Louisa Meyer, W.T. White High School’s No. 1 cheerleader, dropped me a note to point out that a recent issue of Spirit, the magazine of the Texas A&M Foundation, featured two W.T. White valedictorians — Chandon Adger (2013) and Kelly Albright (2010) — in a single spread.
Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen, a Preston Hollow resident, helped Finland win a bronze medal over the weekend at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Lehtonen, making his first Olympic appearance, started two games during the tournament, including a 6-1 win over Norway in the preliminary round and a 2-1 loss to Sweden in the semifinals.
Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask started the majority of the games for Finland, while Lehtonen served as the backup. The Finns topped the United States 5-0 in the bronze-medal game on Saturday.
Lehtonen will return to his day job on Thursday when the Stars host the Carolina Hurricanes.
Both sides agree that the northeast corner of Preston Road and Northwest Highway needs a new development.
What developers and homeowners can’t agree on, however, is what that development should look like.
Real-estate firm Transwestern is under contract to buy about three acres at the site, where the company hopes to build a high-end apartment complex to replace an aging collection of existing condominiums and townhomes.
Yet the scope of the proposed project has upset members of the Preston Hollow East Homeowners Association, whose issues include a proposed height of six stories for one building in the development, as well as an increased density of units that would bring added traffic to an already congested area.
In terms of size, the Hillcrest contingent at the state swimming meet might resemble the Mongolian delegation in the Winter Olympics, but Rebecca Brandt is looking to make a splash in Austin nevertheless.
The freshman will swim in two events for the Panthers today at the Class 4A meet in Austin — the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard butterfly.
However, before you assume that Brandt will be an underdog, consider that she is a highly decorated club swimmer in the Dallas area and will be seeded fifth in the IM and sixth in the butterfly, based on her regional qualifying time. Plus, her older sister, Claire, is a former Greenhill standout who swims at Texas A&M.
The Mooyah burger joint on Northwest Highway will donate a portion of its proceeds on Thursday evening to the Interact Club at Hillcrest High School, so two of the club’s members can participate in a Rotary service trip to Nicaragua during spring break. The portion will be 15 to 25 percent, depending on how many people show up to down some burgers. This promotion applies to sales between 5 and 9 p.m.
We’ve just learned that Zach Guillot lost his battle with acute myeloid leukemia on Feb. 7. The former student at the Temple Emanu-El Early Childhood Education Center, the da Vinci School, and Parish Episcopal School has been mentioned on this blog multiple times, most notably because of the phone call he received from his hero, Batman (aka Christian Bale).
To honor Zach’s life and legacy, Parish Episcopal School and Delete Blood Cancer DKMS will register bone-marrow donors from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Midway Campus. The goal will be to register 1,460 people — one for each day that Zach battled leukemia.
Parish’s Midway Campus will be also be the site of a Carter Blood Care blood drive from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 4. That will be followed by a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. in Godwin Chapel.
Jesuit’s playoff seed came down to a proverbial three-way coin flip. But regardless of whether that coin landed on heads, tails, or whatever the third side is, the Rangers knew they would be in for a tough draw.
As a result, Jesuit (15-12) wound up with the second seed in District 9-5A, and will face Allen (22-8) in the Class 5A Region II bi-district round at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Richardson Berkner.
The Rangers finished in a three-way tie for first place in the district standings with Skyline and Berkner. After the coins were flipped, they were given the second playoff seed among the three teams. Allen finished in third place in a very competitive District 10-5A behind Plano West and Plano East.
The two teams met in a consolation game at the Allen Holiday Invitational tournament in late December, with the Eagles winning 56-39.
The winner will play either Mesquite or Garland later this week in the area round.
Area private schools were well represented among the winners at the SPC winter sports championship meet on Saturday in Houston.
In girls basketball, Greenhill took the Division I title with a 51-46 win over Holland Hall in the championship game.
ESD won both team titles in soccer. The girls posted a 5-0 victory over John Cooper in the title game, and the boys knocked off Cistercian 2-0.
Meanwhile, St. Mark’s took home the team championship in boys swimming and finished second in wrestling, with five individual winners.
Morgan Meyer is one of three Republicans who want to represent Texas House District 108. The treasurer of his campaign is Jeff Staubach.
One of Meyer’s competitors is Chart Westcott. The list of supporters on his website includes Staubach’s parents, Roger and Marianne Staubach. (The honorary chair of Westcott’s campaign is the Cowboys’ other legendary quarterback, Troy Aikman.)
I thought it was odd that Roger would support one candidate, while his son worked on behalf of another. I called Roger’s office to ask about this. After his assistant and I played a prolonged game of phone tag, she passed on this response: “I have given money to both campaigns.”
Well, the finance reports filed with the Texas Ethics Commission show that Marianne donated $2,000 to Meyer on Dec. 5, but I could find no donations to Meyer in Roger’s name. But Captain America did give $2,000 to Westcott on May 17 — more than five months before Westcott officially announced his bid for the seat, and a month and a half before Jeff was appointed treasurer of Meyer’s campaign.
I know, I know — a man’s money is his wife’s money, which is her husband’s money. But City Councilwoman Jennifer Staubach Gates, one of Roger and Marianne’s four daughters, told me she’s staying out of this campaign, even though her husband, John, donated $1,000 to Meyer on Dec. 16.
John appears on Meyer’s list of endorsements — as do Marianne and, of course, Jeff, who donated $2,500 to the campaign on Aug. 29. Also listed there is another one of Jeff’s sisters, Stephanie Phillips, and her husband, Todd — who gave $2,500 to Meyer on Aug. 8 as well as $1,671.98 worth of in-kind donations on Nov. 21.
What does all this mean? I can’t say for sure. But I do know one thing — no member of the Staubach clan is supporting the third Republican in the race, Court Alley.
I must have missed the news that Polly Peterson has announced her resignation as head of the Winston School. But she apparently shared that development last October, according to a statement I just received from Winston. Said statement reveals that Rebbie Evans has been appointed the Pamela K. Murfin Head of School, because Peterson is moving on to the Chase Collegiate School this summer.
Evans has been at Winston since 1981. She started out as a teacher, and her current position is assistant head of school.
“Ms. Evans is in a unique position to understand the past, know the present and to direct the future of the Winston School,” board chair Melissa Stewart said. “We are particularly thrilled that the outcome of the efforts of the Transition Committee is that ‘one of our own,’ a treasured member of the Winston School community for 33 years, is the best candidate for this position.”
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