Lakehill Preparatory School
The Warrior Weekly

Volume 10, Issue 21
February 8, 2018
Franklin Signs National Letter of Intent
Lakehill senior athlete Gerard Franklin signed a letter of intent on February 7, National Signing Day, to play football at the college level. Franklin will play for the Texas A&M - Commerce Lions, the 2017 Division II National Championship team.

Franklin is a Lakehill Lifer, having attended since kindergarten. He led this year's Warrior football team to the state playoffs, was recognized with First and Second Team All-District and Second Team All-State honors, and was named the District Offensive Player of the Year.

Franklin was celebrated in a special ceremony on February 7, as coaches, administrators, family, and friends gathered to cheer him on. In a heartfelt statement, he personally thanked those who had supported him on his journey.

"I have known Gerard since he was a five-year-old in our kindergarten," said Headmaster Roger Perry. "I am impressed by his consistent efforts to give his all in every endeavor and to be a positive role model for others. It has been exciting to watch him play sports, and a real pleasure to see him grow up into a remarkable young man. He truly epitomizes the spirit of a Lakehill Warrior."

Congratulations to this outstanding student-athlete!

Read more here and here.
Serving Others
Lakehill's commitment to serving others took on a new dimension on February 2, with the school's seventh annual Upper School Day of Service. 

While eighth graders were busy learning more about high school during Freshman Visit Day, Upper School students headed out to a variety of locations to lend a helping hand in their community. Students and faculty logged nearly 500 hours of service before returning to campus for a celebratory lunch and pep rally.

The freshman class worked with Hope Supply Co., sorting and packing hundreds of containers of formula and thousands of diapers for homeless children, while sophomores visited and played Bingo with senior citizens at The Brady Center. "You don't think about how important an eraser or a pencil sharpener could be, until you realize so many children don't have any," said  Kathryn Mahan, Freshman Class President, who enjoyed packing backpacks at Hope Supply Co. Gaige McKnight enjoyed playing Bingo and visiting with senior citizens at the Brady Center. "I met a woman who spoke limited English and, with the help of Google Translate, was able to share a conversation with her."

Juniors sorted onions at the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), packing three pallets with more than 1,748 pounds of food, enough for 1,457 meals, for hungry North Texas families. "I am full of gratitude and thankful to have the opportunity to help people in need," said Julia Bartholow.

Seniors joined forces with Reading Partners, to provide tutoring to students in two under-served elementary schools in DISD. "Volunteering with Reading Partners was such a rewarding experience," said senior  Toni Stark-Perez. "The children were shy, at first, but it was inspiring to see them gain confidence and start reading along." 

See  more pictures from Upper School Day of Service.
Teams Name Basketball Beau and Sweetheart
Lakehill put their school spirit on display at the All-School Pep Rally on February 2. Katie Anne Eastus , Georgia Ferguson , Tyler McCall , and Judy Zhu were presented as nominees for Basketball Sweetheart, while Eli Buxt , Gerard Franklin , Luke Jerome , and Toni Perez-Stark were recognized as nominees for Basketball Beau.
Toward the end of each basketball season, it is a Lakehill tradition to select students who are the basketball teams' number one fans. The Sweetheart is selected by the boys' basketball team, and the Beau is selected by the girls' basketball team. Franklin and Zhu were announced as Basketball Beau and Sweetheart between the Varsity Basketball games on Friday night. 

Basketball Players of the Day, fourth grader Cece Degeyter and first grader Harrison White , were recognized at the Pep Rally. They spent time on the court with the teams at Friday night's games.

Sixth grader Lily Bracken was featured as the Soccer Player of the Day at the Pep Rally and Friday night's soccer game. The coveted Players of the Day are sold at Lakehill's Benefit Auction each year.

See more pictures from the Pep Rally.
Kindergarten Celebrates 100 Days
Kindergarten students celebrated the 100th day of school this week. Students dressed like 100-year-olds, made special "I am Having a Happy 100th Day!" posters, and enjoyed a special snack. The handwriting on display in the hallway also tells what the children think they will be doing when they are 100.

In addition to their week-long celebration, kindergarten students also shared their special week with others, collecting 100 toys to be donated to Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Croissants for a Cause
Lakehill students celebrated National Croissant Day with a French Club fundraiser for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). Students celebrated the pastry day with plain and dark-chocolate-filled croissants, with a variety of delicious toppings.

