Posts by Samantha Carp

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    • Samantha Carp
    • Contributing Writer
    • Samantha is a senior at Greenhill School. She writes for the Greenhill paper, The Evergreen, and is interested in a career in publishing. Samantha has been a resident of Preston Hollow her entire life.
  • If Books Are on Your Holiday List …

    In years past, Greenhill School’s annual book fair consisted of a cleared-out gym with folded tables and chairs advertising the summer reading books. This year, things are taken up a notch. Today at the Prestonwood Center Barnes & Noble from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can browse the bookshelves while watching Greenhill fine art performances. Acts include holiday music by the band and orchestra, story time with Lower School faculty, and a performance by the Upper School Improve Troupe. Today through Dec. 14, at any Barnes & Noble location (even online), if you use the code number 0919405, Greenhill will receive cash back from your purchase.

    By Samantha Carp Dec. 9, 2012 | 2:34 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Out With The Old, In With The New

    When I drove by the corner of Northwest Highway and Hillcrest yesterday, I barely recognized the stores that line the intersection. Turns out, Bella Lifestyle Nail Salon & Spa has disappeared and in the past few weeks, Hillcrest Nails Spa and Massage Felax have popped up in its place.  These two neighboring salons market themselves differently; Message Felax focuses only on massages, while Hillcrest Nails Spa offers manicures, pedicures, and massages.

    Not far down the block lies Soleo Mexican Kitchen. This five-week-old restaurant features both traditional Tex-Mex dishes and more modern takes on the classics.

    If you have tried any of these new places, please let me know what you think!

    By Samantha Carp Nov. 20, 2012 | 9:38 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • How Does Your School Mark Halloween?

    Parish Episcopal students celebrated "Spooky Saturday" over the weekend.

    When I was a Greenhill lower schooler, the entire Oct. 31 school day was dedicated to Halloween, and I am not just talking about pumpkin-themed math problems. After an hour of candy consumption, we paraded throughout the school in our elaborate costumes and were then released at 11 a.m. to prepare for the evening. Not surprisingly, this practiced has ended, but I am curious to see how different Preston Hollow schools celebrate Halloween.

    Good Shepherd Episcopal: Students will parade in their costumes around the YMCA track. While the school day does not end early, word is there will be no homework tonight.

    Greenhill: Nowadays, Halloween is not officially acknowledged until the afternoon. To avoid the many distractions, Lower School students change into their costumes after lunch for a parade and treats. In the Upper School, seniors dress up after lunch to lead the parade. The morning after, classes start late for the Lower and Middle Schools.

    Hockaday: The Lower and Middle Schools indulge in Halloween parties and, conveniently, the Lower School does not have classes Nov. 1 because of conferences. In the Upper School, the seniors dress up and decorate the entire building.

    Parish Episcopal: Last Saturday, the Midway campus hosted “Spooky Saturday,” a festival where the younger students ran through inflatables and indulged in Halloween treats. Today, at the Hillcrest campus, there will be a Halloween sing-along.

    St. Mark’s: The Lower School celebrates with a Halloween party, but students are prohibited from wearing costumes.

    By Samantha Carp Oct. 31, 2012 | 9:45 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Greenhill Says Farewell To Visitors from Taiwan

    In the midst of the hectic homecoming week and the SAT, Greenhill high school students welcomed 10 students from Minglun High School in Taipei, Taiwan. The students from Taiwan arrived at Greenhill on Sept. 30 and left Friday morning. Each student was paired with a Greenhill student, who served as his or her host for the two-week stay. Along with sitting in class, the visitors attended Greenhill’s homecoming dance and football game. Greenhill plans to reciprocate the exchange and visit the Minglun High School in Taipei this spring.

    By Samantha Carp Oct. 13, 2012 | 7:55 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Greenhill Seniors Paint the Tower

    On Tuesday, Greenhill seniors kicked off their final year by leaving a mark, lots of marks, on the school’s water tower. While the painting of the water tower started as a school prank in the 1960s, it is now an official right of passage for the senior class. Every senior signs the tower, and the class creates a design revolving around their graduating year. This year, the theme is “Like a 13oss.”

    By Samantha Carp Sep. 8, 2012 | 10:41 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Who Needs Gluten?

    Last week, when my gluten-free cousin came to visit, I was put up to the challenge of finding tasty restaurants nearby that offered gluten-free options. Gluten-free means more than just passing up bread; gluten hides in soy sauce, many salad dressings, and beer. So I was looking for menus that offer entirely gluten-free dishes. Here is my list of great gluten-free options inside (and a little outside) of Preston Hollow.

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    By Samantha Carp Jul. 16, 2012 | 10:14 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Camp SPARK For Girls

    Camp SPARK, the formerly all-boys athletic summer day camp started by Greenhill School students, is going strong in its third year. This summer, Greenhill senior Morgan Pearlman added Camp SPARK for girls. The camp, aimed at young girls between the ages of 6-12, is happening this week, at Morgan’s home. The girls have been swimming, learning cheers from Greenhill varsity cheerleaders, making crafts, and more.

    By Samantha Carp Jun. 7, 2012 | 11:04 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Your Vote Counts

    Upset about the economy? Irritated about that new trash pick-up schedule? Well, you have the power to change all that. Assume your civic duty and vote. Register first here. Voting for Republicans will be held today at Hillcrest High School and for Democrats at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church. Click here for more information.

    By Samantha Carp May. 29, 2012 | 10:07 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Get Back to Basics For Parkinson Voice Project

    The two skills we learn by age 2, walking and talking, are so natural for most of us we often take them for granted. Not so for those suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Show your support by walking and talking at the fourth annual Talk Walk, benefiting the Parkinson Voice Project. This nonprofit organization provides voice therapy, support, research, education, and awareness to those with Parkinson’s disease.  This Saturday, any time from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., raise money by lapping NorthPark Center with your friends and family. Included with your $30 registration fee is a meal voucher for NorthPark restaurants — Luna de Noche, Corner Bakery, and Maggiano’s Little Italy — as well as discounts to many NorthPark stores.

    By Samantha Carp May. 4, 2012 | 9:44 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • 64 And Counting

    While Independence Day for Americans means fireworks and parades on the Fourth of July, today, Israel is celebrating its own 64th Independence Day. This afternoon, stop by the Aaron Family JCC from 4:30 to 8 p.m. and be transported free of charge to the holy land of Israel. Listen to music from Bein Hamerarim, enjoy Israeli foods, send an e-mail to the Western Wall, and practice Israeli dancing. Visit booths of Israeli cities such as Acco, Beersheva, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv, and learn about the culture.  For more information click here.

    By Samantha Carp Apr. 26, 2012 | 9:14 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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