Flight Museum to Host Traveling WWI Exhibit

(Courtesy World War I Mobile Museum) 0
(Courtesy World War I Mobile Museum)

If you haven’t been to the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field yet, now’s a great time to start planning a trip. The museum will host a traveling exhibit of World War I artifacts  Jan. 16 – 20.

The exhibit, the World War I Mobile Museum, will be touring the country for the next four years to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the war. On display will be items such as an authentic trenching tool, one of the first portable movie cameras, and vintage panoramic photographs.

The Frontiers of Flight Museum will also be hosting events over the next four years to honor the anniversary of the first major war in which airplanes were used in combat. Be on the lookout for blog posts about future events.


Meintser Tourney Kicks Off Soccer Season

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Jesuit will kick off its soccer season today with the annual Jesuit-Meintser Tournament at Postell Stadium. The three-day, eight-team event runs through Saturday.

The Rangers will face Bishop Lynch in the tournament opener at 2 p.m. Other first-round matchups include Sachse against North Mesquite (4 p.m.), Belton against Flower Mound Marcus (6 p.m.) and Fort Worth Nolan against Skyline (8 p.m.).

Each team will play one game on all three days. Bracket play will continue tomorrow and Saturday, with the championship game scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday.


Lakehill Students Take Service to New Level

The Warrior Outreach Organization arranges four student service projects per year. (Courtesy Photo) 0
The Warrior Outreach Organization arranges four student service projects per year. (Courtesy Photo)

Lakehill Preparatory students have participated in the Upper School Day of Service for many years. However, some students felt one day was not enough. They wanted to give upper-school students more opportunities to give back to the community.

As part of their campaign for student council president and vice president, senior Haley York and junior Brandon Douglas promised to increase opportunities for students to volunteer together. They brainstormed ideas with Lakehill’s director of marketing and community relations, Gigi Ekstrom, and came up with the idea for a new club, the Warrior Outreach Organization.

WOO, as it’s affectionately called in the hallways of Lakehill, organizes four service projects, including one per quarter. So far, though, it has become bigger, with various organizations asking WOO for help.


Chamber to Host Health Care Roundtable

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The North Dallas Chamber of Commerce will host a panel of local health-care luminaries for a conference on Friday morning that will focus on a variety of industry issues.

The CEO roundtable will include Erol Akdamar (HCA North Texas), Joel Allison (Baylor Scott & White Health), Barclay Berdan (Texas Health Resources), Chris Durovich (Children’s Health System of Texas), Steve Mansfield (Methodist Health System), and Bob Walker (Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children). The moderator is Stephen Love, president of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council.

The opening speaker is Matthew Heinz, director of provider outreach for the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Cost is $60, or $40 for members. The conference runs from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, and you can register here.


Change is More Than Just a Name at Marsh

Marsh Preparatory Academy in Preston Hollow has changed more than just its name this year. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Marsh Preparatory Academy in Preston Hollow has changed more than just its name this year. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Mike Morath’s primary role with Dallas ISD is that of a trustee, but sometime he feels more like a salesman.

Morath represents District 2 on the school board, which covers the eastern half of Preston Hollow. And he spends much of his time trying to tout the district’s initiatives to improve curricular offerings and diversify academic programs, partially in an effort to appeal to middle-class families.

In a neighborhood in which private schools are so prevalent, that’s a challenge, but one that Morath thinks is starting to pay off. Whether it’s a popular dual-language program at Kramer Elementary School, or a growing International Baccalaureate initiative at Preston Hollow Elementary, or a simple rebranding at Marsh Middle School, Morath and his colleagues have more amenities to sell. And they’ve found that more parents and students are buying in.


New Year’s and All That Change

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Columnist Len Bourland

Columnist Len Bourland

The gyms are packed (at least temporarily), the twinkle lights around town are gone, the traffic is back to horribly congested instead of immovable, and there’s certain grimness in the air.

It’s January. It’s cold, it’s bills, it’s the tax planning workbook in the mail, it’s flu season, it’s short days but a long month, it’s when we assess the rest of the school year, end relationships, make summer plans, diet, change jobs, address the State of the Union … ugh.

