Posts by Dan Koller

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    • Dan has been with Park Cities People since September 2008. Before that, he spent eight years at The Dallas Morning News. Want to get his attention? Call him at 214-523-5272. The last thing he needs is one more email.
  • Trustees Expecting a Crowd Monday?

    The Highland Park ISD Board of Trustees has scheduled another workshop regarding the district’s master facilities plan, i.e. “where the heck are we gonna put all these kids?” Usually, such meetings happen in the board room at the Administration Building, which comfortably holds the trustees and only a few other people. But this one, which is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, will happen in the 5/6 Assembly Room at McCulloch Intermediate School.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 18, 2014 | 8:36 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • We Could Use a Famous Guest Editor

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    Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan guest edited this week’s edition of the Highland Park News, a paper covering his hometown in suburban Chicago. This sounds like a great idea. Which celebrity with Park Cities ties wants to take over here for a few weeks so Todd and I can recharge our batteries?

    By Dan Koller Apr. 17, 2014 | 10:41 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Destination Imagination Team Bound For Globals

    Back row: Max Law, Jack Perdue, and Mark Van Kirk; front row: Sarah Ho, Maddy Helton, and Allison Brown

    Back row: Max Law, Jack Perdue, and Mark Van Kirk; front row: Sarah Ho, Maddy Helton, and Allison Brown

    “Creativity to the Power of 6,” a Destination Imagination comprised of five fifth-graders from McCulloch Intermediate School and a sixth from Cistercian, competed at the state tournament last week in Austin, and they did well enough to advance to the Destination Imagination Global Finals. In late May, the team will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., where more than 1,300 teams from 45 states, seven Canadian provinces, and 13 other countries will gather to showcase their creative solutions.

    The team members, who have been together since third grade at University Park Elementary, have been working on their challenge solution for most of the school year. They chose the scientific challenge — “Going to Extremes” — in which teams were asked to create an extreme environment and present a story about characters attempting to adapt to conditions in order to survive there. They were also asked to design and create a prototype of “extreme gear” and to explain the technical methods, research, and science they used to create it. In addition, the team also had to solve an unknown challenge on the spot.

    Competitors are required to do all aspects of the challenges by themselves with a tight budget and without interference from adults and non-team members.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 17, 2014 | 8:32 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • McCulloch Sixth-Grader Earns Twirling Trophies

    Heather Skidmore and her hardware

    Heather Skidmore and her hardware

    The May edition of Park Cities People, which should be landing in your mailbox any day now, includes a story about sisters Mela and Mallory McMinn, who began twirling batons for the Highlander Band last year because, really, no one else was ready to step into the role after Amber Appel graduated.

    Well, we now know of another twirler who’s waiting in the wings.

    Heather Skidmore, a sixth-grader at McCulloch Intermediate School, recently competed at the NBTA Southwest Regional Baton Twirling Championships in Canyon, Texas. She brought home honors as the Solo and Fancy X-Strut winner in the 10-12 Advanced Division. Heather, who twirls under the direction of Dory O’Neal, is also the 10-12 Beginner 3-Baton champion.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 17, 2014 | 7:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Livingston’s Retirement as City Manager is Nigh

    Bob Livingston

    Bob Livingston

    The University Park City Council this afternoon will officially sign off on Robbie Corder replacing Bob Livingston as city manager at month’s end.

    Livingston, whose last day on the job will be April 29, is retiring after nearly 23 years with the city. A public reception for him is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 25 at Highland Park Presbyterian Church.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 15, 2014 | 12:52 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Highland Park Football Captains Named

    The Highland Park football captains for 2014 are Andrew Frost, Mitchell Kaufman, Clayton Woods, and Brooks Burgin. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

    The Highland Park football captains for 2014 are Andrew Frost, Mitchell Kaufman, Clayton Woods, and Brooks Burgin. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

    There’s a timeless quality to this photo of the Highland Park High School football captains, who were recently named for the 2014 season. After all, these captains’ photos don’t vary much through the years. Yet here we are in a new age, when all four captains are on Twitter:

    By Dan Koller Apr. 15, 2014 | 8:08 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Have You Seen This Missing Diamond?

    On Saturday afternoon, a University Park woman and her daughter went to Highland Park Village to eat lunch and shop. When they returned home at 3:30 p.m., the daughter noticed that a 2-carat pear-shaped diamond was missing from her mother’s wedding band.

    The mother last recalls seeing the stone, which is valued somewhere between $15,000 and $20,000, while eating at Patrizio. She called all of the stores they visited, as well as the Highland Park Department of Public Safety, just in case someone finds it and turns it in.

    Now that would be a story.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 14, 2014 | 10:14 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Goar Park to Become Thor Park on May 2

    Please, hammer, don't hurt 'em.

    Please, hammer, don’t hurt ‘em.

    I never thought I would read the words “cheer on Thor as he battles to save Earth and all Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy” on University Park’s website, but here they are promoting a free screening of Thor: The Dark World in Goar Park on May 2.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 14, 2014 | 7:33 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Teen Musicians Will Rock Out All Day Sunday

    David Bowie — a band that includes Highland Park High School student Jack Quigley, W.T. White student Dante Zotto, and McCulloch Intermediate student Max Moundas — will perform twice Sunday as part of the Rockstravaganza. The group, which I presume covers songs by its namesake, will play 30-minute sets at 11:30 a.m. at the Green Room and at 1:30 p.m. at Three Links.

    If Bowie covers aren’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of other kids from the area who will be rocking out:

    • Best Show Ever, featuring St. Mark’s student Wallace White and Winston School student Sean Kraus, will play from 12:30 to 1 at Club Dada and from 5 to 5:30 at the Green Room.
    • North American Songwriters, featuring Shelton School student Jack Fletcher, will play from 12:30 to 1 at Wits End and from 5 to 5:30 at the Curtain Club.
    • Rosalynd, featuring Ursuline student Molly McNulty, will play from 4:30 to 5 at Wits End.

    Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $5 for non-performing kids.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 12, 2014 | 7:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Lady Scots Eliminated on Fluke Goal

    With heavy hearts, the Lady Scots accept their trophy as the regional runner-up. (Photo: Rob Graham)

    With heavy hearts, the Lady Scots accept their trophy as the regional runner-up. (Photo: Rob Graham)

    By Randy Jennings/Special Contributor

    CARROLLTON — Highland Park’s lofty goal of a third straight trip to the UIL girls state soccer tournament was dashed by the narrowest of margins.

    Wylie East defeated the Lady Scots in the Class 4A Region II title game, 1-0, on a windy Saturday afternoon at Standridge Stadium.

    The only goal came in the 58th minute in fluke fashion when a clearance pass by a Highland Park defender ricocheted off a teammate and into the Lady Scots’ net.

    The scoring chance began with a shot by the Lady Raiders’ Asia Revely that Highland Park keeper Mariay Molina came off her line to deflect. The ball scooted to Molina’s right, setting up the chain of events that led to the goal.

    “If we had scored that goal to win one-nil, I’d say it was a great win,” Highland Park coach Stewart Brown said. “It depends on what side of the field you’re standing on. Sometimes a goal like that win games.”

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    By Dan Koller Apr. 12, 2014 | 5:19 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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