LHHS graduates are inspiring the fashion world

Michael Hong recently won second place in a fashion design contest

The fashion world may not look to Lake Highlands for the latest trends, but it seems designers are anxiously relying on two LHHS grads to set the pace in the fashion industry.

Michael Hong recently won second place in a fashion design contest sponsored by Wellington Leisure Products Inc., a water sports company. The Georgia-based firm owns the logo for The Americas Cup. Michael is studying for an associate’s degree in menswear at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

Also making a major impact on the fashion scene is ’75 grad Lisa Dawson. Lisa has moved up in her mother’s Dallas-based Kim Dawson Modeling Agency to oversee the fashion end of the modeling business. The Dawson agency is one of the most prestigious in the country.

“I mostly work with the new faces and fashion, while my mom concentrates mainly on the film industry. I have a lot of administrative responsibilities – which isn’t too glamorous,” Lisa says.

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“But I do travel regularly to such places as Chicago, L.A., New York, and at least once a year, overseas. It makes the tedious tasks much more enjoyable.”

Hall of Fame Announced

Mark your calendar for the spring varsity football game at 7:30 p.m. May 20 at the Lake Highlands field. The school will induct the first 10 members of the Lake Highlands Hall of Fame that night. A May 21 rain date has been scheduled, if needed. Coach Mike Zofutto will make the announcement and present the inductees with the honor at a half-time ceremony.

The Advocate, which brought you the news about the induction of the ’68 state champion basketball team into the Hall of Fame, has obtained the names of the newest inductees:

Bill Georges was Lake Highlands’ first athletic director and football coach. He was at the helm of the Fighting Wildcats from 1960-1974.

Margaret Riley Hagan, a ’68 grad, was the state tennis champ in the 3A division in 1968. Maggie was ranked fourth in the nation while at UT. She later participated in the U.S. Open, the French Open and Wimbledon. Today, Maggie is a pediatrician living on the West Coast.

Charles Loop (’86) was the state gymnastic champion while attending LHHS. Charlie also was selected as an All American gymnast in ’86. While at Stanford, Charlie was named All-Around Champion of the Pac 10. He was a member of the U.S. National Team and named to the All-American Team. Charlie was an assistant coach at Stanford from 1990-1992, when the team won the national championship. He is now a UT graduate student.

Not surprisingly, Andre Tillman also will be inducted. Andre is a ’70 grad who was an outstanding LHHS football and basketball player. He was named to the Dallas Morning News all-metro first team in 1969 and to the all-district basketball team in 1970.

Andre attended Texas Tech, where he was the 1973 All Southwest Conference tight end and was an Associated Press first team All-American.

He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League and played through 1979, helping the team win an Eastern Division championship.

Matt Dunigan (’79), signed with Louisiana Tech and broke Terry Bradshaw’s passing records, as well as earning a slew of awards, including MVP in ’81, team captain, first team Southland Conference, Kodak All-American team and the Associated Press All-American team.

Matt was drafted by the Canadian Football League in ’83, where he won the Tom Pate Award, which is given to the player most respected and admired on and off the field by his fellow players. In ’84, Matt was most valuable player, and in ’85, he was named the all-star quarterback of the CFL as well as the Player of the Year.

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In ’86, ’87 and ’88, he took his team to the Grey Cup, which is the CFL’s equivalent of the Super Bowl. In ’89, Matt again won the Tom Pate Award. He also took his team to the Grey Cup in ’91 and ’92. Matt is currently the quarterback for Winnipeg of the CFL.

Scott Livingston is a 1984 graduate. During high school, he was on the All-District baseball team for three years. The Dallas Morning News named Scott to the all-metro team in ’84. He also played in the North/South All Star Game in 1984. In both ’83 and ’84, Scott was recognized as All State in baseball.

Scott went on to attend Texas A&M and was conference player of the year in 1987. He was on the Southwest Conference tournament team in both ’87 and ’88, as well as being named a first team All-American both years. He was one the U.S. National Team that brought back the silver medal.

You can watch Scott play third base for the Detroit Tigers.

Dr. Mike Cronholm (’69) was All-American in track and field at LHHS, holding records in the hurdle events and 1- and 2-mile relays. Mike was a three-year letterman and participated in the Texas state meet.

At Rice University, Mike set world record in the mile relay in 1971 (a record that stood until 1982). He participated in the Olympic trials and earned a place on the President’s Honor roll.

He is now director of emergency services at Presbyterian Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Plano and lives with his wife in the Forest Meadows area of Lake Highlands.

D’Wayne Tanner (’86) played on three consecutive district champion basketball teams under coach Jack Clark at LHHS and then played for Rice University.

D’Wayne holds Southwest Conference records for steals in a career (295), season (95) and game (seven). He is 14th on the NCAA’s all-time steals list. In 1990, he was Scholar Athlete of the Year at Rice. He graduated that year with a triple major and now works for IBM.

Eddie Matthews (’67) was All District and All State at center in 1965 and 1966. He played in the Junior Rose Bowl at Trinity Valley Junior College and played linebacker for two seasons at TCU.

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Eddie is a football and track coach in the RISD.

We also caught up with Patti Wren (’83), who was an outstanding basketball guard during her junior and senior years at LHHS. Patti is now a speech pathologist in the Dallas area.

Pattie earned a master’s degree in science with a major in speech/language pathology in 1991 from Texas Woman’s University. While attending TWU, Patti was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and received the M. Don Ryan Award of Excellence for outstanding speech pathology in 1991.

She also participated with her professors in the research project, “Pharmacological Intervention in Stroke,” at UT-Southwestern Medical School.

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After completing the required nine months of supervised work in the private sector, Patti will receive her certification.

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On The Patti Patrol

We located another Patti making a big difference in education right here in Lake Highlands. Patti Wiles Smith, ’74, is teaching first-graders at Merriman Park Elementary. You may remember Patti from the ’72-’74 Highlandettes. She held a place with big responsibility and a high profile – Patti was the Highlandette on the right end of the line!

Even though she may have been the shortest on the line during her drill team days, I’m sure her first grade students and their parents look up to her.

Also making big strides in education at Aikin Elementary is English as a Second Language teacher Michelle Moseley Johnson. Michelle graduated from LHHS in ’86.

Twin Peeks at LH Elementary

As promised last month, we have the scoop from Lake Highlands Elementary on the phenomenon of the 11 sets of twins!

If you should stroll the halls of LHE and think you’re seeing double, you are! There are 22 lookalikes running those halls, from kindergarten through fifth grade.

And no, so far they haven’t pulled the big switch on their teachers or administrators (at least, not that anyone is aware of).

The kindergartners are June and Julia Vichaichalermwong, Catherine and Michelle Royall and Anthony and Christopher Abate. The two sets of twins in third grade are Kimberly and Emily Huey, and Lidia and Elizabeth Varon.

The two sets of fourth-graders are Brian and Kelly Love, and Amanda and Monica Traphagan. The oldest of the twins are fifth-graders Brian and Brent Waggoner, Keri and Kara Barger, and Lauren and Rachel Hake.

Coming next month: the lowdown on why 10 LHHS grads came back to join the staff at LHJH.

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