Jun 17, 2013 01:44PM
● By Editorial Intern f
CISD News with Dr. David Faltys, CISD Superintendent
A dynasty is a sequence of rulers from the same family, stock or group, according to the dictionary. And that definition certainly applies to Carroll ISD, where we’re building our own Dragon Dynasty in athletics, academics and the arts. Every year, I’m amazed at how many student honors our Dragons amass, and at how many areas those honors span.
Academically, our high school was ranked among the top in the nation, according to US News & World Report and Newsweek magazines. We also made the AP Board’s Honor Roll, again. Thirteen Carroll students were named National Merit Finalists. Carroll won the UIL District 4–5A Academic Championship this year, and four of Carroll’s Odyssey of the Mind teams advanced to the World Finals. In student council, our kids earned top honors at state. Our Dragon Robotics Team won the SW Regional FTC Championship Tournament and earned an invitation to complete at the World Championship.
In the area of fine arts, the Dragon Jazz Band took first place in 5A varsity at the TCU Jazz Festival. Trombonist Jared Neeley was named to the All-State Jazz Band, while Neha Jain and Danielle Rodriguez were selected for All-State Band and Choir. The Carroll Theatre Department earned 15 award nominations for their performance of Legally Blonde, The Musical. Three Carroll choir groups received sweepstakes at the Texas UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest for Region 24. The Dragon Symphonic Band, the Symphonic Winds and the Wind Ensemble all scored superior ratings at the Region 24 UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest. The Dragon Marching Band earned a superior rating at the UIL Regional Marching Band Competition as well.
Visual artists were not to be outdone. Carroll and Dawson Middle School students earned 10 superior medals in the Junior Visual Arts Scholarship Event. Carroll freshman Christie Ballew received the highest honor, gold seal, at the Visual Art Scholastic Event, while her CHS classmates all earned superior medals.
Meanwhile, the Emerald Belles won the ShowMaker State Championship, and the Carroll Varsity Cheer Squad earned third place in the advanced, medium high-school division of the National Cheer Association High School competition.
Our Dragon athletes continued to shine as both cross-country teams won 5A UIL State Championships, as did both our boys and girls swimming and diving teams. Senior distance runner Courtney Kriegshauser won her second consecutive gold medal in the 1,600-meter race at state, Trevor Gilley took second place in the 1,600-meter, and Joe Sansone earned second in the 3,200-meter.
Two Dragon wrestlers earned top-five finishes at state; the Lady Dragon basketball team made it to the 5A Region I quarterfinals; Lady Dragon softball finished the season 25–9 before losing in the Region I area round of Class 5A softball; and Dragon baseball, as of this writing, is still in the playoffs.
Not to be outdone, our boys golf team finished third, and the girls team finished seventh at state; the Dragon tennis team made it to the quarterfinals of the 5A tennis tournament and set a record for the number of players qualifying for state; and the Dragon soccer team made it to the regional semifinals, while the Lady Dragon soccer team were the state runners-up.
These are just a few of the year’s many academic, fine arts and athletic highlights, ensuring the Dragons are on pace to earn a second consecutive Lone Star Cup. I have no doubt the Dragon Dynasty will be marked by many more accolades and honors to come, giving Dragon Nation much to be proud of.
Dr. David Faltys serves as Superintendent of Carroll Independent School District, the largest 5A Exemplary district in the state of Texas. He was named by the 2010 Region XI Superintendent of the Year after being nominated for the award by his local School Board. David and his wife, Jennifer, have four children: Dave, Peyton, Kenton and Lauren