Sales, Listings Up, But High-End Lull Not Over

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Real estate activity in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow has picked up following a slowdown leading into last November’s election.

Single family closings and listings are looking up to begin the year, but real estate agencies are still hoping transactions for higher end properties will rebound.

The market for homes priced at $2 million or more hasn’t been up for 18 months, according to Allie Beth Allman, president/CEO of Allie Beth Allman & Associates.


Participance at All-Time High for Dallas Summer Musicals

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More than 70 schools to showcase productions.

The Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards (DMS HSMTA) announced that 2017 has broken all records for schools participating in the summer program.

A total of 76 schools, both public and private, representing 40 school districts across North Texas and Oklahoma will be participating this year. This is more than double the first year’s total of 30 participating schools.

Slated for May 18 at the Music Hall at Fair Park, the awards show is a public red carpet affair. Nominees and celebrities walk the red carpet beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the show following at 7:00 p.m.


Elahmadi Lifts HP Boys to State Meet

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The Highland Park girls will join their boys counterparts at the state gymnastics meet in Odessa.

The Highland Park girls will join their boys counterparts looking for gold at the state gymnastics meet in Odessa.

Highland Park benefited from hosting its regional competition, and qualified a full team for both boys and girls to the Texas High School Gymnastics Championships on April 28-29 in Odessa.

Adam Elahmadi lifted the Scots to a runner-up regional finish by winning the all-around championship, as well as individual event titles on vault, pommel horse, rings, horizontal bar, and parallel bars. Elahmadi also was third on floor exercise, while teammate Marshall McIlyar took third on parallel bars and high bar.

On the girls side, HP placed third as a team led by sophomore Lily Overton, who finished third in the all-around and third on uneven bars and floor.


Stepping Stone: HPMS Quarterback Garnering National Attention

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Colleges already have their eye on Stone. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Colleges already have their eye on Stone. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Preston Stone tries to remain humble, even if his talent and pedigree suggest plenty of reasons to brag.

The eighth-grader at Highland Park Middle School has already received an NCAA Division I scholarship offer from the University of Nevada and been invited to camps with top signal-callers from around the state. And he hasn’t even taken a high school snap yet.

Those who watch YouTube highlights of Stone carving up middle-school defenses with his arm and his feet say he makes football look easy.


Lady Scots to Hold Youth Camp in June

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After leading her team to a District 15-5A co-championship last season, Highland Park head coach Nicole Villarreal will host a youth camp in early June. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

After leading her team to a District 15-5A co-championship last season, HP coach Nicole Villarreal will host a youth camp in June. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Girls wanting to improve their fundamentals on the court have that chance in June at the Lady Scot Basketball Camp, hosted by the Highland Park coaching staff.

The camp will be June 5-8 at Highland Park Middle School, with separate sessions each day for athletes in grades K-1, grades 2-5, and grades 6-9. Cost is $150 (or $120 for kindergarteners and first-graders).

All campers will receive a T-shirt. For more information, contact HPHS head coach Nicole Villarreal at [email protected].


Leadership ‘Without A Rulebook’

From left: Holly Kuzmich moderates a discussion with Laura Bush and Cherie Blair about the roles of first ladies. (Photo: Grant Miller) 0
From left: Holly Kuzmich moderates a discussion with Laura Bush and Cherie Blair about the roles of first ladies. (Photo: Grant Miller)

Laura Bush entered the White House with more preparation than most of her predecessors.

She served as Texas first lady and also watched how her mother-in-law, Barbara Bush, filled the first lady role during the presidency of George H.W. Bush.

“I’d slept in the Lincoln Bedroom, in the Queen’s Bedroom,” Laura Bush said. “I had an advantage that no other American first lady — except for maybe Louisa Adams — had had, in that I knew so much about what I was stepping into.”


Plenty of Scots in Running at Regionals

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Highland Park's Maddy Stephens will compete in three events at the Class 5A Region II meet this weekend at UT Arlington.

Highland Park’s Maddy Stephens will compete in three events at the Class 5A Region II meet this weekend at UT Arlington.

The Highland Park girls will send more than a dozen athletes to the Class 5A Region II track and field meet this weekend in Arlington.

The Lady Scots had several regional qualifiers following the area meet on April 20 in Lovejoy, including individual event winners Maddy Stephens (200, 400) Falyn Reaugh (high jump), and Olivia Scott (3,200).

Other athletes to advance for HP include McKenna Michels (discus), Grace O’Keefe (3,200), Emma Parker (3,200), Grace Beitter (800), Mary Kemp (400), and Hannah Booe (200). Scott also advanced in the 1,600. The Lady Scots also qualified for regionals in the 4×400 relay with the quartet of Grace Watts, Booe, Kemp, and Stephens.

On the boys side, HP’s individual regional qualifiers consist of Turner Coxe (discus, shot put), Sam Sloan (800), and Jack Toohey (110 hurdles).

The Scots also will compete at regionals in all three relays. In the 4×100 and 4×200 events, the foursome includes James Herring, J.T. Dooley, Walker French, and Colby Green. And in the 4×400 relay, the team features Sloan, Ryan Gadbois, Jimmy Rupple, and Cameron Hoglund.


Meet the School Board Candidates

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HPISD All Candidates

Tom Sharpe, Meg Bakich, Chris Murzin, Stacy Kelly, and Marla Sewall all hope to serve on the HPISD board of trustees. (Courtesy Photo)

 

Voting has begun in Highland Park school board elections. Five candidates are vying for two open seats.  Early voting will continue through May 2, and the general election will be held May 6.

We recently sat down with all of the candidates to learn more about why they want to join the board of trustees, and how they will handle the difficult tasks ahead. Below are some of their responses.

 


Playoffs in Sight As HP Wraps 15-5A Slate

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Highland Park's Grant Kipp threw a three-hit shutout against Royse City in his last start. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park’s Grant Kipp threw a three-hit shutout against Royse City in his last start. The Scots won 1-0. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park enters the final week of the regular season with another playoff berth well within its sights.

After sweeping Royse City in two games last week, the Scots (17-11, 9-3) need just one win over Wylie East this week — or a Lovejoy loss to Royse City — to wrap up a postseason berth. HP remains in second place behind Forney in the District 15-5A standings with two games left.

The Scots topped the Bulldogs 1-0 on April 18 behind a three-hit shutout from Grant Kipp, then followed up with a 4-1 victory on April 21.

This week, HP will travel on Tuesday to face Wylie East, which is third in the league standings, before hosting the Raiders in the regular-season finale on Friday.