January Character Counts & Youth of the Month Awards

The Exchange Club honored four outstanding Lake Highlands High School students in January. Caitlyn Bosch and Blake Cronin received Character Counts awards and Steffany Salazar and Duncan Meara were named Youth of the Month.

Caitlyn is the daughter of Matt and Diane Bosch. She performs with Espree, the pop singing group, and is a member of Girls Service League, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Red Cross Club and Mu Alpha Theta. She is a member of the Honors Choir and was selected to the All-Region Choir and first alternate to All-State. She competes with the Wildcat cross country team, has a job at CrossFit and attends North Highlands Bible Church. She plans to study nursing at the University of Arkansas.

Blake is the son of Bill and Lizzy Cronin. He was captain of the Wildcat football team and serves as VP of the Student Council. He participates in Young Life, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Red Cross Club and Young Republicans. He also runs track and enjoys basketball, rock climbing and snowboarding. He plans to study architecture at either USC or UCLA.

Steffany is the daughter of Sara Salazar. Steffany served as drum major of the Wildcat Marching Band for two years and is a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and the Feminist Club. She enjoys listening to music and is a member of the Kiss Me Kate musical pit. She plays clarinet in the band and was selected for All-Region. She will study business and math at either Texas A&M, Texas Tech or Baylor.

Duncan is the son of Thomas and Kimberly Meara. He is an AP Ambassador and member of the Academic Decathlon team. He is in National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, National Spanish Honor Society, Science Club and the Anime and Gaming Club. He’s a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, and he plays select soccer and volunteers with the Lake Highlands Elementary Chess Club. He wants to study physics and is considering several college options.


Congratulations, all!

December Character Counts & Youth of the Month Awards

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands presented monthly awards to four Lake Highlands High School students on December 11th.

Character Counts awards for December were presented to Laney Norris and T. J. Churchill. Laney is the daughter of Trey and Laura Norris.  She is an honor student , a member of the National Honor Society, the A Capella Choir, and Young Life.  A member of Lake Highlands United Methodist Church, she plays soccer for the FC Dallas Girls Classic League and works at Starbucks. She hopes to attend Texas A&M and major in elementary education.  T. J. is the son of Jim and Tammy Churchill.  He has played on the LHHS wildcat football team, is a DECA participant, member of Young Life, and enjoys making and watching movies.  He is considering the University of Arkansas and Texas Tech to major in business or Radio and TV production.

Lauren Urban and Berket Ghebermichael received Youth of the Month awards for December. Lauren is the daughter of Bryan and Kari Urban.  She is an honor student (99 grade point average), is an officer in the National Honor Society, a member of Young Life and the Girls Service League. Lauren is Captain of the Highlandettes and attends North Highlands Bible Church. She is considering  Baylor University or Auburn University to major in business. Berket Ghebermichael is the son of Almaz Tekele and Merhawit Ghebermichael.  He is also an honor student.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta math society, is Vice President of the Senior Class, and a member of the school cross country track team.  He is considering several colleges and hopes  to major in pre law. His family is dedicated to becoming well educated.  His older brother is a medical student at UT Southwestern, another brother attends Texas Tech and his sister just graduated from UNT.

Each of the above received a plaque and a gift of North Park Gold.  The club heard letters from teachers about the Character Counts recipients.  Each Youth of the Month recipient read their essays on “Responsible Citizenship”  They will be eligible for Youth of the Year, Exchange District Youth, and National Exchange Club Youth of the Year awards. Over the past 20 years the Exchange Club has presented Character Counts, Youth of the Month, and scholarship awards to over 1,000 Lake Highlands High School students.

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LHHS Principal Frank Miller, T.J. Churchill, Laney Norris, Lauren Urban, Berket Ghebermichael and Exchange Club VP Chris Brown

November Youth of the Month and Character Counts

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands recognized four exceptional Wildcat seniors Friday.

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LHHS Principal Frank Miller, Michael Okeke, Eloisa Vazquez, Mackenzie Jones, Socrates Salinas, and Exchange Club VP Chris Brown

Eloisa Vazquez and Michael Okeke received Character Counts awards, and Mackenzie Jones and Socrates Salinas were named Youth of the Month for November.
Eloisa is the daughter of Sabrina Vazquez and Epifanio Vazquez. She participates in the AVID program (Advancement Via Individual Determination), plays soccer and is a member of the Mu Alpha Theta math honor society. After majoring in college biology, her goal is to become a pediatrician. Michael’s parents are Emanuel and Sharon Ekeke. He is enrolled is several Advanced Placement courses, is a member of the basketball team and is a musician in his church choir.
Mackenzie Jones, the daughter of Kyle and Kendra Jones, is ranked 7th in her senior class. She’s a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta and she sings in the A Cappella Choir. She is active in the Park Cities Baptist youth group and will study at Texas A&M in the fall. Socrates is the son of Francisco and Claudia Salinas. He is a member of NHS, Mu Alpha Theta and Student Council, and he plans to study medicine in college.
Congratulations students!

October Youth of the Month and Character Counts

From the Advocate, by Carol Toler

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands recognized four outstanding students from Lake Highlands High School at their meeting October 9th.

DeVonte Fluellen and Aiyanna Huntsberry received Character Counts awards for October and Mark Garwood and Karla Ruiz were named Youth of the Month.

