Community

Bishop Lynch High School is now accepting vendor applications for its annual Christmas Bazaar set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 10 at the school, 9750 Ferguson. Drill team parents host the event, and the registration deadline is Nov. 1. For details, email bishoplynchbrigade@yahoo.com.

The Lake Highlands Highlandette drill team turns 50 years old this year, and members are planning a variety of events to celebrate. All former Dettes are invited to a reunion barbecue for alumni and their families before the homecoming football game Oct. 7. For tickets and more information, email Susan Bradley at susanpbradley@att.net.

The American Forests’ online 2011 National Register of Big Trees has crowned 23 new Texas “big tree champions,” and one of them is the Dallas Arboretum’s Mexican-buckeye tree. The tree has an 11-foot circumference, is 14 feet tall, and has a “crown spread” of 14.5 feet. Average Mexican-buckeye trees are 8 to 12 feet tall, although in rare cases they can grow up to 30 feet, according to the University of Texas at Austin.

Education

Lake Highlands Elementary’s Kim Sullivan was named Elementary Principal of the Year by the Excellence in Education Foundation of RISD. Sullivan, who lives in Lake Highlands, says her favorite thing about LH is “the people and the small-town feeling in a big town.”

Dallas County school districts, including Richardson ISD, participate in a program run by Alpha Media that offers school bus advertising to local and national businesses. Companies purchase one ad per bus, which is placed above the windows on either side of the bus or below the windows on the driver’s side, and school districts receive 66 percent of revenue from ad sales.

People

Rahiel Alemu, a Lake Highlands High School 2010 graduate, has been named 2011 Intern of the Year by ExxonMobil. Alemu is now studying math and civic engagement at Duke University, but over the summer she interned at Rainbow Days as part of the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program, helping provide support to youth and families at risk. She coordinated a day camp and organized back-to-school activities for children and their families.