‘Bee-lieve’ It to Achieve It

Four ESD eighth-graders got 180 signatures for their petition to Save the Bees. (Photo by Kelsey Kruzich) 0
Four ESD eighth-graders got 180 signatures for their petition to Save the Bees. (Photo by Kelsey Kruzich)

The four members of the only all-girls robotics team at the Episcopal School of Dallas had more than competition on their minds when they entered the First Lego League Robotics Competition at Parish Episcopal School in Dallas.

Eighth-graders Mary and Katherine Cowser, Sumner Wooldridge, and Jiaying Fu are also passionate about bees.

The competition called for teams to build a robot and have it navigate an obstacle, and also to work on a project that addresses an aspect of humanity’s negative impact on the environment.

The girls, who call themselves the “Bee-Lievers,” called their robot “Do Not Phil” as a play on the words “Do Not Fail.”


Ursuline Standouts Heading to College

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Ursuline athletes honored for college signings and commitments on Wednesday included, from left,

Ursuline athletes honored for college signings and commitments on Wednesday included, from left, Lizzy Barna, Isabel Trevino, Elli Brunts, Madison Haley, Madeline Wood, and Meredith Wood.

By Kelly Morris / Special Contributor

A half-dozen Ursuline athletes — four soccer players and two rowers — were honored for college signings on Wednesday.

Madison Haley, the daughter of former Dallas Cowboys standout and Pro Football Hall of Famer Charles Haley, will play soccer at Stanford. She’s a forward on the Dallas Texans 99/Elite Clubs National League team.

Elli Brunts, Ursuline’s leading goal scorer during the last three seasons, is headed to Saint Louis University. Her sister, Abby, is a sophomore there, and her parents and grandfather are alums.


Retired General Named Bush Library Director

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Patrick Mordente

Patrick Mordente

Retired Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente will be the new director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at SMU.

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced the appointment of Mordente, effective Feb. 6.

The retired general replaces Alan Lowe, who left the library over the summer to become director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL.


From Black Box to Information Onslaught

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For every generation before us that dreamed of one day purchasing a home, the process was opaque and incredibly complicated. Buyers sought out real estate agents not just for their charm and hand-holding through the process, but because those agents were the only ones who knew which homes were actually on the market. Short of slowly driving block-by-block through your dream neighborhood and writing down addresses with For Sale signs in the front yard, choosing a real estate agent was the only way to ensure that you could even find a home to buy.

I don’t have to tell you that this is clearly no longer the case. With the advent of companies like Zillow and other online real estate databases, today’s consumers have access to nearly as much information as those very same agents. Just 10 years after its founding, Zillow says that nearly nine out of 10 homebuyers now use the Internet when searching for a home. And we’re not just talking about Millennials here. 71 percent of those over the age of 65 search for their next home online. And that figure skyrockets up to 90 percent for those between 18 and 35.


Parish QB Hodge Signs With NM State

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Parish Episcopal quarterback Jeremy Hodge accounted for more than 50 touchdowns during the 2016 season. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Parish Episcopal quarterback Jeremy Hodge accounted for more than 50 touchdowns during the 2016 season. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

After directing the prolific Parish Episcopal offense for the past two seasons, Jeremy Hodge is moving on to the college level.

The dual-threat quarterback signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to play at New Mexico State. The Aggies will play in the Sun Belt Conference next season before becoming a Football Bowl Subdivision independent in the 2018 season.

Hodge, who transferred from Plano West prior to his junior year, passed for almost 3,000 yards and 29 touchdowns this season for the Panthers, who finished 7-5 and lost in the second round of the TAPPS playoffs. He also led Parish in rushing with 1,218 yards and 25 scores.

One of Hodge’s top offensive linemen also signed an FBS scholarship on Wednesday, as 300-pound tackle Gray Davis inked a scholarship offer with Nevada, which is in the Mountain West Conference.

See a more complete list of area football signees after the jump:


High School Photo Competition Accepting Submissions

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Screen Shot 2017-01-30 at 12.59.09 PM Retail as Art, a photography scholarship competition for local students, will be accepting submissions through March 15. The competition is free and open to all North Texas high schoolers. Those deemed the best will receive scholarship money for college.

Winners will be announced on April 20 at the Awards Reception at Goss-Michael Foundation Gallery. One photograph per student, along with the winning entries, will be on display at the Awards Reception.

For additional information, visit www.RetailasArt.com or email info@retailasart.com.


DSM Presents an Evening with Bernadette Peters

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Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM)’s 2017 gala, An Evening with Bernadette Peters, is set to celebrate the magic of musical theater.

The party at the Music Hall at Fair Park Nov. 4 will feature an open bar cocktail reception, a silent auction of Broadway memorabilia and a few suprises, and a special performance by Bernadette Peters, a Tony Award winner and renowned Broadway star, accompanied by a live orchestra.

Proceeds from the event support DSM, a nonprofit whose education and community outreach programs bring musical theater to kids through a variety of programs, including the DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards, Seats for Vets, Seats for Kids, Kid’s Club, Hear Us Now!, and DSM Community Performance.


Police Reports: Jan. 22-29

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DALLAS

23 MONDAY
At 11:11 a.m., a dog bit an employee at Lowe’s in the 11900 block of Inwood Road.

Between 3 and 4 p.m., a shoplifter stole property from Dougherty’s Pharmacy in Preston Royal Village.

At 7:05 p.m., a thief stole a trailer from a construction site at Jesuit Dallas in the 12500 block of Inwood Road.

24 TUESDAY
Between 8 p.m. Jan. 23 and 5:34 a.m. Jan. 24, a burglar broke into AT&T in the 5900 block of West Northwest Highway.

25 WEDNESDAY
At 5 p.m., a shoplifter stole property from Lenscrafters in NorthPark Center. Nikki Leshay Lee, 29, was arrested on a charge of theft.


Imagining Life Diabetes-Free

Theater provides an outlet for Parish Episcopal School students. (Photo by Mallory Richards) 0
Theater provides an outlet for Parish Episcopal School students. (Photo by Mallory Richards)

Parish Episcopal School student Mallory Richards can’t describe how a life without diabetes would feel, but theater helps her imagine it.

“[Theater] has always been an outlet for me when having a tough day with my diabetes. [It allows] me to become a completely different person — a person without diabetes,” she said.

Richards has been involved in theater for seven years, since the fifth grade, and has lived with diabetes even longer. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) at the age of 6.

“I was scared and had no idea what was happening with my body, but … the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) was there to help my family and me through all of it,” she said.