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News and Notes: May 2013

Education

The Advanced Placement Program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. Woodrow was chosen as one of “America’s most challenging high schools” by the Washington Post for its high participation in Advanced Placement courses and exams. Graeme Hamilton and Grace Choi were named AP Scholars with distinction. Drew Scherger, Zach Youpa, Russell Regan, Stephanie Arnold, and Erin Shilling were named AP scholars with honors. Seniors Erin Shilling and Kayla Finstein were recognized as Commended Scholars, which means they placed among the top five percent of the 1.5 million who entered the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. A select group of approximately 34,000 across the nation were officially “commended.”

Ten Woodrow Wilson High School seniors will receive State Fair of Texas Pete Schenkel $5,000 Scholarships. Janelle Ferrence, Kayla Finstein, Laura Garrison, Graeme Hamilton, Cal Little, Russell Regan, Drew Scherger, Erin Shilling, Breanna Simpson and Ilana Smirin will be honored at the Music Hall at Fair Park April 29 in a ceremony emceed by Channel 4 news anchor Clarice Tinsley.

Community

Every Monday for the month of March, Sakhuu Thai Cuisine donated 100 percent of sales and gratuity to Kidd’s Kids, which works to send chronically ill or physically disabled children and their families to Disney World. In March, they raised $7,742.12 through the help of numerous “volunteers” (AKA long-time customers), says Kyla Phomsavanh with Sakhuu. A representative from Kidd’s Kids told Phomsavanh the money they raised will help send a whole family and part of another family to Disney World.

Non-profit

The YMCA needs a couple more million for its new building soon to be built at Gaston and Loving. If they fall short, the organization will complete the project in phases. Either way, in August they will start on the bulk of the project, which will cost $10 million. The original YMCA building in the Gaston-Grand shopping center was bought out by Lincoln Property Co. In November, Lincoln gave them a temporary location across the street while they raise money for the new facility at Gaston and Loving. If you would like to donate to the YMCA, contact alise.cortez@sbcglobal.net.

 

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Brittany Nunn
BRITTANY NUNN is the Lakewood/East Dallas editor. Email bnunn@advocatemag.com