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Lake Highlands residents Laurie and Robert Kidder of MyCare Personal Assistance recently won the RJ Roper Award presented by the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Dallas Chapter. Robert opened MyCare in 2003 when his mother, Roberta Kidder, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. MyCare Personal Assistance has cared for more than 2,000 dementia patients since 2003, and this is their fifth RJ Roper Award. The Kidders also are dedicated volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Association. They teach “The 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s” and “The Basics of Alzheimer’s” to area churches, memory care facilities and community centers.

Lake Highlands High School 2007 graduate Meredith Alloway recently launched an online interview show called “All the Way with Alloway.” For her first round of conversations, she traveled to the Sundance Film Festival to chat with writers and directors about what makes a great film great.

Meredith Wachel and Lauren Farish, both Lake Highlands High School graduates, traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to participate in a national competition as part of the Baylor accounting team in the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) national xTREME games in taxation. The team won $1,000 for being the top team at Baylor and $10,000 for being one of the top five teams nationally.


Several Lake Highlands High School seniors committed to colleges on National Signing Day last month. Bonnie Vernon will play volleyball at University of Texas, Dallas; Kent Perkins, considered the area’s top recruit, will play football at University of Texas, Austin; Nick Thurman will play football at University of Houston; Reginald Marshall will play football at Southeastern Oklahoma State; and Jesse Johnson will play football at Tyler Junior College.

The Lake Highlands Highlandettes brought home several awards from the February Texas State Championship Dance Contest. Officers won Outstanding Choreography and Super Sweepstakes awards for their novelty, jazz and contemporary dances. They also received the Officer Line Winner’s Circle award and the team was named Best in Class in the large-team division and received the Outstanding Dance Technique Team Award. They also brought home Super Sweepstakes, Outstanding Choreography and High Point Awards for their contemporary, jazz and pop routines. Team member Anna Starr earned fourth runner up in the solo awards, and the elite dance team was named second runner up.



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