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The Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) All-State Choir convened in Richardson on January 23-25.

Lakehill juniors Asher Chamoy and Sophia Ganson, were selected from over 700 Texas students to participate in the All-State Choir. Being selected for the All-State Choir is the highest honor bestowed upon a high school choir student.

Every November, 200 private high school students - fifty basses, fifty tenors, fifty altos, and fifty sopranos - are selected from across Texas to perform in the TPSMEA All-State Choir. The students learn eight challenging pieces on their own, then convene in Richardson to rehearse with a eminent clinician and prepare for the All-State concert, along with the All-State Orchestra, All-State Band, and All-State Jazz Band.

During the weekend, choir members attended a variety of clinics and rehearsals. After a collective seventeen and a half hours of rehearsal, students performed in a public concert on Saturday, January 25, at the Eisemann Center in Richardson.

 

Find out more about Lakehill at http://www.lakehillprep.org/.

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On Saturday, January 25, the Lakehill Bionicles participated in its second FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifier for the year at Woodrow Wilson High School. This event was their last chance to advance to the North Texas Regional Tournament. Being close to home, the team had several Lakehill families, students, and staff in the audience cheering them on.
 
The students began with the Judges' panel, which boosted their confidence. After their robot, Mata Nui, passed inspection, the rest of the day was filled with match play and additional interviews with judges. The Bionicles ended match play with a 3-2 record. 
 
The Bionicles placed in three of the five main award categories. The team earned the runner-up for the Design Award which focuses on industrial design from both an aesthetic and functional perspective. The Bionicles were also awarded runner-up for the Collins Aerospace Innovate Award focusing on innovation and out-of-the box ideas. The team was honored a third time as the runner-up for the Think Award, which focuses on the engineering design process, especially the underlying science and mathematics of the Robot design and game strategies.
 
The final award given was the prestigious Inspire Award. According to FIRST, the Inspire Award is, "given to the team that best embodies the ‘challenge’ of the FIRST Tech Challenge program. The team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and a role model FIRST team. This team is a top contender for many other judged awards and is a gracious competitor. The Inspire Award winner is an inspiration to other teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism® both on and off the playing field. This team shares their experiences, enthusiasm, and knowledge with other teams, sponsors, their community, and the judges. Working as a unit, this team will have showed success in performing the task of designing and building a Robot."
 
"Receiving first place in the Inspire Award is the highest honor at a First Tech Challenge tournament, and is the first spot that is guaranteed advancement to the North Texas Regional tournament," said co-sponsor Jennifer Herta. The team was thrilled when the emcee declared Team 14904, the Lakehill Bionicles, as the winner of the day's most coveted award.
 
The Lakehill Bionicles will advance to Regionals and once again compete for a chance to attend the World Championships in Houston, Texas in April. The North Texas Regional Tournament will take place on Saturday, February 15, at Wylie East High School. In addition to the Regional Tournament, the Bionicles will be taking part in the TAPPS Robotics competition in Waco on March 30.
 
The Lakehill Bionicles are continuing their work to make their robot, teamwork, documentation, and presentation even better. The team is grateful to Lakehill faculty, staff, and families for their continued support of the Lakehill Bionicles.
 
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Lakehill has a long tradition of community service with students who give generously of their time and talents to make an impact on their communities. Sophomore Blake Perry was recently selected as Lakehill's local honoree in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program for his outstanding volunteer efforts.

Blake collected more than $12,000 worth of children’s clothing, shoes, and school supplies that he donated to refugee children at the U.S. border with Mexico. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Blake Perry set up donation boxes at his church, Wilshire Baptist, and encouraged family and friends to donate during a presentation at a Sunday service.

"I wanted to do something to help refugees," Perry said. "This project will have a positive impact on the children who need it the most."

Sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the award recognizes outstanding community service by young Americans. State Honorees will be named in February.

"By shining a spotlight on their service, we hope that more young people will be inspired to serve their communities and make a difference to the people around them," said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld.

 

Lakehill Headmaster Roger L. Perry praised Perry for his dedication to volunteer service. "Blake sets a positive example for young people. We are extremely proud of his efforts."

Spirit of Community
 
Lakehill has a long tradition of community service with students who give generously of their time and talents to make an impact on their communities. Sophomore Blake Perry was recently selected as Lakehill's local honoree in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program for his outstanding volunteer efforts.
 
Blake collected more than $12,000 worth of children’s clothing, shoes, and school supplies that he donated to refugee children at the U.S. border with Mexico. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Blake Perry set up donation boxes at his church, Wilshire Baptist, and encouraged family and friends to donate during a presentation at a Sunday service.
 
