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Keegan Clendenin has been involved with Scouts since the age of eight and always dreamed of getting his Eagle Badge, the highest achievement attainable in Scouts. In order to receive the Eagle Badge, each Scout member must communicate with an organization to help build or remodel a project for them. Once the Scout finishes the project, they write a report and present it to the troop.
 
When Keegan was considering his Eagle project, he connected with Teresa Smith who owns Living the Doxie Dream in Royse City. He then visited their recently rebuilt pet sanctuary that his mother had conducted a fundraiser for. “When I visited, I noticed that they had a building, but nothing to put inside the building,” Keegan said. “There were just fences for the dogs to stay in and blankets for them to sleep on.” It was then that Keegan decided he would build dog beds for the facility. “I wanted to create something that could be used for years to come. Something substantial!”
 
For the project, Keegan began with a fundraiser where he shot a video with a green screen and then shared his project. Raising over $1,400, Keegan was able to purchase all the supplies needed. Building the dog beds took place over two weeks. “I spent about twelve hours one weekend measuring, cutting, sanding, and drilling. There was a lot of prep work before the building even started.” The following weekend, Keegan’s current troop and ten other volunteers helped him. In all, Keegan and his volunteers assembled, sanded, stained, and finished 15 beds that are 2.5 ft by 2.5 ft. “All the stains and finishes were natural and nontoxic in case any animals chewed on the wood.” 
 
On March 7, Keegan delivered the 15 dog beds to Living the Doxie Dream and he met with his unit leader that afternoon. The completion of his Eagle project was approved! The board then confirmed all requirements were met on Tuesday, March 23 and he is thrilled to announce the successful completion of the Eagle Scout Badge. 
 
Congratulations, Keegan!
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Lakehill senior Matthew McCall earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2019, only 4,879 out of nearly 1.8 million students, or fewer than half of one percent (.5 percent), who took the ACT earned the top composite score of 36. The final numbers from the 2020 testing cycle have not been reported because of later testing due to the pandemic.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science, each scored on a scale of 1–36. A student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. Matthew is the second Lakehill student in the last year to score the highest possible ACT composite score, following Preston Bied (‘20). The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam that measures what students have learned in school. Students who earn a 36 composite score have likely mastered all of the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in first-year college courses in the core subject areas.

“I completed several practice exams in preparation,” said Matthew. “I knew I was capable of scoring a 36 and was pretty excited to share the news with my family.”

In a time when there was much uncertainty and fluctuation surrounding test policies for universities across the country, Matthew persisted with his academics and test preparation in order to be an excellent candidate for the college of his choice.

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On Saturday, March 6th the Lakehill Bionicles Robotics team competed virtually in their first qualifying match of the year, hosted by Aledo High School. The day was spent completing the judged portion of the competition. The team submitted a fifteen-page Engineering Portfolio that contains an overview of their design process. They also gave a five-minute presentation to judges and completed a question and answer session. In the afternoon, several groups of judges “stopped by” the team’s breakout room to ask further questions about the development and design of the robot. The following Thursday, the team completed their six game matches which were submitted live via a cloud-based scoring system. The team did extremely well in their matches, with a high score of 94.
 
On Monday, March 15th the results of the week’s competition were released. The team made a strong showing in the scored portion of the competition, placing 6th out of the twenty teams that registered. The team also placed in three different awards. Vhisola’s dragon design impressed the judges and the Bionicles got 2nd place in the Design Award. The Design Award “recognizes design elements of the robot that are both functional and aesthetic. It is presented to teams that incorporate industrial design elements into their solution. The design could simplify the robot’s appearance by giving it a clean look, be decorative in nature, or otherwise express the creativity of the team. The robot should be durable, efficiently designed, and effectively address the game challenge.” The team also placed 2nd in the Think Award, which “is given to the team that best reflects the journey the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season. The Engineering Portfolio should include descriptions of the underlying science and mathematics of the robot design and game strategies, the designs, redesigns, successes, and opportunities for improvement.”
 
As a result of placing or being considered for multiple awards, the Lakehill Bionicles won 1st place in the coveted Inspire Award. The winner of the Inspire Award gets the first advancement spot to the North Texas Regional Championship. 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. Working as a unit, this team will have shown success in performing the task of designing and building a robot.” 
 
The Lakehill Bionicles will have one more Qualifying event before they compete in the North Texas Regional Championship in late May. Video of the Aledo competition Closing Ceremony can be viewed below.
 
Congratulations Lakehill Bionicles!
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Adventure week is a long standing Lakehill tradition. Typically, students in grades five through eight take off across the state and country on a week long road trip right before spring break. In order to uphold the tradition, Head of Middle School, Kaye Hauschild, planned a week of fun for the staff and students in the Dallas area.
 
