Lakehill Preparatory School
The Warrior Weekly

Volume 10, Issue 34
May 17, 2018
Lower School Enjoys Field Day
In Lakehill's Lower School, it doesn't get much better than Field Day. With excitement high and a glorious sunny day, Lower School parents came out in force to put on a field day to be remembered. 
Dressed in class shirts proudly displaying their team names, students started the event with their class cheers. The afternoon was full of fun new games, including water balloon launching, tug-of-war, and a Dunk Tank with Mr. Trout. Most of all, the children enjoyed being outside in the warm weather and having fun with their friends.
Students finished the day with icy treats, served with style from a real Paleta cart. Thanks to organizers Tricia Neerman and Stacie Smith and their team of parent volunteers who manned the events, everything ran smoothly and was great fun.  
See more photos from Field Day here.
Well Wishers Gather at Retirement Reception
Faculty and staff gathered at the White Rock Boat Club on May 10, to celebrate the careers of two beloved Lakehill administrators: Lara Gajkowski and Mark Kidder

"These two exceptional members of the administrative team have left an indelible mark on our school and they will be missed tremendously," said Headmaster Roger Perry.

Lakehill congratulates these esteemed individuals on this milestone, thanks them for their amazing service to Lakehill, and wishes them well in their much-deserved retirement!
Prom Dresses
The Sisteens are collecting new and gently used formal dresses this week on behalf of the Prom Shop Project. Bins are located throughout the school.

Nine years ago, Kim Peters started the Prom Shop Project in Dallas, Texas, to provide new or gently used dresses to girls in need. In 2001, just 75 dresses were donated. Today, Peters's organization also serves Austin and San Antonio and takes in thousands of dresses. 

"We thought it would be a special project, to share our favorite moments with others by sharing our prom dresses," said Liz Blanchard, a member of the Sisteens Spring Service Committee. "We wanted the girls who received our dresses to feel like they were on top of the world." Blanchard says she hopes the group will continue the project each spring.

Around Campus: Student Groups Lead, Serve, Write

Sisteens Donate Birthday Boxes for Children
The Sisteens recently donated ten birthday boxes to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Inside the birthday boxes were small gifts and birthday decorations. Gifts were purchased with the funds generated from the group's Valentine’s Day Carnation sales. The mission of Children’s Medical Center of Dallas is to make life better for children, making sure they have access to the latest medical treatments and procedures and state-of-the art equipment and technology.

By Natalie Sevilla and Loveth Heard, Sisteens

PASF Makes Donation to Cystic Fibrosis, Puerto Rico
The Pan American Student Forum (PASF) raised $1600 this year through the sale of baked goods, tamales, and cascarones. Their efforts resulted in a donation of $800 to two organizations close to the group: Cystic Fibrosis Research in memory of Lakehill alumna Hayley Wester, and Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico.

Junior's Work Selected for Professional Literary Journal
Junior Vanya Suchan recently had an essay that she completed for her A.P. American Literature class accepted to the Adelaide Literary Magazine, a professional literary journal. Those reading her article are professional academics and specialists in the field. Her writing, according to the journal, is of post-graduate quality. Suchan wrote and work-shopped her paper in her junior English class over the period of several months and then submitted it to a number of journals. It will be published both in print and digitally in their next volume. 

"In her to-be published paper, Ms. Suchan's creative and literary voice grapples with the essential difficulties of human existence through negotiating a dialogue between the beatnik poet Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl' and film director May Harron's American Psycho," said English teacher Michael Jones."I am happy and humbled to have had the opportunity to work with such a talented thinker and writer on this project."

"I have known for a long time that I want to be a writer," said Suchan. "This process really solidified that desire for me and gave me confidence that I can make it in the world as a writer. There's a saying that if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. Nothing would make me happier than doing this."

Suchan was previously published in The Dallas Morning News as part of their Storytellers without Borders program for young journalists.

Read Suchan's submission here, available on May 22.
Students Celebrate Successful Year
The Upper School Performing Arts Banquet, a wonderful evening of memories and awards, was held in the Courtyard at Lakehill's Main Campus on May 11.
Honors and awards were presented to students involved in Lakehill Choir, Drama, and Musical Theater.

The tradition of wearing the gypsy robe was awarded to junior  Macy Ellis.  

Many thanks to Debra Neill for the photos from the Performing Arts Banquet.
Sophomore Competes in National Triathlon
Sophomore Hamed El-Feky completed his first high school national triathlon on April 27, 2018, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The 2018 USA Triathlon High School National Championships was hosted in conjunction with the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships. The race distances for a Sprint Triathlon are a 750-meter swim, 21.45-kilometer bike, and a five-kilometer run.

