Hoy Leads Lady Scots to State Title Game

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Highland Park will play Coppell on Saturday for the 6A state title after the Lady Scots beat Katy Cinco Ranch in a shootout on Friday. (Photo: Thao Nguyen)

Highland Park will play Coppell on Saturday for the 6A state title after the Lady Scots beat Katy Cinco Ranch in a shootout on Friday. (Photo: Thao Nguyen)

By Sean Shapiro / Special Contributor

GEORGETOWN — Highland Park coach Stewart Brown wasn’t too worried about having a freshman goalie in a shootout with a trip to the Class 6A state championship game on the line.

“Freshmen don’t understand how big it is,” Brown said.

As it turns out, Ginny Hoy was even more in the dark than her coach thought on the situation. But that didn’t prevent her from stopping Shaylee Anaya in the sixth shootout round and securing a 1-0 victory.

The Lady Scots (25-0-2) won the shootout 4-3 against Katy Cinco Ranch (23-3) at Birkelbach Field in a state semifinal on Friday.


Mosquito Spraying in HP

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This weekend (April 17-19) the Town of Highland Park will be ground spraying for mosquitoes from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Although no mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus, the spraying will reduce their growing population.

Highland Park advises residents to remain indoors and protect pets when sprayers are in the area. Any outdoor pet dishes should be cleaned after spraying.

Residents should also be attentive to any areas of standing water in their area, including pet dishes, flower pot basins, and bird baths. Town personnel are available for free home inspections for potential mosquito breeding grounds. Call 214.521.4161 to schedule an inspection.


Can the Lady Scots Bring Home a State Title?

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The Lady Scots will play Katy Cinco Ranch today in the 6A state semifinals. (File photo)

The Lady Scots will play Katy Cinco Ranch today in the 6A state semifinals. (File photo)

Highland Park has played on this same field before, but the Lady Scots haven’t quite been in this same situation.

HP is back in the state tournament in girls soccer, something it accomplished during a state-title run in 2012 and with a runner-up finish the next spring. But those were in Class 4A.

What makes this year’s accomplishment more noteworthy is that it caps the Lady Scots’ first season in Class 6A, the highest enrollment classification in the state. They will face Katy Cinco Ranch at noon today in the state semifinals in Georgetown.


Amateurs Can Build DIY Veggie Gardens

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Columnist Casey Stephanie

Columnist Casey Stephanie

Food doesn’t get any fresher or more delicious than when picked from your own yard.

I know, I know. That sounds great, but there is all that process, dirt, and green-thumb knowledge to contend with to make homegrown food a reality. I’d toyed with the idea before, but always decided it was easier to just buy veggies and herbs from real farmers. I mean, I only keep plants at home that require sunlight and (hardly any) water.


HP Lacrosse Gets Punny on Facebook

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As you may be aware, HP lacrosse has a big match tonight at 6 p.m. (look for it in your Plaid Report!) The lacrosse team is getting psyched on their Facebook page, too:

For those worried about the weather…. The weather forecast for Friday April 17th is partly boring during the day but around 6pm the thunder of the JV team hits the Highland Park area followed only by a severe FUN warning as the Scots take on St. Marks on Senior Night at Highlander.

What do you think? Cute? Silly? Doesn’t matter — we’re rooting for you either way, boys!


CEO Shares Passion For Art

Ashmore thanks supporters and announces 2014’s winners. (Photo: Travis Lilley) 0
Ashmore thanks supporters and announces 2014’s winners. (Photo: Travis Lilley)

Eight years ago, Mickey Ashmore’s son asked a simple question: “Why don’t you go to Booker T. to look for art?”

For Ashmore, CEO of Universal Commercial Realty, the idea to look for gifts for his most valued clients for his company’s 20th anniversary was novel. Now, seven years later, the simple question has led to a legacy of art advocacy among high school students in the form of Retail as Art.

The scholarship photography competition, a charitable initiative of UCR, presents a number of high school students with prizes for images that capture their interpretation of the essence of retail. From fish markets to store racks, past winners have varied in subject matter, but all feature a high level of style. 


Here Are Your 2015 Scots Football Captains

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From left, team captains Hayden Schnieders, Jack Sides, Henry Allen, and Matthew Barge. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

Highland Park’s incoming football captains include, from left, Hayden Schnieders, Jack Sides, Henry Allen, and Matthew Barge. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

With the Highland Park football team preparing to open spring practice later this month, the squad has chosen its captains and 12-member player committee for the upcoming season.

