Lions Roar

June / July 2018 (Volume 1, Number 3)

Potato Sack Races


Summer has finally arrived. After nine months of morning routines, homework, and after-school activities, many students will now have a little extra time to relax and seek adventure. There are plenty of opportunities to stay sharp, cultivate a hobby, and enjoy the fun and engaging activities our community has to offer. Check it out!
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Under the guidance of Mr. Harvell, Leadership Prep School computer science students spent the semester researching charities, fundraising to buy computer parts, and building computers from scratch to donate. Altogether, the students raised enough funds to build 17 computers. They donated 10 to the LPS Computer Lab and 7 to Computers for the Blind.

After researching several charities, they decided to donate to Computers for the Blind, due to the Organization's record for providing services to its clients with minimal administrative overhead. Computers for the Blind accepts old computers and parts and works with volunteers to clean, repair, and update computers as well as install special software to send to blind individuals all over the country.

The unemployment rate for individuals affected by blindness is over 60% - significantly higher than the national average of approximately 10%. Computers for the Blind provides computers to help these individuals upgrade their skills and better connect with the outside world.

The students set-up a GoFundMe page and sold cookies to raise money for this project. They received a matching gift of $1000 from Collin County Commissioner Susan Fletcher and Frisco Deputy Mayor Pro Tem John Keating to help them leverage funds. LPS Superintendent Stacy Alton allocated funds to the project, and many of our LPS families also donated.

The last week of school, the students hosted a reception and offered a formal presentation to Computers for the Blind. Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney was in attendance, as well as Jacob Makuvire from the LPS Board of Directors, members of the LPS Career Advisory Council, Commissioner Fletcher and Councilmember John Keating.

These LPS students demonstrate what it means to be a servant leader.

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Around 70 students spent their Saturday at Leadership Prep School (LPS) working in teams to solve a challenge presented at the iCode West Frisco mini-hackathon powered by Microsoft. A panel of well-respected judges evaluated and scored the teams’ projects to determine how well each team conformed to the topic of the project as well as the creativity, complexity, and functionality of each project. The top three teams in each category (elementary and secondary) formally presented their projects in front of the other contestants and their parents, event sponsors and all five judges. The judges ranked the top three teams, and each member of the teams received a tech-related prize.

“The hackathon was designed for students to use critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills to solve real-life challenges,” says Leadership Prep School Superintendent, Stacy Alton. “When we began conversations with iCode about this event, the idea of a hackathon seemed like a natural fit, given our model using computer immersion and project-based learning. We were also excited about the opportunity to use our new building to give-back to the Frisco community that has been so supportive of Leadership Prep School and our students.”

Elementary students were given the challenge of creating a storyboard using Scratch (programming language) to demonstrate how to help animals. Ideas included rescuing an animal, sharing information about animal endangerment, writing about endangered animals, or telling a story about a pet. The following teams placed in the elementary category:

1st Place: LPS Coding Girls - Mikaili Ngunjiri, Alekya Alluri, and Abby Denson. Prize: Kindle Fires.

2nd Place: G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) – Roman Delaney, Christian Robinett, and Giovanni Lopez. Prize: VEX Robot Kits.

3rd Place: The Rainbow Girls – Sophia Cisneros, Elena Dahn, Eva Juneja, and Anvika Jullapally. Prize: VEX Robot Kits.

Secondary students were given the challenge of creating a maze game using Scratch that a user navigates to win. The mazes were required to have a maze backdrop, a sprite of choice that goes through the maze, the ability to navigate the game using a keyboard, and a message when a user successfully reaches the maze exit without touching the side of the maze. The following teams placed in the secondary category:

1st Place: Lord Farquad – Andrew Trainor, Tyler Teschner, and Jaden Hirnelsen. Prize: Samsung Galaxies.

2nd Place: Techno Hacker – Brothers Rohit Rajan and Roshan Rajan. Prize: Echo Dots.

3rd Place: Queen Bees – Carley Thornton, Sydelle Nyegamo, and Sraavya Pratap. Prize: VEX Robots Kits.

Microsoft served as the title sponsor. RBFCU was the food sponsor. Prize sponsors include REC Foundation and VEX Robotics, COMHOME Technology Solutions, LaunchPad City, Atmos Energy and CoServ.

The judges for this event were Peter Burns (Nokia), Dr. Klyne Smith (Professional Services Delivery), LaToya Henry (AT&T), and Max Chounlamany (COMHOME Technology Solutions). Jason Mason from REC Foundation entertained the students by showing how coding skills can be used to program his VEX robots.

“I was so impressed with the quality of the student projects, the expertise of our judges, and the tremendous support we received from our partners and our sponsors,” says Hannah Johnson, Director of iCode West-Frisco. “iCode plans to make this a staple event in Frisco and looks forward to growing this event even more in the coming years.”


The mission of Leadership Prep School is to inspire students to learn, grow, and lead for a lifetime. The acronym P.L.A.C.E. summarizes the five key areas that have been selected as the focus of LPS’ vision: Parent partnership, Leadership development, Academics, Creativity and Excellence.

LPS is proud to be a Leader in Me based school that applies The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to emphasize a culture of student empowerment and help unleash each child’s full potential. Focusing on the program’s timeless leadership principles nurtures the skills students need for success in the 21st century.

Leadership Prep School is recognized as a “Computer Science Immersion School” by Code to the Future. LPS integrates programming and game design into its curriculum starting in kindergarten with more advanced computer science concepts introduced as students advance each year.

Leadership Prep School is part of the New Tech Network and partners with local businesses to engage students in project-based learning activities, which enhances critical thinking skills in order that students may become strong problem-solvers. Project-based learning methodology makes learning relevant and prepares students for the demands of the workplace.