Bring Back the Brass This Summer


As you freshen up your home for summer, consider bringing these elements back into your home and pay tribute to the old and the new.

Brass is Back
Be careful, as this is not the shiny brass of the ‘80s, but a warm satin brass. Pair this beautiful finish with the Calcutta and Carrera marbles that are so popular in today’s bathrooms and kitchens. Mixing cool gray finishes with warm gold and brass tones makes a beautiful statement. Another way to pull in brass is with light fixtures, cabinet hardware, wall accents, and fireplace accessories.

Exterior interiors
We are seeing a huge resurgence in materials that are typically used on the exterior of homes or commercial buildings being used in interiors. Instead of staining your concrete floors to look like leather or applying a dark stain as in the past, add simple clear sealers and let the beauty of unfinished surfaces become finished.

The use of exposed structure has made its way into residential design primarily through the surge of converting industrial spaces into apartments and town homes. Removing the ceiling gives the illusion of a soaring structure, open spaces, and clean lines.

Palisch Stifles Scots in Series Opener

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.”

MIS Science Teacher Gets Scholarship

Jaime Callahan

Jaime Callahan

McCulloch Intermediate School fifth-grade science teacher Jaime Callahan has been granted a $600 scholarship from Delta Kappa Gamma Society International to use toward completing her doctoral studies at Dallas Baptist University. Delta Kappa Gamma is an honorary professional society for women educators.

Callahan has been a teacher for Highland Park ISD for ten years. She hopes to complete her degree by 2018.

“As I continue my studies, I have been concentrating on my dissertation topic and have started researching and writing,” Callahan said in a press release. “I am studying new science teacher retention and the correlation between teachers’ decisions to stay in the teaching profession and whether or not they participated in a mentoring program.”

Scots, Rangers Set for High-Stakes Rematch

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.

Making Moms’ Wishes Come True

Founder Heather Bryan, founder Melissa Cary, event chair Laura Downing, honorary chair Tricia Sims, founder Missy Phipps, and founder Holly Reed (Photos: Bob Manzano) 0
Founder Heather Bryan, founder Melissa Cary, event chair Laura Downing, honorary chair Tricia Sims, founder Missy Phipps, and founder Holly Reed (Photos: Bob Manzano)

On April 30, hundreds of philanthropic hearts joined forces at Gilley’s Dallas for the Ally’s Wish Foundation’s second annual Boots & Blessings Gala to help grant the wishes of terminally ill mothers.

The foundation is named for the late Allyson Hendrickson.

Hendrickson was a wife, a mother of three boys, a devout Christian, and a warrior in her battle against ovarian cancer. She kept a blog over the course of seven years, detailing her life during this battle. Hendrickson’s strength and faith, even in light of her prognosis, inspired many, including four women at her church.

They didn’t know Hendrickson very well outside of the glances and quick chats at church, yet they felt compelled to do something for her. So in 2014, they developed the concept for the nonprofit foundation, which provides the gifts, transportation, and lodging needed to make moms’ wishes come true. 

A Decade of Training Highland Belles

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Photo: Tanner Garza

Ten years ago, Casey Castellaw Sinclair graduated with a business degree from Texas A&M and headed back to Dallas in search of a cubicle job. But the former Highland Park Belle and summertime dance teacher was hesitant about jumping into the corporate world.

“I had always loved teaching and loved staying connected to dance, but really felt like there was no way I could make that a profession,” she said.

Upon her return, Sinclair’s parents offered to help her start a studio that would cater to girls who wanted to earn spots on the Belles drill team. They gave her a year to see if Highland Park Dance Company [HPDC] had legs.

“It ended up being a lot more successful than I ever thought it could be. There are lots of studios in the area that train drill team, but they also do other things. Ours started out really specific to the Belles style,” she said.

Dance and drill team played a large role in Sinclair’s life. She believes the work ethic and sense of personal responsibility she developed as a Belle made her who she is today. Similarly, she hopes the guidance offered at HPDC can teach her students about more than just dance.

Coming to a Mall Near You


Husbands, hide your credit cards. Wives, start making room in your closets. Some newcomers are on their way to NorthPark Center, and looking at the list, my bank account is already weeping.

So take a look at the line up, and get ready to pamper yourself this summer.

  • Sam Edelman – May
  • Warby Parker – June
  • Tory Sport, by Tory Burch – August
  • Kate Weiser Chocolate – August
  • ivivva athletica – August
  • Lilly Pulitzer – August
  • MiniLuxe – August
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels – August
  • Zara – August

Scots Get Defensive at Spring Game

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.