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Carroll Continues Excellence

Dec 18, 2013 08:31AM ● By Anonymous

Carroll School Board recognizes National Merit honorees.

Being an Aggie makes fall football that much more exciting for me. Say what you will about Johnny Manziel — he has a raw, unbridled talent that has ignited a winning spirit in Aggieland. He is just fun to watch.

I won’t waste space debating his maturity or ability to handle fame, but you cannot argue with his success. He has so much passion for football. He is living proof that natural talent teamed up with passion and hard work nets results. Watching him weave his way through defenders into the end zone leaves you in awe of his natural abilities. He’s good — real good.

And that’s what I witness over and over again watching our students in Carroll ISD. From the standing ovations at Les Misérables to the dynasty that is Carroll cross-country, I stand in awe of the talents of our Dragon students and their ability to make hard work pay off. They protect the tradition in a way that makes this superintendent proud.

Our Carroll Theatre students got rave reviews for their on-stage performance of Les Misérables. From the sets and costumes to the acting and orchestra, our students upheld the Dragon tradition by sharing their talents and demanding excellence. Several of the cast members plan to major in theatre in college, and I have no doubt they are ready and will do well. They are good — real good.

And how amazing are the members of the boys and girls cross-country teams? They both recently returned to the University Interscholastic League 5A state meet to retain their right to the top spot on the medal stand. That’s right, both teams finished first in a highly competitive field of runners to win back-to-back to-back — yes, that’s a three-peat — state championships. It’s no surprise that Coach Justin Leonard was named the Texas Cross Country Coach of the Year recently. They are good — real good!

Carroll ISD was recently named an AP Honor Roll District for the fourth consecutive year. We were one of only 477 districts nationwide and 14 in Texas to earn the distinction. The award is based on both student scores and participation rates. In turn, two of our seniors — Drew Anderson and Reid Long — earned perfect scores on their ACT college entrance exams.

A total of 14 students were recognized as National Merit Semifinalists and 40 were commended. Another 14 of their classmates won National Hispanic Scholars honors. This year’s semifinalists include Amy Adams, Drew Anderson, Philip Brown, Katherine Burnham, Adam Floyd, Nyle Hussain, Farzan Jafri, Reid Long, Kenneth Martin, Ian Myers, Vijay Ramesh, Raymond Teer,  Brittany Tew and Ashesh Trivedi. The National Merit Hispanic Honorees include Michael Formella, Matthew Wiseman, Lauren Basler, Jonathan Brosnan, Kristi Calcagno, Sebastian Becerra, Steve Flowers, Valerie Quintanilla, Amanda Deras, Cole Smith, Dana Jenkins, Adriana Morillo, Michael Basler and Jeffrey Smythe.

And our teachers are rock stars, too! I recently got the privilege of tagging along with the Carroll Education Foundation Prize Patrol as they visited the classrooms of 20 talented CISD teachers to announce they had won grants totaling nearly $75,000. Their passion for teaching and their hard work in the classroom will see great rewards thanks to the generosity of CEF and its sponsors.

Last month, 18 CISD student-athletes signed letters of intent to play sports at a prestigious lineup of the nation’s top universities. With volleyball, football and tennis all qualifying for the playoffs, I’d say we’ve had a good first semester.

The road to excellence has been paved with the passion, talent and hard work of Carroll Dragons.