Pressure to achieve, temptation to cheat, stress-related illness, depression, fatigue. Sound like problems of students at colleges like Harvard and Yale? Increasingly, experts say, these are the trademarks of students in high schools like Lake Highlands and even junior high and younger.

NorthPark Presbyterian Church is hosting a free screening of the documentary Race to Nowhere on Thursday, October 11th at 7pm, and they’ve invited a panel of speakers to aid parents in understanding how to help their kids. The much-lauded film addresses the dark side of “America’s achievement culture.”

Lake Highlands’ own Stephanie Moser, a special education specialist and former LHUMC youth director, will participate, as will Deah McCoy, parent of 3 Wildcats and adjunct professor at Texas A&M Commerce. Dr. Laura Roberts, a licensed psychologist, Dr. Brad Schwall, creator of Cool Kids, Kris Oliver, RISD trustee, and Jeff Barrows, AP physics teacher, will also join the discussion.

The film screening begins at 7pm, and childcare is offered at no charge. You may RSVP by calling 214.363.5457 x22 or emailing M.E. Clary at meclary@northparkpresbyterian.org. NorthPark Presbyterian is located at 9555 N. Central Expressway.