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

December Youth of the Month & Character Counts

Reed Wilcox and Frank Miller presented Character Counts and Youth of the Month awards for December to four LHHS students.

Character Counts awards were presented to Ritchie Manalasias, son of Angie Manalasias; and to Mallory Hicks, daughter of Sherry and John Hicks.  Youth of the Month awards were given to Diana Monyancha, daughter of Anna Omenyo; and to Mason Murray, son of Carolyn and Mark Murray.

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Pictured are: LHHS Principal Frank Miller, Ritchie Manalasias, Mallory Hicks, Diana Monyancha, Mason Murrray, and club member Reed Wilcox.

November Character Counts & Youth of the Month

On November 11, 2014, the Youth of the Month and Character Counts awards were presented to four deserving LHHS students.

Character Counts recipients are Josue Bazan and Semien Hagos.

Youth of the Month recipients are Elizabeth Burroughs and Brett Stell.


Pictured L to R: Josue Bazan, Semien Hagos, Elizabeth Burroughs, and Brett Stell.


Far left:  Director of Youth, Chris Brown

Far right:  LH Principal, Frank Miller

October Character Counts and Youth of the Month

Tabitha Branum, RISD Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education gave a short presentation on the need for studies of Lake Highlands feeder patterns to determine future needs.

Chris Brown and Frank Miller presented monthly club awards to four LHHS students: Character Counts Awards were presented to Jarrod Smith and Shelby Killoran. Youth of the Month awards were presented to Marian White and Jason Barton.

Pictured–Frank Miller, Jason Barton, Jarrod Smith,
Shelby Killoran, and Chris Brown