About that last thing, the state of this country: it was way back in November 2014, standing in what felt like America in the 1950s — that is to say the line at the HoneyBaked Ham store — that I had sort of an “a-ha” moment. After all, this was not a multicultural event. You won’t find a pork store on over half of the planet. No men sporting beards unless they’re from Duck Dynasty, no Muslims, no Jews, vegans, or hipsters were queued up, which kind of reminded me of my childhood.


Grant Funds Apprenticeship Program at Alcuin

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Jean-Claude Saada

Jean-Claude Saada

Alcuin School will soon be able to launch a new business apprenticeship program thanks to a $1 million grant from the Saada Family Foundation.

The donation is earmarked to support a business incubator program for International Baccalaureate students in Alcuin’s Upper School. The goal is to encourage students to develop businesses with an emphasis on social good, healthy living, and sustainability.

“Our gift will support a new initiative that will inspire innovative ventures throughout Alcuin’s Upper School,” said Cambridge Holdings chairman and CEO Jean-Claude Saada, a former Alcuin board member and current advisory board chairman. “This program will allow students to take up the call to flex their minds and apply their individual talents and collective passions to a goal that serves us all — creating a better world for their generation and for generations to come.”


HP Grad Inspires Others to Unplug

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Allison Graham needs you to put down your phone, log out of Facebook, and unplug.

“Let’s take one hour a day to plug back into the earth — and I don’t mean that in a tambourine, ‘Kumbaya’ kind of way,” she said. “All of this technology is awesome but if we can take just a little away, we can really refocus.”

In November, Graham, a producer at Boy From Mars Films, spoke at TEDxSMU.

Her 12-minute speech, “How social media makes us unsocial,” which can be found on YouTube, focused on the lack of communication skills in younger generations as technology pervades their life.


Tupinamba Gets New Home

Tupinamba will move in once construction is complete. (Photo: Sarah Bennett) 0
Tupinamba will move in once construction is complete. (Photo: Sarah Bennett)

There are many places to go for a plate of hot enchiladas in Dallas, but one longtime favorite is ready to shake things up.

Fans of Tupinamba know that the Tex-Mex restaurant has stood at its Inwood Road location near Jesuit College Preparatory School for 18 years.

Owner Eddie Dominguez has been ready to move for a while, but lease negotiations were slow going. Finally, the time came for the perfect transition — to Walnut Hill Lane and North Central Expressway.


Hillcrest Science Program Wins Samsung Prize

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Dr. Ward Coats works with Hillcrest senior KK Pedigo as part of the school's biomedical research program at UT Southwestern Medical Center. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Dr. Ward Coats works with Hillcrest senior KK Pedigo as part of the school’s biomedical research program, which meets in the lab of Dr. Raymond MacDonald at UT Southwestern Medical Center. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The biomedical research program at Hillcrest High School continues to make strides. In December, the unique extracurricular venture was named as a statewide winner in the Solve for Tomorrow contest, which aims to raise enthusiasm for STEM programs.

The school will receive $20,000 in technology from Samsung, including a Galaxy camera, a laptop computer, and Adobe software. The winners, which included one from each state, were chosen based on lesson plans that illustrated ideas for STEM learning. The Hillcrest biomedical program is led by Dr. Ward Coats.

As part of the contest, the winners from each state will create videos of their projects, which will lead to 15 national finalists being chosen in February. Those will be presented to a live panel of judges to determine an overall winner.


Spoon to Close at Preston Center, But Not For Good

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Our colleague Nancy Nichols reports on SideDish that Spoon, the Preston Center restaurant from chef John Tesar, will be closing on Wednesday, but isn’t going away entirely.

It turns out that Tesar will form his own company after previously partnering with Chanticleer Holdings on the Preston Center space. Meanwhile, the details are a bit sketchy as to what the prolific Tesar will do next — it sounds like the opportunities are plentiful — but we’ll share more details as soon as we receive them.


Hockaday Student Honored For Charitable Work

Charlsie Doan presents funds raised for Scottish Rite through the kids’ golf program, KidSwing. (Courtesy Photo) 1
Charlsie Doan presents funds raised for Scottish Rite through the kids’ golf program, KidSwing. (Courtesy Photo)

Charlsie Doan doesn’t volunteer and raise funds and organize for the recognition. She does it to support places that have shown her support in her 13 years.

But thanks to her work, she was honored with the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy award at the annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon on Nov. 14.

Doan was born without a right hand and became a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children when she was 6 months old.