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Lakehill Preparatory School seventh grader Luke Stout, who elected to take the SAT as part of the Duke University Seventh Grade Talent Search, recently received State Recognition for his efforts. 
 
The Duke University Seventh Grade Talent Search identifies academically talented seventh graders based on their standardized test scores. Candidates are then invited to complete either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT Assessment college entrance examination. The goal is to provide them with information about their abilities while introducing them to a network of services and enrichment programs.  

Stout will be honored on May 17 at a Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) State Recognition Ceremony at the University of North Texas. He will also participate in a Duke TIP Summer Program, studying Algebra I at Austin College. 
 
For more information about Lakehill preparatory School, visit lakehillprep.org.
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Lakehill Preparatory School seventh grader Luke Stout, who elected to take the SAT as part of the Duke University Seventh Grade Talent Search, recently received State Recognition for his efforts. 
 
The Duke University Seventh Grade Talent Search identifies academically talented seventh graders based on their standardized test scores. Candidates are then invited to complete either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT Assessment college entrance examination. The goal is to provide them with information about their abilities while introducing them to a network of services and enrichment programs.  

Stout will be honored on May 17 at a Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) State Recognition Ceremony at the University of North Texas. He will also participate in a Duke TIP Summer Program, studying Algebra I at Austin College. 
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Lakehill's National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) held a combined Induction Ceremony on April 18 in Lakehill's Charles Wyly Auditorium. NHS President Salma El-Feky and NJHS President Claire Howard plus officers assisted with the presentation. Headmaster Roger Perry offered his appreciation for the efforts members have made throughout the year, and the example they set for others.

Nineteen new members were inducted into the Warrior Chapter of the NHS, an honor society for students in grades 10 to 12. Students must have a 3.5 GPA for the previous three semesters to be eligible for membership. The NHS Faculty Council then reviews each eligible student's application for character, service, and positive leadership.

This year's inductees are Charity Abengowe, Connor Alexander, Brandon Bartholow, Julia Bartholow, Eli Buxt, Joanna Chen, Gerard Franklin, Ben Gillman, Greg Gillman, Kumail Imam, Kate Langley, Tyler McCall, Elizabeth Motes, Ben Palmer, Antoni Perez-Stark, Justin Reed, Montgomery Rotellini, Amy Tang, and Dylan Welch.

Nineteen students were inducted into Lakehill's Golden Arrow Chapter of NJHS. To be considered, students must have attended Lakehill for three semesters and maintain a 3.3 GPA. Those selected must demonstrate outstanding scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship, and character.

This year's inductees include seventh-grade students Ella Berry, Claire Blomquist, Charlie Borowczak, Ava Cunningham, Lucie Daudelin, Madison Deason, Alexander Dondis, Megan Gillman, Brooke Granado, Henry Hopkins, Macy Moskovic, Spencer Neill, Prahlad Pant, Brett Peacock, Blake Perry, Mara Sandberg, Graysen Walker, and Laurel Way, and eighth grader Christian Barefoot.

Congratulations to these outstanding students.

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Lakehill is not afraid to confront uncomfortable subjects such as racism and the Holocaust in its curriculum. The Lakehill community is lucky. Very few of have had to encounter the segregation, discrimination, and religious persecution that is discussed in the classroom. However, these are not abstracts confined to textbooks. 
 
At an assembly for students in sixth through twelfth grade, Max Glauben, a Holocaust survivor, shared his testimony about actions which we consider impossible, yet are, indeed, possible. For almost an hour, Glauben shared his experiences between the ages of 11, when the Nazis invaded his homeland, Poland, and 15, when American troops liberated  him and others during a death march to Dachau. His story provided his audience with a powerful example of the indomitable human spirit and the will to survive.

Glauben has been sharing his story with audiences for more than 30 years, representing not only himself, but also the more than one million Jewish children who perished during the Holocaust. He left his Lakehill audience with three pieces of advice: 1) to never, never, never give up; 2) to remember that your brain is the most important computer you have; and 3) to speak out against injustice and not be a bystander.
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A breezy day, a kite, and a kid - a Saturday morning at its finest. This old-school pastime became a new favorite for hundreds of students from Bayles Elementary and their families during this year's annual Kite Day celebration on April 8.
 