On Monday and Tuesday, students enjoyed a day at the Dallas Zoo or participating in many activities at the Roger L. Perry campus. Activities included fishing, volleyball, basketball, laser tag, flying kites, KanJam, chess, and much more!
 
“They had a lot of fun fishing with Coach Bracken. Sophia Marshall brought her own bait and caught several fish. Ms. Kufel caught the most out of all the staff that attended,” Ms. Hauschild said while laughing. “I think the week really turned out to be exactly what we wanted, a way for our middle school students to be together, socialize, and just have fun.”
 
On Wednesday, all four grades were at the Roger L. Perry Campus. Coach Mitchell had a kickball tournament going, Ms. Tan learned to fly a kite for the first time, and Coach Neyland dominated the laser tag area set up on the football field. There was a taco and churro truck that arrived for lunch time and the snack table was never left empty.
 
A special thanks to Ms. Kaye Hauschild and all the Middle School faculty for making Adventure Week 2021 a success.
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The Lakehill Bionicles First Tech Challenge Robotics team has been working diligently all year despite the constraints of social distancing. The team started off strong in the summer by joining a group called Project Worldwide. The purpose of the group was to share STEM ideas with students around the world. The team also continued their Lower School STEM experiments and Weekly STEM Hero series highlighting a diverse set of innovators in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Be sure to follow the Bionicles on social media (@ftc14904 on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook) to learn about these exciting projects!
 
This year’s game is called Ultimate Goal. It involves a field with two “Tower Goals”, four moveable goals called “Wobble Goals”, and two sets of “Power Shots” that are reminiscent of a milk bottle game at the fair. The robot must intake and shoot orange, donut-shaped rings at these targets to score points. Upon return to school the team started by breaking down the tasks the robot would need to complete, prototyping possible solutions using the CAD software Fusion 360, and making the team’s vision a reality. Most Importantly, the team determined this year’s robot’s name: Vhisola, after the character in the Lego Bionicles series.
 
Because of the pandemic, this year’s competition is virtual. On Saturday, March 6th the team will meet at school for the competition kickoff hosted by Aledo High School. They will meet judges virtually to explain their vision for the robot and its functionality. At that time, the submission period for matches will open, and the team will have a week to submit completed matches through a cloud-based scoring system. The following Saturday, March 13th, the team will learn the results of the competition.
 
This year’s team consists of Seniors Sarah SmithMax Link, and Cade Armstrong; Juniors Page HowlandBlake PerrySumner BornIndi Esneault, and Will Gorman; Sophomores Anna Knickel, Ma’Ki Shaw, and Millie Castoldi; and Freshmen Nick Blanchard and Max Byrd. If you see the team members in the hallway, be sure to wish them good luck!
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Lakehill’s own Katie Rich ('23) has been awarded the 2020 National Horseman All-American Champion in Junior Exhibitor Pleasure Driving and the 2020 American Saddle Horse Association Saddleseat Equitation Reserve National Champion.

Katie Rich has been riding for almost ten years and recalls the first time she fell in love with being at the stables. One spring, Avery and Karen Owen mentioned a riding summer camp to Katie. She signed up and was hooked! With a big smile she expressed, “I just love it!”
 
Katie trains at Skyview Stables in Rockwall, Texas. “It is a huge time commitment. I practice four to five times a week and practice sessions are between three and four hours,” said Katie. She has seven horses at the stables and three of those are currently competitive. Training includes various workouts, lessons, and practice sessions with her trainer where Katie and the horses mimic a competition.
 
“Competitions are strenuous. I have never run track but I imagine it's the same type of stress. You hurry to warm up and then wait your turn.” Competitions are grouped by various divisions including age and horse qualifications. Horse qualifications include things like how well behaved the horse is and how beautiful the horse is. “You have a success rate at the end of the year. Success rate is determined by points gained through your placing in competitions that year.” Then a champion is crowned!
 
Katie described the Pleasure Driving competition where her horse, Cooper, is hooked up to a cart that Katie is riding in. For the Saddleseat Equitation, Katie rides her horse, Charlie.
 
Help us in congratulating Katie for her accomplishments in 2020 and wishing her luck as she moves into the new season.
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Jenny Livengood was the first person to come to Athletic Director Bob Yttredahl’s mind when the Varsity Soccer team clinched a playoff spot for the first time in program history. Coach Livengood was once a 3rd grade teacher and JV volleyball coach at Lakehill. Her true passion was always found in soccer. 
 
“She kept trying to convince me to start up a soccer program for Lakehill,” said Coach Yttredahl. “She has a true passion for the sport and wanted to share that with our kids.”
 
