Lakehill Preparatory School
The Warrior Weekly

Volume 11, Issue 27
March 28, 2019
Acclaimed Author Visits Lakehill
On Tuesday, March 25, acclaimed Scholastic author Elly Swartz visited Lakehill. Organized by the PFC Book Fair Committee, Swartz spoke with students in grades four through six, inspiring the writers and illustrators of the future by sharing her own experiences as a writer.

After being introduced by two sixth grade students, Harper Kuhn and Paulette Maney , Ms. Swartz was interviewed by two fourth grade reporters,  Anniston Barrett   and  Andres Vann .

Ms. Swartz shared her journey as a writer and the 15-year process of getting her original idea to a book on a shelf. Students were invited to ask questions, and were treated to a preview of the first chapter from Give and Take , her new book coming out in October.

While she loved writing in fourth grade, Ms. Swartz confessed that she was not a very good one. She shared her philosophy: "The thing you are passionate about does not have to be the same thing you are good at today."

She specifically remembers when she decided she wanted to be a writer: after reading Mick Harte Was Here with her children, laughing and crying and experiencing the full range of emotions. She loves being a writer and connecting with her readers, learning what her stories mean to them. Developing a connection with her readers is important to Swartz, and she values the time she can spend in schools and with readers.

Ms. Swartz explained that the inspiration for stories can come from anywhere, from the dinner table to a yoga class, and encourages budding writers to write down their ideas. She spends a lot of time with the characters in her stories, getting to know them, their likes and dislikes, before she writes about them.

Ms. Swartz's advice for young writers is to read voraciously and to write about the things that matter to them. She encourages students to just keep writing and not to worry about what others think of their work. "I love writing more than I fear rejection," she explained.

After speaking with the students, Swartz signed copies of her books Smart Cookie  and  Finding Perfect .

See  more photos.

By Anniston Barrett and Andres Vann, fourth grade
Art Finalist
Senior Julia Bartholow has been named a State Finalist for her Senior Art Portfolio which she has been compiling over the past year in her AP Studio Art class. 

TAPPS has become increasingly selective about who they will allow to enter the State Senior Art Portfolio competition. Artists must create six original works, verify the visual references, and write a statement about their work to be submitted to the TAPPS office for acceptance. Only the top ten portfolios from the state in the 3A category are selected as finalists and advance to the final round to be judged on April 1, at the TAPPS Art Championship in Waco.

Bartholow says that, from an early age, she has been encouraged to pursue many artistic endeavors. From the influence of her great-grandfather, Algur Meadows, who loved Spanish art enough to create a museum, to the numerous trips to the Dallas Museum of Art with her mother, art has played a major role in her upbringing. While this initiated her love of art, she continues because of her love of creating.

Bartholow decided to take AP Studio Art this year so she could continue her passion with the freedom that comes with the class in terms of what projects she wants to pursue. "I am most proud of Sweater (pictured above), predominantly because of how much effort I put into it," she says. While Bartholow does not plan to major or minor in art, she hopes to take some art classes in college.

"Julia is a talented artist with her own unique style," said Visual Arts Chair Scott Boles."She is particularly good at her self-portraits. She knows what image she wants to project. I can give her the parameters and she just knocks it out of the park."

By Kate Langley, '19
Marketing Intern
Kindergarten Beach Day
Do you know how long a whale is? How do crabs walk? Kindergartners can answer these questions, and many others. Students had an amazing week, learning about the ocean and its animal life. Dressed in their best beach attire, students enjoyed a sea shell hunt and a special snack during this year's Kindergarten Beach Day.

See  more pictures.
Playing Powder Puff
Lakehill's seventh and eighth grade students took to the field on Wednesday afternoon for a spirited game of powder puff football. The game is a long-standing Lakehill tradition. The seventh grade was victorious in the game, but the real winner was Austin Street Center, the beneficiary of the more than $1,070 that was raised through the event.
See  more pictures.
Serving Others:
Community Service Opportunities  
President's Volunteer Service Award -
Applications Due Monday, April 1!
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 Monday, April 1. 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. 

Volunteer During Lakehill Summer Camps!
Middle and Upper School students who are interested in serving as an intern for Lakehill Summer Camps should see Ms. Ekstrom to sign up. This is a great way to have fun, help younger students, and get a head start on service hours for next year! Camps run June 3 through August 2.

Volunteer Opportunities in March and April!
There are many ways to serve your community this spring.  Make plans to attend some of these exciting volunteer projects.

Saturday, March 30
Ninth Grade Class Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Everyone is invited to join Lakehill's ninth grade class for our monthly Shoreline Spruce-up! Meet at the parking lot at West Lawther and Chapel Hill. All supplies will be provided. Breakfast will be available.

Thursday, April 11
North Texas Food Bank, 8:00 a.m. - noon
All Upper School students who are not attending the ISAS Arts Festival will participate in an Upper School Morning of Service with the North Texas Food Bank. Closed-toe shoes are required.
Students must have a Signed Permission Form to participate. Forms must be turned in to Ms. Ekstrom by April 5.

