Student Achievements: Plenty to Celebrate

Here we catch up on recognizing some great moments from the fall.

1. Band highlights

The Highlander Band completed another award-winning marching season with a fifth-place finish at the UIL State Marching Band Championship Contest in San Antonio. The state trip came after earning top scores at the 5A Regional and area UIL competitions.

Other highlights included claiming Grand Champion honors at the McKinney Marching Invitational, where the Highlander Band competed with 17 other bands. Highland Park also finished second overall and tops among 5A schools in the Mansfield Preview of Champions.

The drumline ranked third-highest overall and won its class as Front Ensemble, Tenors, and Snares at the HEB Drumline Contest and then won first place in the Standstill 1 Red Division at the Lone Star Classic Drumline Competition. It also claimed Best Front Ensemble and Best Snare Line honors while sophomore Rowan Ryan won third place for his solo snare performance of a self-composed piece.

2. More scholars

We recognized Highland Park High School’s National Merit Semifinalists in November. Here we look at other students who distinguished themselves with their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT. Those include 14 named National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars, two National African American Recognition Program Scholars, and one National Indigenous Recognition Program Scholar.

3. Scots singers

Five Highland Park choir students advanced to the 2022 Texas Music Educators Association All-State Choir competition.

4. Rescue robot

Robot competitions are rough. The HPHS drone suffered post-collision damage during each run at the Bell Vertical Robotics Competition (VRC) Earthquake Search & Rescue Competition at the University of Texas at Arlington. But the Scotsbots made quick repairs each time to regain flight worthiness in time for the next run. They finished seventh overall out of 20 teams and fourth their team presentation on drone engineering.

William Taylor

William Taylor, editor of Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People, shares a name and a birthday with his dad and a love for community journalism with his colleagues at People Newspapers. He joined the staff in 2016 after more than 25 years working for daily newspapers in such places as Alexandria, Louisiana; Baton Rouge; McKinney; San Angelo; and Sherman, though not in anywhere near that order. A city manager once told him that “city government is the best government” because of its potential to improve the lives of its residents. William still enjoys covering municipal government and many other topics. Follow him on Twitter @Seminarydropout. He apologizes in advance to the Joneses for any angry Tweets that might slip out about the Dallas Cowboys during the NFL season. You also can reach him at [email protected]. For the latest news, click here to sign up for our newsletter.

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