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Passing Notes: Hill School fundraising sets record

Fort Worth’s Hill School, a college-preparatory school for K-12 students who learn differently, has raised a record $203,748 through the Hill School Foundation, surpassing its goal of $200,000 that was established in 2013.

Excess funds are being donated back into the school for campus and technology improvements, with the first purchase being new computers for the lower school.

“Hill School wants to provide the best possible experience for its students, so we are always looking for new ways to improve our campus and technology offerings,” said Roxann Breyer, Hill School’s head of school. “This donation is emblematic of Hill School’s continuous growth and achievement.”



John M. Pritchett has been named president of the new Cristo Rey Fort Worth High School. He leads the school’s culture, business operations and strategic development. Before entering secondary education, he had a 22-year career in strategic consulting, political campaigns and fundraising at the national, state, and local levels. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

Pritchett is a Fort Worth native and a graduate of Trinity Valley School. Cristo Rey is a new Catholic high school located at 1007 E. Terrell Ave. southeast of downtown that will open its doors to 124 ninth grade students in July and will add a grade of the same size each year until it serves grades nine through 12. The school is an independent 501(c)(3) entity that is governed by a board of directors and is a member of the Cristo Rey Network comprising 35 Catholic college preparatory high schools that serving over 11,000 students from low-income families.



The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History has selected Derek Munoz, an 11th grade student at Trinity Valley School, to be a teen representative on the Smithsonian Youth Advisory Council. He is one of 25 teens selected from around the country to advise Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton on topics such as technology in museums, how museums could address societal conflicts and be catalysts for dialogue, and how the Smithsonian might accomplish its goal of reaching 1 billion visitors.



The Oakridge School has added Bridget Lewis as director of marketing and communications and Nadia DiStefano as community engagement coordinator.

Lewis was previously assistant director for media relations at the University of Texas at Arlington. Before that she worked nearly 20 years in the television news industry at top-rated stations such as WSB/ABC 2 (Atlanta), KWTV/CBS 9 (Oklahoma City) and WFAA/ABC 8 (Dallas), where her news producing earned two regional Emmy Awards.

DiStefano most recently was senior director of resource development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington.



Texans Can Academies, an open-enrollment, free public high school of choice with 13 campuses across the state, added Nancy Woodson as development director over its Fort Worth campuses. Woodson previously was regional director of development at Texas Christian University and was senior resource development director and major gift associate for the Salvation Army. She graduated from TCU with her children when she was 47 and says, “Education creates freedom and enables power.”

“I am thrilled to be working at the Fort Worth Can Academies,” Woodson said in a statement. “I am combining my two favorite passions of education and helping children in need. Texans Can is providing them with a second chance and I am grateful to be a part of that.”

– FWBP Staff

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