Saturday, April 13
Kite Day, 10:00 a.m. - noon
All students in grades seven through twelve are invited to help host Kite Day for students from Bayles Elementary and their families.  Sign up here.

Saturday, April 13
White Rock Spring Games, 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. (K-2); 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. (Grades 3-5)
Lakehill students in K-5 are invited to compete in teams in the annual White Rock Spring Games, benefiting local schools. Registration extended to March 28.  Find out more and register.

Friday, April 26 - Sunday, April 28
EarthX, Fair Park, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
All Lakehill students and families are invited to help with the Lakehill booth at EarthX on Sunday, April 28.

Saturday, April 27
NJHS Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Thanks to the National Junior Honor Society for taking on Lakehill's Shoreline Spruce-up this month! All members should plan to attend. Contact  Ms. Blanchette or  Mr. Neyland for more information.
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 700 registrations have already been received!

With 89 different camps for all grade levels in every area imaginable, this is one summer you don't want to miss!

Check out the new   2019 Summer Camps Guide

Find out more about our Summer Camps programs.
Auction Update
It's the Lakehill After-Auction!

Silent Auction and Instabuy Items are Still Available!

Check out Instabuy and the No Bid section of Silent Auction items that are still available. One week only!

For No Bid Items, these are available for purchase at the listed, discounted price. No bidding necessary. You want it, it is yours!

Instabuy is for sign-up parties, teacher gifts of time that have multiple spots, end-of-year sign-up parties, T Shop centerpieces, and homework passes.

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

Register your phone and visit  here  to purchase items, sign up parties, homework passes, and more.

Questions? Contact  Jessica Therivel.

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: Anna Somodevilla
Anna Somodevilla has attended Lakehill for four years. She has participated in musical
theater, drama, and choir. She loves choir because it is relaxing. Some of her favorite
memories are from choir performances. Anna has also received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award during her time at Lakehill.

Outside of school, Anna enjoys horseback riding and hanging out with her friends. She
describes herself as friendly, outgoing, and unique.

Anna isn’t quite sure about her ultimate career yet, though she does have an interest in
the film industry. She plans to attend to Texas Wesleyan University in the fall, and is excited to become more independent when she goes to college.

Anna really loved high school at Lakehill. "Even though it is tough, it is a lot of fun if you have good friends and if you are open to adventure." She advises younger Lakehill students, "Be yourself and have fun."

By Cali Byrd, eighth grade
Sports Snippets

Varsity Tennis
The Varsity Tennis team took on Dallas Covenant on March 22. In Men's Doubles, the pair of Will Grooms and Owen Liu won their match 8-1, while the team of Ben Gillman and Luke Jerome defeated their opponents 8-3.

Varsity and Middle School Baseball
The Varsity Baseball team opened district play with a 9-3 loss to Dallas Lutheran, and fell 8-1 in a non-district game against CHANT. In the Lutheran game, Charlie Leake had two hits and scored a run; Josh Aron, Nathan Lewis, and Spencer Neill also had hits. Lewis struck out six over 5 2/3 innings, with Leake getting the final out. Against CHANT, Aron led the way with two hits. Neill and William Leake added singles, with Neill scoring the lone run. On the mound, Charlie Leake struck out six in four innings, and Neill struck out four in three innings. The Warriors return to district play at home Saturday at 11:00 a.m. against Covenant.

The Middle School Baseball team lost a hard-fought game to First Baptist Academy on March 25. Arthur Cirillo , Noah Kohn , and Lucas Chretien all pitched well. Hayden Bauer had the teams only RBI. The Warriors play again on March 29, at 5:00 p.m. at McKinney Christian.

Varsity and Middle School Softball
The Varsity Softball team took on Molina on the road on March 21, coming away with a 17-6 victory. Macy Ellis earned the win. Tyler McCall, Ella Witherite, Claire Howard, Loveth Heard,
Haley Lopez, Katie Anne Eastus, Maya Ariss, and Megan Gillman all played extremely well and had hits in the game. The team’s first year players, Kathryn Mahan, Brook'Lynn Williams, Madison Deason, and Michelle Reed, all played well and contributed to the team's win.

On March 26, Lakehill hosted First Baptist Academy, losing 18-8. Howard, Ellis, Gillman and Heard all
had hits, with Eastus, Witherite, and Williams playing significant roles in the game.

The Lady Warriors will host Texoma on March 30, at 11:00 a.m.

The Middle School Softball team kicked off their season last week with a scrimmage against McKinney Christian. This year‘s team is made up of 16 seventh graders and two eighth graders.

