Morshower Returns to Town For Career Salute

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Glenn Morshower

Glenn Morshower

You might not know the name Glenn Morshower, but you probably recognize his face from one of his dozens of film and television appearances during the past 30 years.

The 55-year-old Preston Hollow native and Hillcrest High School graduate has worked steadily as a character actor since the 1970s, and he’s probably best known for playing Aaron Pierce, a secret-service agent on the TV drama “24.”

At any rate, Morshower’s list of credits is quite extensive, and he’ll get a deserving salute on Thursday night from the USA Film Festival, which is hosting a screening of Morshower’s latest film, a low-budget Texas thriller called The Doo Dah Man, with the actor in attendance to answer questions and mingle with moviegoers.


Chuck Norris ‘Just Said Yes’

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Chuck Norris, Gena Norris, Dan Bailey, Lisa Troutt, Kenny Troutt (Courtesy photo)

Chuck Norris, Gena Norris, Dan Bailey, Lisa Troutt, Kenny Troutt (Courtesy photo)

Chuck Norris was the guest of honor and keynote speaker at the recent Just Say Yes luncheon at the home of Lisa and Kenny Troutt. The organization works to help teens avoid common pitfalls and struggles by equipping them with skills to succeed. Proceeds from the luncheon go directly toward this cause.

“The only time you fail is when you don’t learn from trying,” Norris said of his struggle to start his first martial arts school.

Click here to learn more about Just Say Yes.

 


There’s No Business Like Show Business

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The Dallas Summer Musicals would like to invite you to the fourth annual High School Musical Theatre Awards on April 29, at 7 p.m. at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

The awards are meant to “recognize and encourage student achievement and spotlight the importance of musical theatre in arts education.”

The nominees include:
BEST FEATURED PERFORMER: Greenhill School’s Ali Simenc for her role as Grandma Addams in The Addams Family

BEST SCENIC DESIGN: Greenhill School for The Addams Family

BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Bishop Lynch High School for The Wedding Singer

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Bishop Lynch High School’s Payton Reeves for her role as Holly in The Wedding Singer


Plaza Days to Showcase Deals, Family Fun

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The Plaza at Preston Center will hold its annual Plaza Days celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on May 8 and 9 (rescheduled due to the upcoming forecast).

Take a stroll through the sidewalk sales and trunk shows while enjoying treats, adopt a new furry family member, or at least get your face painted like one.

Want cute photo proof of the event? Check out their website post from last year’s Plaza Days.


Winston Students Honored in Ceremony

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Top row, left to right: Caroline Clure, Cameron Schlager, Lucy Clancy, Jada Davis, Abbigail Clark, Ashley Hull, and Maya Maasoumi. Bottom row, left to right: Kevin Gatherer, Andreas Valdez, Hunter McCullough, Isaiah Willis, Travis Parker, Nicholas Kemp, Michael Goldberg, George Shoup, Joseph Mallery, and Max Foster.

Winston School students at the honor societies induction. (Joseph Cavuoti not pictured.)

Congratulations to the following Winston School students who were honored at a ceremony on April 1 for their induction into various honor societies and clubs:

Junior National Honors Society: Maya Maasoumi and George Shoup

National Honors Society: Jada Davis (President), Michael Goldberg, Travis Parker, and Andreas Valdez

Junior National Beta Club: Caroline Clure, Max Foster, and Joseph Mallery

National Beta Club: Joseph Cavuoti, Lucy Clancy, Kevin Gatherer, Hunter McCullough, Cameron Schlager, and Isaiah Willis (President)

National Art Honor Society: Ashley Hull and Nicholas Kemp (President)

International Thespian Society: Abbigail Clark and Travis Parker


International Celebration at Lamplighter

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Lamplighter students picked up a few more stamps on their passports, thanks to the school’s International Night on April 9.

The 12th annual event, presented by the Lamplighter Parents’ Association, invited students to an international adventure with food, crafts, and live entertainment. Kids and their parents picked up a passport to visit the 25 countries represented at the event. Scottish bagpiper Scott Shannon lead a parade through campus, the first global experience of the evening.

