HPISD Names Tim Turner’s Interim Replacement

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Debora Cabrera (Courtesy HPISD)

Debora Cabrera (Courtesy HPISD)

Deborah Cabrera will oversee Highland Park ISD’s business services department until the district finds a full-time replacement for Tim Turner, who announced his retirement from the district effective Jan. 24 2017.

Cabrera’s interim appointment began Nov. 28. Previously, she served as associate superintendent of business services at Irving ISD for several years until her retirement in 2015.

Cabrera, who has 34 years of experience in Texas public school finance, has also worked with Lewisville and Richardson ISDs. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Letourneau University.

The district’s administrators have begun interviewing for a permanent replacement.


Jackopierce Christmas Show is Back!

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Start your holiday season off right! Get your tickets now for Jackopierce’s 2nd annual Christmas Show! This awesome all-ages event will take place on Saturday Dec. 3 at the McFarlin Auditorium at SMU.

Based on the overwhelming response to last year’s show, this year they are expecting a sell out.

Jack O’Neill & Cary Pierce met while attending SMU so this is a really special “Holiday Homecoming” for the guys, and you’re invited! 


SMU Grad Talks Organ Donation

Javier and Shaley Espinosa, Kathy Aulson, Robin Bagwell, Saryn and Jonathan Dietz, and Tara and Todd Storch at the Nov. 3 event. (Photo courtesy of Taylor's Gift) 0
Javier and Shaley Espinosa, Kathy Aulson, Robin Bagwell, Saryn and Jonathan Dietz, and Tara and Todd Storch at the Nov. 3 event. (Photo courtesy of Taylor's Gift)

Donors attending the second annual Outlive Yourself Awards at the Belo Mansion raised almost $200,000 Nov. 3 for Taylor’s Gift, a foundation dedicated to helping families touched by organ donation.

The foundation is named in honor of Taylor Storch, a 13-year-old Coppell native who died in a tragic 2010 skiing accident. Though doctors could not save her, they were able to save three lives and help two others thanks to Taylor’s decision to become an organ donor. Her parents, Todd and Tara, founded the foundation not only to help raise awareness for organ donation, but also to provide emotional and financial support to organ donor families.

Co-chairing this year’s awards with Saryn and Jonathan Dietz were Preston Hollow residents Shaley and Javier Espinosa.

It’s been almost nine years since Javier woke up with a case of mono. The SMU senior was about to turn 22. Graduation was two months away and he was already making plans for post-college life.


Late Surge Lifts Scots Past McKinney

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Highland Park picked up its first road win of the season on Tuesday at McKinney to remain above .500. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park picked up its first road win of the season on Tuesday at McKinney to keep its record above .500. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

A second-half surge and 21 points from Will Enzor lifted Highland Park past McKinney 57-51 on Tuesday for its first road win of the season.

The Scots (4-3) got back on track after dropping three of their previous four games. Ethan Nussbaum added 19 points for HP, while E.J. Clark paced the Lions with 28 points.

In their previous game on Nov. 22, the Scots suffered through a poor first half during a 69-57 loss at Arlington Bowie. Nussbaum scored 14 points in that game, while Alex Staffaroni added 11.

HP will return home on Monday to face HSAA for the third time already this season. The Scots defeated the home-school squad twice during the HP Scot Classic tournament.


Collectors Covey Reopens in Largest Location Yet

Joe Crafton (center) has a long history of involvement with Texas parks. (Photo by Tanner Garza) 0
Joe Crafton (center) has a long history of involvement with Texas parks. (Photo by Tanner Garza)

Over the last 38 years, sporting and wildlife art gallery Collectors Covey has expanded from its original location in Highland Park Village to Lover’s Lane, and now to Preston Center.

The gallery officially reopened its doors on Sherry Lane Sept. 6 after a four-month transition. The converted bank space is more than twice the size of the previous location. The new gallery also boasts 70 percent more inventory, including Western art, a new addition.

In conjunction with the move, Collectors Covey’s original founder Bubba Wood passed on ownership of the gallery to a longtime friend and wildlife enthusiast, Joe Crafton.

Wood, an internationally accomplished skeet shooter, founded Collectors Covey in 1978. Since then, the gallery has grown from an art and print collection to a one-stop-shop for art collectors, homeowners, and sportsmen alike.


Police Reports: Nov. 21-27

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: DON’T ASK DON’T TELL

At 9:42 p.m. Nov. 25, police broke up a house party in the 3600 block of Dartmouth Avenue, after the housekeeper answered the door, and issued $271 citations to ten underage partygoers, most of whom were found hiding in the laundry room, for consumption by minor and minor in possession. When the homeowner arrived, she told officers on duty she was aware that her daughter was going to have friends over but that they were told not to have alcohol present, and that she had asked the housekeeper to come check on the house periodically.


Local Woman Honored in Poland

Jamie Marshall was honored for helping start an alumni association. (Photo courtesy of UMCS) 0
Jamie Marshall was honored for helping start an alumni association. (Photo courtesy of UMCS)

University Park resident Jamie Marshall was honored Oct. 23 by Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland during the school’s academic year ceremonies. The university’s Fundacja Absolwentów, or alumni association, announced the inauguration of the Dr. Jamie Lynn Marshall Outstanding Graduate Prize, which will be presented with scholarship money each year to two worthy students.

The award was named for Marshall in recognition of her role in establishing the alumni association, which the school believes to be the first in Europe.

“It was an incredible honor,” Marshall said. “For an American to be allowed into their culture, and to then acknowledge that effort by naming [the award] for me — I was just at a loss of words.”

Unbeknownst to her, preparations for the award had been going on for quite some time. Still, Marshall did not learn about it until the night before the presentation when a school official she was meeting that evening brought along one of the plaques.


Hyer Elementary Goes for the Gold

Kids and attendees participating in a variety of activities at the carnival. (Photos by Chris McGathey) 0
Kids and attendees participating in a variety of activities at the carnival. (Photos by Chris McGathey)

Hyer Elementary School climbed, zipped, and bounced all day long with friends and family at their annual carnival event on Oct. 15 on the schools grounds.

“Go for the Gold” was this year’s theme, encouraging participants to have fun in game challenges like Water Wars, MASH tent, and the Cake Walk.

Chick-fil-A, Grub Burger Bar, Papa John’s Pizza, and many other food vendors partnered with he school to help fuel the guests from one activity to the next.


Scots Reclaim State Tennis Title

Highland Park bounced back and won its 17th team tennis state title after being shut out a year ago. (Photo by Tim Hurst) 0
Highland Park bounced back and won its 17th team tennis state title after being shut out a year ago. (Photo by Tim Hurst)

Highland Park’s motto this season encapsulated its singular goal: Re-State Tradition. It reflected a focus and a determination to bounce back after being shut out of state tennis titles a year ago.

The Scots fulfilled that mission on Nov. 3 by claiming the Class 5A title. They defeated San Antonio Alamo Heights in College Station to cap an undefeated fall season.

It was the 17th team tennis crown overall for the Scots (19-0), who previously beat the Mules in the 2012 final. On Wednesday, HP defeated Grapevine in the semifinals to kick off a state tournament that featured multiple rain delays.