The fields at Lakehill's Roger L. Perry Campus provided the perfect location. Volunteers handed out 500 kites and offered guidance to novice kite fliers and their families. The Lion's Club fired up the grill to serve a hot dog lunch to all who attended.
  
As the sky came alive with hundreds of colorful, dancing kites, spirits soared back on the ground.
 
To find out more about Lakehill Preparatory School, please visit lakehillprep.org.
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Mu Alpha Theta (Mathematics), Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (Spanish), Société Honoraire de Français (French), Rho Kappa (Social Studies), Science National Honor Society, and International Thespian Society, six of Lakehill's student honor societies, held their induction ceremonies on April 12 in Lakehill's Charles Wyly Auditorium. These groups welcomed 60 inductees into their illustrious ranks. The ceremony was led by faculty sponsors Susie Brigham, Joan Mayo, Tamra Badgett, Jamie Thorne, Jeremy Holman, and Mark Guerra.

Membership in Mu Alpha Theta at Lakehill is reserved for juniors and seniors who have maintained a "B" average or better in all math classes. French and Spanish honorees must complete at least three years of the language and maintain an average of 3.5 or higher. Rho Kappa honorees must have completed four semesters of Social Studies, and maintain a 3.0 overall and a 3.5 in all high school Social Studies classes. 

Membership in the Science National Honor Society is awarded to juniors and seniors who have maintained a 3.0 in all coursework, have taken or are enrolled in at least one Honors or AP Science class (juniors) or one Honors course and one AP course, or two AP courses (seniors), and maintain a 3.5 average in all science courses. Members inducted into the International Thespian Society have completed at least 100 hours of high school theater experience, either on stage or behind the scenes. Members of these highly regarded organizations wear honor cords at graduation. 

Inductees to the International Thespian Society were freshmen Elizabeth BlanchardThea GillilandMia MilitelloJonah Shaw, and Alanna Stern, sophomores Sarah Bradley and Anna Somodevilla, and juniors Jacob Besser and Reese Brown.
 
Mu Alpha Theta honorees were seniors Charity AbengoweZac AaronKelly CarlsonAlex Tracy, and Jenson Zhou, and juniors Arjun AgrawalShelby BrittonGerard FranklinArthur HuJonathan KelleyWarren LesterLovely LopezSteven MurffAshley PeacockToni Perez-StarkDayton SteinbachAmy TangRegan YuanJudy Zhu, and Ryan Zhu.

This year's Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica inductees were seniors Noah BernsteinZain ImamCharlie Pippen, and McKinney Waggoner.

Seniors Claire CrowTillie McCoskeyChambliss PiersonAbi Price, and Lily Turner were inducted into the Société Honoraire de Français. 

Rho Kappa inductees were seniors Noah BernsteinKelly Carlson, and Blake Farokhnia, juniors Lauren BushJonathan KelleySteven Murff, and Ashley Peacock, and sophomores Eli BuxtBen GillmanKumail ImamKate LangleyTyler McCallElizabeth Motes, and Montgomery Rotellini.

The newly-inducted members of the Science National Honor Society are juniors Reese BrownLauren BushWarren LesterSteven MurffAshley PeacockAmy TangRegan Yuan, and Judy Zhu.

Inductees to the International Thespian Society were freshmen Elizabeth BlanchardThea GillilandMia MilitelloJonah Shaw, and Alanna Stern, sophomores Sarah Bradley and Anna Somodevilla, and juniors Jacob Besser and Reese Brown.
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Audiences took delight in the Upper School Drama Department's performance of Kate Hamill's adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, which lit up the Lakehill stage under the skilled direction of Mark Guerra. 

Sense and Sensibility is a social comedy of manners, giving us a glimpse into 18th century social circles. The story follows 
 
An elegant and poised Waggonner was gracious, restrained, and noble in her suffering as Elinor. Milatello gave a glowing performance as Marianne, spontaneous and emotional, flinging herself into everything from reciting Shakespeare to romance.
 
Noah Bernstein was a charming scoundrel as Marianne's love interest, John Willoughby. Elinor's affections lie with Edward Ferrars (made delightfully awkward byCharlie Pippen), a dear family friend whose choice of a bride lays firmly in the iron fist of his rich, elderly relative. Warren Lester and Tillie McCoskey were over-the-top sensational as Sir John Middleton and Mrs. Jennings.
 
