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HPHS Seniors Rack Up Honors

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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!


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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Subscribe to our Park Cities People Weekly Newsletter for a chance to win two tickets to the Tony Award-winning musical Dreamgirls, presented by the Dallas Theater Center, on Sunday, June 12 at 2 p.m.

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Jesuit Eliminates Scots in Game 3

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Jesuit rallied past Highland Park 3-2 on Saturday to eliminate the Scots in the Class 6A Region II quarterfinals. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jesuit rallied past Highland Park 3-2 on Saturday to eliminate the Scots in the Class 6A Region II quarterfinals. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

By Michael Finnegan / Special Contributor

PROSPER — With the season on the line, the unlikeliest combination of players that propelled Jesuit past Highland Park on Saturday.

Seldom-used pitcher Heath VanKirk pitched six strong innings allowing just four hits, and Will Guzman went 3-for-3 with two runs batted in as the Rangers beat HP 3-2 to win a tightly contested Class 6A Region II quarterfinal series.

Jesuit, which eliminated the Scots in the third round for the second straight year, advances to face another rematch against Conroe Oak Ridge in the regional semifinals next weekend.


Scots Even Series, Top Jesuit in 8 Innings

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Jack Sides and Highland Park forced Game 3 against Jesuit, which will be played at noon Saturday in Prosper. The Scots won 4-2 on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jack Sides and Highland Park forced Game 3 against Jesuit, which will be played on Saturday. The Scots won 4-2 on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Facing elimination and one of the top pitchers in the state, Highland Park showed it wasn’t finished yet.

The resilient Scots did just enough against Jesuit’s Kyle Muller to force extra innings, then surged to a 4-2 victory in eight innings to even up a Class 6A Region II quarterfinal series on Friday.

After each team won on the other’s home field the series will shift to a neutral site for a third and deciding game at noon Saturday in Prosper.

“These guys didn’t want the season to end just yet,” said HP head coach Travis Yoder. “We went up there swinging, we did our jobs, and we executed when we needed to.”


Palisch Stifles Scots in Series Opener

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Jesuit's Jacob Palisch shut down HP on Thursday, meaning the Scots will face a must-win situation in Game 2 on Friday.

After being no-hit on Thursday, Highland Park will face a must-win situation against Jesuit in Game 2 on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

By Michael Finnegan / Special Contributor

Amid all the noise in the crowd, Jesuit lefthander Jacob Palisch kept the Highland Park bats silent.

Palisch fired a no-hitter and struck out 15 Highland Park batters as the Rangers beat the Scots 4-0 in Game 1 a Class 6A Region II quarterfinal series on Thursday at Scotland Yard.

Palisch, a junior who has verbally committed to Stanford, allowed just one baserunner, and that came on a fifth-inning walk to Turner Rejebian.

“What he did is almost unthinkable,” said Jesuit head coach Brian Jones. “He struck out the first 12 he faced against a very strong Highland Park team. To say the least, he was dialed in tonight.”


Scots, Rangers Set for High-Stakes Rematch

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You wanted it. Now you've got it. HP and Jesuit will meet again this weekend. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

You wanted it. Now you’ve got it. HP and Jesuit will meet again this weekend in the Class 6A baseball playoffs. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Just as they did a year ago, Highland Park and Jesuit have plenty in common on paper.

They share identical records, cruised through their respective district schedules, and boast deep pitching staffs that are built for postseason success.

So their Class 6A Region II quarterfinal playoff series would be a great matchup even without the rivalry aspect that comes from being located just a few miles apart along the Dallas North Tollway.

It would also be a great matchup without the revenge factor for the Scots after being swept in the same round during Jesuit’s run to the state tournament last spring — which also happened to be HP’s fourth straight postseason exit in the regional quarterfinals.


Scots Get Defensive at Spring Game

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Highland Park quarterback Jack Fain engineered a touchdown drive during the team's spring game on Tuesday at Highlander Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

HP quarterback Jack Fain engineered a touchdown drive during the team’s spring game on Tuesday at Highlander Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

When it comes to the spring, Highland Park doesn’t mess with success.

Regardless of changes in personnel or classification, the Scots stick with their routine during spring drills — trying to install offensive and defensive schemes, building a depth chart, and sorting through position battles.

So there weren’t many surprises during the hour-long scrimmage on Tuesday at Highlander Stadium, which essentially unveiled the 2016 Scots to the community for the first time.

Overall, however, head coach Randy Allen was pleased with the past three weeks of practice, which culminated in Tuesday’s spring game.