Lakeside Spotlight -- Good News

Lakeside High School is very proud to announce the following Seniors who have met the criteria to advance to the Finalists standing in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship competition:

  • Leila Baniassad
  • Josie Douglas-Brown
  • Oliver Hewett
  • Christoffer Rokholm
  • Zoe Weiss

Congratulations to Zoe Weiss on being named a Coca-Cola Scholar! Zoe won a $20,000 college scholarship and joins a 6,150+ alumni who are leading positive change in their communities and around the world. We are proud of Zoe and wish her all of the very best!


Zoe Weiss is a finalist in a prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Click here for more information. Congratulations Zoe!


Each year, every high school in Georgia selects a STAR student and STAR teacher to represent their school. To be an honored recipient, a high school senior must have the highest SAT score on a single test and be in the top 10% of their class. The STAR student then selects a teacher they feel has helped further them academically to share the honor. Lakeside’s STAR student for 2018-2019 is Emma Hanson. Emma selected Ms. Tania Murphy as Lakeside's STAR teacher. Congratulations to Emma and Ms. Murphy. We are proud that you will represent Lakeside High School this year!


Congratulations to the Lakeside students who have been awarded with prestigious recognition in the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 9 at SCAD in Savannah, Georgia.


The Art Award Recipients are:

Oliver Kroll - Honorable Mention

Claire Lin - Silver Key & Honorable Mention

Landon Tubesing - Gold Key & Silver Key

Emily Zhou - Gold Key


The Writing Award Recipients are:

Addison Dascher - Silver Key

Claire Lin - Gold Key, Silver Key & Honorable Mention


Saturday, November 3 was Georgia National Association of Teachers of Singing (GANATS) competition. Lakeside has some celebrating to do:
Sam Greene won 1st place in the upper high school musical theatre category
Hanna Baniassad won 1st place in the lower high school musical theatre category
Lakeside alumna Hannah Reich won 1st place in the college freshmen classical category 

Jake Goselin and Anastashearka Lewis, currently juniors, have been admitted to the 2018 class of the Student Bar of Georgia. They will be formally recognized during the State Mock Trial Final Competition in March 2019.


Admission to the Student Bar of Georgia is contingent on successfully completing the Law Academy and scoring over 80% on the student bar examination (based on the Federal Rules of Evidence).  


Additionally, Jake and Anastashearka (and their teammates) are at Lakeside from 6pm to 8pm on Mondays and Wednesday with attorneys Elisabeth MacNamara ( parent of 2 Lakeside graduates) and Emily Welch (LHS'06) preparing for County and State competition.


Ryan Wilson was chosen as an honorable mention for the New York Times's Summer Reading Contest for her response to the article “How the Suffrage Movement Betrayed Black Women” that can be found here. Congratulations Ryan!


Mr. Bodrug's 2017-2018 AP European History students performed so well on the AP European History exam that he was invited to facilitate a state-organized professional development opportunity for other  Georgia AP European History teachers. This was the second year in a row that Mr. Bodrug was invited. Congratulations Mr. Bodrug!


Congratulations to Anastashea Lewis and Jake Goselin for attending the Law Academy August 23-26, 2018. They are looking forward to sharing their training with their mock trial team this season!

Lakeside High School is proud to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2018:

Valedictorian: Neha Sehgal
Salutatorians: Adrina Bradley               
Congratulations Neha and Adrina! Go Vikings!

Lakeside High School is pleased to announce the following Seniors who have been recognized as 2018 Georgia Scholars by State School Superintendent Richard Woods:

  • Amanda McAuley
  • Jake Tubesing

Georgia Scholars are students who have carried exemplary course loads during their four years of high school; who successfully participated in interscholastic events at their schools and in their communities; and who have assumed active roles in extracurricular activities sponsored by their schools. Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for his or her diploma. Congratulations Amanda and Jake! Way to go Vikings!

Senior Miles Miccichi has been recruited to play football with the University of Georgia beginning this summer. Miles joins the #1 recruiting class in the nation and attended G-Day, the University of Georgia's annual Red v. Black Spring Game Day, along with Coach Cam and his family. Congratulations Miles! Go Vikings!

Congratulations to the following students for their acceptance into the prestigious Georgia Governor's Honors Program for summer 2018!
Julienne de Vastey - Language Arts
Anna Floyd - Vocal Music
Elayne McGrail - French
Oliver Hewett - Social Studies
Karen Galiano - Visual Arts 

Congratulations to Luis Vijil for his Georgia High School Musical Theatre Award Nomination! Luis is nominated for his role as Twig in Bring It On!