The French Club raised more than $100, specifically to help the international organization address urgent medical needs in the francophone country Haiti.
Auction Update
Join us at the 2018 Auction Gala, Monte Carlo by Moonlight , on Saturday, March 3, at 7:00 p.m. on the 42nd floor of the Tower at Cityplace.

Many thanks to Matthew Trent for the generous donation of gold Romeo diamond hoops to the live auction. Their continued support of Lakehill through the years is greatly appreciated.

Play in the casino for a chance to win one of two fabulous prizes. For every $1,000 in chips you cash in (every guest starts with $500 in chips), you will be entered in a drawing. The more you play, the more chances you can earn.

Planning a trip to Disney World? Four Park Hopper Passes, valued at $630 and good until January 2020, are in the drawing.

Remember playing with Tonka trucks? Bring your childhood dream to life at Extreme Sandbox. Take the controls of full-sized construction equipment: lifting cars, throwing tires, and maneuvering through an obstacle course, in their Dueling Adventures package ($500 value). This once-in-a-lifetime experience could be yours if your name is drawn. 

Tickets for this not-to-be-missed event are on sale now. Tickets are $125 and include dinner, drinks, dessert, and fun!

Visit for more details and the link to purchase tickets.
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: Warren Lester
Warren Lester is a Lakehill Lifer, having attended Lakehill Preparatory School for 13 years. His favorite memories are of being at Lakehill during the grand opening of the Environmental Science Center, the expansion of its Main Campus, and the school's 40th anniversary celebration.

While at Lakehill, Warren has participated in many sports, including football, basketball, baseball, and cross country. He has also been in several clubs, such as Ultimate Frisbee, Debate, Student Ambassadors, Shakespeare and Friends, and Sticker Club. He is a member of the National Honor Society and serves on Student Council. Warren has been involved in Musical Theater, where he played King Arthur in Camelot and was the voice of Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, and Drama.

Warren's favorite classes include Math, Science, English, Musical Theater, and Drama.

Warren has applied to Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve, University of Virginia, University of Pittsburgh, Rice, University of Texas, and Texas A&M. He plans to double major in mechanical engineering and theater. He aspires to be hired by a Fortune 500 company for engineering.

His advice to young Warriors is, “Do what you love and have fun doing it.” 

By Keegan Clendenin, ninth grade
Sports Snippets


Middle School Boys (Seventh Grade) Basketball
The Middle School Boys Seventh Grade Basketball team had their last game of the season on February 6, against Dallas Thunder. Lakehill finished strong with a 39-28 win to cap-off the season.  Jon Paul Maney scored 15 points, Hayden Bauer and Arthur Cirillo scored nine points each, Noah Kohn contributed four, and Murray Smith added two.  Kole Cannon was in double digits with rebounds.

Middle School Boys (IAA) Basketball
The eighth grade Boys Basketball team's season came to an end on February 3, with a 26-33 loss to Dallas International in the second round of the IAA Playoffs. It was a defensive game as each team held the other to well below their season averages. The Warriors were led in scoring by Mitchell Crow and Alex Dondis with nine points each. Brett Peacock contributed six points. Landon Burt was easily the defensive player of the game as he kept Dallas International's 6'6" post in check and held him to only four points. 

"The boys had a very successful season," said Coach Bob Yttredahl. "I am so proud of how hard they worked and their mature approach to the game. We are excited about what is ahead for these future high school Warriors!"

Varsity Girls Basketball
The Varsity Girls Basketball team lost a close game on February 2, to Dallas Covenant. The Lady Warriors were down 22–21 with a minute remaining. Covenant hit their remaining free throws to win, 26–21. The Warriors were led in scoring by freshmen Krista Carlson and Hayden Yoss with seven points each. Sophomore Zuri Williams set a season high for rebounds in a game with 21.

On February, 5 Lakehill defeated Rockwall Heritage, 42–38.The team was led in scoring by Carlson with 16 points and Alana Stern with 10. Both Carlson and Stern made three three-pointers in the game. 

According to Vaughn, sophomores Lynley Waggoner, Ryan Douglas, and Williams have been "beasts" on defense, with impressive rebounding. Junior Tyler McCall has been steady in each game, both offensively and defensively on the court. 

The Lady Warriors have one game remaining. They play at home against Cristo Rey this Friday night at 6:30 p.m., and will honor Judy Zhu during the Senior Night festivities.

