Police & Firefighter of the Quarter

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Lt. Todd Thomasson presents to Kim Mraz as Exchange Club’s Joe Torres congratulates her

Fernando Quintero with Michael Meador and Exchange Club’s John Torres

Fernando Quintero with Michael Meador and Exchange Club’s John Torres

Carol Toler of the Advocate:

The Lake Highlands Exchange Club presented their quarterly Police and Firefighter Awards Friday, honoring first responders who risk their lives daily for the safety of Lake Highlands citizens.

New Fire Chief Michael Meador, a 17-year veteran working just his third shift in our neighborhood, expressed his excitement about coming to LH and his gratitude for the warm welcome.

Meador called Driver Engineer Fernando Quintero “the epitome of a great firefighter” with “a commitment that is unwavering.” He recounted to a rapt crowd Quintero’s swift water rescue of boys skipping school in 2015. It seems the 5 kids were messing around and got caught in rapidly rising water at Five Mile Creek. Quintero tied a rope around himself and two of the kids, pulling the boys to dry land. His firefighter mates joined him, and all five were saved.

Lt. Todd Thomasson from the Dallas Police Northeast Division called Kim Mraz “the female Radar O’Reilly,” referring to the character in TV’s M*A*S*H who had near-magical knowledge of the goings-on in the military medical unit.

“She has a master’s degree in something we can’t pronounce,” Thomasson joked. “She’s very dedicated and she absolutely loves it here.”

A surprised and grateful Mraz agreed – with the “loving it” part.

“You guys have been a great community to us.”


Big Thought

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June 2nd @ The KC Hall

Last Friday, we welcomed Ms. Lisa Schmidt of Big Thought to speak to us. We learned that Big Thought has a presence in Lake Highlands by helping kids that have fallen into the criminal justice system with their programs significantly reduce their chances of committing further crimes.  We thank Lisa for her time with us and for Big Thought’s efforts in our community.  www.bigthought.org


New Members Installed

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands installed 20 new members at its meeting on May 12th.  The club currently has 159 members and its goal is to reach the 200 member level. The installation ceremony was conducted by Membership Director Carlin Volkmer.

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands installed 20 new members at its meeting on May 12th.  The club currently has 159 members and its goal is to reach the 200 member level. I The installation ceremony was conducted by Membership Director Carlin Volkmer. Shown L to R-front row- Carlin Volkmer, Membership Chairman; Bobby Roll, Scott Prewett, Matt Lunde, Wes Darilek, Jimmy Conway, Brian Russell Back row-l to R--Michael Bailey,  Curtis Reese, Charlie Bogan, Todd Stronsider, Nathan Trifone, and Dave Wassenich, Chad Roberts Not Present--Brian Blakeman, Corby Pardue, Ian Fairchild, Karen Clardy, Ryan Trobee, J D Hall and Jordan Emerson

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands installed 20 new members at its meeting on May 12th. The club currently has 159 members and its goal is to reach the 200 member level. I The installation ceremony was conducted by Membership Director Carlin Volkmer.
Shown L to R-front row- Carlin Volkmer, Membership Chairman; Bobby Roll, Scott Prewett, Matt Lunde, Wes Darilek, Jimmy Conway, Brian Russell
Back row-l to R–Michael Bailey, Curtis Reese, Charlie Bogan, Todd Stronsider,
Nathan Trifone, and Dave Wassenich, Chad Roberts
Not Present–Brian Blakeman, Corby Pardue, Ian Fairchild, Karen Clardy,
Ryan Trobee, J D Hall and Jordan Emerson


ACE Awards Announced

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands announced its ACE awards at Lake Highlands High School at its meeting on May 5.  ACE stands for “Accepting the Challenge of Excellence” and is a National Exchange Club program designed to recognize high school students who have overcome adversity.  Recipients  are selected by school teachers and staff.  The winners for 2017 are–

Blen Hussain.  who emigrated from Êthiopia .  She has learned English and has become  a good student.  She has received the Exchange Club Character Counts award . She has been a dedicated student in the AVID program.  Blen  plans to attend Texas Wesleyan University to major in political science.  Her long term goal is to become an attorney.

