HPHS Orchestra Travels to Disney

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(Courtesy Photo)

On Jan. 16 to 20, Highland Park High School’s orchestra travelled to Orlando, Florida to partake in a clinic with bassist Suzanne Bascit of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

The student orchestra had the opportunity to perform multiple Disney songs including Colors of the Wind, Go the Distance, The Little Mermaid, and more. Their performances were then set to Disney animation movies.

Students also visited various Disney parks and Universal Studios.

Virginia Chandler Dykes Award

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(Courtesy of Texas Women’s University.)

Texas Woman’s University’s 14th annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Award honored Francie Moody-Dahlberg on Wednesday as a philanthropist in the community.

Moody-Dahlberg is the executive director and trustee of the Moody Foundation, as well as Moody Endowment’s director. She has served on the boards of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, as well as the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Moody-Dahlberg and the Moody Foundation have an ongoing focus on children’s needs, social services, the arts, and community developments for the Dallas community.

The Virginia Chandler Dykes Award started in 2002 and has since recognized Dallas leaders who work to improve the every day lives of those in the community. The award also honors Mrs. Dykes, her achievements and commitment to helping others.

Virginia Chandler Dykes is known for her work in occupational therapy and leadership amongst several organizations such as The Dallas Opera and the Dallas Arboretum’s Women’s Council. Benefitting occupational therapy students, including all four TWU colleges: Health Sciences, Professional Education, Nursing, and Sciences, Mrs. Dykes established The Virginia Chandler Dykes Endowed Scholarship Fund.


U.P. Celebrates Grandest Friends’ Day

A student with their GRAND friends at the Grandest Friends' Day event. (Photo: Courtesy) 0
A student with their GRAND friends at the Grandest Friends' Day event. (Photo: Courtesy)

University Park Elementary students invited their grandparents into their classrooms on Feb. 5 to celebrate Grandest Friends’ Day. These GRAND friends and students enjoyed this event by engaging in fun activities, purchasing Val-o-Grams, and wearing special Grandest Friends’ Day Ribbons.

African Immigrants Find Spiritual Home at HPPC

The All Nations Worship Service mixes music and language from various cultures to reflect the makeup of its congregation. (Photo: Tanner Garza) 0
The All Nations Worship Service mixes music and language from various cultures to reflect the makeup of its congregation. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Rev. Cyprian Guchienda has seen many changes in his personal life and the world around him. One of those is the evolution of the All Nations Worship Service at Highland Park Presbyterian Church.

Guchienda, who grew up in a treetop home in the village of Njuthine, Kenya, came to Dallas to earn a master’s degree at SMU. He didn’t know then that the move would become permanent.

Upon arriving in Dallas, a couple offered to take Guchienda to their church. He accepted, and that first Sunday he found himself at HPPC. That initial visit was enough, and he knew he had discovered a congregation where he felt at home.

Expectations Are Raised for Lady Scots

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HP pitcher Katie Bell (Photo: Chris McGathey)

It took more than two decades before Highland Park reached the softball playoffs last spring.

In fact, the Lady Scots not only won a bi-district series in their postseason debut, but earned a program-best 15 wins to go with a runner-up finish in District 10-6A. HP defeated Irving before falling to Rockwall.

After placing so many check marks on the list of milestones in 2015, however, HP head coach Meredith Townsend is optimistic the Lady Scots can achieve even more this season.

Briggs Finds Success With Management Style

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(Courtesy Photo)


1960: Briggs’ father founds Ben R. Briggs Real Estate.
1993: Briggs agrees to merge his father’s company with former competitor Charles Freeman.
2010: The company buys into the Sotheby’s International Realty franchise, becoming Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

Over the years, Robbie Briggs’ philosophy has been attracting the best agents, running the best operation, and giving them the best tools to do the job.

That strategy has served him well as he turned his father’s business — now Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty — into a company that continues to grow today.

After a two-year career in architecture, Briggs decided to pursue another career in a field he was familiar with through his father, who started the firm in 1960. According to Briggs, when he joined, it consisted of 12 agents. At the time, the company was localized, focusing mainly on Park Cities clients.

“They were very nice people,” Briggs said, “Basically in those days they sat around and waited for the phone to ring.”

A Focus on Female Artists


Two exhibitions featuring three native Texans will be opening at the Meadows Museum on Feb. 14.

The exhibit, “Focusing on Pioneering Female Artists in 20th Century-Texas,” will feature Between Paris and Texas: Marie Conin, Portraitist of the Belle Epoque and Process and Innovation: Carlotta Corpron and Janet Turner. 

Marie Conin, a Native Texan, travelled to Paris to further her career as an artist. After studying for five years under Catalan painter, Claudio Castelucho, the skills she learned later helped her with portraits of Texas statesmen and political figures.

Process and Innovation: Carlotta Corpron and Janet Turner concentrates on two women artists and their unorthodox methods of photography and printing.

Both exhibits will be on display until June 5. More information about both exhibits can be found at the Meadows Museum.

HP’S Hepola Presents Memoir at DMA


Sarah Hepola_BLACKOUT jacket artAs a part of the Dallas Museum of Art’s Late Night event, HP grad Sarah Hepola will share the story told in her memoir Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget.

I would tell you more of the author’s tale, but I have a feeling you might want to wait to check out the March issue of Park Cities People.

But if you want to hear it from the woman herself, she will be speaking as a part of the Fresh Ink portion of the DMA Late Night, starting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 19

Tickets for DMA Late Night’s are $15 and are available at the DMA beginning at 6 p.m. the day of the event.