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In the Spotlight May

May 02, 2014 02:40PM ● Published by 16560

May 2014

Relay For Life Southlake Celebrates its Fifth Year

Relay for Life Southlake returns to Carroll High School for its fifth year. The annual all-night event is expecting more than 2,000 participants from Southlake and neighboring communities. Relay For Life Southlake takes place on the football field and back parking lot of Carroll High School. The relay committee organizes the event to include a midway area of games, activities and food while the relay is underway. An entertainment stage is set up on the field to entertain teams walking the track. Organizers say they will move campsites to the football field rather than outside the track this year in an effort to capture the full energy of the event. Additionally, team fundraising activities will take place at campsites to allow teams to continue to raise funds with fun activities that others can share.

Durham Intermediate Spelling Bee Champ Advances to State

Durham Intermediate sixth grader Bradley Lund is once again the National Geographic Bee Champion. He is qualified to participate at the state level of the National Geographic Bee. One winner for each state and territory will advance to the national competition, which will be held this month in Washington, D.C. 

Carroll Soccer Teams Headed to Playoffs

The Carroll Dragon boys soccer and the Carroll Lady Dragons will begin their trek to playoffs. The Dragons are focusing on the Class 5A bi-district playoffs. Dragon senior Walker Beasley scored the winning goal against Haltom, which put the Dragons in position to continue to district play. Carroll finished as the No. 3 seed in 4-5A, going 6-3-5. The Lady Dragons finished the regular season with a 4-0 victory against Haltom, earning the District 4-5A championship. Carroll finished 13-1 overall and are 19-1-1 on the season.

Former Dragon Quarterback Retires From NFL

Former Carroll Dragon star quarterback Greg McElroy is retiring from the National Football League. McElroy played for the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals. Upon his retirement, McElroy plans to work as an SEC Network analyst. The network will launch in August. Before his NFL career, McElroy played at Alabama and was the starting quarterback on the Crimson Tide’s BCS Championship team in 2009. 

Carroll Dragon Sisters Compete at Taekwondo Championship

Carroll students Jessica Neal and Cassandra Neal competed at the Texas State USAT Taekwondo Championship. Jessica, a Carroll Elementary fourth grader, won her third consecutive gold medal for the NTA Colleyville Taekwondo Competitive team under the direction of Master Jonathan Hardwick. Her sister Cassandra, a Dawson Middle School eighth grader, took third place in the World Class Sparring Division in the Texas State USAT Taekwondo Championship. With this finish, Cassandra qualifies for the World Class National Olympic team at the National Taekwondo tournament in San Jose in July.

Two New Eateries Debut in Colleyville

Colleyville owners Johnny Ragland and Executive Chef Todd Phillips are merging both of their restaurants for a fresh, new take with JR's Steak & Grill. Both owners announced plans to combine JR's Steakhouse and JR's Grill at 5400 S.H. 121. The new eatery opened its doors for patrons this spring. Meanwhile, the present location of JR's Grill, which has set up shop at 5220 S.H. 121, will become Gator's Grill & Cafe. Johnny Ragland has more than 40 years of experience in the local restaurant and bar industry. He gained a reputation for knowing what it takes to provide professional service, great atmosphere and an unparalleled dining experience. 

Emerald Belles Sweep Nationals

The Emerald Belles were named national champions at the MA National Drill Team Competition. The team won first place overall in their division, which earned them their title along with national championship jackets. The Belles also took first place in High Kick and Lyrical and second place in Jazz. The Belles officers won the highest awards at the competition, receiving first place in all three of their dances and first place overall. The officers were also awarded national champions and will receive rings. In the solo category, four of the Belles placed in the finals. In the 11/12 division, Lacey Munoz won second place, and Anna Grace Pruitt took fifth place. In the 9/10 division, Jessica Bowman was awarded eighth place and Claire Berutti ninth place. In the duet category, Peyton Faltys and Claire Berutti took third place.

Hilton Dallas/Southlake Town Square Wins Award of Excellence

Fifth time’s the charm for the Hilton Dallas/ Southlake Town Square, which received the Hilton Brand Award of Excellence for excelling in four key areas, including quality assurance measuring cleanliness and property condition and customer scores rating staff service and guest loyalty. As one of the only five Hilton hotels throughout the Americas to receive the Brand Award of Excellence for 2013, the Hilton Dallas/Southlake Town Square continues to be one of the top performing properties in the Hilton Hotels & Resorts group.