“I wanted to do something to help refugees,” Perry said. “This project will have a positive impact on the children who need it the most.”
 
Sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the award recognizes outstanding community service by young Americans. State Honorees will be named in February.
 
"By shining a spotlight on their service, we hope that more young people will be inspired to serve their communities and make a difference to the people around them," said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld.
 
Lakehill Headmaster Roger L. Perry praised Perry for his dedication to volunteer service. "Blake sets a positive example for young people. We are extremely proud of his efforts."
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The Lakehill Preparatory School Varsity Football team raked in the post-season awards following their historic 2019 campaign. The Warriors earned a record-shattering 14 All-District awards, along with nine All-State awards.

 ALL-DISTRICT TEAM

Offense First Team

Matthew McCall - Receiver

William Leake - Center

Nathan Lewis - Quarterback

Mitchell Crow - Spreadback

Ryan Henry - Utility Back

Henry Hopkins - Kicker

 

Offense Second Team

Keegan Clendenin - Offensive Lineman

 

Defense First Team

Logan Stout - Lineman

Jonah Shaw - Linebacker

Mitchell Crow - Defensive Back

Kyeser Hall - Defensive Back

 

Defense Second Team

Gaige McKnight - Lineman

Ryan Henry - Linebacker

Jaden Lambert - Defensive Back

 

ALL-STATE TEAM

Offense First Team

Mitchell Crow - Spreadback

Ryan Henry - Utility Back

 

Offense Second Team

William Leake - Center

 

Offense Honorable Mention

Matthew McCall - Receiver

Nathan Lewis - Quarterback

 

Defense First Team

Jonah Shaw - Linebacker

Mitchell Crow - Defensive Back

 

Defense Second Team

Logan Stout - Lineman

Kyeser Hall - Defensive Back

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On November 23, Lakehill's Robotics team had its initial qualifier for FIRST Tech Challenge at the Allen STEM Center in Allen, Texas. The FIRST Robotics Competition is an international high school robotics competition that gives students real-world engineering experience. The Lakehill Bionicles (Team #14904) and their robot, Mata Nui, placed ninth out of 28 participants from across North Texas.
 
The Bionicles competed in five matches, three of which their alliance won. In each match, the team was randomly paired with an alliance partner to compete against two other teams, completing tasks such as autonomously moving a foundation for building a tower of blocks. Because they placed well in the first matches, they were chosen for an alliance in the semi-finals.
 
Unfortunately, due to a technical glitch, the team did not advance. The team also presented to judges about their design choices, programming, and Lower School STEM outreach, and was a finalist for the Collins Aerospace Innovate Award.
 
Driver Blake Perry quickly learned the qualifying format and racked up points. Programmers and Driving Coaches Sarah Smith and Ryan Douglas assisted Perry with strategy. The build team of Sumner BornJames FreemanLeo PaparoniMax Link, and Ma'Ki Shaw presented to the judges and kept the robot running. Elijah McMillan kept the team organized while Jas Sauz shot promotional video. Preston Bied and Anna Knickel scouted and networked with other teams.
 
The Bionicles' next opportunity to advance to Regionals is on January 25. Learn more about FIRST Robotics and the FIRST Tech Challenge here.
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The Lakehill Preparatory School Varsity Football team has made school history this year, and is now just one win away from a state title.
 
With a 52-6 semifinal victory over Giddings in the Semi-Finals on November 29, the Warriors are on their way to the TAPPS Six-Man Division I State Championship on Thursday. 
 
The undefeated Lakehill Warriors (12-0) will take on the Emery/Weiner Jaguars (11-1) on December 5, at 7:00 p.m. at Midway ISD’s Panther Stadium in Hewitt. 
  
Lakehill defeated Lucas Christian Academy on November 22, in the second round of the State Playoffs to claim the Regional Championship. The offense had one of its best games of the year, scoring 66 points on just 16 plays of offense. The defense also contributed, scoring 21 points.
 
The Warriors followed with a 52-6 Semifinal win on November 29, over Giddings State School. A strong running game and great blocking from the offensive line was the key to victory. Lakehill's defense once again performed as one of the better teams in the state, holding a Giddings team that averaged 40 points a game to a season low of six. 
 
Lakehill hosted a pep rally on Thursday and will have a send-off for the team on Thursday afternoon, as the Warriors aim for a state football championship. "We understand the importance of this moment," said Head Coach Jairus Mitchell. "These boys have been working hard all year. This is exactly where they wanted to be."

