TCC team places second in the nation in Student Research League competition

A team of Tarrant County College students ranked among the best in the nation in the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges’ (AMATYC) 2018 Student Research League competition.

The Student Research League tasks students with formulating a solution to an open-ended research problem. The 2018 challenge centered on determining the safest place in the United States to live, based on exposure to natural disasters. Participants selected mathematical tools that best fit the problem, collected data, created a mathematical model to reflect the data and researched and interviewed

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Carroll Teacher Wins Second State Award

The Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts has designated their award winners for this school year. Each year they designate numerous awards including Teacher of the Year from Elementary, Middle, and High School. This year, the TCTELA High School Teacher of the year was Carroll’s own Karen Otto.

This is Otto’s second honor this year as she was previously named the TAGT Teacher of the Year as well.

Otto was recognized for this award because of her passion to give students choices when it comes to their reading and writing. She focuses on creating a community of learners in her classroom. She believes that the deep sense of community is the foundation of her learning. Her students believe at her transparency with expectations and her own personal struggles as a student help them grow better as students.

Otto was honored at the TCTELA Conference that was held January 25-26 in San Antonio.

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Cross Country Boys Take Second at State; Girls Finish Fourth

The Carroll Boys Cross Country Team earned a 2nd place finish and the Girls earned a 4th place finish at the Class 6A State Championship in Round Rock, TX. Each year brings challenges at this level of competition and this year was certainly no different. Even with the challenging course at Old Settler’s Park, the boys came away with a podium finish while the girls just missed theirs by 9 points.

Head Cross Country Coach Justin Leonard said, “We are so proud of the way our kids competed at the State meet. We went into the meet with the goal of winning but came up a little short. I would like to thank this group of seniors for all of their dedication over the last four years. Now we will regroup and get a little redemption at Nike Regionals.”

For the boys, it was a repeat of last year’s state meet with the team coming away in 2nd place with 113 points behind The Woodlands who scored 99 points.  Junior Nate Lannen came in 6th overall; following behind him was Tim McElaney with Jack Meyers right behind him in 14th.  Henry Garnder was next to cross the line in 36th and Drew Bliss rounded out the scoring positions in 44th place.  Antonio Florcruz (53rd) and Steven Torres (55th) also competed, completing the varsity team.  The entire varsity team met Elite Performance Standards with times of 16:30 or less.

The Lady Dragons in a tight race placed 4th with 103 points behind Prosper (with 94 points) Lewisville Flower Mound (93 points) and Coppell (79 points) and ahead of Keller (with 130 points.)  The girls’ team was again led by Senior Sofia Santamaria in 7th place overall followed by Grace Williamson in 11th, Lydia Lo in 23rd, Payton Wichman in 25th, and finishing out the scoring positions was Lauren Langenberg in 37th.  Tatum Foreman finished in 66th and Katherine McElaney 82nd to complete the varsity team.  All seven varsity girls met Elite Performance Standards with times of 19:45 or less.



Boys                                                                            Girls

6th –   Nate Lannen (15:18)                                    7th –   Sofia Santamaria (17:54)

13th – Tim McElaney (15:30)                                11th – Grace Williamson (18:11)

14th – Jack Myers (15:31)                                      23rd – Lydia Lo (18:26)

36th – Henry Gardner (15:53)                              25th – Payton Wichman (18:27)

44th – Drew Bliss (15:56)                                      37th  – Lauren Langenberg (18:41)

53rd – Antonio Florcruz (16:01)                           66th – Tatum Foreman (19:14)

55th – Drew Bliss (16:01)                                       82nd  – Katherine McElaney (19:44)

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TCC Trinity River Campus Makes Military Times’ Top 5 for Second Consecutive Year

Tarrant County College’s Trinity River Campus continues to be recognized by Military Times as one of the best places for current military and veterans to pursue an education. For the second consecutive year, Military Times named TCC to its “Best for Vets: Colleges” list unveiled this week.
TCC Trinity River was the highest-ranked institution in Texas, landing 3rd on a list of 33 two-year schools in the state. There were a total of 208 institutions listed in this year’s rankings, divided in categories for four-year, two-year, online and nontraditional schools, and career and technical

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Little Red Wasp Creating Buzz with Second Restaurant Location Planned for Kimball Park

Fort Worth’s popular downtown restaurant, Little Red Wasp Kitchen + Bar, is expected to open a second location in Southlake’s Kimball Park in 2019. The casual eatery will be adjacent to the Cambria Hotel and Offices at Kimball Park inside the third building to be completed at the 15.5 acre mixed-use commercial development.

