Look out New York. Lake Highlands talent may be knocking on Broadway’s door someday.

Kitty Carter’s Dance Factory recently had 11 company dancers (all from Lake Highlands) compete in the national finals of the Starlight Dance Competition in Las Vegas. The girls competed in jazz, modern, tap and ballet against other dance companies from throughout the United States.

To qualify for the trip, the dancers won local and regional competitions.

Dancers Allison Cowan, Laura Farr, Melanie Feinberg, Kaylee Higginbotham, Tiffany Littlefield, Whitney Ott, Sara Reyna, Kelly Russell, Brittany Spaght, Lisa Streiff and Melissa Strom competed in five dances and won the grand prize for their modern production. Other awards included a second place, a third place and two honorable mentions.

A Divine Wildcat

Vanessa Vaughter ’81 is working toward her graduate degree in North Carolina at Duke Divinity School. Vaughter will move back to our area to be ordained. She wants to work with teens in the church about life choices and tolerance.

All The Way From Virginia

T.J. Stone ’82 lives in Virginia and is a doctoral candidate in marriage and family therapy. She has an infant son, Zach, and her partner of six years has an eight-year-old son, Matthew.

District-Wide Participation

RISD recently staged “Into the Woods” at Margo Jones Theatre at SMU. Jeremy Golden and Nancy Poynter, both of Lake Highlands High School, directed the event. Students from all four RISD high schools – Richardson, Pearce, Berkner and Lake Highlands – participated in the production.

Still A Soccer Powerhouse

Lake Highlands graduate Korey Hamilton recently graduated from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. She received a degree in physical education, human performance and kinesiology and graduated cum laude. She lettered in soccer all four years at the college and was named Athletic All-American in 1994, All South 1993-1994, Senior Bowl 1994-1995 and All Conference 1992-1993. She was the soccer team captain in 1993-1994 and was the 10th leading scorer in the history of the college. She will attend Auburn University next fall to study physical therapy.

Looking For A Successor

Due to some pressing commitments, I’m going to be stepping down from writing this column. If you know of someone who would enjoy writing about fellow Lake Highlands residents every month, give me or Advocate editor Becky Bull a call.