Category: Education

Notre Dame School of Dallas Receives $25K Gift

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The Notre Dame School of Dallas received a $25,900 gift from Portfolios with Purpose (PWP) on behalf of Richard Porteous.

PWP hosts multiple web-based mock portfolio stock selection competitions allowing the participants to choose which charity their entry fee will go towards.
Portfolios with Purpose was founded in 2011 by Highland Park resident Stacey Asher as a platform for raising charitable dollars that are re-directed to support many impacting philanthropic causes.

In 2016, PWP raised over $1 million and donated all of the money to deserving charities. Porteous topped more than 400 participants by leveraging a $100 entry fee into the Notre Dame gift.


Record Seven HPHS Band Members Earn All-State Honors

Back Row: Band director Reagan Brumley, Aaron Pathak, Grace Zhao, and Charlie Conner; Front Row: Jackson Smith, Peter Davies, Abby Justine, and Madison Triplett. (Photo courtesy HPISD) 0
Back Row: Band director Reagan Brumley, Aaron Pathak, Grace Zhao, and Charlie Conner; Front Row: Jackson Smith, Peter Davies, Abby Justine, and Madison Triplett. (Photo courtesy HPISD)

A record seven Highland Park High School students were selected to the Texas All-State band, the highest honor band members can achieve.

After rehearsing for three days with nationally recognized conductors, the All-State band performed Feb. 11 at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Convention in San Antonio.

“It’s such a big deal,” said director Reagan Brumley, who has led the HPHS band since 2011. “I’m floored by how the kids have stepped up to that challenge.”


Mission of Kindness

10-year-old Jonty Welberry wanted to donate blankets after seeing homeless people outside in the cold. (Photo courtesy Melissa Aston-Welberry) 0
10-year-old Jonty Welberry wanted to donate blankets after seeing homeless people outside in the cold. (Photo courtesy Melissa Aston-Welberry)

As the temperature was starting to drop on a weekday afternoon in early January, something outside the car caught the attention of 10-yearold Jonty Welberry.

“I saw people on the streets freezing,” Jonty said. “I thought of donating blankets for them to stay warm on the streets and in the shelters.”

He asked his mom, Melissa Aston-Welberry, how they could do this. After a brief discussion, they settled on donating blankets through the Salvation Army.

Jonty emailed his fourth-grade classmates at Episcopal School of Dallas, and asked if they would like to help. The idea was to collect a large number of blankets and then donate them a few weeks later.


Belles Take Top Honors at Texas Showcase

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Courtesy Highland Belles

The Highland Belles took top honors last Saturday during the Crowd Pleasers Texas Showcase of Champions competition at Timber Creek High School in Keller.

A panel of judges named the Belles overall grand champion for earning the highest point total among the 35 competing teams. They were also named grand champions in the super team category.

This marked first time that the Belles swept all of the outstanding awards for technique, choreography precision and performance quality in kick, pom, jazz and military routines.


Hockadaisies Headed to Legoland

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The Hockadaisies took third place in a Lego competition featuring over 600 North Texas teams. From left: Veronica Fang, Riya Guttigoli, Sydney Slay, Morgan Day, and Sarah Crow (Photo: Charlotte Hoskins)

 

A team of five Hockaday School girls is headed to California after taking third place in the ninth annual North Texas First Lego League (FLL) champion tournament. Veronica Fang, Riya Guttigoli, Sydney Slay, Morgan Day, and Sarah Crow, collectively known as The Hockadaisies, competed against nearly 600 North Texas teams.

The girl’s next test will be at the Legoland North American Open in Carlsbad, CA, May 19-21.


Stage Set for Solid Gold at Hyer

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Solig GoldHyer Elementary’s “Solid Gold Night” will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight Feb. 24 at the Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum. The evening will include silent and live auctions, dinner and dessert, a mystery keepsake, mementos, and a raffle drawing. The Jordan Kahn Orchestra will be prove live music to help attendees “Get Down Tonight.”

Auction chairs Tiffany Mooney and Amy Vaughn said they are eager to celebrate Hyer.


‘Bee-lieve’ It to Achieve It

Four ESD eighth-graders got 180 signatures for their petition to Save the Bees. (Photo by Kelsey Kruzich) 0
Four ESD eighth-graders got 180 signatures for their petition to Save the Bees. (Photo by Kelsey Kruzich)

The four members of the only all-girls robotics team at the Episcopal School of Dallas had more than competition on their minds when they entered the First Lego League Robotics Competition at Parish Episcopal School in Dallas.

Eighth-graders Mary and Katherine Cowser, Sumner Wooldridge, and Jiaying Fu are also passionate about bees.

The competition called for teams to build a robot and have it navigate an obstacle, and also to work on a project that addresses an aspect of humanity’s negative impact on the environment.

The girls, who call themselves the “Bee-Lievers,” called their robot “Do Not Phil” as a play on the words “Do Not Fail.”


Seniors Celebrate Casino Night

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0001The Highland Park High School senior boys recently hosted a graduation party for the Class of 2017 at Lakewood Country Club. The Annual Senior Boys Casino Party was co-chaired by Jill Giddens and Betsy Ramey and included casino games, a DJ, dancing, and prizes.