Providence 8th Grader Wins TRA Art Contest

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Claire Cochran took the grand prize in the TRA Art Contest. (Courtesy Providence Christian School of Texas)

Claire Cochran took the grand prize in the TRA Art Contest. (Courtesy Providence Christian School of Texas)

 

Claire Cochran, an 8th grader at Providence Christian School, was awarded the grand prize in the 2016 Trinity River Authority Art (TRA) Contest. Her piece was selected over nearly 1,000 other entries from North Texas students in grades 1-8.

The theme for this year’s contest was “Don’t Trash Our Water.” Cochran painted a picture of a water bottle floating down the Trinity toward the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.prov-2

“I saw this as an opportunity to utilize the gifts God gave me to draw attention to the growing effects of pollution,” Cochran said.

The TRA will make t-shirts with Cochran’s artwork for her classmates at Providence. It may also use it in future marketing materials


HPHS Choirs to Sing at SMU Tonight

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Bottom Row (L to R): Avery Davis, Cailin Jordan, Jake Pruitt, Morgan Gerlach, Mary Berryman, Katie Krasovec Middle Row (L to R): Gracie Nunneley, Mira Martin, Athena Davidson, Brennan Davis, Lizzy Meggysey Back Row (L to R): Jordan Pierce, Adam Davidson, Ryan Douglass, Luke Sobolovitch, Jennings Humphries, Olivia Mitchell

Bottom Row (L to R): Avery Davis, Cailin Jordan, Jake Pruitt, Morgan Gerlach, Mary Berryman, Katie Krasovec
Middle Row (L to R): Gracie Nunneley, Mira Martin, Athena Davidson, Brennan Davis, Lizzy Meggysey
Back Row (L to R): Jordan Pierce, Adam Davidson, Ryan Douglass, Luke Sobolovitch, Jennings Humphries, Olivia Mitchell

The Highland Park High School varsity choir and the a cappella ensemble group Park Version will perform during the Jackopierce Christmas concert at 7 p.m. tonight at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium. It will be the third holiday-themed performance for the Lads and Lassies who previously sang at the Snider Plaza tree lighting Nov. 20 and the Armstrong Tree Lighting this past Thursday.

Park Version has holiday performances scheduled for the Junior League of Dallas Garden Club, Stanley Korshak, Northpark, and the Dallas Arboretum. They will also sing the national anthem during halftime of the National Hoopfest Dec. 17..

All HPHS choirs will also participate in the Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 in the HPHS Auditorium.


Stewart, Scots Hold Off Broncos Late

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Highland Park's George Stewart knocked down a Mansfield Legacy pass in the end zone to preserve a 14-7 win for the Scots on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park’s George Stewart knocked down a Mansfield Legacy pass in the end zone to preserve a 14-7 win for the Scots on Friday at AT&T Stadium. HP will play in the Class 5A state semifinals next week. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

ARLINGTON — When it mattered most, the weary Highland Park defense dug deep, and the Scots will continue their season as a result.

George Stewart broke up a fourth-down pass in the end zone in the final minute, and HP held off Mansfield Legacy for a 14-7 victory in the Class 5A Region II final at AT&T Stadium.

The Scots advance to meet either Denton Ryan or Colleyville Heritage in the Division I state semifinals at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco.


Christmas Arrives in Highland Park

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Photo by Chris McGathey

The first day of December ushered in the annual lighting of the Highland Park town Christmas tree. Residents gathered at “The Big Pecan Tree” on Armstrong Avenue to see Mayor Joel Williams flip the switch on over 5000 lights. Festival goers enjoyed several town-sponsored attractions including face painting, a live reindeer, and a visit from Santa Claus.


Dog Days of the Holiday

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Photo courtesy of thinkstock.com

With the holiday season in full swing, it’s important to keep family pets safe and out of the vet’s office.

Jeanna Montgomery, a veterinarian at Preston Center Animal Clinic, weighed in on the dos and don’ts of the holiday season when it comes to keeping pets safe.

Montgomery’s biggest concern is feeding dogs table food, especially fats or bones from meat. This is the most common reason a dog comes to her clinic.

“The number one thing that usually happens is people want to give them a treat so they give them a fatty food when they normally don’t have fatty foods,” Montgomery said.


Meeks, Overton Pace HP at Rockwall Meet

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Highland Park finished second overall at the Rockwall Invitational on Thursday in its final compulsory meet of the season.

The Highland Park girls finished second overall at the Rockwall Invitational on Thursday in their final compulsory meet of the season.

Led by sophomores Lily Overton and Tatum Meeks, Highland Park posted a runner-up finish in the team standings at the Rockwall Invitational on Thursday.

Overton was second in the all-around competition and won the balance beam with a score of 9.8. She also was third on floor exercise. Meeks placed second on beam and uneven bars, in which she scored a 9.75.

The meet wrapped up the compulsory portion of the schedule for the Lady Scots, who will travel to their first optional meet on Jan. 19 in Irving.


Pro-Active Partying

Preston Center Drs. Lyssy and Pinckney share holiday health tips. (Photo by Tanner Garza) 0
Preston Center Drs. Lyssy and Pinckney share holiday health tips. (Photo by Tanner Garza)

You have polished off the last of the Halloween candy and the Thanksgiving pie, and now you find yourself contemplating the rest of the holiday season to come. Do you throw in the towel until the New Year or rely on your wavering willpower? According to Doctors James Pinckney and Anthony Lyssy of Diamond Luxury Healthcare in Preston Center, there are ways to ensure your holiday season is a healthy one.

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The holidays can be a whirlwind of activity, from traveling to partying to shopping to entertaining guests. It can be a time of celebration, but also a time of stress. The number one health problem doctors see is “Holiday Heart,” an increase in heart attacks and acute cardiovascular disease.

Stress management can help.


Lazzaro Leads Scots Past Prosper

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Sam Haynes made 18 saves as Highland Park picked up its first win of the season against Prosper. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Sam Haynes made 18 saves as Highland Park picked up its first win of the season against Prosper on Thursday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Nick Lazzaro posted a hat trick and Highland Park earned its first win of the season with a 5-2 victory over Prosper on Thursday in the AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey League.

Robert Sours and James McCown also scored for the Scots (1-8), while Lazzaro, Sours, and Jordan Gachman tallied assists. Samuel Haynes contributed 18 saves in goal for HP.

The Scots will return to action against Plano East on Dec. 8 at Dr Pepper StarCenter in Richardson.


Hobbled Scots Ready for Banged-Up Broncos

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Ryan Waters and Highland Park will continue their playoff run against Mansfield Legacy on Friday at AT&T Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Ryan Waters and Highland Park will continue their playoff run against Mansfield Legacy on Friday at AT&T Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park already has defeated two Mansfield ISD teams this season. In order to keep its playoff run alive, HP will need to take care of another one.

The Scots (11-2) will meet Mansfield Legacy (11-2) at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Class 5A Region II final at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, looking to advance to the state semifinals for the first time since 2013.

That year, HP blasted Legacy 48-0 in the regional semifinals. But in this meeting, the stakes will be higher and the opponent likely will be tougher. Plus, both teams might be without key contributors on offense.