October 31, 2014

  • HPHS Students Audition for All-State Choir

    Alison Stone, Gus Hodges, Sarah Hatch, John Cowden, Bennett Robinson, Kathyrn Davidson, and Lizzy Seay

    Alison Stone, Gus Hodges, Sarah Hatch, John Cowden, Bennett Robinson, Kathyrn Davidson, and Lizzy Seay

    Eight Highland Park High School choral members competed in the third round of the Texas All-State Choir auditions on Oct. 25.

    The students have been practicing since this summer, preparing the assigned music pieces for the auditions. A total of 735 students competed at the district audition in September for TMEA Region 20. Of these students, only 80 will continue on Nov. 18 at the Pre-Area audition to be held at HPHS.

    Making the All-State Choir is the highest honor a Texas choral student can receive. Superior rankings qualify them to be a part of the choir directed by nationally recognized conductors.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Oct. 31, 2014 | 1:57 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • Playoff Picture Not Clear Yet For Scots

    Highland Park will play its final road game of the season tonight against Richardson Berkner. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Highland Park will play its final road game of the season tonight against Richardson Berkner. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    The biggest challenge left in the regular season for Highland Park might be staying focused.

    The Scots can clinch a playoff spot if they win their final road game of the season tonight against last-place Richardson Berkner, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Wildcat-Ram Stadium.

    At this point, it appears HP will likely get the top seed in the Division II bracket from the district, since league champion Mesquite Horn will go to the Division I bracket.

    Some shuffling still could occur among the logjam of teams below those top two, but the key is the fate of Richardson Pearce, which looks to be in decent shape for making the playoffs, and thus — based on enrollment — would go to Division II behind the Scots.

    That means that in the bi-district round, the best guess has HP facing the winner of tonight’s game between Irving Nimitz and W.T. White, which will likely determine the fourth playoff seed in District 9-6A. If Pearce somehow falls out of the playoff picture, Horn would be bumped to Division II and HP likely would meet Jesuit, which currently is tied for second place in 9-6A and looks poised to claim the top Division II seed from that district.

    So now the Scots (7-1, 4-1) will try to keep building momentum for their inaugural postseason run at the Class 6A level. All four of their league wins have been by margins of 20 or more points, including a 45-14 drubbing of Mesquite last week.

    In that game, Brooks Burgin had perhaps his most efficient game of the season, completing more than 80 percent of his passes with three touchdowns. He also ran for a game-high 77 yards and two scores.

    He keeps distributing the ball fairly evenly among his top four receivers — Kevin Ken, Andrew Frost, Campbell Brooks, and Sam Welfelt — who have combined for 1,844 yards and 16 touchdowns.

    The Rams (2-6, 0-5) have dropped six games in a row following a 2-0 start, but they’ve had some close losses during that span, including a 27-24 defeat against rival Richardson last week.

    However, the Berkner offense hasn’t scored more than 24 points in any of its 10-6A games. The Rams are led by quarterback Davis Steelman (1,288 passing yards) and running back CaDarius Edwards (845 rushing yards).

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 31, 2014 | 12:52 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • Halperins Honored For Arts Contribution

    Park Cities residents and noted arts patrons Jim and Gayle Halperin were honored during an annual awards ceremony at the Sammons Center for the Arts last week.

    The James and Gayle Halperin Foundation was awarded the Benefactor of the Year honor for 2014, in recognition for contributions to the center’s capital campaign. The foundation also supports other causes in arts, education, health, and international relief.

    Other Sammons award winners included The Arts Community Alliance, the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Julie Bonk, Ruth Eleanor Roylance, Linda and Larry Petty, and Diane Kennedy.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 31, 2014 | 11:24 am | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • Preston Road Pharmacy Turns 75

    Preston Road Pharmacy, home to gifts and friendly pharmacists, is turning 75 and is celebrating with an open house on Nov. 12 and a week of great deals.

    PRD, as it is lovingly called in my household, will kick off the week on Nov. 10 with pastries and coffee from 8-11 a.m. and a buy-one-get-one-free deal on greeting cards.

