Lake Highlands’ own Pete Grieder has been named RISD Head Coach of the Year. Not Wrestling Coach of the Year — Coach of the Year. Grieder, a member of the Texas Wrestling Hall of Fame, is set to begin his 27th year as head coach of the Wildcats. While there, he has led his squad to a district championship 20 times.

James Kohn, chief of surgery and director of the Wound and Vein Center of Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, was voted Instructor of the Year by Naaman Forest High School students. The Garland school has partnered with the hospital for nearly 20 years to give students a taste of medical professions.

Alfonso Cevola, a Lake Highlands resident who writes the On the Wine Trail in Italy blog, won this year’s award for best single subject blog, one of The Wine Blog Awards announced in August. Read his work at


The Wildcat Club recently redesigned its website, The new site makes navigation and participation quick and easy. You can pay wildcat dues online ($25), and you can contact board members if you have content to contribute. The Wildcat Club is particularly looking for photos and stories about junior high athletic events.

Dr. Shailendra Thomas is now the head of Scofield Christian School. Thomas’ previous experience includes work at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, Fellowship Christian Academy and Association of Christian Schools International.