Saturday, September 25, 2021

Feature Your Carroll 2019 Graduate with a Video Board Message

Carroll ISD Dragon Marketing Department is offering the opportunity to purchase a Carroll Class of 2019 personalized, 7-second message with photos to appear on the Dragon Stadium video board at Graduation on Friday, May 31, 2019. The cost per message is $50 with proceeds benefiting Carroll ISD’s General Fund.

Click here to view 2019 Grad Message Form.

Messages will be shown in alphabetical order, before and after the graduation ceremony. Messages will be shown at least once; additional appearances depend on number of messages sold. There are two options to choose from, 1 photo and personal message with 125 character* max count or 2 photos and personal message with 100 character* max  count(including spaces and punctuation).

Email photo(s) in .jpg format, the completed Grad Message Form and personal message to with student’s name in the subject line. Deadline is end of the day on Friday, May 24. Payments are accepted at Carroll ISD Administration Office (2400 North Carroll Ave).

For more information call Dragon Marketing, 817-949-7080.

*Note that this is character count NOT word count.

Paul D. Giamanco Memorial Scholarship Created for Dragon Graduates

The Paul D. Giamanco Memorial Scholarship was created in loving memory of Paul D. Giamanco, father of Carroll High School Principal PJ Giamanco.

The elder Giamanco was passionate about education and fully supported his son’s career choice to make a difference in the lives of young people through the intellectual and academic pursuit of excellence.

Mr. Giamanco died on Nov. 14, 2016, after a lengthy illness, but his strength, character, passion, and resilient spirit live on through the lives of his beloved children and grandchildren. This memorial scholarship honors the life of Paul Giamanco by encouraging Carroll Senior High School graduates who are pursuing a career in education and will be awarded at the Senior Awards Assembly.

Paul Dennis Giamanco was born Feb. 24, 1942 in New York. He attended St. John’s University in New York for his undergraduate degree and then attended University of Toledo, Ohio for law school. Paul then moved to St. Louis, Missouri and served in the FBI.

After his years in law enforcement Paul moved to Mt. Vernon, Illinois where he practiced law for many years helping countless people obtain justice and peace. Later in life he taught in a variety of teaching positions at Mt. Vernon Township High School, where again he inspired and coached numerous teens on their life journey.

He was involved in countless community and state organizations that assisted in providing a better community for everyone he came in contact with throughout his life.

Most of these centered around education as he worked as a local school board president, assisted with a student Mock Trial team, worked as president of the county housing board, ran various athletic teams for the local YMCA, and worked with numerous legal bar associations. In the end he always fought for education and pushed each of his children to grow to their max through their academic studies.

Carroll Senior High Backs the Blue

The next time you visit Southlake Town Square you will notice a sea of blue ribbons tied around trees, park benches and light poles.

Carroll Senior High School Principal Shawn Duhon, his staff and teachers wanted to show support for Southlake Police Officers. What better way to ‘Back the Blue’ than tying blue ribbons from Town Hall to the Rustin Pavilion. They gathered on this cloudy Tuesday morning and spread out across the square with armfuls of blue ribbons.  IMG_3762IMG_3839

Principal Duhon said the group purchased 72 rolls of blue ribbon; even buying out all of the blue ribbon at Costco and Hobby Lobby. Duhon says, “I emphasize the importance of family on our campus and this is our way of showing support to our police officers and letting them know that they are part of our family and that we love and support them.”

The Southlake Police Department is extremely honored to see such an outpouring of love and support. The blue ribbons will serve as a daily reminder to our officers as they patrol Town Square and the streets of Southlake. Chief James Brandon says, “We really appreciate your support and want you to know that it does make a difference. When we see people like you doing things like this, it really helps remind us why we love doing what we do every day.”   IMG_3834

The entire community has been so gracious in showing support to officers in so many ways, from cards and letters, baked goods and complete meals, to wrapping Town Square in blue ribbons. The men and women of the Southlake Police Department are humbled by these acts of kindness and the show of support by its citizens, school staff members and local businesses. “Thank you”, doesn’t seem adequate enough to express our sincere gratitude, but know that we do ‘Thank you’ all from the bottom of our hearts. We will never forget the many ways in which you let us know how much you support and appreciate the members of the Southlake Police Department.

