Neighborhood resident Carolyn Adams recently was honored by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) as a 2009 Foundation Fellow. The MTNA Foundation Fellow program recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to music teaching. The award is bestowed when a peer, or group of peers, donates $1,000 to the MTNA Foundation Fund in an individual’s name.

Lake Highlanders: If you are, or know of, a current or former LH resident who is at least 10 years out of high school, the Advocate would like to hear about that person’s accomplishments. Interesting job, big promotion, major life change — we’d like to write brief updates about these current and former neighborhood residents in a new notes column for our magazine and our website called “Where Are They Now?” Please send the information, along with a photo if you have one, to or mail them to 6301 Gaston, Suite 820, Dallas 75214. Not everything we receive will be published, and we won’t be able to return any photos. Look for the column in our July issue.

Lake Highlands High School student David Green placed first in the District 9-5a track meet 200-meter with a time of 21:85. He also placed second in the 1600-meter relay and third in the 800-meter relay. His results qualified him for the UIL Regional II track meet in Waco in May.

Moss Haven Elementary PTA has awarded two $1,500 scholarships to Lake Highlands High School seniors Alexandra Atalis and Michael Stradley. Atalis is the valedictorian and is a member of Highlandettes and Espree. She will attend the University of Texas in the fall to study biomedical engineering. Stradley is an Eagle Scout and section leader in the band. He will study art and architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. Through community donations and the Moss Haven Elementary PTA, the school has established a scholarship fund for former students who spent at least four years at Moss Haven and graduate from Lake Highlands. Recipients are chosen based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, honors, community service, a written essay and teacher recommendations.

The Lake Highlands High School Lady Wildcat softball team recently defeated South Garland High School 4-1 in the Cats’ first bi-district playoff game in Lake Highlands history. Erin Brennan was the winning pitcher, and Callie Herod (first base) drove in three of the four winning runs. They followed this up by defeating South Garland 3-0. Brennan pitched a one-hit shutout as Lake Highlands (22-6) wrapped up a two-game series sweep. In the series finale, Andrea Beard had a double and D.J. Sandidge had a triple. Other varsity players are Crystal Bradley, Sarah Casburn, Valerie Franklin, Elizabeth Koepke, Maci McPherson, Bridget O’Brien, Kristen Parish, Hannah Pittman, Destiny Rojas and Mary Beth Smith.