Lily Bracken and Emma Hoffman both pitched for the Lady Warriors and played well in the scrimmage. 
Varsity and Middle School Track
The Varsity and Middle School track teams took over Fort Worth on March 23, in the Nazarene Christian Invitational Track Meet. This was the first track meet for the Middle School team and the second for the Varsity team. It was a great outing for the Middle School team with every team member running a personal best or season best in at least one of their events. The girls placed fourth out of 18 teams in the total overall standings while the boys placed seventh out of 18 teams. The following athletes finished in the top six in their respective events, earning points for the Warriors: 

800m - Cali Byrd, 6th 
1600m - Blake Bied, 5th 
2400m - James McKinney, 5th 
4x100m Relay - Madeline Reister, Bella Pumpelly, Hannah Reister, and Kayla Ristianto, 2nd; Samuel Rosen, Jon Paul Maney, Donovan Covarrubias, and Murray Smith, 5th 
4x200m Relay - M. Reister, Jade Stephens, H. Reister, and Ristianto, 1st; Rosen, Maney, Covarrubias, and Smith, 3rd 
4x400m Relay - H. Reister, Pumpelly, Olivia Johnston, and Bied, 3rd; Kellen Khan, Vivek Patel, Maney, and McKinney, 5th 
4x800m Relay - Bied, Byrd, Aleena Wallace, and Avery Owen, 2nd; Khan, Hudson Welch, Patel, and McKinney, 3rd

The team will run on Saturday, April 6, at the Ovilla Christian Relays. 

The Varsity team had a strong showing overall. The girls placed third out of 23 teams overall in team standings, while several boys set new personal bests in their events. Several athletes earned points by placing in the top six:

100m - Jourdyn Owen, 3rd 
400m - Alanna Stern, 3rd
4x100m Relay - Owen, Hayden Yoss, Lynley Waggoner, and Stern, 1st 
4x200m Relay - Owen, Yoss, Waggoner, and Stern, 1st 
4x400m Relay - Mitchell Crow, Cullen McCaleb, Emerson Danamraj, and Jaden Lambert, 6th 

The team will run this Saturday, March 30, at the W.T. White Invitational.

Middle School Golf
The Middle School Golf Team competed in the IAA Golf Championship on Monday, March 25, at Twin Creeks Country Club in Allen. There were eight area private schools in the competition with 13 in the girls division and 32 in the boys division. 

The tournament was a nine-hole competition with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start. Lakehill finished with three medalists. In the boys division, Arthur Cirillo (+12) and Noah Kohn (+18) represented Lakehill with Cirillo earning medalist honors. In the girls division, Avery Owen (+3) and Taylor Gardsbane (+12) competed for Lakehill with Gardsbane medaling and Owen capturing the girls division championship.
Varsity Crew
Lakehill rowers with Dallas United Crew continued their sprint racing season at the OKC Invitational Regatta on March 23, in Oklahoma City. The team demonstrated strength and depth against regional powerhouses from Dallas, Oklahoma City, Austin, and St. Louis, bringing home 13 top three finishes.

Senior Connor Alexander and junior Anders Ekstrom, rowing together as the bow pair, earned a silver in the Men's Varsity 8. Eighth grader Mars Henderson earned silver in the Women's JV8.

All three Lakehill rowers have been selected to participate in the San Diego Crew Classic, held April 4-7, in San Diego, California.

Show Your Warrior Spirit!
The Spirit Shop is open for business, with great new styles and classic favorites so you can show your Warrior spirit! The Spirit Shop is open on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7:45-8:45 a.m. and Monday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons from 2:45-3:45 p.m.

This Weekend's Best Bet
Called by  Time  the "theater event of the year," Mary Zimmerman's  Metamorphoses  brings Ovid's tales to stunning visual life. Set in and around a large pool of water onstage,  Metamorphoses  juxtaposes the ancient and the contemporary in both language and image to reflect the variety and persistence of narrative in the face of inevitable change. 
March 28
Second Grade Escape to Nature

All-School Pep Rally
1:35 - 2:00 p.m.

March 29
First Grade Escape to Nature

Fourth Grade to Trinity Audubon Center, 9:00 a.m. - noon

Seventh Grade Grand Rounds

March 29, 30
Upper School Play, Metamorphoses , 7:00 p.m.

March 30
Shoreline Spruce Up at White Rock Lake
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Everyone is invited to join Lakehill's ninth grade class for our monthly Shoreline Spruce-up! Meet at the parking lot at West Lawther and Chapel Hill. All supplies will be provided. Breakfast will be available.

April 1
Kindergarten Escape to Nature

President's Volunteer Service Award Forms Due

April 1 - 4
ERB Testing (Grades 5-8)

April 2
Essay Writing Workshop for Juniors, 1:45 - 2:35 p.m.

April 3
Second Grade to Aesop's Fables at SMU, 8:45 - 11:45 a.m.

National Honor Society/National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony, 7:00 p.m.

April 5
End of Term 5 - Lower and Middle School

PACT, 8:00 a.m. - noon
Sophomores will take the practice ACT test.

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  reservation.

April 6
Upper School Prom
The 2019 Astroworld Lakehill Prom will be held in the Cloud 9 level of Reunion Tower on Saturday, April 6. The dance is from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. and doors close at 7:30 p.m. Formal attire is required. A five-star meal, including steak and a dessert cart, is included in the price of the ticket, and everyone must eat at Prom rather than eating out before. Tickets are $30 for singles and $50 for couples. Tickets are available for sale from Mr. Cobb, and must be purchased by March 28. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

April 7
College Previews 2019
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

April 13
White Rock Spring Games
Registration extended until March 28!
Sign up now!

Preliminary 2019-20 Calendar
Take a look at the  preliminary school calendar  for 2019-20.
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