April 7, 2014

  • Bush Returns to Hockaday For Centennial

    Laura BushThe Hockaday School didn’t have to venture far to find a distinguished speaker for its upcoming Centennial Luncheon.

    Former First Lady Laura Bush will deliver the keynote address at the luncheon on April 11, which will highlight the Centennial Weekend celebration at the Preston Hollow campus.

    The luncheon will honor Hockaday alumnae. Laura and George W. Bush enrolled their twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara, at Hockaday before moving to Austin in 1994. The Bushes moved back to Preston Hollow after leaving the White House in 2009.

    The event at the Centennial Pavilion will cap a series of events commemorating the 100-year milestone at Hockaday. The school also will hold a “Party of the Century” starting at 6 p.m. Saturday.

    The week will include a fine-arts spotlight at the middle and upper-school levels, a lower-school musical, a family-style luncheon for all students, a family picnic, and a 5K run. For more information, visit hockaday100.org.

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  • April 4, 2014

  • Covenant Senior Excels on Track, in Field

    Covenant senior Colby Boozer, left, won two medals last year at the TAPPS state track and field meet.

    Covenant senior Colby Boozer, left, won two medals last year at the TAPPS state track and field meet.

    Editor’s note: A version of this story appears in the April issue of Preston Hollow People.

    For Colby Boozer, athletic success can be traced in large part to time management.

    The Preston Hollow resident is a senior at The Covenant School, where he has competed at the varsity level in football, baseball, and track since his freshman year.

    The latter two sports overlap during the spring, which is where Boozer’s maturity and self-discipline allow him to excel simultaneously on the field and in the classroom.

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  • Hodges Creates ‘Horse Sense’ Essay Contest

    Donald Hodges

    Don Hodges

    In an effort to promote his book of quotations, Horse Sense. Street Smarts., Preston Hollow resident Don Hodges has created an essay contest that is open to students nationwide.

    All contestants have to do is pick two of the book’s quotations that they find meaningful and explain why. Five winners will each receive a $1,000 prize to assist with college expenses. But one Dallas-area student will also get a paid internship with Hodges’ firm, Hodges Capital.

    “I believe today’s young adults could benefit by looking deeper into the meaning behind the quotes,” Hodges said. “Why not learn from the past experiences of the 775 individuals who are quoted in this book?”

    Students ages 18 to 22 may enter. The submission deadline is May 22.

    By Apr. 4, 2014 | 9:38 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • PH Pair Chair Luncheon For Planned Parenthood

    Debra Hunter-Johnson and Carmen Gross

    Debra Hunter Johnson and Carmen Gross

    Preston Hollow residents Carmen Gross and Debra Hunter Johnson are co-chairing the Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Annual Awards Luncheon, which will feature U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe as the keynote speaker.

    When she was elected to represent Maine’s Second Congressional District in 1978 at the age of 31, Snowe was the youngest Republican in Congress and its first Greek-American. After 16 years in the House, she moved to the Senate, where she was well-known for her work on budget-deficit reduction, fiscal issues, health care, women’s issues, and foreign affairs.

    Snowe retired when her third Senate term ended in January 2013. She cited hyper-partisanship leading to a dysfunctional Congress as her reason for not seeking re-election. This year, she has authored a book, Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress.

    Proceeds from Monday’s luncheon at the Hilton Anatole will directly support Planned Parenthood’s health-care and education services for women and families in North Texas.

    By Apr. 4, 2014 | 8:32 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • April 3, 2014

  • Methodist Ministers Rock Out For Charity

    Rusty King, Brian McPherson, and Eric Folkerth perform with Connections.

    Rusty King, Brian McPherson, and Eric Folkerth perform with Connections.

    Eric Folkerth, senior pastor at Northaven United Methodist Church, is one of the founding members of Connections, an enormous cover band fronted by United Methodist ministers from around North Texas.

    “That probably sounds like a terrible idea,” he said, “but we’ve actually played for tens of thousands of people in the past six years, and raised hundreds of thousands for charity.”

    Much like church services, the band’s shows are all free. But, much like church’s services, the band takes up an offering, usually with a specific charity in mind. The beneficiary of Friday’s show at Northaven UMC will be the United Methodist Committee on Relief. If Connections’ fans donate at least $700 that night — and Folkerth thinks they will — the band will surpass $250,000 in total fundraising.

