Prediction: Silver Will Speak at SMU

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Nate Silver

Nate Silver

Anyone who can make a living writing about sports and statistics certainly has my admiration. And there aren’t many who can do it better than Nate Silver, founder of the FiveThirtyEight.com website that is now owned by ESPN.

Silver will speak on Tuesday night at SMU as part of the school’s renowned Tate Lecture Series. Although the event is sold out, a question-and-answer forum that afternoon at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom is open to area high school students, SMU students, faculty, and staff.

Silver is a pioneer in the evolving world of “data journalism,” having made correct predictions about presidential races in 2008 and 2012, as well as forecasts about player performance in baseball and other sports based on statistical analysis.


Bell, Lady Scots Finish Playoff Sweep

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Katie Bell pitched a shutout as HP beat Irving 6-0 on Friday to sweep its playoff series. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Katie Bell pitched a shutout as HP beat Irving 6-0 on Friday to sweep its playoff series. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

IRVING – Two games into its playoff history, Highland Park already has the look of a postseason veteran.

The Lady Scots easily dispatched Irving 6-0 on Friday to sweep their Class 6A Region II bi-district series. HP advances to meet unbeaten Rockwall next week in the area round.

After using 16 hits to earn a 10-5 victory in the series opener on Thursday, the Lady Scots weren’t as consistent offensively in Game 2. But pitcher Katie Bell took care of the rest, posting a shutout despite facing the same hitters in a two-day span.

Meanwhile, HP wasn’t affected by the same butterflies that might have contributed to an early deficit against the Lady Tigers in Game 1.


Lee Cullum Hosts Panel at Meadows Museum

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Legendary Dallas journalist and host of KERA’s CEO, Lee Cullum (on whom I’m the first to admit I have a girl-crush), will be moderating a free panel discussion at the Meadows Museum at SMU tomorrow from 2-4 p.m.

The panel is full of folks who’ve been instrumental to the growth of the museum over its 50-year history. Panelists include: Founding director William B. Jordan (1967-1981); former directors Irene Martin and John Lunsford; adjunct curator Pamela Patton (1994-2000); Mark Roglán, a former curator and the current Linda P. and William A. Custard director; and museum founder Algur Meadows’ son Robert Meadows.

Panelists will discuss the history of the museum, how it relates to SMU, and the role it plays in the larger Dallas art scene. Priority seating for members begins at 1:40 p.m. in the Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium. You can watch it live here.

[Editor’s Note: The Meadows’ ad in our May edition, on stands now, incorrectly stated that the panel was on Sunday, not Saturday. IT IS SATURDAY!]


HP to Spray For Skeeters This Weekend

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They're back.

They’re back!

You know the routine. It’s mosquito season, so the town of Highland Park will start ground spraying this weekend.

From an HP press release: “The number of mosquitoes in some traps reached the treatable threshold as established by the town’s Mosquito Control Policy.” We can’t make that up. But at least they all tested negative for West Nile Virus.

Nevertheless, ground spraying of public rights-of-way and tennis courts will take place after 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Crews will finish before 6 a.m. each day.


Reenan Leads Lady Scots in Playoff Opener

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Highland Park freshman Amanda Reenan hit two home runs against Irving on Thursday night. The Lady Scots won 10-5, meaning they could close out the series tonight. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park freshman Amanda Reenan hit two home runs against Irving on Thursday night. The Lady Scots could close out the series tonight. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Any jitters weren’t evident for Highland Park during its playoff debut against Irving on Thursday night.

Amanda Reenan hit two home runs and the Lady Scots crushed Irving 10-5 in the opener of a Class 6A Region II bi-district series. HP will look to close out the Lady Tigers in Game 2 tonight in Irving.

The offensive numbers were impressive for the Lady Scots in Game 1, as they pounded 16 hits, including seven for extra bases. Six players had multiple hits, and HP scored in five of their six innings at the plate.


Bluffview Attorney to Lead State Bar of Texas

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Frank Stevenson

Frank Stevenson

Frank Stevenson of Bluffview has been chosen by his fellow attorneys as the next president of the State Bar of Texas.

