Category: Education

Four Singing Scots Make All-State Choir

Gracie Nunneley, Avery Davis, HPHS Choral Director Natalie Walker, Sarah Grace Zandstra, and Cailin Jordan (Photo courtesy Karen Krasovec) 0
Gracie Nunneley, Avery Davis, HPHS Choral Director Natalie Walker, Sarah Grace Zandstra, and Cailin Jordan (Photo courtesy Karen Krasovec)

Four Highland Park High School students earned All-State honors during the Jan. 7 Texas Musical Educators Association (TMEA) choir competition.

Cailin Jordan was named second chair, soprano 1; Gracie Nunneley, second chair soprano 2; Avery Davis, second chair alto 2; and Sara Grace Zandstra, third chair, alto 2.

Lily Wu was also tapped as an alternate soprano 1.

The students will perform with the All-state Choir in San Antonio during the TMEA Convention Feb. 8- 11, where they will have a chance to participate in clinics and rehearsals under the direction of Jonathan Reed, Choral Director at Michigan State University, and to perform in one of 15 ensembles in front of thousands of attendees.


Young DJ Keeps ‘Killing It’

DJ Vex, aka ESD fourth-grader Colin Koch. (Courtesy photo of Leigh Koch) 0
DJ Vex, aka ESD fourth-grader Colin Koch. (Courtesy photo of Leigh Koch)

Brian Roberts was taking in the boulevard tailgating scene before an SMU football game when he noticed a group of mostly girls staring at something.

“I was watching these people’s reaction and couldn’t tell what they were looking at,” he said. “Then I see this kid DJ up there, and he was killing it.”

The boy stopping the crowd was 10-year-old DJ Vex, also known as Episcopal School of Dallas fourth-grader Colin Koch.

“[DJing is] just fun in general, but it’s also really different for someone my age,” Colin said.


HPHS Introduces Fall French Contest

Junior Slade Sinak. (Photo by Chris McGathey) 0
Junior Slade Sinak. (Photo by Chris McGathey)

While other teens likely spent their summer vacations playing video games or hanging out at the swimming pool, 16-year-old Slade Sinak did something decidedly different.

He worked out myriad details and logistics for a French-language competition he devised earlier this year.

Following months of prep work, the inaugural competition was held Nov. 5 at Highland Park High School where Sinak, a junior, studies Level 4 Advanced Placement French and serves as vice president of the French Club.

Nearly 170 students in grades seven through 12, representing more than a dozen schools throughout DFW, participated in Le Concours de Texas, which translates to “The Contest of Texas.”


Greenhill Alumni Holiday Party

Head of School Scott Griggs with alumni from the 90’s. (Photo courtesy of Greenhill) 0
Head of School Scott Griggs with alumni from the 90’s. (Photo courtesy of Greenhill)

Head of Greenhill School Scott Griggs, third from left, enjoyed a moment with a group of 90s-era students during the school’s alumni party Nov. 22.

Former students from various graduating classes came together for a pre- Thanksgiving celebration.


Haruvy Named SMU’s NCAR Research Fellow

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Dr. Ernan Haruvy. (Courtesy photo of SMU)

Dr. Ernan Haruvy. (Courtesy photo of SMU)

Dr. Ernan Haruvy, professor of marketing at the University of Texas at Dallas, was named the second Donna Wilhelm Research Fellow at SMU’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR).

NCAR analyzes data on arts organizations and their communities nationwide.

The Wilhelm fellowship, an annual, one-year appointment, was launched in 2015 through the efforts of Dallas philanthropist and civic leader Donna Wilhelm. She provided a $500,000 challenge grant that raised a total of $1 million for NCAR.


“Mystery Friend” Surprises Salesmanship Club with Anonymous Donation

Senior Director of Finance Patty Pickard (left) and Senior Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships Jessica Slie Trudeau held back tears while reading the letter from an anonymous donor. (Photo courtesy of Momentous Institute) 0
Senior Director of Finance Patty Pickard (left) and Senior Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships Jessica Slie Trudeau held back tears while reading the letter from an anonymous donor. (Photo courtesy of Momentous Institute)

Two anonymous guests wearing Santa hats surprised the Salesmanship Club of Dallas at their offices in Oak Cliff on Dec. 19 with a check for $10,000 from a “Mystery Friend.”

In the letter attached, the donor wrote, “You should know this gift was made possible by your friends at Educational FirstSteps.”

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The donor had asked personnel at EFS, a nonprofit that works with daycares in at-risk neighborhoods, to name of a local agency whose work they admired, and they selected the Momentous Institute, the lab school founded by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. 


‘Firefighter Kyle’ Gives Back

Lt. Lance Koppa helped Kyle Tananbaum with his Scout project. (Courtesy photo by Town of Highland Park) 0
Lt. Lance Koppa helped Kyle Tananbaum with his Scout project. (Courtesy photo by Town of Highland Park)

Highland Park High School junior Kyle Tananbaum donated $1,100 to the town of Highland Park during the Oct. 24 town council meeting. The money will help fund the town’s 2017 National Night Out festivities. Tananbaum’s gesture left public information officer Lt. Lance Koppa momentarily speechless.

“I’ve known Kyle for a long time,” Koppa said. “I wasn’t expecting to talk, and I got a little emotional up there.”

Koppa met Tananbaum during his first year in Highland Park, when Tananbaum’s mother arranged for a fire truck to come by for his birthday party. Koppa said the random encounter made a lasting impression.

“That’s when I really started appreciating community service, and realizing what kind of impact I could have,” Koppa said.


Community Mourns Armstrong Crossing Guard

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HPISD officials expressed “great sadness” over the death Armstrong Elementary crossing guard Mark Overton, who passed away last week. He worked the crosswalk at Mockingbird Lane and Byron Avenue.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Cornerstone Group of AA, 6760 Skillman Road, Suite 215, Dallas.

 

 


UP Elementary Has Fall Fun with their Grandest Friends

Students and faculty participating in the Turkey Trot Fun Run. (Courtesy photo by HPISD) 0
Students and faculty participating in the Turkey Trot Fun Run. (Courtesy photo by HPISD)

University Park Elementary School had lots of fun this fall season, from the traditional Grandest Friends’ Day, which fell on Nov. 11 and was combined with the school’s annual Veterans Day celebration, to the school’s inaugural Turkey Trot Fun Run a week later on Nov. 18, when students were encouraged to dress up as turkeys.