Macy EllisDylan WelchElizabeth BlanchardBraden BurtElizabeth Motes,Thea GillilandAlanna SternKira WillisJustin ReedKumail ImamGeorge ChengJohn Hirata, and Anna Somodevilla rounded out the ensemble.

"Working on this show was a challenge because the subject matter is of very mature nature, but I was impressed with how the actors were able to embody these wonderful characters and really tell the story that Jane Austen gave us," said Guerra.
 
For a play about behaving yourself and practicing decorum, Sense and Sensibility was filled with unrestrained freshness and life. 
 
For more information about Lakehill, contact lakehillprep.org.
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On April 3, Visual Arts Chair Scott Boles took 22 selected works of art created by Lakehill Preparatory School visual art students in his drawing, painting, computer graphics, and sculpture classes and Cat Huitt's ceramics and weaving classes to Waco, Texas for the 2017 TAPPS State Art Championship competition.  
 
Sophia Liu won overall Individual State Champion with the most points by a competitor with 68 points. Liu also garnered a first place gold medal in each of the following categories: senior portfolio, drawing black and white, drawing color, communication design, 2D mixed media, and painting (first and second place).
 
Competing against 18 other Division 3A schools from the state of Texas, seven Lakehill students placed high enough to accumulate 87 points and earn the State Championship Runner-up title.  
 
Lakehill students won eight medals an d six ribbons in the seven categories they entered. They competed against a total of 327 entries for all the categories they were in. 
Other winners from Lakehill include:
Lauren Luna: fifth place, Communication Design; honorable mention, Senior Portfolio
Steven Murff: third place, Sculpture
Kelly Carlson: sixth place, Textile Arts
Shelby Britton: honorable mention, Textile Arts
Christian Druebert: eighth place, Textile Arts
Amy Tang: fourth place, Communication Design
 
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On March 2, Lakehill Preparatory School's seventh and eighth grade musical theater students brought Guys and Dolls, Jr. to the Lakehill stage.

An adaptation of the show considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Frank Loesser's brassy, immortal score and witty book makes the show a perennial crowd-pleaser.

Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls, Jr. introduces us to colorful characters who have become musical theater legends: Sarah Brown, the upright, but uptight "mission doll"; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, a nightclub performer whose chronic flu is brought on by the fact she's been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiancé, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating dice game.

 
Keegan Clendenin led the outstanding cast as Sky Masterson. His singing voice and stage presence were perfectly in tune. Christian Barefoot displayed a spot-on city accent and great comic timing as Nathan Detroit. Zoe Williams was an endearing Sarah Brown, and Ella Berry was a showstopper as Miss Adelaide. 

 

Other notable performers include both Asher Chamoy and Spencer Neill as Nicely-Nicely Johnson and Benny Southstreet. Chamoy provided a strong rendition of the classic number "Sit Down You're Rockin' The Boat." Matthew McCall was a terrific Big Jule, and Marissa Rubio was strong as General Cartwright. Mika Davis gave a convincing performance as Police Lt. Brannigan, on a mission to determine the location of the nightly crap game. The Mission Band members and the Hot Box girls all had their moment to shine.

 

The musical was co-directed by Linda Booth and Tracy Herron. "Guys and Dolls, although written in 1950, is a timeless musical with components that relate to every age," said Booth. "The students really seemed to enjoy preparing it and we had a great time teaching it. Guys and Dolls, Jr. was the first musical ever performed at Lakehill, and I hope it will be performed again."
 
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Kids love summer, and why wouldn't they? Vacations, fun in the sun, and the best part (if you're a kid) no school! Parents and teachers know, though, that summer can also mean "brain drain," and it feels like kids forget half of what they learned in the past year! What's a parent to do?

 
The secret to keeping those brain cells is to keep kids learning, but that doesn't have to mean endless drills and remediation.  Learning a new craft or game, telling or creating stories, solving puzzles, and exploring the world around us keeps kids' brains active and growing.  And, nothing flexes mental muscles better than trying something completely new. 
 
Summer camps are a great place to do all of these things! Camps like Lakehill's "Strung Together" and "Simply Stitchery" camp introduce campers to crochet and string arts. "Is it Art or Is It Science?" invites campers to use critical thinking to interpret novel situations. "World Building 101" takes a scientific look at planet and solar system formation to imagine realistic science fiction and fantasy worlds. Camps like these will have kids learning all summer long, even when they think they're just having fun.