Dragon Academics Advances to Regionals

Carroll_UIL_Academic_Regional_Qualifiers_2015The Carroll Senior High School students are preparing for the next challenge during the spring competition season. Three Dragon Academics teams advanced to the Regional UIL Meet happening later this month on the University of Texas at Arlington campus. Social Studies, CompSci and Current Events teams advanced to the Regional Meet, along with 26 students, out of District.

The Carroll Social Studies team, earned the highest score in the state for 6A schools at a recent meet and is favored to win Regionals. The team is also two-time defending State Champions.

“This is the strongest team I’ve ever had” said Social Studies coach and Academic Coordinator John P. Irish, who has won 7 state titles out of 10 years. “Last year’s group was my strongest up to this point, but this team is solid. All four students could win an individual state title.”

The Region 1-6A Meet will be held on the campus of UT Arlington, on April 24-25.

Carroll Debate Takes Grand Sweepstakes at UNT Tournament

Debate_at_UNT_awardsThe Carroll Debate team brought home top scores following a recent debate tournament at the University of North Texas. The team won first place in individual event sweepstakes and second place in debate sweepstackes. Carroll also won the Grand Sweepstakes prize by more than doubling the points of Coppell High School, their nearest competitor.

The Carroll debaters continued their winning ways in Congressional Debate by securing eleven of twelve finalist spots and winning seven of the top eight spots, including a sweep of the top three places. In public forum debate, Carroll “closed out” the final round, finishing first and second. Carroll took the top five spots in International Extemp, two of the top six spots in Domestic Extemp, four of the top six spots in Novice Extemp, and three of the top six spots in Impromptu Speaking.

At UNT, 45 students competed for Carroll Debate. Three students will represent the school at the UIL District Congressional Debate tournament on Tuesday November 11, and 49 students gear up to compete at next weekend’s tournament at The Hockaday School in Dallas.

Individual awards were as follows:

Congressional Debate:

  • 1st Place – Zain Aziz
  • 2nd Place – Hampton Sella
  • 3rd Place – Fatima Zuberi
  • 5th Place – Sunny Daggubati
  • 6th Place – Emma Lin
  • 7th Place – Aneeqah Naeem
  • 8th Place – Dru Patel
  • Non-placing finalists – Priyanka Reddy, Joseph DePumpo, Sowmiya Baskar


Public Forum Debate:

  • 1st Place – Azhar Hussain & Sam Bonham
  • 2nd Place – Alex Federick & Adhi Subramanian

Novice Cross Examination Debate:

  • 5th Place – Jonathan Chiang & Rishik Puppala

International Extemporaneous Speaking:

  • 1st Place – Azhar Hussain
  • 2nd Place – Emma Lin
  • 3rd Place – Fatima Zuberi
  • 4th Place – Austin Meek
  • 5th Place – Joseph DePumpo

US Extemporaneous Speaking:

  • 3rd Place – Marshall Richardson
  • 6th Place – Sunny Daggubati

Novice Extemporaneous Speaking:

  • 1st Place – Aman Patel
  • 3rd Place – Karan Kanatala
  • 5th Place – Suyash Jain
  • 6th Place – Hafsa Zuberi

Impromptu Speaking:

  • 1st Place – Mafaaz Tanzeem
  • 4th Place – Zain Aziz
  • 7th Place – Dru Patel

Tarzan Swings into Carroll Senior High School

Tarzan_4C_MAN-AND-TITLEThe stage adaptation of the 1999 Disney film, Tarzan is this year’s selected musical performance offered by the Carroll Theatre Department.

Tarzan The Stage Musical opens this week. Opening night is Thursday, Nov. 6. The show runs through Sunday, Nov. 9.

Carroll Senior High School’s production is family friendly. Gareth Forsberg plays the role of Clayton, the villainous hunter. But despite a history of bad guy roles, Gareth is described, by the cast, as one of the happiest guys around.

“I try to become that {evil} character by detaching myself from being what is socially acceptable”, Gareth says. “ I am so thrilled to show how savage Clayton is!”

The title character is played by Drew Brown, who says perfecting Tarzan’s trademark yell proved to be a challenge.

“This is by far the most physically demanding show I have ever been in…a constant squat, to stage combat, to gymnastic moves and flying…{but} the Tarzan yell may be the single hardest thing I’ve had to do in this show…it’s a full on yodel!”

