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Lakewood Elementary parents and staff will host a party honoring three retiring teachers, Judy Strawn, Lois Lamb and Madeline Jordan, 3:30-6:30 p.m. May 17 at Matt’s Rancho Martinez in the Lakewood Shopping Center.

Mark Wingfield, associate pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church, recently returned from a six-week sabbatical during which he undertook a national research project on the best practices of traditional Protestant congregations. His research group included Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Baptist, Reformed and Congregational churches in Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Indianapolis, Iowa, New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. Wingfield will be turning the findings into a book, and will be giving an overview of the project, open to the community, from noon-6 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Wilshire, 4316 Abrams.


Jennifer A. King, an East Dallas resident and Partner with Burford & Ryburn, L.L.P., was selected as a 2011 Rising Star in Professional Liability: Defense by Thomson Reuters and published in the April 2011 issues of Texas Monthly and Super Lawyers. She was also received the honor from 2006 to 2010. King was one of only 12 attorneys chosen from Texas in the Professional Liability: Defense practice area.  She represents and counsels clients on business and professional disputes in the areas of legal malpractice, medical malpractice, premises liability and personal injury.

Grace Davidson, a leader within the Boy Scouts White Buffalo District, received the Silver Beaver Award at the Circle Ten Council of Boy Scouts of America Annual Recognition Banquet. Davidson has served Pack 43 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and Troop 42 sponsored by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Beyond Scouting, Davidson serves on the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas and as president of the Bishop Lynch High School Band Boosters.

Mahesh Gehani, an M Streets resident, is the new Senior Vice President, Chief Credit Officer at NexBank, a banking and financial services company based in Dallas. Gehani was recently named one of the Dallas Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty”, an honor given to top Dallas business leaders who are younger than 40 years old.

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Aidan Langford, 9, of Lakewood, co-starred in the film “Cooper and the Castle Hills Gang”, which premiered at the Dallas International Film Festival. The movie was filmed in the high-end North Dallas neighborhood of Castle Hills. Learn more at


Thirty-one students at Woodrow Wilson High School are AP Scholars, having scored a 3 or higher on three or more AP tests. Sin-Ting Kwok, Luvia Tapia and Austin Tims are AP scholars with honors, scoring an average of 3.25 on all AP exams taken and 3 or higher on four or more exams. Eight students are AP students with distinction: Kristen Arnold, Justin Bailye, Ryder Billings, Cole Heiner, Joseph Marshall, John Matusewicz, Nicholas Muston and Brian Tepera, scoring at least 3.5 on all exams and 3 or higher on five or more exams. One student, Brian Tepera, scored an average of at least 4 on all exams and 4 or higher on at least eight exams, making him an AP national scholar.

Woodrow Wilson High School in March celebrated its new status as an International Baccalaureate World School after a two-year screening process and teacher training from the International Baccalaureate Organization. Juniors and seniors in the program take three higher-level courses and three standard-level courses. They can earn up to 24 hours of college credit through the IB program.


The third annual Lakewoodstock neighborhood festival is noon-8 p.m. May 15, and event organizers need volunteers. To get involved, contact Wilson Schoellkopf at

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