Dallas Junior Police Academy accepts applications for its Nov. 3 session through Sep. 20. The training session is for students in grades 4-7 who want to learn what it’s like to be a DPD recruit. The event takes place at the department’s Basic Training Academy. Applications are available at dallaspolice.net. For more information, call Sgt. Cheryl Cornish at 214.671.4406.
It’s My Park Day is a one-day event for residents, families, and community groups to pitch in and clean their neighborhood parks 8 a.m. – noon Sept. 8. Help beautify our neighborhood parks by removing graffiti, picking up litter, weeding and participating in other activities. To volunteer, call Dallas Park and Recreation at 214.670.8400. Sign up by Aug. 31 at itsmyparkdaydallas.eventbrite.com.
Berkley Johnson is this year’s Highlandette captain at Lake Highlands High School. Berkley began dancing at age 3, taking classes from Janie Christy and mimicking the Highlandettes’ moves. More recently, she became a student at Danceology in Lake Highlands, and as a junior, she was named a ’Dette lieutenant.
Beloved Lake Highlands figure John Menton — known as the First Father of Lake Highlands Football to many — died Aug. 1. Menton served as the right-hand man up in the booth with Bob Johnston, who calls the Wildcat football games.
Will Pittman, a 2010 Lake Highlands graduate, spent his summer break from studies at Texas A&M working on the Emerald Isle as an intern for Patrick O’Donovan, a member of Ireland’s Dail Eireann. The Dail Eireann is the lower house of parliament, and its 166 elected members are called TDs (Teachta Dalas) or Deputies. Pittman was selected for the EUSA internship abroad program after a rigorous application and interview process, then placed based on his interests. He’s a political science major with minors in history and sociology, and he hopes to use his eventual certificate in international relations to work for the U.S. State Department or other diplomatic agency.