HP Quarterback Receives Ford Player of the Week Trophy


Coach Randy Allen, John Stephen Jones, and Greg Tomlin, Park Cities Ford General Manager. Courtesy of Angela Enright with Park Cities Ford

What young man wouldn’t be thrilled to play in his grandfather’s backyard? But, when your grandfather is Jerry Jones and that yard is in AT&T Stadium, it becomes that much more special.

Highland Park quarterback John Stephen Jones received the Built Ford Tough Player of the Week trophy for his talents on and off the field.

Partners Card Leading Ladies


Partners Card chairs Jennifer Burns and Brynn Bagot Allday. (Courtesy photo)

Behind every charitable effort there’s someone steering the ship. In the case of this year’s Partners Card fundraiser, Brynn Bagot Allday and Jennifer Burns are the ladies at the helm.

Having both served as Partners Card chairs in the past — 2005 and 2009, respectively — Allday and Burns are familiar with the many responsibilities that come with organizing the 10-day shopping event.

Allday’s roots with Partners Card go back to 2002, when she joined The Family Place Partners Auxiliary. Her firm, Brynn Bagot Public Relations, has handled media relations for the fundraiser for the past 14 years. Taking on the role of 2017 chair was an honor she was proud to accept.

Texas Voters To Consider Seven Amendments


(Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Texas voters will have the final say this November on seven proposed state constitutional amendments. They range in topic from creating tax exemptions for disabled veterans and first responders to allowing banks and financial institutes to hold raffles to promote savings.

Proposition 1, backed by the Texas Senate during the legislative session, would give disabled veterans or their surviving spouses a property-tax exemption for homes donated by a charity for less than market value.

HP Faces Road Test Against Pirates


Noble Nash and Highland Park will try to defeat their third straight playoff contender on Friday against Mesquite Poteet. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

Highland Park took over sole possession of the District 15-5A lead with a win over West Mesquite last week.

But a closer look at the standings shows a three-way tie for second place involving the Wranglers and North Forney — the two teams HP has beaten in the past two games — along with Mesquite Poteet, who will face the Scots on Friday at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.

In other words, a win this week would put HP in complete control of its own destiny with regard to another district title.

2017 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala

Yo-Yo Ma, Jaap Van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. (Photo: Kristina Bowman Photography)

On Sept. 16, Dallas’s most charitable gathered at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center for the 2017 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala. The black-tie evening began with a cocktail reception followed by an extravagant dinner in the beautifully decorated Meyerson lobby. Following the seated dinner, guests moved to the Eugene McDermott Concert Hall to enjoy a performance by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, conducted by Jaap van Zweden, who begins his final season as Music Director of the DSO.

Poverty, Trauma Alter Young Brains


Momentous Institute executive director Michelle Kinder. (Courtesy photo)

It’s weird to sit in the Ritz-Carlton ballroom crying into your coffee in front of 320 other guests, unless you’re at a Momentous Institute event, listening to devastating stories of children who walk the bright halls of Momentous and go home, often to darkness and difficulties.

The story of a child’s abuse that Michelle Kinder, the executive director of the institute, told at the Changing the Odds dinner on Sept. 27 was difficult to listen to. The 7-year-old, struggling in school and benefiting from therapy sessions at Momentous, had been systematically traumatized and subsequently abandoned.

It’s not always like that. Many children at the Oak Cliff lab school run by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas have stable lives and loving homes. But 85 percent of Momentous students qualify for free lunches; many grapple with the struggles and smaller traumas of poverty, violence, and hunger.

Lovejoy Rallies Past Lady Scots Again


Lovejoy has beaten Highland Park twice this season, so the Lady Scots likely will be the No. 2 playoff seed from 15-5A. (Photo: Rob Graham)

It appears that Highland Park will again finish as the runner-up in District 15-5A following a four-set loss to Lovejoy on Tuesday in its home finale.

The Lady Leopards knocked off HP for the second time this season — by scores of 22-25, 29-27, 25-13, 25-13 — and in the process clinched the district’s top playoff seed for the second straight year. Lovejoy remained unbeaten in league play.

The loss snapped a six-match winning streak for the Lady Scots (24-18, 10-2) during which they only dropped one out of 19 sets. They will wrap up the regular season with road matched against Mesquite Poteet on Friday and North Forney on Oct. 24. The playoffs will start a week later.

Helping our Heroes Gala and Golf Tournament

Adam Acosta, Randy Gill, and Xavier Espinoza. (Photo: Tamytha Cameron Smith)

Helping Our Heroes Foundation's (HOH) seventh annual Gala and Golf Tournament, was held Sept. 9, and Sept. 11, respectively, at Las Colinas Country Club.

The gala welcomed multiple wounded warriors who are all featured in George W. Bush’s Portraits of Courage. Photojournalist MSgt. Jeremy Lock was the guest speaker.

Famous athletes made an appearance at the golf tournament, including MLB Hall of Famer Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, Marty Turco of the Dallas Stars, ESPN’s Brady Tinker, and PGA Pro Joel Edwards.

Girls Do the Asking for Hi-Lites Dance


Sophie Jejurikar asks Christian Wright the traditional Hi-Lites way — with a handmade sign. (Courtesy photo)

It wasn’t sophomores Ethan Vincente and Hailey Turco’s first dance, but this one had a unique tropical twist.

On Sept. 23, Highland Park High School students gathered for the annual fall Hi-Lites dance, which has become one of the school’s most celebrated traditions.

Unlike for other dances hosted at the school, girls are responsible for inviting boys and, instead of dressing up in blazers and dresses, students attend in costume, based on various themes.