W.T. White student JamarKus Smith signed a letter of intent to play football for New Mexico Military as a part of Dallas Independent School District’s National Signing Day. At the event, 112 DISD student athletes signed scholarships for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year.

Three Hillcrest students signed scholarships for National Signing Day. Eddie Day Jr. signed a letter of intent to play football for Tarleton State University, Tim Singleton signed to play basketball for the University of Richmond and Megan Tomlin signed to play soccer for St. Mary’s University.

Hillcrest senior Sydney Pedigo recently was named a National Merit Scholar finalist. Pedigo is awaiting acceptance to the University of Southern California.

Hillcrest senior Elizabeth Crowling came out on top against four other finalists for a $30,000 Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship. The $30,000 scholarship is given to “an exceptional senior student-athlete” in the North Texas area.

Fourth-grade DeGolyer student Haneen Amarneh recently won the Division Spelling Bee by out-spelling an eighth-grader.


Ori Raphael, vice president of business development for FreshLoc, a wireless temperature monitoring company, is running for Councilwoman Linda Koop’s District 11 seat when her term expires in May. Raphael formerly worked as an aide to U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions where he learned how state and federal issues intertwine. With experience in the business/technology realm, Raphael says his knowledge of the two make him a perfect candidate. Lee Kleinman, former District 11 Dallas park board member, is also running for the seat. Kleinman made his announcement early January.


The Arts Community Alliance (TACA) awardered Preston Hollow’s Shakespeare Dallas a $35,000 grant. John Hall, president of the board of directors for Shakespeare Dallas, says they will use the money to “continue educating the North Texas community through the works of Shakespeare, whether it’s through our in-school program, our five-year collaboration with the ATT Performing Arts Center, or our 42nd season of Shakespeare in the Park.”