HPISD Launches Page For Literature Updates

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HPISD has launched a new webpage specifically for updates on literature selections. The page will house challenges and appeals, proposed changes to EFA (LOCAL) policy, and any changes to protocol for the district or campus. Click here to view the page.

The page is a part of the HPISD website (there’s a link under “announcements”), and went live today.


Cops Spoil Another HP House Party

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Another Friday night means another house party in the Park Cities, with teenagers and officers confronting one another, leaving behind a mess of scurrying students, underage-drinking citations, empty alcohol containers, and adults claiming bewilderment or ignorance.

Here’s the latest chapter, which began at 10:36 p.m. on Jan. 23, when police noticed two empty Bud Light cans and a vodka bottle in the front yard of a house in the 3400 block of Drexel Drive.

Highland Park Department of Public Safety officers stopped a tipsy teenager on the sidewalk who said he came from the house, drank a “few beers,” and was trying to catch an Uber ride home. Then an adult houseguest emerged, claiming to have been sleeping and unaware that there were so many rambunctious kids in the house drinking.


Lady Scots Unbeaten Entering 10-6A Play

Kate Summers and the Lady Scots will start District 10-6A play tonight. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Kate Summers and the Lady Scots will start District 10-6A play tonight. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

After finishing its nondistrict schedule unscathed, Highland Park has plenty of momentum for its inaugural venture into Class 6A.

The Lady Scots earned a 1-0 shutout against Ursuline on Thursday in a matchup of two teams with state-title aspirations. HP won a 4A state crown as recently as 2012 and has plenty of returnees on its roster, and the Bears are seeking their 25th consecutive TAPPS title this winter.

Rachel Wasserman scored the game’s only goal as the Lady Scots (5-0-2) avenged a 1-0 loss to the Bears in last year’s nondistrict finale. Thursday’s game marked the first loss for Ursuline at its new on-campus field, which opened in December.


HPHS Thespians Learn Stage Combat

Highland Park High School students are fighting in drama class, but it’s supervised, so there’s no cause for alarm. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Highland Park High School students are fighting in drama class, but it’s supervised, so there’s no cause for alarm. (Courtesy Photo)

The Highland Park High School theater department just got slapped in the face — literally. Whether it’s a dramatic tumble down the stairs in Julius Caesar or a punch to the gut in Grease, the HP Arts program has pulled out all the stops, replacing jazz squares with fiery stage combat.

HPHS fine arts director Linda Raya annually hires theater veteran Kent Williams to conduct a series of stage combat workshops for her theater students. Williams, show director for Dallas-based Le Theatre de Marionette, teaches students more than how to fall without bruising. He also helps students master hair pulls, head smashes, and kitten slaps.


Hamilton, Beitter Finish Strong at Indoor Meet

Former HP standout Jack Beitter made his collegiate debut for Florida over the weekend at the McCrory Memorial in Lexington, Ky. 0
Former HP standout Jack Beitter made his collegiate debut for Florida over the weekend at the McCrory Memorial in Lexington, Ky.

Two former Highland Park standouts began the indoor track and field season competing against some of the top collegiate runners in the country over the weekend at the Rod McCravy Memorial track and field meet in Lexington, Ky.

Mary Beth Hamilton, a sophomore at Texas, finished 10th in the women’s 800 meters. Jack Beitter, a freshman at Florida, placed 11th in the men’s mile in his debut for the Gators.


SMU Hosts Venture Capital Forum

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Patrick F. Hamner, Managing Director of Patriot Capital, will be the program's moderator.

Patrick F. Hamner

Join the SMU Cox Southwest Venture Forum on Jan. 29 as it presents the Venture Capital Update: 2015.

Patriot Capital’s Patrick F. Hamner will be moderating the event, discussing current venture financing topics at Dallas Country Club on Thursday.

Bobby Franklin and John S. Taylor, representing the National Venture Capital Association, will be the program’s expert panel, joining entrepreneur presenters Steve Scanlon from GuardVest and  Paul Nichols from Cirasys.

