Student Achievements

1. 40 Years of Fringe

The award-winning Highland Belles drill team, celebrating four decades this year, will host its annual spaghetti supper and online auction/raffle fundraiser on Aug. 26 ahead of the Highland Park vs. Marcus game. Proceeds help cover team essentials like bus transportation, props, and competition expenses. The Belles also will host a ‘40 Years of Fringe’-themed alumni event on Aug. 25.

2. Champions

The Highland Park High School math and science teams received first place in math and science, third in number sense, sixth in calculator, and state sweepstakes by a large margin at the Texas Math and Science Coaches Association (TMSCA) State Championship Meet in the 5A division in San Antonio. Students who participated in the state meet are: Ninth grade – Andrew Li, Spencer Luu, Lakshmi Vemula; 10th grade – Ryan Dong, Luke Ting; 11th grade – Joyce Jiang, Weitao Shi, Michelle Xing, Thomas Zhang; 12th grade – Justin Li. 

3. Successful scholars

 The Highland Park High School Academic Team tied for first place at the UIL 5A Academic State Meet on May 25. It’s believed to be the first time Highland Park has won or tied for first at the state level. Senior Evan Wang earned the points that propelled the Scots to the top spot with his bronze medal-winning performance at the Lincoln-Douglas debate.

4. Twirling to the Top

Highland Park High School feature twirler Karianne Grove-Collins received a 1, the highest ranking from the UIL judges, and a gold medal at the UIL solo-ensemble contest on May 28.

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Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at [email protected]

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