The Shuler Hensley Award Show will air on Georgia Public Broadcasting Thursday, April 19 at 7 PM. More information can be found here


The 2nd Annual TEDxYouth@LakesideHS took place Saturday, April 14 at Lakeside and was huge success! Eight Lakeside students gave inspiring TED Talks that were #ideasworthspreading! Thank you to the TEDxYouth@LakesideHS organizers Bailey Conn, Celeste Chapman, Victoria Smith, and teacher sponsor Lauren Levin for all of your hard work.



Karah Lindsey represented Lakeside in the Georgia History Bee State Tournament on March 3rd.  Karah tied for first place in the US History exam portion of the competition and qualified for the US History Bee National Championships on April 27th in Arlington, Virginia.


Lakeside sophomore Harry Leff (Class of 2020) has completed his Eagle Scout project, landscaping the courtyard and hillside in front of the Fine Arts Auditorium as his project for Boy Scout Troop 77. On March 10, Harry led a team of Scouts in planting more than 20 new bushes on the hill.


He raised $2,000 to cover the cost of the crepe myrtle trees and plants. Lakeside family-owned, Brannon & Co. Landscape Design and Installation donated their expertise, time and heavy equipment to plant the large trees. Special thanks to the Lakeside Foundation and local families and friends who donated money for the purchase of the plants, and to Principal Bounds for his support of the project.

Congratulations to the Lakeside High School Theatre Company's Cast and Crew of Failure:A Love Story awarded Runner Up for Best Show and Best Ensemble at the South East Theatre Conference (SETC) High School Theatre Festival in Mobile, AL! Lakeside competed against 19 other schools from 10 states. In addition, Leah Thomas, Connor Hayes, and Paul Danner were selected as All Star Cast in the Festival. This was Lakeside Theatre's first trip to the SETC. They were selected last October as one of two shows at the Georgia Theatre Conference Ray Horne Festival to represent Georgia at the SETC. Lakeside Theatre would like to thank the LHS PTSA and the community for all their support in making this trip possible!

Lakeside had 40 students participate in the DeKalb National History Day Competition on Saturday, February 10. The following students will move on to Regionals on Saturday, March 24:

Alexa Leahy, Cassandra Leahy & Amy Nguyen
Georgia Mauldin, Olivia Polinski & Iris Wickham; Anna Albright, Jessica Lac & Virginia Van Pelt; Makeba Abebe, Zach Baumstark, Vickie Levine, Sydney Mills & Monserrat Vasquez Mendez
Historical Papers
Niko Reynolds; Ian Mansker; Trang Le
Jake Goselin, Ben Hecker & Thomas Steele; Claire Lin; Hope Bradley 

Congratulations to everyone!

Each year, every high school in Georgia selects a STAR student and STAR teacher to represent their school. To be an honored recipient, a high school senior must have the highest SAT score on a single test and be in the top 10% of their class. The STAR student then selects a teacher they feel has helped further them academically to share the honor. Lakeside’s STAR student for 2017-2018 is Jacob Tubesing. He selected Ms. Tracey Anderson as Lakeside's STAR teacher. Congratulations to Jacob and Ms. Anderson. We are proud that you will represent Lakeside High School this year!

Several Lakeside art students have been awarded with prestigious recognition in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards!
The students include:
Karen Galiano - Silver Key 
Jeff Manama - Honorable Mention 
Gabrielle Morse - Gold Key & Silver Key
Landon Tubesing - Gold Key, Silver Key, American Visions Nominee 
Lisa Yang -  Silver Key 
Emily Zhou - Honorable Mention

Congratulations to the LHS Swim and Dive team that competed in the 2018 6-7A GHSA State Championship meet this past weekend! Click here for the results.


Congratulations to Lakeside’s Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Team! At the District competition on Saturday, January 27, the Vikings won or tied all of their rounds and took third place among the fifteen DeKalb high schools represented. Led by Captain Sarah Moore, team members participating included Talia Coopersmith, Emily Claussen, Maddie Gordon, Tessa Guthrie, Erin Li, Sydney Pratt, Christine Lee, Isabelle Higgins, Jennifer Barsa, and Dailey Martin. 

Lakeside had an impressive show at the Mock Trial Competition this weekend. Nayeli Marano and Ruby Reich took home awards for Outstanding Witness. Jake Goselin and Brittany Boatchie took home awards for Outstanding Lawyers. The entire team was amazing! Special thanks to Mr. Devastey for being a great Teacher Sponsor!

Congratulations to the following students for passing the final audition to become members of the 2018 All State Honors Chorus event in Athens this February:

Tedy Dasher (perfect score)
Mac Welsh (perfect score)
Hannah Reich
Matthew Watkins

Congratulations to James Armfield for passing the audition to participate in All State Reading Chorus this weekend in Athens!