    The theme of Friday’s show, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., is “Triple Play.” Connections will cover three songs each by seven artists, including Jackson Browne, Fleetwood Mac, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears.

    By Apr. 3, 2014 | 3:24 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • April 2, 2014

  • Students’ Short Films Win Big Awards

    The Greenhill film Seawolf won the top prize for student films in March at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin.

    The Greenhill short film Seawolf won the top prize for student films in March at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin.

    Editor’s note: A version of this story appears in the April edition of Preston Hollow People.

    There aren’t any Oscar statuettes in the trophy case at Greenhill School, nor are there any big-budget movie studio offices, but there might be some future members of Hollywood’s finest walking the hallways.

    The school has become a hotbed for student filmmakers thanks to a visual-arts program that has given students a rare opportunity to make short films and have them screened in front of an audience.

    In March, Greenhill had five shorts screen as part of a statewide compilation of student films at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin. And on Sunday, three others will be shown as part of a similar compendium at the Dallas International Film Festival.

    The projects are produced and edited entirely by students as part of a film program that has gradually seen the quantity and quality of its works increase.

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    By Apr. 2, 2014 | 2:45 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Neighborhood Leaders Call For Transwestern Forum

    A bevy of elected officials and neighborhood association leaders have joined the debate over Transwestern’s proposed multi-use project at Preston Road and Northwest Highway. In a letter first reported by Candy’s Dirt, former Mayor Laura Miller, former City Councilman Mitchell Rasansky, state Sen. John Carona, and others are asking Councilman Lee Kleinman to host a town-hall meeting to discuss the development.

    I’m glad they’re asking that the meeting be held at a larger venue, such as Lovers Lane United Methodist Church or Park Cities Baptist Church. We wouldn’t want a repeat of this fiasco.

    By Apr. 2, 2014 | 8:36 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Channel 8 Airs Prom-Date Proposal

    I’m not sure why a Highland Park boy and an Ursuline girl were hanging out at Channel 8′s studio yesterday, but the latter apparently asked the former to go to the prom with her. I’m also not sure what his answer was.

    By Apr. 2, 2014 | 8:27 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • April 1, 2014

  • Winston Sophomore Rolls to State Semifinals

    Photo: Cynthia Zinselmeyer

    Photo: Cynthia Zinselmeyer

    Winston School sophomore Jada Davis rolled her way to a third-place finish in the Texas High School Bowling Club‘s state tournament in San Antonio over the weekend.

    Davis entered the championship bracket as the 15th seed, and she dropped her first game against the No. 2 seed, Emma Kuhn of Texas City, 257-178. But Davis, who averages 230, came back to secure 231-226 and 223-208 victories and move on to the quarterfinals.

    She rolled her way past Dakota Stutz of Copperas Cove, 237-188 and 213-151, before losing to the eventual champion, Shannon Geerdes of Plano East, in the single-game semifinals, 278-200.

    Davis, who enrolled at the Winston School as a third-grader, has been bowling since she was 7 years old. Last year, she won a United States Bowling Congress Dallas youth tournament. She credits her success to her parents, Derrick and Traci Davis, a host of coaches, and friends.

    Davis is very active at the Winston School. She serves on the Student Council as a class representative, interacts with visitors as an “Eagle Guide,” and participates in the band and volleyball programs. Last Friday, in Winston’s packed cafeteria, bowling sponsor and teacher James Neve announced Davis’ plans to compete at the state competition. In her honor, students were served a specially made cake and ice cream.

    By Apr. 1, 2014 | 1:52 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Swimmer Finds a Home at Hillcrest

    Rebecca Brandt swims for Hillcrest and plays the violin at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Rebecca Brandt makes music both in the swimming pool and with the violin. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Editor’s note: A version of this story appears in the April edition of Preston Hollow People.

    What do you do if you’re an athlete at a school with no sports? If you’re Rebecca Brandt, you compete for a school you’ve never attended.

    There’s nothing shady about that tactic for the Preston Hollow resident, who is a freshman at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Brandt attends the Dallas ISD arts-magnet school because of her passion for playing the violin. Yet she’s also been a competitive swimmer for many years, and had to find another pool in which to pursue her passion.

    So Brandt began competing with the swimming team at Hillcrest, the school nearest to her house. And she made a splash almost immediately, reaching the finals in both the 100-yard butterfly and 200 individual medley at the UIL Class 4A meet in February in Austin.

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    By Apr. 1, 2014 | 11:40 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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