Sing it loud

Students from Forest Meadow Junior High performed in the Texas Middle School/Junior High Honor Choir. All five students from FMJH who auditioned made it into this select singing group. The students and their choir directors, Kari Gilbertson and Carissa Niemeyer, traveled to San Antonio last weekend to participate in rehearsals and a performance at the Texas Choral Directors Association. Pictured from left: Vincent Leal, Andy Anthony, Lauren Frank, Elizabeth Burroughs and Will Aman.

Check, please

Mariano’s Restaurants in Lake Highlands donated $5,000 of proceeds from “Mariano’s Mondays in May” to the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, which helps improve the lives of abused children. Pictured from left: DCAC CEO Lynn Davis, DCAC board member and league president Andy McClung Crandell, and Mariano’s CFO Alexis Georgiadis.

Choral congrats

Michael O’Hern, Lake Highlands High School’s longtime choir director, received the Texas Choral Excellence Award this summer from the Texas Choral Directors Association (TCDA). O’Hern was surprised with the honor at the group’s recent convention in San Antonio. He’s pictured also with a surprise guest — his mom.

Restoring heritage

The Dallas Heritage Village junior historians group, volunteers ages 11 to 18, recently redesigned the doctor’s office exhibit at the “living history museum” south of Downtown. After researching and exploring the drugs carried in the pharmacy and the medical instruments of the past, they unveiled their work this summer. Pictured inside the office is junior historian and Lake Highlands resident Isabel Brown, who was part of the apothecary team.

Pitch perfect

Recently retired Wildcat baseball coach Jay Higgins threw out the opening pitch at the July 27 Rangers game. Just before Texas and Minnesota took the field, Higgins was introduced as a member of the Texas High School Baseball Coaches’ Hall of Fame.