The Lakeside Academic Team participated in the North Atlanta Quiz Bowl tournament on Saturday, January 20. Senior Mac Welsh placed Third in the individual competition. Congratulations!!

Congratulations to the following student winners at the District level. They are:
Isabella Higgins (11th grade) – 3rd place
Sara Carr (12th grade) – 3rd place
Mary Bielamowicz (9th grade) – 2nd place
Adan Jarvis (10th grade) – 2nd place
Evan Dangerfield (12th grade) – 1st place
The first and second place winners will go on to the state competition.


In early November, Amanda Brownstein (Class 2019) competed along with the U.S. Youth Climbing Team at the 2017 Pan-American Youth Climbing Championships in Montreal. Amanda took the bronze medal in speed climbing, and finished 11th in sport climbing. Overall, the U.S. team swept many of the medals at the competition. Congratulations to Amanda and the U.S. team!
Congratulations to Tyja Traore (Class of 2018), who will be signing with the Elon women’s basketball team for next year. Elon is a Division I Program in the Colonial Athletic Division.


Congratulations to James Armfield (Class of 2019), who successfully auditioned for Georgia All State Reading Chorus this weekend and passed the audition with a perfect score!


Harry Leff (Class of 2020) tackled the challenge of landscaping the courtyard and hillside in front of the Fine Arts Auditorium as his Eagle Scout Project for Troop 77. Leff raised $2,000 to cover the cost of the trees and plants to be installed. Lakeside family-owned, Brannon & Co. Landscape Design and Installation donated their expertise, time and heavy equipment to plant the large trees. Special thanks to the Lakeside Foundation and local families and friends who donated money for the purchase of the plants, and to Principal Bounds for his support of the project.

Earlier this month, Amanda Brownstein (class of 2019) was part of the U.S. team that competed against teams representing over 50 countries in the 2017 Youth World Climbing Championships in Innsbruck, Austria.


Amanda competed in speed climbing, where she advanced to finals from a field of approximately 90 competitors and finished 14th in her category. Overall, the U.S. team won 14 medals, including 5 gold medals, finishing in second place behind Japan. Congratulations to Amanda and the entire U.S. youth climbing team!


Joseph Somers attended the Teen Legislative Summit in Washington, DC. He will be meeting with congressional leaders and applying the work of his current AP US History class. 


Congratulations to Lakeside’s Brian Herron! Brian was part of the American men’s 4x400 relay team this summer and set a new world junior record at Pan American Junior Championships in Peru! The American men's 4x400 relay team of Josephus Lyles, Zachary Shinnick, Brian Herron and Sean Hooper set a new World and American Junior Record at the Pan American Junior Championships on Sunday with a time of 3:00.33. 

Margaret Racine will travel to Omaha, Nebraska to compete in the USAT (USA Triathlon) National Age Group Championships. Margaret is one of the youngest competitors in Omaha. If she places in the top 18 in her age group in Omaha, she will qualify to compete for Team USA in the ITU World Championships 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.


Margaret has been a member of the Lakeside Cross Country team, Lakeside Track and Field team, and Lakeside Swimming for the past couple of years.  She has become quite an endurance athlete.  Over the past 2 years, she has competed in numerous sprint and Olympic distance triathlons.  Last August, she competed in a USAT sanctioned triathlon and finished first in her age group. This finish qualified her to compete in USAT Age Group Nationals 2017, the race that she will be competing in this week.


Carlo Vanni traveled to Minnesota to compete in the National Championship for Ultimate Frisbee.  His team brought home Silver!


Elise Arancio was one of five young composers in the country invited by Dr. David Ludwig of the Curtis Institute of Music to the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont. This is an outstanding program that will provide many opportunities for Elise’s musical growth as well as collaboration with other professors, professionals in her field, and other students with similar interests.

She will be working with Dr. Ludwig and other heads of composition of other prestigious conservatories such as the Curtis Institute of Music, which is her number one college choice. Let’s be sure to congratulate Elise on this amazing opportunity.


DeKalb Medical Foundation’s annual scholarship awards reception held on July 18. The Dr. Gulshan S. Harjee Scholarships were awarded to five high school seniors to help them pursue their dreams of serving in the healthcare field. Lakeside graduate . Fahad Paryani (Class of 2017) was a one of the five recipients and is now attending the University of California, Berkley. Congratualtions Fahad!

