Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on H-E-B: H-E-B students and teacher mentors honored at awards event

Teacher mentor Paula Turner, H-E-B Superintendent Steve Chapman and Trinity student Jordan Hardin at the awards dinner.
Teacher mentor Paula Turner, H-E-B Superintendent Steve Chapman and Trinity student Jordan Hardin at the awards dinner. Courtesy photo

Each spring, the spotlight shines brightly on outstanding high school seniors from L.D. Bell, Trinity, KEYS and the Gene A. Buinger Academy at the Awards of Excellence Dinner. Hosted by the H-E-B Education Foundation, the event last month at the Pat May Center was attended by more than 200 cheering guests.

Thirty-five students were honored during an impressive presentation that also included a teacher that each student identified as a mentor who had a significant impact on their school days.

Students recognized were from 14 fields of study, including some new programs offered at Buinger Academy.

“We are thrilled to honor another outstanding group of students who have distinguished themselves in their particular areas of interest,” said foundation President Alicia McGlinchey. “We are equally inspired by the teacher mentors the students selected. We are happy for the chance to express our appreciation on behalf of the community for their outstanding work and commitment.”

The students honored were from art, band, choir, communication, English and math. Other fields represented were PE/athletics, science, social studies, science, theater arts and world languages. Buinger Academy fields included business and industry, public service and STEM.

To learn more, visit and click on the education foundation link, or call the administrative office at the H-E-B Chamber of Commerce at 817-283-1521.

An excellent investment

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a nine-month program that takes junior high and high school students through the process of starting and running a legitimate business or social movement over the course of the school year.

Each year students compete in a Young Entrepreneurs Academy Investor Panel where they present their business plans to local business leaders to see whose company is chosen to advance to the national competition. This year’s winners are seventh-grader Daniel Ghaly and ninth-grader Maria Ghaly from Hurst Junior High School.

“Siblings Daniel and Maria Ghaly really know how to express themselves,” said Mary Frazior, president and CEO of the H-E-B Chamber of Commerce. “Their business idea, ‘Dress to Express,’ involves making personalized magnetic accessories that help weigh down clothing on a windy day, protect pants from getting caught in a bike gear or just look great.”

Eight other student-run companies also presented their ideas, and all were awarded investment money. According to the YEA website, over the past 11 years the academy has graduated almost 600 students who have started more than 2,700 businesses and social movements.

“Maria and Daniel will travel to Rochester, N.Y., in May for the semifinal competition,” Frazior said. “Congratulations to all the students who participated in the program, and good luck to Maria and Daniel.”

Contact the chamber at 817-283-1521 to inquire about the program.

Triple Crown Affair to benefit the arts

If you can’t make it to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May, worry not. You can still choose your perfect Derby hat and experience the thrill of the Run for the Roses at Lone Star Park on May 7 at the Triple Crown Affair hosted by Arts Council Northeast.

“The event will be in the private Alysheba Ballroom where attendees will watch the live races from the large terrace and cheer on their favorites as they cross the finish line,” council President Lee Koch.said. “The Kentucky Derby will be simulcast live on the televisions in the ballroom.”

A lavish buffet, complimentary beer and wine, live and silent auctions, along with a Derby hat contest, will add up to a spectacular party. In charge of the event is Cheri Ross with a big assist from committee members Joan Matzke, Jessica Farrell, Laurel Harty and Tina Price.

Bidders will vie to win a suite for 25 at Lone Star Park including food, drinks and valet parking passes along with a beautiful strand of pearls and an incredible $4,000 package at Corinthian Spa among other attractive auction swag.

Tickets are $150 per person, and proceeds will enable the Arts Council Northeast to continue providing arts programs such as Masterworks concerts, Summer Arts College and the new Art on Wheels program for senior citizen centers. Make reservations by calling 817-283-3406 or visit

Euless Plant Swap April 30

If you have bulbs to divide or are thinning out your ground cover, share your gardening bounty at the Plant Swap from 9 to 11 a.m. April 30 at the Simmons Park gazebo, 508 Simmons Drive in Euless.

“One of the best parts of being a gardener is sharing your beautiful plants with friends,” said city spokeswoman Betsy Deck. “Please join us for a free plant exchange. Bring some of your spare plants to the plant exchange and pick up some new beauties while you’re there to add to your garden.”

Plants should be divided in advance, wrapped separately and labeled with name, water and sun preference, height and bloom color. Photos or pictures are not required but would be a nice addition. Bring the plants in a plastic grocery bag, recycled yogurt containers, zipper storage bag or spare planting containers that will not be returned.

“Any tips that might help the plant’s new owner be successful enough to divide the plant again in a few years would be helpful,” Deck said. New gardeners who don’t have anything to share yet are also invited to come by and find a few plants to start a garden.

For more information, call Deck at 817-685-1821 or email

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