The Woodrow Wilson High School Alumni Association Scholarship Trust has awarded its 1994 award to Ricardo Lopez Casteneda, according to Trustee Bill “Bulldog” Cunningham ’49.

Casteneda plans to attend the University of North Texas. At Woodrow, he participated in band, football and qualified for regionals in track.

Finalists were Allison Queal, who plans to attend Florida International University and San Juanita Cisneros, who will also go to UNT.

Thank you to other trustees Dean Gerst ’49 and Frank LaBarba ’50 for their continued devotion and diligence to this cause.

The Best Little School House Has the Best Volunteers

At the recent DISD Partnership Recognition Program, librarian Bradley Sue LaFon Howell ’51 was chosen volunteer coordinator of the year and acknowledged for her 25 years of service to Woodrow. Her husband Richard Howell was honored for giving more than 1,000 hours of service to Woodrow for the ’93-’94 school year. Former PTA president Cookie Stokes was also recognized for 1,000 hours. Her last child in Woodrow, Corey, graduated May 15.

Other big winners were parent Ralphanna BuShong Barnes and grandparents George and Ralphanna BuShon, for 25 years of service to Dallas schools.

Former Assistant Principal Joel Hayden was recently honored for his 25 years of service to Woodrow. A reception at the Community Room at First Interstate Bank was hosted by bank president Bud Doxey ’58. Former principals Wayne Pierce and Robert Giesler attended.

Invade Normandy Avenue

“Invade Normandy Avenue”: This battle cry was on a personnel carrier one year in the Lakewood 4th of July Parade.

Woodrow Wildcats actually went a few blocks further north last month when the Park City Playhouse was used to showcase the talents of our students. The award-winning Variations Show Choir and the State Finalist one-act-play, “The Bewitched,” played to packed houses on consecutive Mondays between Jim Bailey and Penn and Teller.

Thanks to parents Betty Mayes, Ralphanna Barnes and many others for organizing the events.

Director Monty Holoman, recently anointed as DISD High School Teacher of the Year, produced yet another winner.

Yes, the Park Cities Playhouse has come a long way. As the Fine Arts Theater, it was the place many SMU students saw their first X-rated movie. If you had also attended Woodrow, it was the now-defunct Lone Star Drive-In.

But that’s another column.

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