Devonte, the son of Kendra and Patrick Fluellen, works at Kroger and is active in school choir. He plays defensive end for the Wildcats and hopes to play football at the college level while pursuing an engineering degree. Aiyanna is the daughter of Brenda Anderson. She has a 4.0 average and plays violin in the school orchestra. She works 35 hours per week and hopes to become a forensic anthropologist after college.

Mark is the son of Kirsten and Wesley Garwood. He is ranked first in the senior class and is a National Merit finalist. He is an Eagle Scout, a member of National Honor Society and a performer with Espree. He serves as treasurer for the senior class and plans to major in engineering. Karla is the daughter of Mayra Herrera and has a 4.3 GPA. She works 45 hours per week at Olive Garden but has time to tutor 6-8th grade kids. She plans to major in psychology and attain a master’s degree so that she can become a teacher for children with special needs.

Congratulations, students!

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LHHS Principal Frank Miller, DeVonte Fluellen, Aiyanna Huntsberry, Mark Garwood, Karla Ruiz and Exchange Club VP Chris Brown

September Youth of the Month and Character Counts

Lake Highlands Exchange Club members honored four outstanding Wildcats last week, recognizing their academic achievement and upstanding character. All four participate in the AVID program, Advancement Via Individual Determination, which involves recruiting students from groups who may be under represented in higher education and preparing them for success in high school, college and career.

Ronda Kedir and Chauncy Newell received Character Counts Awards.

Ronda emigrated to the U.S. from Ethiopia two years ago, and quickly became a good student. She plans to become a pharmacist after college.

Chauncy plays football for the Wildcats and enjoys his theatre classes at LHHS. After college, he hopes to pursue a career in acting.

Mercy Cer and Josue Corzo were named Youth of the Month.

Mercy emigrated from Burma at the age of six, and is now in the top 10% of her class. She is a member of the Student Council and National Honor Society and plans to become a psychologist.

Josue, originally from Guatemala, is a senior class officer. He plans to attend Baylor University and study medicine.

Congratulations, all!

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LHHS Principal Frank Miller, Chauncy Newel, Ronda Kedir, Mercy Cer, Josue Corzo, and Exchange Club VP Chris Brown



Yearly Awards Presented

May 1, 2015

Exchange Club ACE Awards (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence)

ACE AwardsDr. Kay Waggoner, Semien Hagos, Derrick Boateng, Principal Frank Miller


Exchange Club Youth of the Year Awards

YOY AawardsDr. Kay Waggoner, Brett Stell, Michael Lonergan, and Principal Frank Miller


Exchange Club Teacher of the Year Awards

teacher of yearDr. Kay Waggoner, Irene Casburn ( White Rock Elementary), Katy Goodrich ( Akin Elementary), Beth Heath (Moss Haven Elementary), Marissa Tavallaee (Lake Highlands High School), Carol Kellum (Wallace Elementary)

April Youth of the Month and Character Counts

April 17, 2015

YOM-CCCongratulations to ECLH Youths of Month and Character Counts recipients for April!   Pictured are Jean Dosssou, Mary Estrera, Grace Wedding, and Dominik Fritz. The ECLH wishes you all the best as you continue your academic pursuits!!    Like and share our Facebook post.
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Also, the ECLH was proud to introduce the new Lake Highlands High School football coach Lonnie Jordan. Pictured are LHHS Principal Frank Miller, new LHHS Coach Lonnie Jordan, and ECLH President Greg Duval.   Like and share our Facebook post

March–Youth of the Month and Character Counts

On March 20, the ECLH honored Character Counts awardees and Youths of the Month, singing their praises and applauding their accomplishments.  LHHS Principal Frank Miller was on hand to personally attest to the many ways in which the students have proven themselves outstanding.


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Youths of the Month were Annelisa Wright and Alex Little.  April Anderson and James Perkins received Character Counts awards.

Also attending were all three Richardson ISD trustee candidates, who’ll take office in May since they are running unopposed.   Jean Bono, Eron Linn and incumbent board president Kim Caston introduced themselves and shared a few reasons they wish to serve the district.

February Youth of the Month and Character Counts

Chris Brown and Frank Miller presented club awards to four LHHS students for the month of February.. Character Counts Awards went to Austin VonKalow , son of Austin and Haylee VonKalow; and to Florainne Walcott-Taylor, daughter of Florence Walcott-Taylor. Youth of the Month Awards were presented to Claire Pask, daughter of Neil and Annalise Pask; and to Reese Walling, son of Claire and Noel Walling.

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Frank Miller, Austin VonKalow, Floraine Walcott-Taylor, Claire Pask, Reese Walling, and Chris Brown

January Youth of the Month & Character Counts

Chris Brown and Frank Miller presented January Youth of the Month and Character Counts awards to four LHHS students.  Character Counts awards went to Karina McClendon, daughter of Rhonda Sullivan and to Kendrell Willis, son of  Tawana Mitchell.  Youth of the Month awards were presented to Georgia Sides, daughter of Stewart and Lisa Sides; and to Carter Gardner, son of Brent and Jana Gardner.

Congratulations on your Exchange Club Awards today.  We look forward to hearing about your future accomplishments as you continue  to pursue your education.

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Pictured:  Kendrell Willis, Karena McClendon, Georgia Sides, Carter Gardner