Best of 2015 (part 3)
Dec 04, 2015 11:53AM
● By Dia
WITH A BACKSTORY Southlake resident Aslam Khan is a highly successful entrepreneur and one of the top franchise holders in the country. He lives in a sprawl- ing 16,500-square-foot home on the west side of town, but he hasn’t always enjoyed a lavish lifestyle. He grew up in the small village of Fatehabad, Pakistan, where shoes and most human necessities were merely a fantasy.
BEST TRADITION IN ACTION
Ian Moss, a 2014 Carroll graduate, is Texas A&M’s Mascot Corporal for the 2015-16 academic year. This means that he’s in charge of Reveille, the university’s official mascot, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Connor Hendrickson, 2014 Carroll graduate and former Dragon runner, represented Team USA at the Pan American Junior Championships in Edmonton, Canada. Hendrickson won Gold in the 10,000 meters with a time of 30:46. This was the single fastest time of all competitors throughout the 24-lap race.
The Dragons did it again. Carroll won its fourth consecutive UIL Lone Star Cup, making it the first in history to win the newly formed Class 6A division. It’s just another example why #ExpectExcellence is more than a hashtag.
When the weather is nice, you can find us min- gling over lunch at our favorite patio hotspots. There are plenty in the area – whether you want to catch some fresh air during brunch with the family or find a romantic spot for date night. We gravitate toward the patio at Brio come lunch hour. There’s always a nice breeze, great views, and of course, to-die-for food like the Shrimp Mediterranean.
PGA Pro Ryan Palmer is a world-class golfer with a heart for giving back to kids. He started the Ryan Palmer Foundation in 2003, and its “Birdies 4 Brighter Smiles” initiative raises funds for young kids to receive proper dental care. He says: “I feel blessed to give to these kids. It puts the biggest smile on my face, and most importantly, it gives the kids something to smile about.”
To anyone contemplating buying a lakefront property, the prevailing sentiment is to come on in – the water is fine. This year saw the most drastic changes in water levels, with 35 trillion gallons of water flowing into the region’s lakes in May alone. Lakes throughout central and North Texas are ranked among the prettiest in the country, though owning a slice of Texas utopia comes with unique charms and chal- lenges.
The Carroll Dragon boys’ swimming and diving team finished No. 1 in the public school national rankings by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association for the 2014-2015 school year. The Dragons have won five consecutive state champi- onships, while the Lady Dragons finished third in the public school rankings. Over- all, the Carroll program (boys and girls) finished sixth in the nation.
It doesn’t get any better than the men’s high-school Dragon lacrosse team. They received the Bob Patterson Trophy and recognition as the state’s top program. The annual award recognizes the top Texas men’s high-school program for their sports- manship, quality of play, respect for the game’s character and the honor that they bring to the sport.
BEST REMINDERS OF CHRISTMASES PAST
JUST FOR FUN, WE ROUNDED UP FIVE VINTAGE TOYS TO PUT SOME NOSTALGIA IN YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON.
LEGO STAR WARS MILLENNIUM FALCON
As if there was any question a Star Wars item was going to top our list. The three-foot-long toy with more than 5,000 pieces is a majestic tribute to Han Solo’s famed warship. Bids on eBay top $4,800 as of press time.
Before drones, there was the VertiBird, Mattel’s line of toy helicopters. We remember happily flying the little helicopter around a central hub, swooping down to pick up a stray object (sock, coin, younger sibling) in its flight path.
Aside from the little pointy pegs just waiting to be stepped on, we al- ways enjoyed making light-up works of art on the Lite-Brite. Hasbro released the toy in 1967, and over the years has included patterns for Scooby-Doo, Darth Vader, My Little Pony and other pop-culture faves.
ETCH A SKETCH
When the Etch A Sketch was first unveiled at the 1959 International Toy Fair, it was a total flop. Fast forward a year, and the mystical draw- ing toy was one of the most-requested toys of the holiday season. It’s still a beloved classic nearly 60 years later.
ROCK ’EM SOCK ’EM ROBOTS
The Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots, one red and one blue, first engaged in battle in 1964, and they’re still duking it out today. Players control the action in the boxing ring, throwing punches until the head of one of the robots pops up, marking the end of the round. Physical aggression has never been more fun.