Known for “fork + knife sandwiches,” including customer favorite Crispy Chicken, in addition to daily and nightly features, like Shrimp + Grits and Spaghetti + Meatballs, Little Red Wasp also serves up unique starters, soups, salads, brunch favorites, imported and local craft beers, and a full bar. Little Red Wasp, the casual sister restaurant to Fort Worth’s fine-dining restaurant Grace, is owned by Dain “Adam” Jones, restauranteur and founder of DAJ Restaurant Management.

“Based on demographics, Southlake is a great fit for Little Red Wasp and Kimball Park offers the perfect, convenient location right along Texas State Highway 114,” stated Jones. “I live in Tarrant County. My chef lives in Tarrant County. Most of our staff live here, too. It’s important for us to be a part of the market we serve and we’re excited to expand to Southlake,” adding that capital is currently being raised for the Southlake location, which is expected to open late summer 2019.

Within Kimball Park, Little Red Wasp will occupy 5,500 square feet of a recently completed building that also has 4,000 square feet of available space designated for a health spa.

Kimball Park is also home to the 175-room Cambia Hotel, which opened in December 2016 and the Offices at Kimball Park, which was completed in August 2017. Major tenants of the Offices at Kimball Park include Keller Williams, Liberty Mutual, Independence Title and Executive Medicine.

“Currently, 100,000 square feet of the building’s total 112,423 square feet have been leased. We recently signed GP Construction and Kindred Homes, both of which are scheduled to move into their leased spaces with the next 90 days,” stated Jeffrey Medici of Medici Development Partners, the developer of Kimball Park. “There are two restaurant lots remaining within Kimball Park and we anticipate moving forward with the development of those lots by the end of 2018.”

For more information, visit and check for updates on Little Red Wasp’s Facebook page.

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Southlake Senior Activity Center to Host Second Annual Senior Art Show on June 14, 2018

The Senior Activity Center is partnering with Southlake Senior Funding, Inc. and the Southlake Arts Council to host the second annual James Richardson Senior Art Show on June 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Legends Hall at the Marq.

If you are 55 or older and are either a member of SSFI or live in Southlake, Keller, Colleyville, Grapevine and surrounding areas, you can have your work featured. Categories include Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel and Pencil, Jewelry, Photography, Sculptures and Ceramics, Quilt, Needlework and Woodwork.

Applications will be available from May 1 through May 31 at the Senior Activity Center (285 Shady Oaks Drive). Additional information will be on the application form.

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City Plans Second Open House For Land Use Plan Update

The City of Southlake will host a public open house to present the FM 1709 – FM 1938 Corridor Plan. This is the second of six elements that will be included in the Southlake 2035 Land Use Plan update.

The first element, the SH 114 Corridor Plan, was adopted by City Council in June of 2017.

This open house will be one of several public meetings designed to share information and accept public input on the City’s future development aspirations, which will eventually be adopted as the Southlake 2035 FM 1709 – FM 1938 Corridor Plan.

Land Use Plan Open House

  • Wednesday, October 4, 2017
    Third Floor Conference Rooms
    Southlake Town Hall – 1400 Main Street
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm Open House
    6:30 – 7:00 pm Plan Presentation with Q&A

The plan covers approximately 850 acres that are adjacent to two of the three major roadway corridors in Southlake. The gray portion of the map below illustrates the planning area for the FM 1709 – FM 1938 Corridor.

FM 1709 1938 Corridor Map

Significant development has already occurred on the FM 1709 – FM 1938 corridors. “There are still a number of future planning issues that need to be discussed”, said Senior Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker. “This includes new development, redevelopment, traffic, urban design and pedestrian mobility. It’s important to involve residents and property stakeholders in the planning process as the City develops the Land Use Plans. The Open House provides an opportunity for our stakeholders to give us some great feedback.”