LHS Varsity volleyball came in 3rd in the DeKalb County Spike Fest behind Decatur and Chamblee and Varsity Softball came in 2nd place behind Chamblee in the Dekalb Softball Tourney.
Ms. Bohon in the English Department and her husband Nathan are expecting a baby. She is due on December 30th. If you have a chance, stop by to congratulate her!
Dr. Annette Parrott has been selected as one of the five 2017 state of Georgia science finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Dr. Parrott’s application has now been moved to the national committee where it will be reviewed again by a national panel. 
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awards are given to mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity schools, or the U.S. territories as a group (American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands).
The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.  


Congratulations to Lakeside High School's 2016-17 Valedictorian, Yifan Liang and Lakeside High School's 2016-17 Salutatorian, Alec Reinhardt. Go Vikings!!!


Congratulations to Philip Li and Alec Reinhardt, who have advanced to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship program for 2017.


Congratulations to Advaith Sekharan, who was recognized as STAR Student and he named Terry Krugman, his AP Latin teacher as his STAR Teacher. 


Two Lakeside students qualified for the National Science Fair in Los Angeles in May--Dylan Douglas-Brown and Zoe Weiss. Congratulations to you both!


Claudia Ortega-Borda and Charles Cardot are graduating from Lakeside in May with the Certificate of Bi-Literacy. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. Congratulations!


Dr. Cliff Towner, Director of Band Activities at Georgia College and State University, recently visited Lakeside to present a $3,000 scholarship in person to Haley Strassburger, who will be majoring in music there in the fall.  Congratulations, Haley, on a job well done! All the hours of practice really paid off.


Lakeside has seven students competing in the National History Day State Level competition at Mercer University. They are: Lydia Wiederholt, Megan Moore-Crane, Christoffer Rokholm, Dylan Douglas-Brown, Brooke Bergstrom, Meghan Blank and Isabel Shackleford. Congratulations!


Lakeside's Brian Herron builds speed, builds computers.


63 students recently took the challenging and prestigious National Latin Exam. We had 27 medalists and the following students are 'Summa Cum Laude'  Gold Medalists:


Latin I

Daniel Bailey

Zachary Baumstock

Andi Cunard

Lucas Winter


Latin 2

Caroline Bowers

Sara Carr

Marc Levan


Lakeside Theater Company is very proud to announce their first Honorable Mentions from the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as the Shuler Hensley Awards for HAIRSPRAY. Daniel MacNamara received an Honorable Mention for Shuler Orchestra  and Kate Berg received an Honorable Mention for Best Performance by a Supporting Actress.


Tune in to Georgia Public Broadcasting on April 20th at 7 p.m., live from the Cobb Energy Center. Watch for our drama students, Leah Thomas and Chloe Constant, who will be part of the opening ensemble and Charles Cardot, who is part of the production.


Lakeside Theatre Company's recent production of HAIRSPRAY sold out five of their six performances, making it the most successful show in the history of Lakeside High School - about 3,400 tickets sold! Only five shows were originally scheduled but the sixth show was added due to to overwhelming demand. Congratulations to the cast and crew!


Congrats to the Lakeside Gymnastics Team for bringing home the County Championship title!  The team also received a high enough score to attend the state qualifying meet as a team. This is the first time Lakeside has done this and LHS will be the only Dekalb County School competing as a team at state qualifying.  Amelia Stockwell was the all-around champion!  The team also took home the following individual awards: 

  • Paige Munro:  2nd place - vault, beam; 3rd place - bars and all-around; 4th place - floor

  • Amelia Stockwell:  1st place - bars, beam and all-around; 3rd place - vault; 4th place - floor 

  • Maja Jovanovic:  3rd place - floor; 4th place - beam; 6th place - bars, vault and all-around

  • Gracie Pharris:  6th place - vault

If you have any gymnasts in class or see them around school please congratulate them on a job incredibly well done!!


Congratulations to the Lakeside Boys Track and Field Program for bringing home the County Championship for the 2nd year in a row. Way to go!

Congratulations to Philip Li and Alec Reinhardt, who have advanced to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship program for 2017.
Congratulations to Advaith Sekharan, who was recognized as STAR Student and he named Terry Krugman, his AP Latin teacher as his STAR Teacher. 
Evan Dangerfield won the Georgia Reflections contest in Music Composition! Congratulations Evan!


Congratulations to Kirstina Rokholm for receiving a 2017 Gold Award Scholarship from Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. Kirstina's project, Mission Monarch, raised awareness of the Monarch butterfly population and helped plant and distribute over 5,000 Milkweed host plants and seeds. 


Julia Shuford is swimming for Georgia Tech next year; plus, she broke the school record in 100 breast. 


Sam Witcher broke the county dive record and shattered his own Lakeside dive record from last year. 