When the decision was made that it was time to start a school soccer program, it was offered to middle school athletes for the first two years. Once that was established, a varsity team followed. “I realized pretty quickly how popular soccer was going to be. It just goes back to one of our core values of providing opportunities for our students to excel. I am so proud of the athletes, Coach Bracken, and Coach Diego. They have worked so hard over the past several years to get to this point.”
 
The Warriors will take on Waco Vanguard in the first round of the playoffs. Join us in cheering on the Warrior Soccer team through our TAPPSTV channel. Go Warriors!
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Asher Chamoy was beaming with pride while describing his audition for Washington’s Armor, a TV series that will be released sometime in 2022. “Thanks to four years of French classes at Lakehill, I was cast for a character in Washington’s Armor and am able to speak my lines in French,” said Asher. “I am currently taking French IV, so this was a really fun opportunity to speak the language I have been learning.”
 
Washington’s Armor is about George Washington prior to the American Revolution and is set during the French and Indian War. The filming is currently taking place in Weatherford, Texas. “Call time was 7:30 in the morning,” said Asher. “We filmed for about seven hours in one day.” He went on to describe the old shoes he wore and the really neat outfit. He smiled when describing how he did the same motions over and over for the many different camera angles. “It was definitely a learning experience. I learned about camera angles, lighting, and different terms used in the film business.”
 
Asher is a senior at Lakehill and plans to attend Harvard University in the fall of 2021. He will study history, music, and theater while acting on the side.
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Last November, four Lakehill singers participated in and recorded auditions for the Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) All-State Choir. Over 800 students from more than 90 of the top private schools throughout the state of Texas entered the competition by submitting a recording. Being selected for the TPSMEA All-State Choir is the highest honor a Texas private school vocal music student can receive. There are two rounds of judging, the first of which is the All-Region choir.
 
This past weekend, three Lakehill singers were a part of the TPSMEA Region One Choir workshop and concert. They are Sarah Ganson (‘24), Sophia Ganson (‘21), and Keegan Clendenin (‘21). Keegan was selected for the All-State Choir while Sarah and Sophia were selected to the All-Region Choir. TPSMEA decided to hold a Region event to celebrate the accomplishments of these students. The two day event was held at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano and about ninety students participated. The large sanctuary allowed for the choir to be spaced out properly and for the students to present a thirty minute concert. “It was so rewarding to hear live choral music,” said Choir Director Tracy Herron. “The sanctuary seats 7,000 people, so everyone was safe and able to enjoy the thirty minute presentation.”
 
Congratulations to Sarah, Sophia, and Keegan!
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Since Lakehill was founded, the heart and soul of the school’s mission has been to develop young people to live with integrity and to serve with compassion. Lakehill Headmaster Roger L. Perry has been leading this mission for 47 years, serving both the Lakehill and East Dallas community.
 
When COVID-19 hit the Dallas area, Lakehill students were committed to supporting the execution of Lakehill’s mission. However, considering the extenuating circumstances of COVID-19, students had to remain mindful of their activities and the potential impact on the Dallas community. Organizations like National Honor Society (NHS), National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), and Student Council have been meeting during the school year to determine how they can be creative and continue to make an impact.
 
Projects completed include but are not limited to:
 
  • Shoreline Spruce Up, White Rock Lake Adopt a Shoreline: One Saturday each month, all Lakehill students are invited to clean Lakehill’s adopted shoreline at White Rock Lake. Students meet at 9:00 am at the West Lawther and Chapel Hill parking lot. Join us on February 20. 
  • Clothing Collection for Austin Street Shelter: For people experiencing homelessness, Austin Street Center has been a light of hope for over 37 years in the North Texas area. Lakehill students collected clothing and donated it to Austin Street Center this school year.
  • “Everything but the turkey” Canned Food Drive: During the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, Middle School students collected canned foods to be donated for those in need for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

  • Parade of Gifts: Lower School students collected more gifts than ever before for Lakehill’s annual Holiday Parade which benefited underprivileged Dallas-area children. Collected toys, books, and games were donated to the Wilkinson Center and Hope Supply Company for delivery to homeless and low-income children just in time for the holidays. Additional gifts were supplied to the Community Partners of Dallas Rainbow Room. The Rainbow Room partners with Child Protective Services year-round to ensure that children and parents who are in need of protection have the clothes, food, and toys needed to reset and restart after a traumatic experience.

Currently, Upper School is working with White Rock Center of Hope for a Clothes, Cans, and Cloth Drive. To donate, students should bring items into school and place them in the proper donation bin. There are three donation locations: the Lower School entrance, the Middle School entrance, and the Main Entrance by the front desk. One box will be for clothes, linens, and coats, and the other box will be for canned items. For a specific list of needs, please click the button below.

Thanks for your support in helping Lakehill’s mission thrive!