Community

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands will host a Dallas mayoral candidate forum on May 9 in conjunction with the Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association. For more details, visit lhexchangeclub.org.

People

Zein Nakhoda, a 2007 Lake Highlands High School alumnus, joined AP science teacher Dr. Ken Taylor to publish a paper, “Effective Torsion and Spring Constants in a Hybrid Translational-Rotational Oscillator” in The Physics Teacher magazine. The paper credits Nakhoda as the first author and Dr. Taylor as the second, indicating the significance of the student’s role in performing the experiments and advanced mathematical calculations, and writing the manuscript.

Brothers Rick and Chris Kopf of Lake Highlands competed in the Grand Mountain Elk Traverse, a 40-mile cross-country ski race between Crested Butte and Aspen in Colorado. They finished the race in only 15 hours, climbing close to 7,000 vertical feet.

Lyndsey Jones, a 2008 LHHS alumna, released her first CD, “What A Day”, incorporating talent from other LHHS classmates. The album has graphic design from Ryan Paige Rommel, 2008 Wildcat Wrangler, and cover photography by Robin Davis, 2007 Espree and Wrangler. Jones composed the title song “What A Day” with help from Jacob Andrews, 2007 Wildcat football quarterback. She sings accompanied by her father, Jeff Jones, who plays guitar on the CD and for Wes Niles and the Texas Skeeters.

Nathan Bucki, LHHS sophomore, won the statewide Overall Award of Excellence in the PTA Reflections Program for his literature entry, “The Stars of Life”, qualifying for the national competition. This year’s contest, with its “Together We Can” theme, drew nearly 70,000 entries from students all over Texas. Bucki’s winning submission was one of 1,900 pieces that advanced to the state level, and 900 students received recognition.

Mark Wingfield, Lake Highlands resident and associate pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church, recently returned from a six-week sabbatical during which he undertook a national research project on the best practices of traditional Protestant congregations. His research group included Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Baptist, Reformed and Congregational churches in Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Indianapolis, Iowa, New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. Wingfield will be turning the findings into a book, and will be giving an overview of the project, open to the community, at noon and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, at Wilshire, 4316 Abrams.

Volunteer

Vickery Meadow Learning Center needs volunteers June 6-30 for its North Dallas campus, 6329 Ridgecrest. Opportunities include: adult classroom teacher, activity club teacher and preschool assistant. Vickery Meadow provides literacy services to non-English speaking adults and children. For information, contact Amy Glover, adult program director, at volunteer@vmlc.org or 214.265.5057 ext. 12.

Lake Highlands North HOA recognized Bob Sands for 11 years of dedication to the Crime Watch program. He assisted with the installation of Crime Watch signs and safety mirrors, and kept the neighborhood informed via newsletters and the HOA website. Sands has volunteered for 20 years every week at the Dallas Arboretum and been active in St. Patrick’s Church organizations.