NTFB raises $40M toward $55M goal

From left: Simon Powell, Anurag Jain, John and Pam Beckert, Katherine Perot Reeves, and Margot Perot participate in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Perot Family Center, a new distribution and volunteer facility the North Texas Food Bank will build in Plano.

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From left: Simon Powell, Anurag Jain, John and Pam Beckert, Katherine Perot Reeves, and Margot Perot participate in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Perot Family Center, a new distribution and volunteer facility the North Texas Food Bank will build in Plano. (Photo by William Taylor)

Preston Hollow residents John and Pam Beckert are offended by the numbers.

One in four area children live in food insecure homes, according to the North Texas Food Bank. One in six senior adults do, too.

“Hunger in our community is unacceptable,” said John Beckert, who with his wife has supported NTFB for more than 30 years.

The Beckerts, Perots, Jains and other Dallas families are looking to do more to reduce those numbers and are inviting other North Texans a $55 million Stop Hunger Build Hope capital campaign.

The Beckerts are co-chairing the campaign, now in its public phase. The aim: boosting facilities, bolstering partners and incorporating more technology in an effort to provide by 2015 the 92 million meals needed annually to feed the hungry in 13 counties. That’s a 50 percent increase from what NTFB provided in 2015. Visit ntfbstophunger.org.


HP Girls Slip Past Heath at HP Invitational

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Congratulations to these girls, who are proudly holding the first-place trophy from the HP Invitational.

Congratulations to these girls, who are proudly holding the first-place trophy from the HP Invitational gymnastics meet.

The Highland Park girls successfully defended their home turf by winning the team title at the HP Invitational meet on Feb. 21.

The Lady Scots narrowly held off Rockwall-Heath for the trophy behind the sophomore tandem of Tatum Meeks and Lily Overton.

Meeks won the all-around and balance beam, and placed second on vault and uneven bars. Overton claimed first place on bars and second in the all-around and on beam.

Next up, HP will compete in the Rudder Invitational on March 3 in Bryan.


Camp 43 Focuses on Leadership

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Teens roleplay a national crisis simulation during Camp 43.

Don’t count on meeting George W. Bush during Camp 43. Don’t count it out either.

The former president puts the free day camp for older teens on his schedule and likes to surprise participants if it works out, Sharon Brannon, education specialist for the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, said.

While there’s no guarantee of a presidential encounter, camp participants can count on meeting government and industry leaders, working on leadership skills, and role-playing top decision makers during a national crisis simulation, she said.

“We want to help create informed citizens who are doing more and may evolve into government officials we can put our trust in,” Brannon said.


Notre Dame School of Dallas Receives $25K Gift

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The Notre Dame School of Dallas received a $25,900 gift from Portfolios with Purpose (PWP) on behalf of Richard Porteous.

PWP hosts multiple web-based mock portfolio stock selection competitions allowing the participants to choose which charity their entry fee will go towards.
Portfolios with Purpose was founded in 2011 by Highland Park resident Stacey Asher as a platform for raising charitable dollars that are re-directed to support many impacting philanthropic causes.

In 2016, PWP raised over $1 million and donated all of the money to deserving charities. Porteous topped more than 400 participants by leveraging a $100 entry fee into the Notre Dame gift.


Explore Camps Close to Home

Club SciKidz sponsors multiple science-focused camps. (Photo courtesy Club SciKidz) 0
Club SciKidz sponsors multiple science-focused camps. (Photo courtesy Club SciKidz)

Sometimes camp is about getting away for the summer — but sometimes it’s just as great to stay close to home. If you have a little scientist, engineer, or adventurer on your hands and you’re looking for a camp that doesn’t require leaving the city, Dallas has plenty of answers. Club SciKidz is a one-stop shop for all things science, offering a variety of camps that show how science works in the real world through fun-filled experiments and activities. For the tech-savvy or robot-obsessed, UT Dallas offers computer programming and coding camps for students K-12. For animal lovers, summer camps at the Dallas Zoo give students the chance to explore their wild side with furry friends in the animal kingdom.


HP Sophomore Earns State Title

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Highland Park sophomore Aidan Conner finished his season with a Class 5A title.

Aidan Conner never lost a match to a wrestler at the Class 5A level all season, and on Saturday he proved his supremacy in the 195-pound weight class at the UIL state tournament.

The Highland Park sophomore capped a sensational season with a championship when he outlasted Joshua Molinar of El Paso Eastlake in the title match at the Berry Center in suburban Houston.

Conner won a 9-6 decision over Molinar, who was previously unbeaten, to finish the season with a 62-1 individual record. Earlier in the tournament, Conner pinned his first two opponents before scoring a 2-0 decision over Azle’s Seth Bell in the semifinals.


Scots Rally Past Liberty, Into Third Round

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Highland Park's Davis Milton drives between Frisco Liberty defenders during a Class 5A Region II area round playoff game on Tuesday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park’s Davis Milton drives between Frisco Liberty defenders during a Class 5A Region II playoff game on Tuesday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

COPPELL — Highland Park used some of its trademark scrappy resilience to exorcise some postseason demons on Friday.

The Scots rallied past Frisco Liberty 60-57 in a Class 5A Region II area round game, avenging upset losses to the Redhawks in the playoffs in 2011 and 2014.

Plus, after a handful of near-misses, HP will return to the regional quarterfinals for the first time in eight years, where it will face McKinney North on Tuesday at a time and site to be determined.