News & Notes


DISD reminders: Feb. 1-5 is National School Counseling Week; Feb 7-13 is Kindness Week; Feb. 12 is a student/teacher holiday; and Feb. 15 is the President’s Day Holiday. More information at


Woodrow Wilson “Variations”: The Choral Department will present its award-winning show choir in a gala performance Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. at SMU’s Caruth Auditorium. The group performs throughout the year at a variety of events. The 1998-99 Variations were selected by Shania Twain to sing back-up in her Reunion Arena concert and by the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra to perform in the annual holiday concert at the Morton Myerson Symphony Center. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Reserved center orchestra seating is available with a $250 sponsorship. For tickets, call 214-826-7056.

Lakewood Elementary Kindergarten Round Up is scheduled for Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the school, 3000 Hillbrook. Prospective students and their parents can meet teachers, tour the school, see demonstrations and pick up registration packets. Call 214-841-5250 for information.

Stonewall Jackson Kindergarten Round Up: Parents and children interested in Fall 1999 enrollment are invited to attend, Feb. 25, 7-8:30 p.m., 5828 E. Mockingbird Lane. In addition to an orientation program, there will be opportunities to talk to the principal, teachers, instructional specialists, nurse, librarian, counselor, PRA president, and other students and parents. The Sign Choir will perform. For more information, (214) 841-5155.

Lakewood Elementary School Opera: On Feb. 25-26, sixth grade students will present their seventh annual original opera. The “Party Like It’s 1999 Opera Company” has written the script and music for “Mission Possible,” this years’ production. Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, and 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. on Friday in the school auditorium, 3000 Hillbrook.


Horatio Alger Award: Woodrow Wilson student Olivia Ortegon recently won the Horatio Alger National Scholar Award. Ortegon will receive a $5,000 scholarship and a four-day trip to Washington, D.C., in April. The award is given annually to high school seniors who have overcome adversity.

Eagle Scout: Alexander W. Cunningham has received the honor of becoming an Eagle Scout through local Troop 64. The Woodrow Wilson High School sophomore collected personal care items for the homeless and runaway teenager residents of “The Promise House.” Alexander has been honored with the “Arrow of Light” and is the son of Nancy and Brian Cunningham.

Essay Contest Winner: Lakewood resident Ian Moore was the winner for grades 7-12 in an essay contest held by the George W. Truett Library to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Ian attends First Baptist Academy and is the son of Judy Redd and Jay Moore. Ian’s essay described what he thinks libraries will be like in another 100 years!

Off-to-College reports: Area graduates at Texas A&M winter commencement were: Leslie Ann Duperry, BS; Kristen Spaeth, BSIS; Edie Lynn Wilson, MED; Catherine A. Cobb, MS; Warunee Puttitanasuntorn, MS; Shelly Ropp, MS; Somying Soonthornwat, MBA; Kanlayanee Taweepiyamapon, MBA; Paphinut Ungkuraphinunt, MBA; and Jason Patrick Brown, MBA.