Lake Highlands High School graduate Blake Richardson, son of Phil and Linda Richardson, has been named a Fulbright Scholar for 2009-2010. Blake, a 1999 grad, was a member of the Wildcat Marching Band and the LHHS Orchestra before attending the University of Texas where he received a degree in music. He earned his master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting from Indiana University and has completed the coursework for his doctorate degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Richardson was named conducting fellow for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra during 2008-2009 and was named a conducting fellow with the Aspen Summer Music Festival, where he spent nine weeks last summer. He’s currently in Barcelona, Spain, working with the Gran Teatro del Liceu Opera House.  

Lake Highlands High School students Alex Ziehm and Mitch Marzuola have been selected for the September 2009 Young Texan/Texanne Award from the Optimist Club. Every month, the Optimist Club chooses one boy and one girl from an RISD high school junior class who exemplify all-around leadership qualities. Alex Ziem is involved in varsity tennis, National Honor Society, Girls Service League and serves as the junior class historian. Marzuola plays on the varsity football squad and serves as a captain, member of LH Wranglers, Mu Alpha Theta, Student Council and Young Life.