USA Triathlon announced a few days before the race that the course for all races would be shifted from a triathlon (swim-bike-run) to a duathlon (run-bike-run) to ensure athlete safety. Heavy rainfall in Tuscaloosa in the week prior to the event led to the Holt Dam spillway gates being opened by local officials to avoid flooding. Heightened volume in the Black Warrior River necessitated that the gates remain open through race weekend, resulting in overly strong currents that were deemed unsafe for swimming.

El-Feky practiced an average of two hours per day to prepare for the race, focusing on the open water swim. His goals were to swim at a pace of 1:25 minute per 100 meters, bike at 20 miles per hour, and keep a pace of 6:45 minutes per mile on the run, consistent with the times for the 25th ranked participant in the 2017 nationals. El-Feky reached these goals in the weeks prior to the event. The change in the structure of the race, plus a cramp during the bike portion, put him in 53rd position out of 79 competitors.

El-Feky plans to better his finish next year, and will compete in the Sprint National Age Group Championships on August 12, in Cleveland, Ohio, to give him more experience on the national stage. 

"Even with the changes to the race format, it was an amazing experience to compete in an event of this caliber," said El-Feky. "The competitive atmosphere was entirely different from anything I had done before. I can't wait to race again."
Sports Snippets

All-District Baseball and Softball
Ten Lady Warriors were recently selected for All-District Honors in Softball. 

Lovely Lopez, Macy Ellis, and Loveth Heard were selected for First Team All-District honors. 

Katie Anne Eastus, Tyler McCall, Montgomery Rotellini, and Claire Howard made Second Team All-District. Kate Langley, Haley Lopez, and Maya Ariss received Honorable Mention.

Eastus, McCall, and Rotellini were also named Academic All-State.

Ten Warriors were selected for All-District Honors in Baseball. Gerard Franklin, Jonathan Kelley,

and Toni Perez-Stark were selected for First Team All-District honors. 

Jake Aron, Warren Lester, Nathan Lewis, and Matthew McCall made Second Team All-District. 

Josh Aron, Christian Druebert, and Logan Stout received All-District Honorable Mention.

Kelley, Lester, and Perez-Stark were recognized with Academic All-State honors.
Spring Into Summer
Summer right around the corner. Have you signed your kids up for Lakehill Summer Camps?

Space is filling quickly for Summer 2018. Nearly 1,000 registrations have already been received! Be sure to register soon to make sure your camps are available!

With 80 different camps for all grade levels in every area imaginable, this is one summer you don't want to miss!

Check out the  2018 Summer Camps Guide.

Find out more about our Summer Camps programs.
A Gift with Lasting Impact
To close out the school year, consider making a donation in honor of a favorite Lakehill graduate, student, or faculty or staff member.

Make a tribute donation today - be sure to include instructions so we can send a special acknowledgement to the honoree.

Create a lasting tribute with an  Alumni or Honor Brick for the Legacy Plaza at the Roger L. Perry Campus. 
Book Buyback
The Book Buyback for grades 2-5 will be held Friday, May 18, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The Buyback for grades 6-12 will be Wednesday, May 23, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Follow the simple steps to sell back your textbooks with ease and confidence. 

Shop 'Til You Drop

Spirit Shop
Visit the Spirit Shop this week and get 50% off all apparel.

Don't forget to check out the new, hand-made jewelry!

What's Happening?

Important Information from the Business Office:
All 2017-2018 accounts, including After School Care through April, must be paid in full no later than Friday, May 18, to avoid a potential delay in receiving final grades/records/transcripts for the year.

Tuition for the 2018-2019 school year (either full payment or first monthly payment) is due on Friday, June 1. Late fees will apply for payments received after June 10.

After School Care bills for May will be mailed in the first week of June. Parents are encouraged to make sure their accounts are clear over the summer to avoid any outstanding issues at the start of the 2018-19 school year.

Please contact Bruce McCoskey, Lakehill's Business Manager, at 214.826.2931, ext 107, or if you have any questions.

May 16 - 18
Reclamation Days, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Don't miss this last opportunity to replace lost backpacks, books, clothing, and lunch bags!
All items that remain at the end of the day on Friday will be donated to charity.

May 17
Middle School Awards Ceremony, 2:00 p.m.

Athletic Banquet (ESC), 6:00 p.m.

May 18
Last Day of School for K-5

Book Buyback , Grades 2-5, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Upper School Awards Ceremony, 11:00 a.m.

Upper School Celebration, 12:30 p.m.

May 20
Baccalaureate (ESC) 2:00 p.m.

May 21-23
Get the Exam Schedule

May 22
Senior Internship Interviews, 9:00 - 1:30 a.m.

May 23
Book Buyback , Grades 6-12, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Graduation Rehearsal for Juniors and Seniors, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

May 25
Commencement Ceremony, 7:30 p.m.

June 4 - August 3
Lakehill Summer Camps

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