    Wednesday’s open house is from 2-6 p.m. Food and refreshments will be served and free product samples and tote bags stuffed with goodies will be passed out. You’ll also have a chance to enter a drawing for a Kindle Fire and iPod Nano.

    While we’re talking about pharmacies, just a reminder that you might want to go get your flu shot.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Oct. 31, 2014 | 11:14 am | No Comments | Comments RSS

    October 30, 2014

  • Officials Talk Ebola With Faith Leaders

    Gates speaks to faith leaders on Ebola updates. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    Gates speaks to faith leaders on Ebola updates. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    On Wednesday morning, local government officials met with faith leaders from all over town at Park Cities Baptist Church to give updates on Dallas’ Ebola situation and discuss best practices and issues going forward. Mayor Mike Rawlings, City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates, and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins were among the panelists to speak.

    “It has been a challenge for Clay and myself this past month, but we feel blessed,” Rawlings said. He emphasized that with only one fatality, the situation could have been much worse, and pointed to more numerous deaths in the city due to West Nile Virus and domestic violence.

    With much of the crisis behind us, officials were able to express some humor in retrospect.

    “[Rawlings and I] have spent more time with each other than with our wives in the past month,” Jenkins joked. “We’re looking forward to changing that soon.”

    Though Dallas is essentially out of the woods regarding the threat of new cases, attitudes regarding survivors and families affected will be a continuing challenge.

    “We have to not see our neighbors as ‘others’ — we have to see our neighbors as ourselves,” Jenkins said.

    And much of that work has to do with the Vickery Meadow neighborhood specifically — which falls under Gates’ jurisdiction —where Duncan’s fiancee Louise Troh is struggling to find a new apartment.

    “We have to find opportunities to show love,” Gates said. “We have to make sure Vickery Meadow is not known as just Ebola epicenter. We have to make sure the food pantries are still full … it’s been somewhat of a chaotic three weeks, but we’re getting back to normal.”

    Attendees were encouraged to work with organizations that work in Vickery Meadow such as Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement Services, Vickery Meadow Food Pantry and Garden, Healing Hands Ministries, and Northpark Volunteer Switchboard.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 30, 2014 | 4:35 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • CARE Fundraiser to Feature Herren, Kershaws

    Chris Herren

    Chris Herren

    Highland Park High School alums Clayton and Ellen Kershaw have built quite a portfolio when it comes to philanthropy and community involvement. Their latest effort will be co-chairing the 30th annual CARE breakfast on Monday at the Omni Hotel.

    The fundraiser for the Dallas-based nonprofit Chemical Awareness, Resources & Education will include a presentation by Chris Herren, a former Boston Celtics player whose basketball career was cut short by substance abuse. His story was the subject of a powerful documentary that aired recently on ESPN.

    The event starts at 8 a.m. Tickets and table sponsorships are available by calling 214-526-8986 or at infor@care-dallas.org.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 30, 2014 | 12:52 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • PC&S Luncheon to Honor Community Heroes

    David Hudgins

    David Hudgins

    Presbyterian Communities and Services will hold its fifth annual Each Moment Matters luncheon at noon Friday at the Hilton Anatole, raising money for the Faith Presbyterian Hospice Caring Fund.

    The luncheon will honor 44 agents of community change and philanthropic visionaries in Dallas. The keynote speaker will be David Hudgins, a television writer and producer for such shows as “Everwood” and “Friday Night Lights.”

    The event is being chaired by Clare Buie Chaney, with Barbara Lord Watkins as honorary chair. You can purchase tickets or table sponsorships by calling 214-316-4575 or at cpatton@prescs.org.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 30, 2014 | 12:21 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • Scots Baseball Club to Hold 2015 Tryouts

    The 2015 season for Scots Baseball Club doesn’t get underway until next spring, but in the spirit of planning ahead, the youth organization will hold open tryouts beginning this weekend for kids ages 6-18.

    Tryouts are slated for Nov. 1, Nov. 8, and Nov. 15 at Scotland Yard at Highland Park High School. You can visit here to request a tryout by filling out the registration form.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 30, 2014 | 12:08 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
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