After high school, Salma plans to attend college and study international development. Salma has applied to SMU, University of Texas, Indiana University, Tulane University, University of Rochester, Texas A&M, and University of Arkansas. Salma's dream job would definitely include traveling around the world.
Salma believes that Lakehill has prepared her for college and has taught her the importance of communicating with her teachers, participating in school activities, and engaging in her community.
By Ella Witherite, ninth grade
Lakehill rowers with White Rock Rowing and Dallas United Crew competed on November 5-6 at the Head of the Hooch Regatta in Chattanooga, Tennessee. More than 200 teams from 26 states and four countries competed in the 5,000-meter (3.1-mile) head races on the Tennessee River.
The Head of the Hooch is one of the world's largest rowing regattas, with more than 6,750 athletes in 2,000 boats racing over two days. With 1,200 boats competing on
alone, more in one day than any other regatta, they must start a boat racing every 15 seconds to finish all the events before the sun sets.
Anders Ekstrom and his teammates placed 11th out of 22 teams in the Men's Youth Lightweight 8+ and 27th out of 62 in the Men's Youth 8+. Competing as a lightweight in two open-weight races,
Connor Alexander and his teammates finished 17th out of 57 in the Men's Youth 4x and 50th out of 88 in the Men's Youth 2x. Posting times within 10% of the top boat in each event, Ekstrom and Alexander earned their teams two guaranteed entries each in next year's Hooch.
Both clubs are wrapping up a successful Head Race season. They will continue practicing all winter, preparing for the S.W.E.A.T. indoor competition at Jesuit in February and the spring Sprint Race season.
The Lakehill Warriors concluded the 2016 football season with a tough 77-32 loss to Dallas Lutheran. It was a do-or-die situation: a victory would have secured District Runner-Up for the Warriors, but a loss would knock them out of the playoffs. The team finished the year 5-5, ending their three-year streak of state playoff appearances. Statistical leaders for the season included: senior
Brandon Bartholow as the team's leading rusher with 1,567 yards and 24 touchdowns, junior
Gerard Franklin as the leading passer with 577 yards and nine touchdowns, sophomore
Ben Palmer as the leading receiver with 381 yards and six touchdowns, and junior
Warren Lester as the leading tackler with 85 tackles. A number of younger players saw extended playing time throughout the season and gained valuable Varsity experience, which bodes well for the future.
Basketball Season Passes
Basketball season passes are now available for $100.Contact Michelle Crow to get your pass!
Season passes give the entire family access to all home games.
PFC General Meeting, 8
6th Grade Volunteer at C.C. Young Veterans Day Assembly, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
All-School Musical Performance, 1:40 - 2:05 p.m.
Musical: Little Shop of Horrors, 7:00 p.m.
Shoreline Spruce-Up, Community Picnic, and Awards Ceremony
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.; Awards and picnic at 10:30 a.m.
All Lakehill students, families, and friends are invited to join the Warrior Outreach Organization (WOO) at Lakehill's adopted shoreline at White Rock Lake to help clean up this neighborhood treasure. Meet at the parking lot at W. Lawther and Chapel Hill. All supplies will be available and breakfast will be provided.
At 10:30, join us at Flagpole Hill as Lakehill is honored as the 2016 Adopt-a-Shoreline Volunteer Group of the Year!
Sisteens Stocking Stuffers Collection
Sisteens is collecting items to fill stockings for senior citizens who attend Lakehill's Holiday Luncheon. Travel-sized toiletries such as soap, shampoo, tissues, and lotion are requested. Look for donation bins beginning next week.
Reclamation Days, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Winter Sports Meeting for Students (grades 7-12) and Parents, 3:45 p.m.
Grandparents Day, 8:00 a.m.
Upper School Admission Preview
Main Campus, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Invite your friends and neighbors to take a look at Lakehill's Upper School!
All Lakehill seventh and eighth grade families are strongly encouraged to attend.