Gribble Bounces Back at Byron Nelson

Former HP standout Cody Gribble should make the cut at his first Byron Nelson. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

HP native Cody Gribble should make the cut at his first Byron Nelson. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

IRVING – In his first appearance at the Byron Nelson Championship, former Highland Park standout Cody Gribble appears to have made the cut.

Although the second round of the tournament was cut short by weather and darkness on Friday, Gribble finished a round of 3-under par 66 that put him at 1-under for the tournament, which should be good enough to survive the cut after the second round concludes on Saturday morning.

Gribble rebounded from an opening round of 72 (and an ugly front nine) with a round on Friday that included four birdies and just one bogey. That earned him two more rounds over the weekend at the TPC Four Seasons in Las Colinas.

Three Parkies Added to Methodist Board


Allman is one of three new trustees from the Park Cities. (Photo: David S. Irvin)

Three community leaders — Allie Beth Allman, Rev. Mark Craig, and Rev. Paul Rasmussen — have been added to the Methodist Health System Foundation board of trustees.

Allman is the president and CEO of Allie Beth Allman and Associates; Craig is the retired senior minister of HPUMC; and Rasmussen is the senior minister at HPUMC.

“These three leaders bring many years of community involvement and business expertise that will help guide the future of our foundation,” Methodist Health System Foundation president and CEO April Box Chamberlain said.

Leslie Melson Passes Baton

We heart that sweater. (Photo: staff archives)

We heart that sweater. (Photo: staff archives)

As of this week, we are officially saying goodbye to Leslie Melson as HPISD board president. At the most recent school board meeting, she was issued a resolution in honor of her time and service. Joe Taylor was also voted the next president.

While looking for the perfect way to commemorate this chapter’s closing, we found this little ol’ photo in our archives. To be honest, we don’t even remember the circumstances surrounding it, but hey. Let’s take a minute to applaud that 1990s star sweater. Thanks for everything, Leslie!

Happy Last Day of School, HPISD!

The girls are ready for summer vacation.

These girls are ready for summer vacation.

It’s the last day of school, which makes kids throughout Highland Park ISD grin from ear to ear.

And for fourth-graders, such as these happy girls at University Park Elementary School, it marks the final day before transitioning to McCulloch Intermediate School next fall. Have a safe and fun summer, kids!

Soon-to-be Grads Rack Up Scholarships

Stuart Forrester, Amy Liu, Jiamin Zhou and Gabby Crank (Photos: Tanner Garza) 0
Stuart Forrester, Amy Liu, Jiamin Zhou and Gabby Crank (Photos: Tanner Garza)

This year’s Highland Park High School seniors partook in the traditional Senior Honors Day ceremony this morning. Many students were awarded scholarships and recognition amid school board trustees, administration, and scholarship donors.

As is true each year, seniors were awarded scholarships for every interest, from Latin to poetry to social studies, media, and the outdoors.

Blanket Award winners were Gabby Crank and Stuart Forrester. Amy Liu was valedictorian and Jiamin Zhou was salutatorian.

Graduation for the group of 535 will take place tomorrow night at Moody Coliseum.

HP Seniors Revisit Bradfield Elementary

(Photos: Tanner Garza) 0
(Photos: Tanner Garza)

In time-honored tradition that is quintessentially Parkie, Highland Park High School’s graduating seniors met on Wednesday, May 27 to walk the halls of their elementary alma mater Bradfield.

Students wore T-shirts from the colleges they plan to attend and met in the cafeteria to find name tags with their elementary school pictures on them.

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Marcus named UD Distinguished Alumna

Nancy Marcus

Nancy Marcus

Park Cities resident Nancy Marcus received one of four 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards from the University of Dallas National Alumni Board, the highest honor given to UD alumni.

The winners will be honored at a reception on Oct. 3 at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

Marcus, a philanthropist, leader in education, and patron of the arts, has also received a presidential appointment as a U.S. Public Delegate to the 56th session of the United Nations General Assembly and a gubernatorial appointment to the State of Texas Commission on 21st Century Colleges and Universities. She is a fellow at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and a faculty member of SMU’s Master’s of Liberal Studies Program.

Mabus to Speak at Navy League Forum

Ray Mabus

Ray Mabus

Ray Mabus, the 75th Secretary of the Navy, will speak today at the Dallas Council of the Navy League’s Speaker’s Lunch Forum at Park City Club.

The forum is internationally recognized and is frequently used by the Department of Defense and military leaders to communicate with citizens and leaders. Invited dignitaries and members and friends of the Navy League will be in attendance.

Boys & Girls Clubs Prep For Summer


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas will hold a summer program beginning on June 8 and ending on August 14. Seven club locations will hold programs for youth ages six to 18, and activities from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. will include BGCA Brain Gain Curriculum, field trips, creative arts, mentoring, and college prep. It is $35 per week for 6-12 year olds and $10 per week for teens. Those interested may register online.

Book Signings Hit Barnes and Noble


If you didn’t get enough America over Memorial Day weekend, that’s OK — Barnes and Noble at Lincoln Park has you covered. Navy SEAL sniper and bestselling author Brandon Webb  will talk about his book, Among Heroes: A U.S. Navy SEAL’s True Story of Friendship, Heroism, and the Ultimate Sacrifice, which he wrote about his personal experiences with eight other SEALs who gave it all. Join in at 7 p.m. on June 1.

If you’re more of a politico, go listen to Brad Meltzer discuss The President’s Shadow, the third book in his Culper Ring series, at 7 p.m. on June 19.

Bonus: Barnes and Noble will also host a “page and screen discussion” of To Kill a Mockingbird at 7 p.m. on June 18 in anticipation of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. Attendees can discuss favorite passages, scenes, characters, and quotations.


Group Aims to Shape Preston Center’s Future


It might not be quite so much fun, but members of the task force charged with steering future development around Preston Center are partying like it’s 1989.

That year is when the city of Dallas adopted recommendations from the Preston Center Area Transition Study, which focused on new zoning regulations in the area in response to new city zoning codes.

As part of that study, recommendations included a comprehensive traffic study for Preston Center every five years. In addition, the second level of the city-owned public parking garage in the aging retail center would be reserved for employees of the surrounding businesses.

Challenges Unite Mothers From Diverse Backgrounds

Adults Relating to Kids began as a partnership between Highland Park Presbyterian Church and Amelia Earhart Learning Center in West Dallas. The group teaches parenting lessons to mothers who might need some guidance. (Photo: Sarah Bennett) 0
Adults Relating to Kids began as a partnership between Highland Park Presbyterian Church and Amelia Earhart Learning Center in West Dallas. The group teaches parenting lessons to mothers who might need some guidance. (Photo: Sarah Bennett)

Martha Jeavons holds up a piece of paper and speaks to a group of mothers in fluent Spanish. Not all the moms in the room speak Spanish, though, so she switches effortlessly between Spanish and English. Her 15 years abroad in Latin America gave her the skills to do so.

She and her fellow Highland Park Presbyterian Church members are volunteering with a group of parents at Amelia Earhart Learning Center in West Dallas. Once a week, they gather with the moms for food, crafts, socializing, and ARK — Adults Relating to Kids, which is a parenting program, or rather, parent support group.

“A lot of people parent the way they were parented, and sometimes there’s a lot of absenteeism,” ARK executive director Jan Nelson said. “We decided we’ve got to get somebody to work with the parents.”