Jakyron Joseph is originally from Louisiana. although  he has faced  some personal adversity, he has earned the respect of his teachers and fellow students. His teachers consider him to be an outstanding roll model. He is also an Exchange Club Character Counts recipient. He plans to attend Texas Wesleyan  to major in finance. He hopes to own his own business.

Both received plaques and a $1,000 college scholarship.

ACE awards

Picture–Dr Jeanie Stone, RISD Superintendent, Blen Hussain, Jakyron Joseph, and

Frank Miller, Principal of Lake Highlands High school.


Youth of the Year Awards

The Exchange club of Lake Highlands announced its annual Youth of the

Year Awards at Lake Highlands High School at its meeting on May 5. These are selected from Youth of the Month recipients named throughout the year.

 The selections are based on academic achievement, school and community activities, and character. The winners for 2017 are–

 

Catherine Bryant  is ranked No 6 out of a class of 567. She has been involved in numerous school activities.  She plans to attend Auburn University and her long term goal is to be an orthopedic surgeon.  Her parents are Graham and Ellen Bryant of Dallas.

 

Kevin Lieb is ranked No 11 in the Senior Class.  He is a National Merit finalist and

is also active in many school organizations. Kevin is an Eagle Scout and plans to attend Texas A&M to major in aeronautical engineering.  He is the son of Mike and

Ann Lieb of Dallas.

 

Both received plaques  and $1,000 college scholarship awards.  Catherine has been

selected to enter the Texas District of Exchange Club’s Youth of the Year competition.

Youth of Year

Pictured are Dr. Jeanie Stone, RISD Superintendent, Catherine Bryant, Kevin Lieb, and Frank Miller, Principal of Lake Highlands High School.


Teacher of the Year Awards

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands presented awards to six RISD teachers at its meeting on May 5.  Each year, the club selects 6 schools on a rotating basis . The teachers are selected by fellow teachers at heir respective school.  Each teacher received a plaque and a check for $500.  The awards were presented by

Dr. Jeanie Stone, Superintendent of RISD.  The 2017 recipients are–

teacher awards

Bottom–L to R–Claudine Figueroa, Second Grade, Thurgood Marshall Elementary;

         Kelly Moss, Choir Director, Lake Highlands Junior High; Cathleen Barnette,

         2nd Grade, Merriman Park Elementary; Amanda Goldberg, 1st grade, Lake

         Highlands Elementary;

 

Top– L to R–Karen,Scoggins, Developmental Special Education, Skyview Elementary;

Dr Jeanie Stone, superintendent, RISD; Brittany Suits, Algebra 1, Forest

          Meadow Junior High


Family Compass

April 14 we welcomed our friends from Family Compass to help us kick off child abuse prevention month.  Ona Foster and Amy McShane updated the club on their programs and their efforts to make brighter tomorrows for the children of Dallas and Collin counties.  We thank them for their time and their efforts in preventing child abuse and neglect.   www.family-compass.org


RISD Board and Dallas Police Association

Friday, Feb. 3, we welcomed RISD school board and club member Justin Bono to update the club on the latest RISD developments.  Additionally, club member Mike Mata from the Dallas Police Association gave us an update on the happenings around the Dallas Police and Fire pension. http://dallaspa.org/ We thank these members for their time and service to our community.


Krista Nightengale, Managing Director of the Better Block Foundation

January 27, we welcomed Krista Nightengale, Managing Director of the Better Block Foundation who shared their approaches and process to reactivating communities.  We thank her for her time and comments.  http://betterblock.org/

Also, State Representative Jason Villalba stopped in to give us a quick update from the current legislative session. http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=114


One Nation Under God

November 4th, 2016.   For our One Nation Under God program, we welcomed Army Brigadier General (retired) Tom Kula. Also part of the program, we had Boy Scout Troop 890 present and retrieve the colors and the LHHS Espree Choir join us for a musical presentation. We thank all of them for their contributions to that program.