June / July 2019 (Volume 2, Number 6)


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"I am most proud of all my projects, artwork, and all the things that I've created in my lifetime because I have dedicated so much of my time to those things. I like for people to see them, and appreciate them."

LPS 10th grader, Abbey Showman, takes full advantage of attending our school - a school that believes in a strong arts program to enhance student creativity, provide an outlet for individual expression, and offer a well-rounded education for students. For Abbey, being creative is what she enjoys most about art and is a primary area of focus for her during her free time.

Abbey's artistic talent was recognized by U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess this year when he chose her piece as one to include as one from his district for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition. For Abbey, she simply submitted a piece of art that, like all of her art, was special and meaningful to her.

"My memories as a kid and my experiences growing up really inspire my art," reflects Abbey. "Colors tend to remind me of random things and then those memories turn into art."

This year at LPS has been particularly valuable for Abbey. In addition to having her artwork chosen for this distinguished honor, she has been able to take two of her favorite classes - art and graphic design. And while this year has been the most challenging of the five years she has been at LPS, she is thankful to Ms. Shaffer and her Lighthouse peers who has inspired her, even when she felt like giving up.

"This year, I received the leadership award for the third nine-weeks, and I received the Best Attitude award at the Lighthouse Banquet. Honestly, I struggled this year and at times, and sometimes I wanted to give up. However, it was amazing that others recognized my hard work."

Ms. Shaffer has inspired me because she is so dedicated to her students, and she puts her whole heart into everything she does. She also has put her trust in others to help her accomplish her goals. Additionally, I have formed many new friends and love having a family of people my age surrounding me developing strong relationships with people in my grade and surrounding grades," said Abbey thankful of the supportive community at LPS.

Abbey enjoys a good challenge. A couple of years ago, she applied and was accepted into the Young Entrepreneur's Academy program. She describes the experience as one of the most difficult yet most rewarded she has ever experienced. In fact, she actually believed in the beginning she wouldn't excel in the program, but by the end of the year, she proved her worth to a panel of investors, who gave her the capital to start her own business selling farm fresh eggs. She used the business to save enough money to pay for half of her car!

"I cannot believe [I succeeded in the program] because it feels like a dream," reflects Abbey. "But I kept pushing through and made it happen!"

Abbey's goal next year is to learn more about college and the opportunities that exist after she graduates from LPS. She is currently taking dual credit - catching a glimpse into the life of taking college courses. Next year she will take the SAT and begin applying for colleges, particularly her first pick right now, Colorado State University, where she hopes to study graphic design and marketing. She wants to make the best of her last year of school spending time with close friends because many of them will graduate next year.

Before embarking on the challenges of her senior year, Abbey is going to sharpen the saw this summer taking art classes, babysitting and spending a month in Seattle, Washington and eventually cruising to Alaska. She also plans to spend some tine with her "fat" chihuahua / weenie dog, Frisco, and her super fluffy guinea pig, Theo. She also plans to take advantage of managing her new independence as a result of getting her driver's license and spending time on her hobbies, which include drawing, singing, cooking / trying new foods, and riding motorcycles and dirt bikes.


On May 17, LPS students participated in the Special Olympics in Prosper. Students competed in outdoor, athletic endeavors during this event. The following students placed in their respective fields of competition.

50 Yard Dash and Javelin Throw

Antonio Mazeau, 1st Place

Blair Ngari, 2nd Place

Jude Hass, 3rd Place

Softball Throw

Sanvi Gunda, 1st Place

Nathan Adams, 2nd Place

Alyssa Bates, 4th Place

Javelin Throw

Ethan Ngari, 3rd Place

50 Yard Dash

Sanvi Gunda, 1st Place

Karis Reese, 2nd Place

Alyssa Bates, 3rd Place

50 Yard Free for All

Tamanna Kaushal, 2nd Place

4 x 100 Relay

Team of Sanvi Gunda, Jude Hass, Karis Reese and Alyssa Bates, 3rd Place

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Leadership Prep School recently partnered with North Texas Performing Arts (NTPA) to create an all-LPS production of the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Students from first grade up to secondary participated in this production, with three shows taking place at the NTPA studios in The Shops at Willow Creek in Plano.

A few LPS students were recognized at the last NTPA award ceremony for their efforts in other productions as well. Third-grader Riley Showman received a trophy in the category of "Villain - Junior Actress" in Junie B. Jones. First-grader Audrey Thompson was recognized for her Cameo as a Junior Actress in Wizard of Oz. LPS High School student, Brenna Peterson, also received a trophy for her role as Glenda - the Good Witch in Wizard of Oz.

Leadership Prep School Computer Science Students Built Computers from Parts to Donate to Computers for the Blind

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Leadership Prep School (LPS) computer science students hosted a special presentation to donate computers they built from parts to Computers for the Blind on Tuesday, May 21 at Leadership Prep School (8100 Teel Parkway; Frisco, TX 75034). This project demonstrates a culmination of the three models that serves as the foundation of education at LPS: Leadership; computer-immersion; and project-based learning.

“Global citizenship is important to the culture of Leadership Prep School,” said LPS Superintendent Stacy Alton. “We believe that every child has the potential to be a leader, and encouraging participation in learning-based service projects helps our students apply the knowledge they acquire while cultivating their inner leadership skills.”

Computers for the Blind is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to providing computers to persons who are blind or visually impaired so that each person who receives a computer may experience the information age in a positive and productive manner.

Specifically, the organization wants to empower the individuals they serve to independently manage their personal affairs, provide access to communication with others, offer a learning environment where information is just a click away, and open doors to employment opportunities by developing knowledge, skills, and marketable abilities.

“Being able to use a computer allows blind and visually impaired people to live more independent lives by participating in activities many of us take for granted, such as printing checks, tracking account balances, sending and receiving emails, organizing daily activities on a calendar and sharing it with others, browsing social media sites, updating a shopping list, etc. These activities represent access to information and communication in ways not possible previously for the blind and visually impaired,” says Mark Langford, Board Member for Computers for the Blind.

The students held a garage sale at the beginning of the school year to raise money to purchase computer parts. Additionally, Frisco-based COMHOME Technology Solutions donated a significant number of parts in support of this project. Under the guidance of their teacher, Mr. Tony Curtis, the students spent several months building computers and learning about the importance of each part and its significance to this project. Altogether, 60 students in grades 8 through 11 taking one of three Principles of Information Technology classes offered at LPS worked to build 15 computers to donate – a process that nearly took the entire 2018-2019 school year to accomplish.

“This example of project-based learning demonstrates the learning that takes place beyond textbooks, rote memorization, and testing. Our students participate in active learning with real work and real world implications,” said Tony Curtis, Principles of Information Technology and Robotics instructor at LPS.

For more information about Computers for the Blind, please visit


LPS is the P.L.A.C.E. to be!

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.

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