A draft version of the FM 1709 – FM 1938 Corridor Plan is available on the City’s website. There is also a feedback form that has been created so that residents may submit questions or comments directly to Planning staff regarding this plan. For more information about land use, visit the 2035 Land Use webpage, or call the Planning and Development Services department at (817) 748-8621.

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Second phase of construction to begin on Timberland Boulevard

The city’s Transportation & Public Works Department is hosting a community meeting to inform residents of the upcoming construction on phase two of the Timberland Boulevard project.

The meeting is planned for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Villages of Woodland Springs Amenities Center, 12209 Timberland Blvd.

This phase of the project includes construction of a five-lane undivided arterial from Excelsior Lane to North Caylor Road.

Make plans to attend the meeting to find out about the construction schedule.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Leon Wilson at 817-392-8883.

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Student Leaders Honored in Second Annual SKIL Awards Reception

The future never looked brighter than it did Wednesday, May 17, night at The MarqSouthlake. City leaders, Mayor Laura Hill, CISD trustees, parents and students involved in the SKIL (Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership) program convened to celebrate the end of the program’s successful second year.

SKIL is a youth leadership program created in partnership between the City of Southlake, the Carroll Independent School District and the Southlake Chamber of Commerce. The program’s mission is to enhance engagement with the city’s youth through education and leadership opportunities, or, in Mayor Hill’s words, “to give the kids a seat at the table.”

Before Mayor Hill took the stage to discuss the program and bestow accolades upon the SKIL participants, Daniel Cortez opened the evening with some remarks about the program.

Cortez, the program’s City staff liaison, spoke about how proud he was of this year’s SKIL group, which includes 20 juniors from Carroll Senior High School. After starting the program in October, the group visited various departments throughout the city, and also visited the capitol in Austin to learn about leadership at the state level.

The program’s second year culminated with a presentation to City Council on Tuesday night, followed by the awards reception on Tuesday. During the ceremony, Mayor Hill awarded each student with a plaque and a Certificate of Achievement. Carroll Senior High teacher Eddie Morman, Chamber President Mark Guilbert and CISD Superintendent Dr. David Faltys also spoke about their pride in the program, but the Mayor wasn’t finished doling out awards to the crop of talented Dragons.

SKIL student Ganeev Kaur was awarded $2,500 for the college of her choice, and Kaur currently plans to study medicine after graduating from Carroll Senior High in 2018. Furthermore, Kaur will be interning in State Representative Giovanni Capriglione’s office this summer—just one example of the stellar work being done by the motivated students in the SKIL program.

Applications for next year’s SKIL group will open up in August, and next year’s group will have big shoes to fill. As Morman said, “There’s no doubt about it—these kids are the best of the best.”

Visit the City website to learn more about the SKIL program.

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TCC to Focus on Aerospace Industry, Veterans during Second Annual Converge Conference & Expo

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 9, 2017) – On March 24, Tarrant County College will host its second annual Converge Conference & Expo, a regional meeting exploring cutting-edge research in tissue engineering and bioprinting. This year’s event, held at the Trinity River Campus, also will focus on innovations in the aerospace industry and provide career support for veterans and students in STEM careers.


The daylong conference will offer several sessions focusing on innovations in the aerospace industry, advances in tissue engineering, as well as STEM opportunities and achievements at TCC.


Keynote speaker Mathew Varkey, Ph.D., research fellow with the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine, will discuss career pathways in regenerative medicine and how the discipline is being used to create living, functional tissues for repairing, even replacing, tissues or organs that no longer function, due to age, disease, damage or other problems.


During the morning session, Varkey will discuss specialized careers in tissue engineering and medicine with students from TCC Trinity River’s Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences, TCC Northeast, as well as the Collegiate Academy at TCC Northeast. Lockheed Martin Vice President of Missiles and Fire Control Randy O’Neal will highlight the company’s products as well as insights into the future of manufacturing. TCC Chancellor Eugene V. Giovannini opens this year’s conference by greeting area veterans.


Additionally, one person will receive a travel scholarship to attend a summer course at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and four other students will receive awards from the TCC Foundation.


Attendees will have an opportunity to visit with STEM recruiters during the conference, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Action Suites on the fourth floor of the Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity River Circle.



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