Stevenson, a partner with Locke Lord Edwards, received nearly 55 percent of the 23,958 votes cast during April, easily defeating Randy Howry of Austin for the post. He will be sworn in as president-elect during the group’s annual meeting on June 19 in San Antonio. His yearlong term as president will begin in June 2016.

Stevenson specializes in real estate/finance and public law. He is a former chair of the State Bar of Texas board and a former president of the Dallas Bar Association. He also has extensive civic and philanthropic involvement on his resume.


Here’s Where to Recycle Electronics, Papers

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Here’s a good way to dispose of a little extra clutter around the house. The city of University Park will hold a recycling event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at Highland Park Middle School.

The acceptable items include electronics and personal documents, such as tax or medical records, legal files, or other papers containing personal information.

A Goodwill Industries truck also will be on-site to collect donations of clothing and other items. Donors will get a receipt for tax-deduction purposes.


HP Native Goes For Gaming Grand Prize

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There are those who are good at video games, and then there are those who are really good at video games.

Highland Park native Trent Jones is in the latter category, and he will lead a team of fellow gamers from Texas A&M, into the League of Legends championship tournament this weekend in Los Angeles. Jones and his teammates could land $30,000 in scholarship money.

The Dallas Morning News has more information on the graduate of Trinity Christian Academy and his background in gaming.


Author Will Speak at CASA Luncheon

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Ashley Rhodes-Courter (Courtesy photo)

Ashley Rhodes-Courter

New York Times best-selling author Ashley Rhodes-Courter will be the keynote speaker for the 2015 Dallas CASA Cherish the Children luncheon at 11 a.m. on May 7 at the Dallas Country Club.

There will also be an auction of children’s furnishings. All proceeds go toward CASA’s mission to build safe homes for abused children. Kappa Alpha Theta Dallas Alumnae, which has served children in the community for nearly 90 years, will act as honorary chair.

For more information, click here.


Here’s a Salute to the Hoopin’ Patriots

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The victorious Patriots in front of coach Jim Knox include, from left, Price MacFadyen, Jack Morris, Austin Knox, Sutton Florer, and J.P. Mumert.

The victorious Patriots in front of coach Jim Knox include, from left, Price MacFadyen, Jack Morris, Austin Knox, Sutton Florer, and J.P. Mumert.

Congratulations to the Providence Patriots, a group of first-grade boys who recently completed an undefeated season in the basketball league at the Park Cities YMCA. The team was coached by Jim Knox.


Developer Transwestern Trying Again With Preston Center Neighbors

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Transwestern has resurrected its plans to build a luxury apartment complex at the northeast corner of Preston Road and Northwest Highway.

The developer, you might recall, took its plans for the same property off the table last summer following a wave of neighborhood opposition about the proposed height and density of the project.

Now the company has scaled back the size of its plans in its latest concept, and Transwestern officials are cautiously optimistic about the response.

“It was really clear that we weren’t getting any traction for the density or height we were looking for. So we had to step back,” said Mark Culwell, Transwestern managing director of multifamily development. “We developed a concept that we thought would be much more agreeable to the neighbors.


Crank Named Academic All-State in Track

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These girls run fast and study hard. From left, front row: Maggie Fersing, Gabby Crank, and Claire Crofford. Back row: Caroline Magee, Kara Davis, Julia McDonald, and Elizabeth Davis. Not pictured: Connie Jehng.

These HP seniors run fast and study hard. From left, front row: Maggie Fersing, Gabby Crank, and Claire Crofford. Back row: Caroline Magee, Kara Davis, Julia McDonald, and Elizabeth Davis. Not pictured: Connie Jehng.

Gabby Crank is one of a handful of Highland Park seniors who excel not only on the track, but in the classroom as well.

Crank recently was given academic all-state recognition by the Texas High School Coaches Association. She has advanced to the Class 6A Region II meet in Waco this weekend in multiple events, and will attend the University of Texas in the fall as a preferred walk-on.

In all, eight members of the HPHS girls track and field team were recognized for their academic achievement. Those receiving second-team or honorable mention include Claire Crofford, Elizabeth Davis, Kara Davis, Maggie Fersing, Connie Jehng, Caroline Magee, and Julia McDonald.