HPHS Students Featured in Documentary

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The short documentary "Asha (Hope)" screens Tuesday at the Angelika Film Center.

The short documentary “Asha (Hope)” screens Tuesday at the Angelika Film Center.

As you might expect, a photojournalism project in which some environmental science students from Highland Park High School chronicled both hope and heartbreak at a school in the slums of India made quite an impact for those on both sides of the camera.

In fact, the project — called “Glimpses of My Life” — helped to sprout a short documentary film, Asha (Hope), which will screen at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dallas philanthropist Donna Wilhelm and including some of the participating HP students, allowing them to share their cross-cultural experiences. The students include Cameron Crews, Hashim Elwazir, Claire Green, Andrew Helmbrecht, and Mikaela Read.


Prestonwood Reaches National Polo Finals

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The Prestonwood Polo Club team includes, from left, Ronnie Puente, Vaughn Miller Jr., Vance Miller, and coach Vaughn Miller

Although they narrowly missed winning a national title, the youth team at Prestonwood Polo Club still made history earlier this month.

The squad — consisting of Highland Park siblings Vance and Vaughn Miller Jr., along with Ronnie Puente of Little Elm — reached the United States Polo Association finals for the first time, and became one of the youngest teams to do so. Vaughn Miller is a sophomore, while Vance is in eighth grade.

The tournament in suburban Houston featured 38 teams from across North America, with Prestonwood falling to a team from Maryland in the title match. Prestonwood is operated by Vaughn Miller, who also coaches the high school squad and is working to promote youth polo in the area.


These Boys Have Serious Hoop Skills

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Their smiles reflect the fact that they just won a championship.

As their smiles and T-shirts explain, they just won a championship.

Congratulations to a team of seventh-grade boys from Highland Park Presbyterian Church, who won their league title, capped by an overtime victory in the tournament championship game last weekend.

The team includes Burke Arthur, Griffin Smith, Prince Dorbah, Maxwell Warren, John Luke Piepgras, Cullen Ciolfi, Nash Killebrew, George Chandler, Alex Moore, Spencer Dawe, and Preston Pierce. The squad was coached by Robert Smith.


JLD, Mary Kay Announce Scholarships

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JLD president-elect Meredith Mosley, Women LEAD Scholarship committee chair Carolyn Newham, and JLD president Julie Bagley. (Photo: Rhi Lee)

JLD president-elect Meredith Mosley, Women LEAD Scholarship committee chair Carolyn Newham, and JLD president Julie Bagley. (Photo: Rhi Lee)

Junior League of Dallas and Mary Kay Inc. announced the four recipients of their second annual Women LEAD (Learn. Excel. Acheive. Dream.) Scholarship Program.

The partnership awarded a total of $25,000 to four female students from Conrad High School who prepared an essay and a speech about how they could accomplish their dreams beyond college with $5,000.

“We hope these scholarships will allow these women to further their education and become one step closer to pursuing their dreams. Education is one of the League’s main areas of support, and we look forward to seeing the impact it will have on their lives and future,” said Julie Bagley, president of JLD.


Bushes to Chair Make-A-Wish Gala

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Former president George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, will serve as the honorary chairs for the Make-A-Wish Annual Wish Night gala on Saturday, May 16.

The Operation: Wish-themed gala raises funds to grant the hundreds of wishes kids with life-threatening conditions in North Texas receive each year. The event is also presented by Helzberg Diamonds.

“Make-A-Wish North Texas is privileged to have the support of previous wish granters, President and Mrs. George W. Bush, for this year’s annual Wish Night,” said Make-A-Wish North Texas president and CEO Scotty Landry. “Not only is this an incredible honor for our organization, but a once in a lifetime and truly magical experience for our wish kids, as well as their families.”


Condo Project Lets Residents Design Space

This preliminary architectural drawing shows part of the proposed front of the complex facing Lomo Alto Drive. (Courtesy Madison Lomo Alto Condo L.P.) 0
This preliminary architectural drawing shows part of the proposed front of the complex facing Lomo Alto Drive. (Courtesy Madison Lomo Alto Condo L.P.)

Who wants to create their own condo? There’s a project coming soon to Lomo Alto Drive that will let prospective Highland Park dwellers do just that.

The plan for the single-building complex, called Lomo Alto Residences, will be to shell out 30,000 square feet over three floors, then finish out spaces to the size and specifications of the buyer’s choosing.