Varsity Boys Basketball
The Varsity Boys Basketball team enjoyed a huge district win on Monday against Rockwall Heritage, 57-50. They played their most complete game of the year with three players scoring in double figures. The Warriors were led by Gerard Franklin with 18 points, Ryan Henry with 13, and Luke Jerome with 10. The Warriors take on Cristo Rey on Friday, February 9. Game time is 8:00 p.m. Seniors Franklin and Toni Perez-Stark will honored during Senior Night. Come out and support the Warriors!


Middle School Soccer
The Middle School Soccer team lost to Covenant, 4-1, on February 1. The first half was exciting with Avery Owen scoring the Warriors' only goal on a pass from James McKinney. Covenant tied it up several minutes later, and scored twice in the second half to finish the game.

On February 2, Lakehill defeated TCA Cedar Hill, 6-0. Kayla Ristianto had two goals and an assist, while Ethan Gaertner had a goal and two assists. Hannah Reister and James McKinney had a goal each, and Harris Jones had an assist.

The Warriors finished the season with a 7-2 record. 

Varsity Soccer
Lakehill defeated Dallas Lutheran, 6-2, on February 2. Lakehill scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the game and maintained most of the possession for the rest of the first half, leading 3-1. The second half was much like the first, resulting in three Lakehill goals and only one for Lutheran to leave the game at 6-2.

Logan Stout had two goals, while Luka Varnes had a goal and an assist. Ben Gillman, Ben Palmer, and Hamed El-Feky each had one goal, and William Leake had an assist. Warren Lester performed well in goal, while Jonathan Kelley and Jason Herron were strong on defense.

Seniors Arjun Agrawal, Christian Druebert, Kelley, and Lester were honored for Senior Night.

Lakehill played an exciting match against Shelton on February 3, losing 7-5 after penalty kicks.

The Warriors scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the game. The teams traded goals and Shelton scored again, leaving it 3-2 at the half. The second half remained a stalemate until Shelton scored twice to take the lead, 4-3. Leake scored to tie the game in the last minute of regular play. The game then was decided on penalty kicks, with Shelton outscoring Lakehill three to one.

More than 460 rowers from 30 high school and club teams visited Jesuit Dallas on February 3, for the annual S.W.E.A.T. Indoor Regatta, the southwest regional qualifier for the C.R.A.S.H.-B. World Indoor Rowing Championships. This year's event featured top athletes from around the region vying for a chance to compete in the March world championship event.
S.W.E.A.T. – which stands for Southwest Ergometer Amateur Tournament – is an indoor regatta run completely on ergometers, or "ergs". Each competitor rows 2000 meters on the erg machine, and athletes with the best times have an opportunity to attend the C.R.A.S.H.-B. regatta held in Boston on February 25, 2018.

Lakehill sophomore Anders Ekstrom, rowing with Dallas United Crew, competed in the Men's Junior division of the race. He won his heat with a time of 6:55.5, going sub-seven and setting a new personal record. 

Lakehill rowers Ekstrom and Connor Alexander are preparing for the start of the sprint racing season which begins on February 18, in Austin. 
What's Happening?

February 9
PFC General Meeting , 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.

February 10
Shoreline Spruce-Up at White Rock Lake, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Sadie Hawkins Winter Informal (Upper School)
8:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Upper School Student Council is hosting their first Sadie Hawkins dance on Saturday, February 10, from 8:00-11:00 p.m. in the school gym. From the giant blow-up obstacle course, to good music, and a lot of dancing, it's an event Upper School students won't want to miss! Ticket prices for singles are $20 and $35 for couples. Suggested dress is a favorite jersey and jeans.

February 13
Third Grade Living Wax Museum, 2:00 - 2:50 p.m.

February 15
Tribe Meetings, 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.

Roman Banquet (7th & 8th grade)

February 16 - 19
Winter Break (No School)

February 22 
Fourth Grade Mini Musical, Shh, We're Writing the Constitution , 10:30 a.m. 

February 24 
WOO Service Project with Crossroads Community Services, 9:30 a.m. - noon 
Meet at Lakehill at 9:30 a.m. Bus transportation will be provided.

February 23
Box Tops Due!
Look for Box Tops for Education on participating products, cut them out, and turn them in to your child's teacher by February 23. The class that collects the most will earn a class party! Please bundle your Box Tops in groups of 10 or 50 using a sealable bag or envelope. All Box Tops must have a visible expiration date. 

February 23-25
Middle School State Debate (Austin)

March 3 - Save the Date!
Lakehill Benefit Auction: Midnight in Monte Carlo

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