We are so proud of all the students in the 4th and 5th grades who worked diligently on their speech and courageously presented it in front of their peers, parents, and special guests! Over 40 students ran for office this year – what an amazing response! More importantly, it was heartwarming to see the students cheer on their classmates when it was their turn to speak. Well done, fourth and fifth graders!
Students elected to the Lower School Student Council are...
Congratulations to this year's newly elected Middle School Student Council. Officers include: President- Bora Ozcelik Vice President- James Dubnik Secretary- Chloe Brown Treasurer- Lucas Chittaro Public Relations Director- Davis Dubnik
Vanessa Gay won the Quinlan Visual Arts Center's inaugural Butterfly Art Competition along with a cash prize. Signs with pictures of her artwork will be posted throughout Gainesville Parks and Recreation locations leading up to their annual Butterfly Release on September 24 at Longwood Park.
Samantha Simonton, ‘17, better known as Sam, is a world-class competitor and Olympic contender in a sport she helped build at Lakeview.
“I grew up hunting and fishing, but I never really got the whole moving target concept,” wrote Sam by email. “I happened to attend the FFA Wildlife Camp one summer, and that’s when everything clicked. The shooting team started at Lakeview the following year, and it just seemed like it was meant to be.”
Sam played basketball and ran cross country, but the clay target team is where she excelled. She was the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) female state champion all four years of high school.
Mike Lawley, now head of the Lakeview Upper School, was the team’s coach when Sam was a student. Sam recalls his strong leadership and encouragement, even though he was not an expert in the sport. “He had us doing things together as a team and ultimately made the clay target team an experience I will cherish forever,” said Sam.
Sam recalls the influence of other Lakeview teachers.
The middle school girls cross country team finished 1st out of four teams at the Horizon Christian Academy meet last Tuesday. Kate Chittaro and Jayci Purdy finished 1st and 2nd overall to lead the race, followed by Jansyn Purdy who also medaled with a 10th-place finish. Hadley Gilbert, Olivia Martin, and Caroline Croft finished in the top 20 to help lead Lakeview to 1st place.
In the boys' meet, Davis Dubnik and Lucas Chittaro finished 11th and 12th overall.
McRee Booth, Callie Daniel, Charlie Kirchner, Sadie Leek, Helen Park, Jessica Perry, Caroline Pope, Macie Sotomayor, and Parker White have been selected to participate in the Featherbone Communiversity Academy for the 2023-24 School year. The Featherbone Communiversity Leadership Program's objective is to discover future community builders and to encourage "giving back" to the community by giving students opportunities in a variety of professions with the guidance of masters in their fields. They will also have the chance to participate in community service-learning projects in different discipline areas.
The Lady Lions volleyball team opened their season 2-2 in the Lanier Christian Tournament this weekend, beating Horizon Christian Academy and Cherokee Christian. Out of 14 teams in the tournament, senior Addie Gilmer was named to the All-Tournament Team. Read more at AccessWDUN.
Lakeview Academy values the importance of Advanced Placement (AP) courses and annually offers a variety of AP course options to 9th-12th grade students. The successful completion of AP courses and the exams may earn a student college credit while expanding their knowledge of subject matter.
The results of the 2023 AP exams were released on July 5, and Lakeview students continue to successfully pass the rigorous AP exams. Several teachers achieved 100% pass rates while others continued their track record of above-average results. Lakeview has a student-to-teacher ratio in AP classes of 8:1.
“Our teachers go above and beyond when it comes to AP courses and create environments advantageous to personalized learning,” said Mike Lawley, upper school director. “Achieving high percentages of pass rates is ultimately the result of the hard work of students as well as the instruction provided by the teachers.”
Ricky Brown (1st Team), Logan Stanley (1st Team), and Jarrett Atwill (2nd Team) were named to the Region GIAA 4-AAA/AAAA All-Region Baseball Team. Their efforts helped the Lions make it to the state playoffs this year.