HPHS Seniors Rack Up Honors

Valedictorian Khai-Leif Nguyen-Hille and salutatorian Jack Weakley with Blanket Award winners Kathryn Mootz and Carson Yeager. (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua) 0
Valedictorian Khai-Leif Nguyen-Hille and salutatorian Jack Weakley with Blanket Award winners Kathryn Mootz and Carson Yeager. (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua)

Tonight, 497 Highland Park High School seniors will walk across the stage at Moody Coliseum at SMU with some $13.5 million in scholarships in their pockets.

Scholarship and academic awards were announced at the Senior Honors Day assembly at HPHS yesterday. You can find a full list of recipients here.

Khai-Leif Nguyen-Hille is the valedictorian and Jack Weakley is the salutatorian. The National Honor Society Blanket Award winners are Kathryn Mootz and Carson Yeager, who each had more than 1,000 hours of community service. Kathryn’s older sisters, Marilyn and Allie, are past Blanket winners.

Nguyen-Hille is headed to Harvard in the fall to study economics or applied math. He said he’d like to pursue a doctorate and then help craft economic policy. Weakley will attend the University of Texas at Austin, where he plans to study electrical engineering and one day found a start-up.

Yeager will be headed to SMU and Kathryn will be attending UT.

Top GPA honors are on the jump. Congrats class of 2016!


Last Land Standing No More

43hundred Lomo Alto will include seven townhomes in two three-story buildings. (Photo: Bernbaum/Magadini architects) 0
43hundred Lomo Alto will include seven townhomes in two three-story buildings. (Photo: Bernbaum/Magadini architects)

For years, developers have planned and then withdrawn multifamily projects at 4300 Lomo Alto Drive, which remains one of the most intriguing half-acres of vacant land in the Park Cities.

Bill White intends to change that pattern. His company, Dallas-based Len Mac Development, intends to break ground in June on a luxury townhome complex that he hopes will help revitalize the corridor on the southern end of Highland Park.

The concept features a pair of three-story buildings with seven townhomes total. The purchase price will start at $1.85 million for a 3,000-square-foot vertical floor plan with three bedrooms and 3.5 baths that includes an elevator in each unit along with two balconies and a gas fireplace.

“These will be unique to the area, simply because there hasn’t been a design quite like this before,” said White, whose company has built projects in nearby Oak Lawn.

He hopes the gated project, known as 43hundred Lomo Alto, will be a catalyst for transforming the neighborhood, which could include other multifamily developments and is within walking distance of an upscale shopping complex anchored by a Whole Foods Market.


Freakishly Filmmaking Friends

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Counter clockwise from top left, Rebecca Lembcke, Ava Maloy, Zach Anderson, Edwin Heasley, Bille Craft, Nick Swartzendruber, Ainsley Wiseman, Brennan Jordan, and Anabelle Sartain pictured at McCulloch Intermediate School of Friday, April 29, 2016. The group of friends formed a group, Freakishly Filmmaking Friends, and were recently finalists in a 24-hour video race.

Nine McCulloch Intermediate School sixth graders acted, filmed, and edited their way to a fourth-place finish in Dallas’ 24-Hour Video Race in early April.

The Freakishly Filmmaking Friends were the youngest team to make it to the finals, competing against teams of high schoolers in the Super 8 (10th grade and younger) category.

“We were all really surprised that we even made it into the finals because there were other really good groups that didn’t make it,” said actress Rebecca Lembcke. “When we made it to the finals, it was such a big honor that it didn’t matter to us what we got after that.”

The group would never have gotten that far if not for organizer, director, producer, writer, and film and sound editor Ainsley Wiseman’s passion for film. She learned about the competition through her friend’s dad, who was also a judge for the race.

“I’ve been really interested in directing movies, so when I found out, I thought it sounded awesome,” Wiseman said.

The competition is open to anyone with a love of film, whether a student, a professional actor, or a filmmaker. At midnight on April 1, contestants gathered at the Angelika Film Center to write, shoot, edit, and score 5-minute long films.


HP Takes to Twitter to Share Leak News

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We live in a new age PC People. The Town of Highland Park has taken to Twitter. It’s been a few months since they started tweeting, but we realize we never really acknowledged the milestone.

I followed up about the leak with town spokesperson Lance Koppa, who said the source of the “significant” spillage was a six-inch pipe. A crew sprang into action and removed and replaced the damage pipe. Koppa said temporary repairs have been made to the alley’s surface.


Have Your Brunch Under the Sun

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Kick off Sundays with Brunch Under the Tuscan Sun at Princi Italia in the heart of Preston Royal Village.

Executive Chef Dan Drayer has crafted a menu ranging from Italian classics, like homemade pastas and bruschettas, to dishes with a Southern twist, like fried chicken and pancetta waffles and honey goat cheese beignets.

With bottomless mimosas and bellinis, there’s no need to rush out. Hang out on the patio and enjoy the weekend with family or friends, every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Lamplighter Celebrates its “Seniors”

Lamplighter's class of 2016 included 56 bright young fourth-graders. (Courtesy photo) 0
Lamplighter's class of 2016 included 56 bright young fourth-graders. (Courtesy photo)

Lamplighter School celebrated its 56 fourth-graders on Monday, May 23 with a graduation ceremony in the Klyde Warren Auditorium, followed by a reception in the Cook Gym.

The graduation wrapped-up the fourth-graders jubilant “Senior Days” celebrations, which included a parade, cookout, talent show, and a performance of student-written and performed operas.


Shopping Gets Personal at HP Village

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Personal Shopping Salon 3_Photo by Brad Gerleman copyTo help celebrate Highland Park Village’s 85th year, the shopping center has unveiled the new Personal Shopping Salon.

The salon features a team of professional stylists to provide complimentary help for customers with their personal shopping needs. It is located on the second floor above Diane von Furstenburg.


City Council Approves Zoning for New School

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Following the recommendation of the Dallas City Plan Commission earlier this month, City Council unanimously approved on May 25 Highland Park ISD’s request to rezone property bought from Northway Christian Church to build a fifth elementary school.

HPISD’s success means that they will be able to stay on track with their ambitious construction schedule. At the latest HPISD board meeting May 17, school board facilities chair Jim Hitzelberger said construction was set to begin in June, contingent on City Council’s approval.

He also promised availability and communication from the board with neighbors and the greater community throughout the process, which will include “extensive meetings with neighbors” and a hotline to call during construction. 


Win Two Tickets to Dreamgirls

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