Student Fund Created in Orr’s Honor

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Dawson Orr

Dawson Orr

This is exciting: Highland Park ISD’s board of trustees and the HP Education Foundation are establishing the Dawson Orr Global Initiative Fund to celebrate outgoing superintendent Dawson Orr’s legacy in the district.

The fund is intended to support projects that will help students focus on global issues through history, geography, culture, and economics.

You can donate to the fund in honor of Dr. Orr’s service here.


Plan Mom’s Special Day With Her in Mind

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Exhale Spa (Courtesy Photo)

by Mackenzie Cimala and Paige Kerley

Mother’s Day is the perfect excuse to shower our moms with the love and gratitude we should show all year. Here are a few fun ideas for you and your mom, no matter her interests.


Highland Belles Welcome New Members

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Photo: Brad Watson

The new Belles strutted their stuff. (Photo: Elizabeth Magee)

The new members of the Highland Belles drill team kicked off their 2015-2016 season (quite literally) when they performed for the HPHS student body on May 1.

They performed the annual “New Girls Dance” to welcome the new Belles at a school pep rally. Out of the 66 girls on the team, 31 are new members.


HPISD Investigation of Candidate Ends

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Back in February, we alerted you that HPISD was investigating Dallas City Council candidate and former Mike Rawlings chief of staff Adam McGough regarding his residency — though running for a Lake Highlands seat, the McGoughs had maintained a condo on Lomo Alto Drive so that their children could attend HP schools before ultimately transferring them to Scofield Christian School.

Now, the investigation has closed, with no further action to be taken. The district had no additional comments on the matter.

Real estate blog Candy’s Dirt retracted derogatory comments made regarding McGough’s utility bills, which were mysteriously circulated.

Editor’s note: We are in the process of taking a look at HPISD’s protocol for residency investigations. Look for a story in our next issue.


Police Report: April 20 to April 25

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Skulduggery of the week: It’s Not Right

Between 5 and 6 p.m., a vandal caused $500 in damage to a green 1999 Lexus LX470 at an apartment complex in the 4200 block of Lomo Alto Drive. The owner of the Lexus was moving into an apartment and parked next to an elevator at the complex, although not in a designated space. An elderly neighbor drove into the garage in a black Chevrolet SUV, saw the parking job, and said, “It’s not right.” When the Lexus owner returned an hour later, they found a utility cart had been thrown on the hood, causing several dents and scratches. The following day, the same elderly man asked the family that owned the Lexus “if they were the ones who moved in yesterday.”

HIGHLAND PARK

20 MONDAY
Between 5:45 p.m. on April 19 and 6:45 a.m. on April 20, a thief entered an unlocked tan 2013 GMC Yukon behind an iron security gate in the 4600 block of Fairfax Avenue and stole a wallet containing $100 in cash. The larcenist also took five credit or debit cards and used them all before they were reported stolen. The owner of the Yukon also found a Sam’s Club card inside his vehicle that belonged to a neighbor whose unlocked gray 2010 Honda Pilot was ransacked during the same time frame. A thief also entered a third unlocked vehicle, a 2014 Lexus SUV, behind a security gate in the same block and stole a $300 purse containing $200 worth of gift cards and a credit card that was subsequently used twice.

21 TUESDAY
Between 9:30 p.m. on April 20 and 8 a.m. on April 21, a thief entered an unlocked Volkswagen coupe in the 4600 block of Fairfax Avenue and stole an iPod.

22 WEDNESDAY
Between April 17 and April 22, a thief stole a 2.3-carat platinum solitaire engagement ring from the master bedroom of a house in the 4300 block of Beverly Drive. An Internet repairman did some work in the bedroom during the time frame in which the ring went missing.


Focus Groups Reveal HPISD Pros, Cons

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OK, not pros and cons exactly — “strengths and challenges.” David Thompson of Thompson and Horton and former DISD superintendent Mike Moses conducted a day of focus-group meetings with HPISD community members on April 7 to determine what community members saw as, you guessed it, strengths and challenges of the school district, as well as what they were looking for in a new superintendent.


Cupcakes For Charity You Say? We’re in

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rsz_cupcake3Hockaday graduate Lauren Okada loves cupcakes. She also loves doing good and helping her community. That’s why she founded Cupcake Camp Dallas, which will take place at University Park United Methodist Church on May 9.

This is the fourth installation of the event, and proceeds go toward the LEAP Foundation, which provides free surgical care to children in impoverished communities around the world.

Here’s how it works: you show up any time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. You pay $10 per kid (free for adults accompanying children, but still $10 if you’re a sans-child adult) — that gets you two cupcakes automatically.

But you won’t want to stop there. No, your appetite for cupcakes is insatiable, and the appeal of doing good by eating them only increases your hunger.

More than 20 area bakeries will display more than 3,000 cupcakes for the taking. There will also be face painting (see left), balloon animals, bounce houses, a photo booth, and cupcake-eating contest for kids and adults.

Let the sugar rush commence.


SMU Sees Collab With Vision Research

Lyle School of Engineering dean Marc Christensen, Caruth Foundation philanthropy director Monica Egert Smith, Communities Foundation of Texas president Brent Christopher, and Retina Foundation chief medical officer Karl Csaky. (Photo Courtesy of SMU) 0
Lyle School of Engineering dean Marc Christensen, Caruth Foundation philanthropy director Monica Egert Smith, Communities Foundation of Texas president Brent Christopher, and Retina Foundation chief medical officer Karl Csaky. (Photo Courtesy of SMU)

With an eye on new research, a $2.5 million grant from the W. W. Caruth Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas provides funding to the Retina Foundation of the Southwest and SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering.

The goal is to create the Clinical Center of Innovation for Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

The new collaborative research center will focus on new methods of diagnosis.

It will also help the treatment of patients who are losing their vision to age-related macular degeneration.


NCL Members Honored For Service

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The Heart of Dallas chapter of the National Charity League had 24 qualifiers for the President's Volunteer Service Award this year.

The Heart of Dallas chapter of the National Charity League had 24 qualifiers for the President’s Volunteer Service Award this year.

It’s a tradition every year for the president of the Heart of Dallas chapter of the National Charity League to select a theme to mark her tenure.

This year, that theme was “Dare to Soar,” providing a challenge to the group from president Molly Pieroni to serve more in the community. And it appears the local NCL chapter did just that, providing more than 4,600 hours of community service during the past year.


Scots to Open Playoffs Against MacArthur

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The last month has given HP plenty of reasons to celebrate. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The last month has given HP plenty of reasons to celebrate. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park carries plenty of momentum into its first run through the Class 6A Region II baseball playoffs, with 11 straight wins and a District 10-6A title.

The Scots (22-5) will meet Irving MacArthur in a best-of-three series this weekend, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Scotland. MacArthur will host the second game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, while the series will return to HP for a third game at 3 p.m. Saturday, if necessary.

The Cardinals (14-11) finished fourth in District 9-6A during the regular season. We’ll have more information on the matchup later this week.


HP Will Face Tough Task in Rockwall

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Rennie Orr and Katie Bell were standouts for HP against Irving.

Rennie Orr and Katie Bell were among the standouts for HP against Irving.

After sweeping Irving in its playoff debut over the weekend, Highland Park will meet Rockwall in the area round of the Class 6A Region II softball playoffs.

The best-of-three series starts at 7 p.m. Thursday in Rockwall, with the second game at 7 p.m. Friday at HPHS. The Lady Scots also will host a third game, if necessary, at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The Lady Jackets are unbeaten this season and didn’t allow a run during a bi-district sweep of Killeen Ellison. We’ll have a more detailed breakdown of the matchup later this week.