Really, there’s no bad reason for choosing to organize a marrow registry drive through Be The Match, but Jesuit student Brian Christensen might have the best reason ever: a similar event saved his mom’s life. When Rhonda Christensen was fighting Acute Myeloid Leukemia and needed a marrow donor, a college student who had joined the registry five years prior was identified as a match. Brian’s marrow drive is not only a tribute to his mom and her donor, but a project that he hopes will earn him the rank of Eagle Scout. Today’s drive is in Preston Hollow, but the endeavor will take him to UNT, SMU, and Frisco in the coming weeks. His goal is register 100 donors.
When: 4 to 8 p.m.
Where: 4624 Ellensburg Drive
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Keep your fingers crossed it does not pour this weekend, because the last weather report I saw said chances are good. Also, congrats to all the seniors graduating this weekend!
FRIDAY: Lots happening at Jesuit, including a special games day, senior convocation, and senior family BBQ, all starting around 9 a.m.
SATURDAY: The Poetry Society of Texas will have a meeting at 2:30 p.m. in the Preston Royal Library.
SUNDAY: Akiba Academy will host an afternoon Lag B’Omer picnic, after their graduation ceremonies at 10:30 a.m.
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Three area private schools can say they have a 2012 National Merit Scholar in their midst. Hockaday’s Jessica Bluedorn, Jesuit’s Andrew Bain, and Charles Jin and Nicholas Uebele of St. Mark’s have all secured the highest award from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Other local winners include:
William Joseph Beeby and Cassidy Tanner, Highland Park High School
Samuel Fernandez, School for the Talented and Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
Jesuit graduate Jordan Spieth has become only the second golfer to win the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship more than once. Perhaps you’ve heard of the other guy: Tiger Woods.
Jesuit graduate Jordan Spieth has made it to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, which is being contested in Bremerton, Wash. Spieth won the golf tournament in 2009.
Meanwhile, in Olympia Fields, Ill., Ursuline senior Talia Campbell has earned a berth in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.
Sports editor Chuck Cox and photo editor Chris McGathey are en route to Houston, where the Texas High School Lacrosse League will crown two champions Sunday. It’s entirely possible that both championship teams will represent Preston Hollow schools.
In Division I, ESD will take on Jesuit in one semifinal, and St. Mark’s will face Coppell in the other. In Division II, Hillcrest will take on some school called TMI-The Episcopal School of Texas. (TMI apparently stands for Texas Military Institute.) The winner of that game will then face either Stony Point or Clear Lake.
If you can find the Fox College Sports Atlantic channel on your satellite or cable lineup, you can watch the championship games from the comfort of your living room. If only I had known about that before signing off on Chuck and Chris’ road trip.
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