Rise and Shine, Park Cities (5-4-11)

1. I know at least a few people who read this blog are as nerdy as I am (I’m looking at you, Dan Koller), and they might be interested in stopping by the Lego store in NorthPark Center today for exclusive deals on Star Wars Lego sets. May the fourth be with you.

2. Congratulations to Highland Park High School’s Shannon Guthrie, Da Huang, and Xin Wei — as well as Taylor Pruitt, a University Park homeschooled student — for receiving $2,500 National Merit Scholarships. While the actual cash prize is pretty modest, there’s a lot of prestige that goes along with being one of only 7,800 National Merit Scholars. Pretty awesome stuff!

3. Highland Park Crew members snagged several trophies last weekend at the Texas State Championship at Lady Bird Lake in Austin. Notably, Brooke Koonsman, Savannah Smith, Sarah Baldwin, and Lauren Pepe, with coxswain Tiffany Work, won the women’s junior 4-plus event at the regatta. Pepe also took second in the women’s junior solo event. Congrats!

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