Lady Scots Rolling Into Playoff Opener

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Highland Park will open the Class 6A Region II playoffs today against W.T. White. (File photo)

Highland Park will open the playoffs today against W.T. White. (File photo)

Highland Park already cleared a major hurdle this season by winning a District 10-6A title — the first district crown in program history.

That comes on the heels of the first playoff appearance, and first postseason victory, for the Lady Scots a year ago.

But that doesn’t mean HP is finished making history. The Lady Scots hope to begin a deep playoff run today when they start a Class 6A Region II bi-district series against W.T. White.

The first game in the best-of-three series will be at 4:30 p.m. today in Dallas, with Game 2 slated for 1 p.m. Saturday at HP. A third game would follow, if necessary.


What HPISD Does About Mental Health

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At the beginning of each fall semester, Highland Park High School freshmen take home a letter and permission slip to their parents for the option to participate in a confidential mental health screening.

This screening, Teens Can Survive, formally called Teen Screen, is administered via a computer program and results are audited by licensed professional counselors from the Suicide & Crisis Center of North Texas (SCC). The only way a participant can be identified is by their student ID.

The screening is not designed to diagnose the student; rather, it identifies suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, and substance use, according to HPHS personal counselor Dr. Candice Conner. The results are given straight to Conner and SCC wipes its records.

“At Highland Park, I remember the first time I handed a list of screened students to the main counselor, and she looked at it and she said under her breath, ‘Oh, I had no idea,’” said Margie Wright, the executive director of the SCC.

The screening is what Wright describes as a point-in-time snapshot. It’s meant to alert counselors to students who are currently struggling, but may not have spoken to anyone.

“I don’t need your red flag kids. I need the ones that nobody suspects,” Wright said. “And that’s what the screening was designed to do. It really does catch the kids that are under the radar.”


HP Seeks State Berths at Regional Meet

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Highland Park will have several runners competing at the Class 6A Region II meet this weekend in Waco. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park will have several runners competing at the Class 6A Region II meet this weekend in Waco. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Sophie Schott and Falyn Reaugh will each represent Highland Park in two individual events at the Class 6A Region II track and field meet this weekend in Waco.

Schott won both the 1,600 and the 3,200 at the area meet on April 22 in Dallas. Reaugh took first place in the high jump and third in the triple jump.

Other regional qualifiers for the Lady Scots include Hannah Booe (200), Maddy Stephens (800), Jordyn Kaplan (800), Hope McLaughlin (1,600), and Olivia Scott (3,200). HP also will send three pole vaulters — Edie Terrell, Sarah Walker, and Ella Brown — and a 4×400 relay quartet.

On the boys side, Bobby Hrncir won the area meet in the discus and Carson Yeager was third in the shot put, meaning both throwers will compete at regionals.


HP Literary Festival Winners Announced

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The Highland Park Literary Festival, now in its 20th year, brought Highland Park High School into a community of celebrated writers at the end of last February.

Dave Eggers gave the keynote speech, and over 23 poets, playwrights, journalists, storytellers, and songwriters led writing workshops for HPHS students and their community.

Students also had the chance to participate in an open mic night, as well as enter into a student writing contest. The winners are pictured here.

For information on the 2017 festival, visit www.hplitfest.org.


HP Cardiologist Knows His Trade By Heart

Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute cardiologist William Roberts likes to show patients their old "native" heart post-surgery. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute cardiologist William Roberts likes to show patients their old "native" heart post-surgery. (Courtesy Photo)

Ask Dr. William Roberts about his newly merited Lifetime Achievement award from the American College of Cardiology, and he’ll tell you, “The key is survival.”

That is, outliving anyone else in his field, the Highland Park resident joked.

More accurately, the executive director of Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute received the award on April 4 for his professional contributions and for being a role model.

“It is a rarity to have the opportunity to work closely with such a stellar cardiac pathologist who is also an exemplary clinical research investigator and who is truly known to be the ‘father of cardiovascular pathology,’” said Dr. Kevin Wheelan, chief of medical staff of Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, in a press release. “To work with him on a daily basis is an honor. Dr. Roberts’ contributions to the cardiology world have been far-reaching.”

A remarkable aspect of his practice is that he lets transplant patients take a look at their old, or “native,” heart.

“I’ve spoken with about 65 people now who have had a heart transplant,” Roberts said. “It’s interesting to interview them with the heart in front of both of us. They usually bring their families.”

This practice began years ago when Roberts was stopped in the hall by a patient who asked to see his old heart. The result of seeing the damaged heart produces indifference in most patients, Roberts said.


A Swing, Swing, Swinging Spring Concert

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The HP Jazz Band knows “It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing.”

Directed by Corey Parks, the band performed their annual spring concert on April 21. The ensemble shared the stage with the “little brother” equivalent from HPMS, which was directed by T.J. Emsley.

“Besides playing some challenging and rewarding tunes, like Stevie Wonder’s Sir Duke and Bill Wither’s Just the Two of Us, the greatest part of the night was everyone coming together to enjoy the greatest American art form,” said Parks.


Movie in the Park: The Sandlot

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imgres-1Summer nights are perfect to get the community together for a great summer movie.

The city of University Park will host Movie in the Park on May 6. The film of choice is none other than the tale of Scotty, Squints, Ham, their friends, and “The Beast,” in The Sandlot.

The event will also include bounce houses for the kiddos, city-provided popcorn and drink, and onsite food trucks.

The event, which is sponsored by Highland Park ER, will will start at Goar Park at 6 p.m., and showtime will be at 8:15 p.m.

 


HP Youth Takes On Syrian Refugee Crisis

HPHS junior Pierce Lowary arranged for Syrian refugee Sana Mustafa to share her tale in February. (Photo: Denise Neff) 0
HPHS junior Pierce Lowary arranged for Syrian refugee Sana Mustafa to share her tale in February. (Photo: Denise Neff)

Amid tensions in Texas surrounding the Syrian refugee crisis, high school students gathered at University Park United Methodist Church for a student-run panel last February.

They met to do what some politicians have been unable to do: listen to what an actual Syrian refugee had to say.

“People had a lot of questions, and they were curious. It felt great to have the platform to talk,” said 24-year-old refugee Sana Mustafa. “I think there is much to be said, and the media is not saying what must be said.”

Luckily, Mustafa was in the U.S. when she found out that her father had been detained by the Assad regime. She was able to apply for asylum and, after going through a rigorous ten-month process, was allowed to stay.

The rest of her family was not so lucky: her mother and sisters were forced to flee illegally from Syria to Turkey for protection, where they have been stuck in a refugee camp for the past three years. And her father hasn’t been heard from since.

The panel was organized by Highland Park High School junior Pierce Lowary, the founder of the United Nations Youth Coalition. Lowary’s interest is personal. His mother, Shideh, was an Iranian refugee who fled to the U.S. from Iran in the ‘60s.


Scots Take Ninth at State Golf Tourney

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Highland Park placed ninth at the Class 6A state golf tournament.

Highland Park placed ninth at the Class 6A state golf tournament.

Highland Park finished ninth among 12 teams at the Class 6A state boys golf tournament on Tuesday in Georgetown.

The Scots were 30 shots behind champion Plano West, but they were only two shots out of sixth place with a two-day score of 310-300—610 at Legacy Hills Golf Course.

Individually, Ty Burke (76-75—151) and Cash Carter (77-74—151) tied for 27th place to pace HP. The state contingent also included Turner Hosch, Blake Pettle, and James Thompson.