Dickerson Is Steering a New Ship at Cary

Ben Dickerson spent five years in the U.S. Coast Guard before turning to education. (Photo: Tanner Garza) 0
Ben Dickerson spent five years in the U.S. Coast Guard before turning to education. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Urban education isn’t for the faint-hearted, and Ben Dickerson would know.

The new principal at Cary Middle School found his way into education after a stint in the U.S. Coast Guard, and said the military and education share a similarity in that both are driven by core values. While ambition is critical for both students and staff, more important is the safety of his “unit.”

“This has been the hardest job I’ve ever had,” Dickerson said. “I had scary experiences in the military, but the challenge of urban education is very daunting, and it’s something you have to have perseverance for. Going through rigorous military training with a common focus has helped me in the unit that is my school. If I learned anything applicable in the military, it was self-discipline and the art of communication. The school is my ship. Safety of the crew is priority.”


An Emerging Arts Center is Now at Greenhill

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The Marshall Family Performing Arts Center

The Marshall Family Performing Arts Center

Greenhill School celebrated the inauguration of its newest addition, the Marshall Family Performing Arts Center. The event featured performances from students, faculty, and alumni, as well as a showing of artwork from students.

The 54,000-square-foot center is a part of Greenhill’s Building Community Campaign, and includes a 600-seat theatre, a 150-seat studio theatre, a dance and choral hall, video production and digital media lab, a production studio, two galleries, and extra teaching and performance spaces.

In addition to the grand opening, the school also held an open house on Feb. 7, which included more musical performances from students in the preschool, lower school, and middle school levels.


Can’t Get to the Salon? Young Brings It to You

Arlene Young launched Total Image Beauty Services in 1993, and caters to clients with disabilities. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Arlene Young launched Total Image Beauty Services in 1993, and caters to clients with disabilities. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Making people look and feel beautiful is in Arlene Young’s blood.

Growing up, she watched her mother transform the women that sat in her chair for a wash or cut. Young’s aunt was a hairdresser, as well. So cosmetology was a natural career path.

She started with her family, honing her skills and learning the trade from the ones she had watched for so long. But when Young and her husband moved from Chicago to Dallas in 1987, her path came to a fork. She was away from her comfort zone and in search of her next move.

“My husband, who’s a respiratory therapist, works in the medical field, and he saw and heard patients asking for a hairdresser,” said Young, who has more than 25 years of cosmetology experience. “He came home one day and said that there were people who would love to have their hair done just to feel like they’re on the road to recovery. So I started as a volunteer and worked it into a business.”


TCA Celebrates 100 Days of School

Students celebrate the 100th day of school with  fun elderly costumes at Trinity Christian Academy. (Photo: Imani Chet Lytle) 0
Students celebrate the 100th day of school with fun elderly costumes at Trinity Christian Academy. (Photo: Imani Chet Lytle)

Kindergarten students from Trinity Christian Academy celebrated the first 100 days of school today. The students wore fun costumes and participated in all sorts of 100-themed activities, including arts and crafts, and discussing what they have learned in their first 100 days of school.


Capital Idea: ESD Students Invest In Stock Market

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Matthew Dross hopes to become an investment banker after college. Math and numbers come easily to him; he’s already excelled in several AP classes, including calculus, physics, and microeconomics, and plans to add macroeconomics to his resume before May’s graduation.

Outside of class, Dross is a member of ESD’s Student-Managed Investment Fund club. The group, which meets weekly with ESD chief financial officer Robert Buchholz and several parent volunteers, works together to manage and monitor a portion of the school’s cash reserves the club had invested in the stock market.

Last year, ESD’s board of directors set aside $50,000 specifically for the SMIF; the current portfolio is valued at a little under $52,000. The idea is that students who are involved in ESD’s investment group can gain a competitive edge when it comes to college admission processes.


Police Report: Jan. 25 to 31

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25 MONDAY

Between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m., a burglar broke the glass door of an apartment in the 8100 block of Lemmon Avenue. It is unclear whether property was stolen.

Between 5:30 and 5:50 p.m., a thief stole merchandise from Nordstrom at NorthPark Center. Tiva Marie Wright, 26, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting.

26 TUESDAY

At 1:10 p.m., a thief stole property from the bed of a truck at the Market at Preston Forest.

Between 5 and 5:20 p.m., two thieves stole merchandise from Dillard’s at NorthPark Center. Justin Camacho, 18, and a juvenile were arrested on a charge of shoplifting.


ESD Keeper Signs With Longhorns

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ESD goalkeeper Nicole Curry signed with Texas on Wednesday.

ESD goalkeeper Nicole Curry signed with Texas on Wednesday.

It was a festive National Signing Day for two ESD soccer standouts who signed with Division I programs on Wednesday. Nicole Curry signed with Texas, while Adan Garcia is heading to Valparaiso.

Curry has been a stalwart as the ESD goalkeeper for the past few seasons. She posted 12 shutouts in 16 games last year, and has led the Lady Eagles to consecutive SPC titles.

On the boys side, Garcia likewise has been a key part of two straight SPC championship teams at ESD. He is one of the team’s top scorers.

Also on Wednesday, ESD’s MacKenzie Kelly announced her commitment to play next season at Bates College in Maine.


Will Tunnel Plan Provide Regional Relief?

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There aren’t any definitive plans to construct a high-speed cantilevered expressway, or toll tunnel, or whatever, through the heart of Preston Hollow just yet. Right now, it’s just speculation.

But the North Central Texas Council of Governments has started floating the concept, with two possible routes for a potential underground highway as an east-west regional reliever through Dallas.

One of them could run through the Oak Lawn area, and the other along Northwest Highway, approximately between Hillcrest Avenue and Love Field.

It’s not yet known whether such an idea would even be economically feasible, but local residents and city officials are split on whether building more roadways would be the right solution to neighborhood traffic issues.


Jesuit Linebacker Commits to Navy

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These four Jesuit athletes will compete at the college level next year

These four Jesuit athletes will compete at the college level next year, including (from left) Campbell Lang, Hugo Scala Jr., Peyton Long, and Griffin Scott.

Jesuit athletes in four different sports – from the common to the obscure – were recognized during a National Signing Day ceremony on Wednesday.

Among those signing or announcing their college commitments was football player Peyton Long (United States Naval Academy), a standout linebacker who helped lead the Rangers to a District 9-6A title last season.

Others honorees at the ceremony included soccer player Griffin Scott (Washington & Lee), rower Campbell Lang (Marist), and cyclist Hugo Scala Jr. (Marian University).