The forum begins at 7 a.m. with a networking event, followed by breakfast and the main program.


‘Two Kick Chili’ Spices Up Church Contest

The winning chefs included, from left, Jim Clark, Margaret Wilson, and James Hull 0
The winning chefs included, from left, Jim Clark, Margaret Wilson, and James Hull

We want to give credit to the chefs who won the annual chili cook-off this weekend at Central Christian Church, but what deserves more credit are the names given to the tasty pots of spicy stew.

So congratulations to winners Jim Clark with his “Two Kick Chili,” runner-up James Hull with “Chili, Chili, Bang, Bang,” and third-place entrant Margaret Wilson serving up bowls of “Texas Pride.” To the rest, better luck next year.


See the Art of Laika at Heritage Auctions

Laika is the company behind The Boxtrolls, which is nominated for an Oscar. 0
Laika is the company behind The Boxtrolls, which is nominated for an Oscar.

Laika is the company responsible for such animated films as Coraline and The Boxtrolls, which is nominated for an Oscar this year. Its unique stop-motion technique marks a change of pace from the computer animation that dominates the marketplace today.

The company — owned by Nike founder Phil Knight — is opening its archives for a traveling auction of more than 250 puppets, models, props, and art from its films. The auction will be held on Feb. 12 in Beverly Hills, Calif., but selected highlights will be on display this week at Heritage Auctions in the Dallas Design District.

A portion of the auction proceeds will benefit The Art of Elysium, a nonprofit arts organization that uses art to inspire children and those in need. Plus, it’s a chance to go behind the scenes for animation buffs.


Weir’s Names First Non-Family CEO

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Jamie Hawley

Jamie Hawley

Weir’s Furniture has named their first non-family leader in 66 years. Jamie Hawley comes to the company as CEO following a national search. Hawley has a 25-year background in retail, brand marketing, and strategy.

Founder John Ray Weir passed away in 2013. His grandson,  Todd Moore, announced the staffing change at an employee rally on Jan. 22. Longtime employee Craig Kilgore had been serving as interim CEO, and will now take on the role of COO.

“The Weir family has created a strong foundation of smart business practices and genuine care and concern for their employees and customers,” Hawley said in a statement.


HPHS Alum Receives Research Fellowship

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Congratulations to HPHS graduate and current University of Arkansas student Grace Gandy for receiving a State Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Gandy is an honors elementary education major.

Gandy plans on using the fellowship’s funding to complete her research project “Investigating Female Attitudes Towards STEM Disciplines When Delivered Through a Service-Learning Context” alongside her faculty mentor, Dr. Marcia Imbeau.

“I see this project as a means to address the prevalent crisis we see across our nation, where a gender gap exists in STEM-related fields of study,” Gandy said. “Through the SURF grant, I will have the resources needed to ensure a thorough investigation that can hopefully help to bridge the gap between educational success and equal opportunities for women.”


Authors Live Gets Historical

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rsz_hell_and_good_company_cover_artDo you love history? Particularly, are you interested in the Spanish Civil War? Then you’re in luck — HPUMC’s next Authors Live installment will feature Richard Rhodes as he discusses his book Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made on Feb. 10.

If you plan to attend, you can either pay $30 to go to the 6 p.m. reception at the church and grab a copy of the book, or you can go to the 7 p.m. reading for free.

Click here if you need more info.


New HPHS Clubs Cater to Range of Interests

Left: Alexander Gerrese (second from left) watches a TED Talk with club members. Top: Brian Ngyuen and Keish Ramachandran; bottom: Anagha Kikkeri. (Photos: Laura Buckman) 0
Left: Alexander Gerrese (second from left) watches a TED Talk with club members. Top: Brian Ngyuen and Keish Ramachandran; bottom: Anagha Kikkeri. (Photos: Laura Buckman)

Students at Highland Park High School aren’t afraid to step up and lead if they see a void in extracurricular opportunities.

That’s the story for three students who have started — or revived — clubs on campus this year.

Thankfully, students at HP are able to start new clubs on campus each year, given that they fill out the appropriate paperwork and get other students involved.