Colleyville Heritage Production Nominated for Regional Awards

The Colleyville Heritage production of “Seussical” received five nominations from the Dallas Summer High School Musical Theater Awards, including Best Musical. The other nominations include Best Actor Wes Davis; Best Supporting Actress Andrea Pajarillo, Best Director and Best Lighting Design. Winners of the Best Actor and Best Actress awards win an all expense paid trip to New York City to compete in the National High School Musical Theater Awards on June 30.

GCISD Honored Nationally for Music Education

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD was recognized for outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education designation for the second consecutive year. The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation awards the recognition. GCISD joins a handful of districts in North Texas and 376 districts across the nation to receive the prestigious distinction in 2014. To receive a Best Communities for Music Education designation, districts must demonstrate efforts towards maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum.

Keller Girls Soccer Teams Advance to Playoffs

Three of Keller ISD’s varsity girls soccer teams qualified for the University Interscholastic League playoffs. All three have advanced to the area round after wins in bi-district. Keller High’s team entered the postseason as District 4-5A’s second seed and posted a dominant 6-0 victory over Weatherford in the bi-district round. Although Central’s girls finished fourth in 4-5A, they advanced to the area round thanks to a 3-1 victory over 3-5A champion Arlington Martin. 

TEXpress Lanes Open to Manage Traffic Congestion

The Texas Department of Transportation opened the TEXpress Lanes on the DFW Connecter as a tool for managing congestion. The lanes are on a four-mile segment of S.H. 114 from just west of S.H. 26 to east of International Parkway — near the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. The TEXpress Lanes will run parallel to fully reconstructed main lanes as well as frontage roads, offering drivers the option to pay a variable toll. However, the connector will open at zero cost for a temporary introductory period, which will allow the traveling public to try the lines, while providing TxDOT an opportunity to continue testing tolling equipment. Later, the incentive period will change and tolls will be charged. The single-occupancy passenger vehicle rate will range from $0.67 to $1 for the entire segment when using a TollTag from the North Texas Tollway Authority.

Carroll Varsity Girls Water Polo Team Takes Home First Place

The Southlake Carroll girls varsity water polo team recently won first place at the Southlake Dragon Invite Tournament Championship. Eight of the top boys and girls from North Texas competed in the annual event at the Carroll Independent School District Aquatic Center. The Southlake Dragon Invite is one of the premier events in the area for the top teams to play, compete, learn and have fun. The Lady Dragons placed first, while the Dragons placed third. The Carroll teams are working towards representing the area at the Texas High School State Championship this month, which they have done in the past.  

Studio Movie Grill Makes Its Big-Screen Debut in Colleyville

Studio Movie Grill recently announced a major expansion initiative with new location openings across the nation, including Colleyville. Since 2000, Studio Movie Grill CEO Brian Schultz has swiftly grown his company to 16 locations and 158 screens in seven states. The company prides itself on modernizing the traditional movie-going experience by combining first-run movies with in-theater dining. The 51,935 square-foot establishment will be an upscale social destination, encompassing eight screens and more than 1,000 seats. Studio Movie Grill Colleyville will offer causal dining and lounge areas for socializing before or after the main feature and dinner. 

MMOW Tees Off For 23rd Annual Golf Classic

For more than two decades, Metroport Meals on Wheels has provided a luxury golf event that connects business leaders and supporters across Northeast Tarrant County to assist community members in need. The 23rd Annual Golf Classic will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on June 9 at Trophy Club Country Club located at 500 Trophy Club Dr. The event will feature an exciting new mobile pro shop, contests, raffles, prizes, awards and incredible food.

Carroll Hires Champion Volleyball Coach

Southlake Carroll hired a five-time champion volleyball coach to lead the Lady Dragons. Ryan Mitchell will take over after building Lovejoy High School into a state powerhouse, making him one of the state’s premier volleyball coaches. Lovejoy High School won five consecutive state championships in Class 3A and 4A over seven seasons under Mitchell’s leadership. Mitchell went 315-41 at Lovejoy and led the program to its first state title in 2008, igniting a run of dominance in 3A. Mitchell earned numerous state and national accolades throughout Lovejoy High School’s four consecutive 3A titles.

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