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.

CC -YOM 12-2015

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