The result will likely have between six and eight luxury flats on a half-acre site at the intersection of Lomo Alto and Fairway Avenue, but until all the space is bought, the exact number is unclear.


Local YMSL Chapter Honors First Grads

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Here are the 2015 graduates of the Highland Park chapter of the Young Men's Service League.

Here are the 2015 graduates of the Highland Park chapter of the Young Men’s Service League.

Congratulations to the first class of graduates from the local chapter of the Young Men’s Service League, who were recognized during a ceremony on March 22 at Northwood Country Club.

The mother-son nonprofit serves several agencies in the Dallas community through service projects and fundraisers. The graduation ceremony included a presentation by Dr. Stephen Burgher, medical commander in the U.S. Navy who served in Afghanistan in 2013 and 2014.

The local chapter was started four years ago, meaning that the current class is the first to participate during all four years of high school.


College Ceremony Honors Hockaday Athletes

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From left, Mackenzie Capetillo, Charlsea Lamb, Samantha Toomey, Mimi Asom, Jessica Savage, and Maura McCrary

From left, Mackenzie Capetillo, Charlsea Lamb, Samantha Toomey, Mimi Asom, Jessica Savage, and Maura McCrary

Congratulations to a handful of Hockaday seniors who will compete in athletics in college, and who were recognized during a ceremony earlier this month at the school.

They include Charlsea Lamb (Rice, track and field), Mimi Asom (Princeton, soccer), Mackenzie Capetillo (Rhodes, volleyball), Samantha Toomey (Carnegie Mellon, volleyball), Jessica Savage (Colorado College, basketball), and Maura McCrary (Sewanee, tennis).


Pastors Swap Churches to Promote Diversity

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Rev. Bryan Carter

Rev. Bryan Carter

There will be a different face in the pulpit at Park Cities Baptist Church on Sunday. Likewise at Concord Church in Oak Cliff.

Rev. Bryan Carter, senior pastor at Concord, and PCBC senior pastor Dr. Jeff Warren will switch churches for Palm Sunday to help promote friendship and diversity between congregations.

The two church leaders have become close friends over the past several years, and each has been burdened by racial tensions between the northern and southern sides of Dallas. Warren said he hopes to unite the church across racial, economic, and cultural lines.


It’s Time For An Easter ‘Eggstravaganza’

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He'll be at Goar Park on Saturday. Will you?

He’ll be at Goar Park. Will you?

With Easter right around the corner, the city of University Park will hold its annual “Eggstravaganza” festivities on Saturday in Goar Park.

The highlight of the event, which is designed for children 8 and under, is an Easter egg hunt, of course, which begins at 10 a.m. Participation is free.

Other happenings get underway around 9:30 a.m., including a contest for the best-decorated Easter basket, as well as bounce houses, face painting, a petting zoo, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and music and refreshments.


Lady Scots Shut Out Skyline in Playoffs

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Highland Park topped Skyline 4-0 in a bi-district playoff game on Thursday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park topped Skyline 4-0 in a Class 6A bi-district playoff game on Thursday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The Highland Park girls soccer team has cleared the first playoff hurdle in its inaugural season in Class 6A.

The Lady Scots easily dispatched Skyline 4-0 on Thursday in a Region II bi-district game to remain undefeated this season.

They will face Rockwall on April 2 at a time and site to be determined. The Lady Jackets shut out Harker Heights 2-0 on Thursday in their bi-district tilt.

Kate Summers scored two goals, including one on a penalty kick, to lead the HP attack. Savanna Jones and Sarah O’Neal each added goals for the Lady Scots (20-0-2), who held the Lady Raiders (10-7-3) in check throughout.


Marital Bliss Extends Beyond the Pulpit

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College sweethearts Debbie and Steve Chisolm are co-pastors at Central Christian Church. (Photo: Don Johnson)

College sweethearts Debbie and Steve Chisolm are co-pastors at Central Christian Church. (Photo: Don Johnson)

It’s Sunday morning and Debbie Chisolm is preaching to Central Christian Church’s congregation. Her husband, Steve, looks on.
For nearly four years, the husband and wife have been co-pastors at Central Christian Church in Highland Park. Both raised in Southern Baptist homes, the couple married in college, headed to seminary, and then worked as missionaries overseas.