Girls' 400 free relay of Madison Speece, Julia Shuford, Carlyn Slappey and Paige Meisner broke the school record.


Two band students, Zane Page and Syed Saadat, are attending the All-State Band on March 3 & 4 in Athens, GA. 


Marc LeVan won one of the Scholastic Writing Awards in our region--congratulations!


The Lakeside Band has recently completed the third of its three college events this school year by performing at the 2017 Concert Band Invitational at Kennesaw State University on February 10. The Lakeside Symphonic Band I submitted an application and was accepted to perform for the third year (2011 and 2016 were our previous performances) since the even's inception in 2011. 


On Saturday, February 25th, the Lakeside Band had its 13th Annual Symphonic Camp to help prepare for the Large Group Performance Evaluations. We had guest conductors for each band, coaches for each instrument, and a ton of fun during the day. 

This year, our guest conductors were: Dr. Scott Stewart, Music Director for AYWS and Band Director at The Westminster School; Mr. Chris Shumick, Director of Bands at Milton High School; and Dr. Jennifer Lambert, Director of Bands at River Trail Middle School.
Our sectional coaches were faculty from Georgia State University and Emory University, Members of the Atlanta Ballet and Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Philharmonic orchestras, professional private teachers and two college seniors, one from Georgia State and one from Kennesaw State. The event was funded 100% though our orange sale fundraiser. 

The National Honor Society held a school clean-up on Saturday, February 11th. The campus looked GREAT. Students Jaliyah Screen, Anija Thakuri, Will Mallory, Caleb Cloud, and Madison Kesel were joined by Mr. Pastirik and Ms. Krieger for this service to our school and our community.

On February 4th, the Lakeside Reading Bowl team competed in the Regional competition, represented admirably by Sarah Moore and Jeffrey Vaudran. Our two Vikings won head-to-head matches with both the 1st and 3rd place teams but finished lower in the overall point count. Please congratulate the Reading Bowl on their success this year, and look for the team's upcoming interview on DCSD TV channel (PDS-TV24).
Two art students received the Scholastic Art Awards--Daniel Bailey and Mia Patterson.  Both won top honors at the regional level.  They will honored at a reception at SCAD Savannah in March.  Daniel is also being considered for a national Scholastic Art Award. 
The Lakeside High School Art Club created a mural for the Fine Arts Building lobby. 15 students designed and createed this exciting mural. Mr. Schwager, art teacher at Lakeside, managed and supervised the project.   


Students began the project in January of 2016 and completed the painting in April 2016.  The mural was installed by volunteers from the community. Special thanks to Fred Andrieni, Mike Brooks and their crew for facilitating the installation. 


The mural symbolizes the strength and spirit of Lakeside High School, represented by the large Male and Female Viking figures to the left and right. They are holding a banner that lists activities conducted in the fine arts building; Art, Band, Chorus, Dance, Drama, and Orchestra. The bottom of the mural shows the strong diversity and cooperative spirit of the students here at Lakeside and the variety of activities that students participate in.  This mural will serve as a lasting testament to the energy, creativity, and commitment of the students here at Lakeside High School.


Another temporary mural is going up in the breezeway. National Art Honor Society won a mini-grant from 3M Corporation to create a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) related mural made out of Blue Tape.

Click here for the latest Lakeside JFJROTC news.


Tracy Anderson is scoring AP English Language essays for the sixth year in a row. This a position where teachers from around the country are invited to take part. There's stringent process and proof of burden to show ability to mark is on teacher. This is a great honor.


At the District competition on Saturday, January 28, the Vikings won all of their rounds and took second place among the fourteen DeKalb high schools represented. This finish qualified the team to advance to the regional level of competition.  Led by Captain Sarah Moore, team members participating included Talia Coopersmith, Emily Claussen, Nadia Ahmedin, Maddie Gordon, Emma Nicholson, Tessa Guthrie, and Dailey Martin.
Twenty students were selected to represent Lakeside at the 67th Annual JanFest event at the University of Georgia in mid-January. Lakeside had the largest contingent of accepted students from DeKalb County for this event, and our students performed in each of the 8 ensembles at the event. 


The Sadie Hawkins dance was a great success due to the efforts of the SGA and the Audio Visual Club. The dance was a fundraiser for Feed the Heart, an organization that provides meals to children waiting for heart transplants and procedures at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The students raised $2600 for Feed the Heart


Lakeside High School alum Alec Kann plays for Atlanta United. Click here for more information.


Seventeen of our marching band students were involved with Georgia State Band Day performance during halftime at a November GSU game in the Dome.


Lakeside High School Music Students Participate in Annual Pearl Harbor Festivities in Honolulu, Hawaii. Click here for more information. 


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