“What an amazing night for Lamplighter families who were able to ‘travel around the world,’ sampling ethnic cuisine and experiencing diverse cultures, right here on campus,” said Dr. Joan Hill, Lamplighter Head of School.

Among the big hits of evening were learning origami, watching dance troupe performances, and getting temporary henna tattoos.


Taste of NFL Tailgate for NTFB

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Taste of NFL

Kick off football season early with the 11th annual Taste of the NFL tailgate party on May 3.

Enjoy cocktails, games, auctions, and more at AT&T Stadium from 6-9 p.m. Chef Kent Rathbun and other area chefs will provide gourmet tailgate fare.

The event will raise money for the North Texas Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids and School Pantry Program. Food 4 Kids distributes 11,000 weekend backpacks of food for elementary school children in 330 schools every week.

Hosts for the party are current and former members of the Cowboys offensive line: Travis Frederick, Charles Haley, Chad Hennings, and Preston Pearson.

Tickets are $150 per person and are available for purchase online along with sponsorship and donation opportunities. For additional questions, contact Lora Farris at 214.431.4683 or by email.


U.S. Classes Can Learn From Other Countries

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Columnist Len Bourland

Columnist Len Bourland

The children aged 4 and 5 sat quietly at their tables adding basic sums and working on writing their names.

Despite the fact that there were 30 children to the one young teacher, the preschoolers  sat calmly, obediently listening to all verbal instruction. It reminded me of my own public school in the 1950s, when teachers’ complaints were about students chewing gum and not staying in straight lines.

This was a recent experience on a mission trip to a Third World Central American country to build a library and interact with the school. It is a far cry from the well-furbished learning centers in my grandchildren’s preschools  with state-of-the-art equipment.

The children in Central America had longer attention spans than American children of that age and were doing work on par with American preschoolers of all socioeconomic levels, although bordering the jungle in very basic living conditions. Was this because without lifestyle distractions they could concentrate on the basics of the three R’s? Was this due to the fact that these children are not plugged into television or computers or technology?


Greenhill School Celebrates Earth Day

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Polly Holyoke

Polly Holyoke

Polly Holyoke took Greenhill students on an underwater adventure to celebrate Earth Day a few days early.

Holyoke, author of award winning book The Neptune Project, spoke to grades third through sixth as part of the school’s Authors for Earth Day event on April 20-21. Her young adult novel is an underwater thriller with an environmental message. She also led a writing seminar with the sixth-grade Writers’ Workshop Program.

In honor of Earth Day, Holyoke pledged part of her honorarium to For the Love of the Lake, a charity selected by Greenhill students that works to preserve White Rock Lake.


Local Students Earn Merit Scholarships

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A few students from area private schools are among the first group of winners in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship program.

The program has awarded scholarships to more than 1,000 high school seniors nationwide financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.

Here are the winners: Alyssa Berger (Hockaday) was honored by Aon Corporation and plans to pursue a career in environmental policy. Michael A. Case (Jesuit) was honored by Raytheon and plans to pursue a career in accounting. William R. Morris III (Trinity Christian) was honored by the PwC Charitable Foundation and plans to pursue a career in political science.


I’m Moderating a Forum, So Come

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Tomorrow night I’m moderating a forum between DISD District 1 candidates Kyle Renard and Edwin Flores. Yes, me — your loving assistant editor. I shall try to live up to my duties to the best of my abilities, so come hear these fabulous candidates express their platforms on local education.

When: 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 23

Where: Withers Elementary School 

Also, look for a story on these two candidates in our May issue. Election Day is May 9.


Lamplighter Adds New Head of School

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This just in: Joey Enrico is cooler than you. Look at this little go-getter. He was named “head of school for the day” at The Lamplighter School, where he is a third-grader. How did he get so cool, you ask? The position was an item at a recent school auction. His duties included reading to students and getting to sit in his office. Is this kid a future president? We can neither confirm nor deny. Way to go, Joey!