School Spotlight: Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet, keeping up with the Wildcats

Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet's outdoor education in “The Garden of Life.”
Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet’s outdoor education in “The Garden of Life.”

Growing gardens

Students at Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet now have a new classroom, although it lacks a chalkboard or books or even walls. No, these students will be digging in the dirt, watching plant life grow and otherwise getting an outdoor education in “The Garden of Life.” It was a labor of love bolstered by volunteers. Landscape architect Curtis Scoggins got a team together to professionally grade the uneven space this summer, adding ground cover to help prevent weeds from popping through. After that, Lowes Heroes showed up with 14 garden boxes, which they filled with proper soils so the sites would be ready for the kids to plant. Bonney Plants provided more than 1,000 starter plants, with even more pollinators from Brumley Gardens, ensuring every student had something to plant. “From the water cycle, to the rotation of the earth, conservation and insects, our teachers are committed to using this hands on tool to enhance all subjects,” says Andrea Hauglie, community liaison for the school.

Keeping up with the Wildcats

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Texas Tech volleyball opened its 2017 season by introducing Haley Harman, Red Raider freshman and recent Lake Highlands High grad, in a video (find it on the Texas Tech Volleyball Facebook page). “Haley has shown a lot of strength and toughness, and I’m looking forward to seeing how her talent and character impacts our program,” says Texas Tech coach Tom Graystone.

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Wildcat senior Corey Fulcher continues his stand-out season on the football field. The rushing and receiving hot shot has verbally committed to attend Texas Tech next year.

Lake Highlands High 2013 grad Ali Miller can be seen around the rink as the newest member of the Dallas Stars Ice Girls. She learned dance from the legendary Kitty Carter, who is famously harsh and honest to Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders hopefuls and owns Kitty Carter’s Dance Factory in Lake Highlands. Skating, however, was a new skill. “I actually have not skated before besides casually skating around the Galleria,” Miller says. “They started teaching us how to skate during training camp, and I’ve really enjoyed it.”

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