Captains include seniors Henry Allen, Matthew Barge, Hayden Schnieders, and Jack Sides. They’re also on the player committee, along with Stephen Dieb, Jake Sorrels, Kemp Sauer, Josh Block, Chris Buell, Carson Yeager, William Neely, and Zach Snelling.

The Scots will open spring practice on April 27, with the Blue-Gold scrimmage set for May 19 at Highlander Stadium. The regular season will start on Aug. 29 against Frisco Centennial in the Tom Landry Classic.


ARTsPARK Coming to NorthPark Center

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Visitors enjoyed a performance at ARTsPARK 2014.

One of the dances performed at ARTsPARK in 2014.

To cap off Dallas Arts Week 2015, NorthPark Center is hosting the 6th annual ARTsPARK event this Saturday from 1-5 p.m.

Local organizations will be showcasing opportunities on how to make art a part of your life, whether it’s through creating, volunteering, or memberships. This year’s arts fair features a new gallery row where visitors can purchase pieces from local galleries.

Live demonstrations and performances will take place throughout the day.

ARTsPARK is co-presented by the Business Council for the Arts. For the full list of participating organizations and performance times, check out ARTsPARK’s Facebook page.


HPHS Crowns Prom King and Queen

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Bianca Yarto and Stuart Forrester

Bianca Yarto and Stuart Forrester

Congratulations to seniors Stuart Forrester and Bianca Yarto, Highland Park High School’s 2015 prom king and queen! They were crowned at the Casino Royale-themed dance on Saturday, April 11 at Union Station.


Grad Student Turns to Education

Jayda Batchelder (back left) visits an eighth-grade class using Roadmap to Success at Stockard Middle School. (Photo: Can Turkyilmaz) 0
Jayda Batchelder (back left) visits an eighth-grade class using Roadmap to Success at Stockard Middle School. (Photo: Can Turkyilmaz)

Jayda Batchelder had already enrolled in Tulane University’s graduate program when she was accepted to Teach For America for a two-year assignment in Dallas. Thinking she’d return to New Orleans after, she requested a leave of absence.

“It’s so funny how you make plans for yourself, but you don’t realize there’s definitely a much greater plan,” Batchelder said.

Batchelder taught eighth-grade science and saw improvement in students’ test scores. She visited those students the next year to prepare for her second year of teaching.


Hyer Brownies Donate to Literacy Education

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Girl Scout Troop #5403 presents "The Brownie ABC Book" to Janet Peters and the VMLC.

Girl Scout Troop #5403 presents “The Brownie ABC Book” to Janet Peters and the VMLC.

The Girl Scouts of Brownie Troop #5403 stepped up their cookie sales this year and donated the profits to fund literacy education in the community. On April 13, the 3rd grade girls from Hyer Elementary gave $1,000 to the Vickery Meadow Learning Center.

In addition, the girls created a handmade alphabet book called “The Brownie ABC Book.” The Learning Center and its librarian, Ms. Janet Peters, each received a copy. The FedEx Kinkos in Preston Center donated the printing and binding for the books.

The Brownies in Troop #5403 are Lauren Ladd, Lauren Ridgway, Vivian Johnson, Ellie Donahoe, Charlotte Wilson, Brynn Wilson, Katharine Meyer, Libba Huff, Sarah McMillan, Ali Savage, Audrey Johnson, Flora Danielson, Cate Cox, Emma Graham, Kayla Dickerson, Emily Coleman, and Ella Schreyer.

Ashley Coleman and Erin Schreyer are the #5403 troop leaders.


St. Michael’s to Host Human Trafficking Symposium Saturday

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Human trafficking is a big problem in Dallas. That’s why organizations such as New Friends New Life and Traffick911 go to work every day to rescue girls from helpless situations. But there’s more to be done. Saint Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church is hosting the Dallas Symposium on Human Trafficking from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, April 18 at the church.

The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas, and the American Friends of the Anglican Centre Rome are just of a few of the faith-based organizations coming together to stop trafficking. Use the hashtag #stopslaverydallas to spread the word about the event and mission.

“All people of good will, and especially people of faith, have a moral obligation to do all that they can to put an end to human trafficking,” said Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas.

Here’s a video from the Global Freedom Network that St. Michael’s has posted on the event page: