Jay, Lori, Lane and Lauren Toungate

Jay, Lori, Lane and Lauren Toungate

Lake Highlands High School senior Lane Toungate has been named to an elite list of local scholar athletes by the National Football Foundation’s Gridiron Club of Dallas. Lane is one of 57 students from schools around North Texas who will be honored at the club’s 7th annual awards banquet April 6 in Las Colinas. Nine collegiate athletes will also be recognized.

“We are incredibly proud of this year’s scholar-athletes,” said Gerald Brence, president of the NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas Chapter and the athletics director for the Plano ISD. “In the seventh year of our chapter, these athletes continue to impress, not only on the field competitively but also as scholars and young community leaders. It’s always an honor to meet these young men, showcasing the great stories in North Texas that will inspire future student-athletes to excel in the classroom and become more involved in their communities.”

The event will feature new SMU head coach Chad Morris as the keynote speaker and sportscaster Scott Murray as emcee. More than $10,000 in scholarships will be awarded during the banquet, with one high school player being named the club’s top scholar-athlete.

Lane is the only Wildcat on the list, but he follows recent inductees Thomas Thornton (2014), Mitch Henton (2013), Will Moomaw (2012), Scott Hanks (2011) and Ricky Zorn (2010).

Congratulations, Lane!