Brown has prepared for this yell by watching around 100 different YouTube videos and working with the musical director.

Tarzan The Stage Musical opens Thurs. Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are available at Additional performances are listed below: 

  • Friday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Shop for a cause at the Southlake Craft Fair Nov.1-2

SCcraftfair2014Work off those Halloween calories at the annual Southlake Carroll Craft Fair. The two-day event will be November 1-2 at Carroll Senior High School. 

For the past 21 years, the fair has drawn in hundreds of shoppers looking for unique handmade items and one-of-a-kind gifts as the holidays approach.

This year more than 200 vendors will offer a wide selection of items including jewelry, candles, home decor, ornaments, and personalized gifts. Shoppers can make their way around the school corridors and register for drawings to win gift certificates redeemable with fair merchants.

All proceeds from the Craft Fair directly benefit Project Graduation, a drug and alcohol-free event designed to provide a fun and safe environment for seniors to celebrate their graduation. This event has proven to be the most effective means of combating needless accidents and deaths involving graduating teens on one of the most important nights of their lives.

In support of Project Graduation there is a suggested Craft Fair entry donation of $3/adult, $1/student.

Carroll Senior High School is located at 1501 West Southlake Blvd in Southlake. For more information visit

Forbes Receives National Coaching Award

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Carroll Superintendent Dr. David Faltys honors Diane Forbes and the Debate team’s accomplishments at a recent Board meeting.

RIPON, Wis.The National Speech & Debate Association is proud to announce Carroll Senior High School Debate Coach Diane Forbes as its newest diamond coach. Forbes received a Fourth Diamond Award after earning 10,299 points on 3/24/14.  

A diamond award recognizes a professional career that combines excellence and longevity. The Association provides diamond awards based on coach points received. Coaches receive one-­‐tenth the points earned by their students and one-­‐tenth of the points earned as a student member of the Association.

After a minimum of five years as a National Speech & Debate Association member, a coach who attains 1,500 points is awarded a first diamond; he or she receives a second diamond for 3,000 points, a third for 6,000 points, and so on. Five years must pass between each diamond award.

On June 19, 2014, Forbes will receive special recognition at the National Speech & Debate Tournament in Overland Park, Kansas. Each year, the tournament draws more than 5,000 students, coaches, and parents from across the nation. The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has placed the tournament on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities since the origination of the list.

This will be Forbes’ final year teaching after announcing her retirement following 28 years and nine in Carroll ISD. She was also recently inducted into the Texas Forensic Association Hall of Fame.

About the National Speech & Debate Association

The National Speech & Debate Association is the largest interscholastic speech and debate organization serving middle school, high school, and collegiate students in the United States. The Association provides competitive speech and debate activities, high-­‐quality resources, comprehensive training, scholarship opportunities, and advanced recognition to more than 130,000 students and coaches every year. For nearly 90 years, the National Speech & Debate Association has empowered more than 1.4 million members to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders in our society. For more information, visit


Carroll Debate Team Hosts Guest Speaker

Rafael Cruz Debate Speaker

Pictured L-R: Rafael Cruz, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

The Dragon Forensics Team and Dragon Debate Booster Club invite students, parents and members of the community to an upcoming event focusing on the importance of debate in a student’s academic career.

“Building Leaders: How Debate Benefits Carroll Students” is scheduled for Friday, March 28 in the Carroll Senior High School Auditorium. The two-hour program begins at 6 p.m. and features guest speaker Rafael Cruz, father of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. Mr. Cruz will talk about how students can benefit from participating in debate and how debate impacted his son’s journey from being a Cuban immigrant to becoming a U.S. Senator. The discussion will be non-political and non-partisan. Guests will also learn more about debate and the activities it encompasses. Award-winning Carroll debate students will also present short demonstrations.

Organizers are hopeful the event will reach current and aspiring debate team members and their parents to consider debate as an extracurricular activity. The Dragon Forensics team competes at the local, state, and national levels against public and private schools; Carroll ISD has programs for 7-12 grade students. Debate offers students a wide range of speaking opportunities, including policy, congressional and Lincoln-Douglas debate, extemporaneous speaking, humorous and dramatic interpretation, and original oratory.

The Dragon Debate Booster Club is also actively looking for sponsors and student internship opportunities. Email Ellena Prokopeas at for more information.