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The Academic Success Program, a nonprofit organization that provides support to DISD high school students, announced that Hillcrest senior Jared Juarez has been named a finalist in the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.
Jared was required to complete a lengthy application process with eight essays about his academic, community, and personal goals and accomplishments. He also had to secure faculty and community nominations and recommendations.
More than 50,000 high school seniors apply for the Gates Millennium Scholarship, but only 2,000 finalists are chosen. In April, 1,000 students will be named Gates Millennium Scholars
Jared is a two-year captain of the varsity football and wrestling teams. He is a member of Interact Club and was recognized his junior year with the Rotary Youth Leadership Award. Jared is also a member of the National Honor Society and the manager of the cheerleading squad. Jared placed fifth and qualified for regionals in the UIL vocabulary competition as a junior and participated in the Hispanic Youth Institute and ROTC. Jared works at Hollister and enjoys volunteering at Operation Kindness and East Lake Pet Orphanage when he has a few extra moments.
Jared will be the first in his family to attend college and is proud to set an example for other first-generation students, including his younger sister, who is a freshman at Hillcrest. Jared’s goals center around helping those in need and he is considering becoming a civil engineer for the betterment of society, helping animals as a veterinarian, or providing care for people as a doctor. He has been accepted to numerous colleges, including Arkansas, Baylor, Ithaca, North Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, and Valparaiso. Jared is awaiting notification from Bard College, Loyola University- Maryland, and Wake Forest.
We hear that Hillcrest High School was the runner-up in the Texas State High School Mock Trial Competition over the weekend. The team advanced through five rounds of competition on Friday and Saturday to face the defending champions, Carrollton Creekview, in the finals.
Team members include Casey Allman, Gigi Allman, Dalton Bray, T’Erica Johnson, Cassidy Kaye, Robbie Maysent, Will Moyer, and Jake Steele.
I learned this via a friend of the paper, who saw this image — of a note taped to the front door — on his Facebook newsfeed. I called the listed number for the Purple Cow, and it just rang. Also, the restaurant’s website is down as I type this.
I then called the property manager for Preston Royal Village as well as the shopping center’s marketing agency, but the people to whom I needed to speak weren’t available. So I called a couple of businesses on either side of the restaurant, and they confirmed the news of its demise.
Culture Map Dallas reported last November that the two other Purple Cow locations in Collin County had gone belly up.
David Alameel spent a ton of money in his bid for a newly created U.S. House seat, yet he finished fourth in a 11-person race for the Democratic nomination.Two years ago, Preston Hollow resident
But this fall, Alameel will most likely face off against U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in a statewide campaign. He finished first in yesterday’s five-way Democratic primary, capturing 47 percent of the vote. And his opponent in the May 27 runoff, Kesha Rogers, is a conspiracy theorist who has reportedly been disavowed by her own party because she wants to impeach President Obama. Good luck with all that.
State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Preston Hollow, will be a guest analyst on Channel 4 tonight as the Fox affiliate reports election results:
— Heather Hays (@heatherhaysfox4) March 4, 2014
This could be interesting, as Villalba has publicly supported fellow Preston Hollow resident John Carona as he fends off a challenge from Don Huffines for his state Senate seat:
— Jason Villalba (@JasonVillalba) February 23, 2014
Another interesting angle is the apparent testiness between Villalba and Michael Quinn Sullivan, a Republican journalist who is no fan of Carona and who is supporting Devonshire resident Court Alley in the House District 108 race:
— Jason Villalba (@JasonVillalba) March 4, 2014
Get your popcorn ready.
Editor’s note: A version of this story appears in the March edition of Preston Hollow People.
Gayle Harrison was just looking for a job when she walked into Tom Workman’s office. What she got was a career.
Gayle and her mother, Dorothy, bought a dollhouse-supply store from Workman in 1974. They’ve been in the business ever since, but that business isn’t what it used to be. The Bluffview residents plan to close their store, Through the Keyhole, by month’s end.
“There’s some girls who love their dollhouses, and I have some ladies who love their dollhouses, but there’s just not enough of them,” Gayle said.
The deadline to submit a candidacy for the DISD Board of Trustees passed at 5 p.m. on Friday. In advance of that deadline, I interviewed Sabrina Martinez Harrison, a former teacher and homemaker who was challenging Mike Morath in District 2, which includes the south and east portions of Preston Hollow, as well as Bluffview, Devonshire, and Greenway Parks.
I haven’t had a chance to transcribe that interview, and now I have no reason to. Harrison — whose husband, Field, owns the Mint Dentistry chain — emailed me this morning to say she’s dropping out of the race.
“I will be withdrawing from the election due to unforeseen travel and business obligations,” she said. “I will definitely revisit the opportunity to serve Dallas schools in three years and hope to serve our community then.”
Meanwhile, did you see the Morning News‘ story over the weekend that says Morath is linked to an effort to oust the entire Board of Trustees?
If you live in Preston Hollow, then you’ve no doubt already enjoyed Todd Jorgenson’s story on Dallas Stars icon Mike Modano in our March edition. (If you don’t live in Preston Hollow, you can download a PDF of that edition on the right side of this page.) Todd’s story says Modano plays a key role in the Stars’ Little Rookies program, which offers four free hockey lessons to kids ages 4 to 8.
I’ve already signed up my 5-year-old to participate this summer. But if you want to let your kid test the frozen waters first, perhaps you’ll want to register for Try Hockey for Free, a one-day event that the Stars are hosting Saturday at the American Airlines Center.
Someone has decided that Thursday is “W.T. White Feeder Night” at the DISD Board of Trustees meeting. Families who live in the W.T. White attendance zone are being encouraged to show up in orange T-shirts “so that the Board of Trustees can see how many great involved people we have in our community,” according to an email I received.
Word to the wise: If you’re planning on going, bring a snack. I’ve covered a few DISD board meetings, and none of them wrapped up in a timely manner.
Richard Sheridan and I got a bit of national publicity last spring, after he left me the most vile message in the history of telephones. His profane outburst happened on the day he garnered only 28 votes in a City Council election. A teenage Preston Hollow resident named Jacob King received 77 votes in the same four-person race, and Sheridan vowed to stop for running for office if King’s total exceeded his.
To no one’s surprise, Sheridan has reneged on that promise, filing paperwork to run for the District 8 seat on the DISD Board of Trustees. But The Dallas Morning News‘ Matthew Haag is reporting that Sheridan may not be eligible to run for that seat.