Thursday’s game is available on live stream at tapps.biz/tappstv.

 

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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 doesn't get much better than Fall Day Out. 
 
Brisk temperatures were no match for the students who headed to the Roger L. Perry campus on October 31, to enjoy a full day of play.
 
Students began their day with a giant game of capture the flag on the football field. Many students and teachers enjoyed fishing at the lake with Daniel Bracken helping in the catch and release. Many challenged themselves on the Ninja Warrior Wall and other inflatable games while some preferred chalk art or hopscotch. 
 
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.
 
 
About Lakehill Preparatory School
Lakehill Preparatory School guides motivated students to learn with curiosity, lead with confidence, and serve with compassion. Our challenging and nurturing educational community inspires students to become collaborative problem-solvers who live with integrity. Talented teachers, high academic standards, and the development of leadership skills in a challenging and nurturing environment are hallmarks of a Lakehill education.
 
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Lakehill Preparatory School's talented musical theater students will bring Beauty and the Beast to the Lakehill stage on Friday, November 15, and Saturday, November 16, at 7:00 p.m. A preview of the musical will be performed for students on November 15, at 9:30 a.m.

Beauty and the Beast is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton.

The musical is adapted from Walt Disney Pictures' Academy Award-winning 1991 animated musical film of the same name – which in turn is based on the classic French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. Songs include “Be Our Guest” sung by Lumiere (Luke Williams plus ensemble), “Beauty and the Beast” sung by Mrs Potts (Liz Blanchard), and “Belle” by the full company.

An arrogant young prince and his castle's servants fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who turns him into the hideous Beast (Asher Chamoy) until he learns to love and be loved in return. Belle (Sophia Ganson) is a girl who is dissatisfied with life in a small provincial French town, constantly trying to fend off the misplaced “affections” of conceited Gaston (Keegan Clendenin). A wrong turn in the woods by Maurice, Belle’s father (Jonah Shaw), causes the spirited, headstrong village girl Belle to enter the Beast's castle after he imprisons her father.

Senior Kate Benedict is the choreographer.

The performance is suitable for all ages.

Find out more or purchase tickets.

 

About Lakehill Preparatory School

Lakehill Preparatory School guides motivated students to learn with curiosity, lead with confidence, and serve with compassion. Our challenging and nurturing educational community inspires students to become collaborative problem-solvers who live with integrity. Talented teachers, high academic standards, and the development of leadership skills in a challenging and nurturing environment are hallmarks of a Lakehill education. Visit lakehillprep.org to learn more.

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Lakehill's Homecoming celebration brought many former students back to campus. Alumni gathered prior to the game on the Alumni Patio for a dinner in their honor, hosted by Rudy's "Country Store" and Bar-B-Q® .

The Homecoming Court nominees were presented at the pep rally and at the game on Friday. The Court consisted of freshman Emory Johnston, escorted by Samuel Rosen; sophomore Sydney Rutherford, escorted by Cullen McCaleb; and junior Sophia Ganson, escorted by Ryan Henry.

Senior Nominees for Homecoming Queen were Loveth Heard, escorted by Luka Varnes; Claire Howard, escorted by Logan Stout; Alanna Stern, escorted by Jonah Shaw; and Lynley Waggoner, escorted by Michael Skellie.

Alanna Stern was crowned Homecoming Queen during halftime. A special thanks to Tyler McCall, Homecoming Queen 2018, for presenting the crown, and to Lori Trent and the T-Shop for providing the flowers for the nominees.

 

Find out more about Lakehill at lakehillprep.org. Schedule a visit here.

 

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The Lakehill Preparatory School Parent Faculty Club is happy to welcome award-winning author and poet Carole Boston Weatherford to Lakehill on Friday, October 18, to share her experiences as a writer. She will speak to kindergarten through second grade at 10:00 a.m., and to third and fourth graders at 11:00 a.m. Lakehill parents are also invited to attend.

A New York Times best-selling author, Weatherford is one of the leading poets writing for young people today. She believes that poetry makes music with words. Her work also includes nonfiction, biography, and historical fiction.

Through her books and performances, her words reach millions of young readers. As a professor, she trains current and future teachers and mentors emerging writers. Her 50+ books include many award winners, including three Caldecott Honor Books: 

•             Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom (NAACP Image Award, Coretta Scott King Award, and Caldecott Honor Book)

•             Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement (Caldecott Honor Book, Sibert Honor, Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe New Talent Award, and Flora Steiglitz Straus Award from Bank Street College of Education)

•             Freedom in Congo Square (Caldecott Honor Book)