Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Carroll ISD Announces Assistant Principal Assignments

On August 6, 2021, Carroll ISD announced two assistant principal assignments beginning this school year. Christina Benhoff will serve as the assistant principal for Carroll Senior High School while Steven Silvia will serve as the assistant principal for Carroll High School. These new assignments were due to open positions with principal transitions this summer. Additionally, Benhoff and Silvia are known for their excellent leadership and support to students, parents and staff.

“We are excited to have our assistant principals serve in their new roles,” Gordon Butler, Assistant Superintendent of Student and Staff Services, said. “Both are known for their high energy and continuous pursuit of excellence, which is what CISD is all about.”

Prior to her new appointment, Benhoff was the assistant principal at Carroll High School and is excited to see former students who recently moved to the senior high. Benhoff has served at Carroll High School as assistant principal since 2018. In 2012, she joined the Dragon family as a math teacher and coach at Carroll Middle School and then became the assistant principal for Walnut Grove Elementary School in 2013. Then, she was appointed the assistant principal at Dawson Middle School in 2014 before joining Carroll High School. Benhoff has 14 years of education experience. She received her bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and her master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Missouri.

Silvia is leaving Durham Intermediate School where he served as an assistant principal. Due to his instructional and communication skills, Silva will serve as an asset to the Carroll High School leadership team. Silvia has been part of the Dragon family since 2010 where he started as a teacher and coach at Dawson Middle School. Then, in 2013, he was named the assistant principal at Durham Intermediate School. With his 14 years of education experience, Silvia earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and his master’s degree in educational leadership from University of Texas Arlington.

CISD Names Johnson New Director of Bands

Ken Johnson, CISD Director of Bands

Carroll ISD has approved Ken Johnson as the new Director of Bands.

Johnson replaces Jay Bach, who is retiring after 23 with Carroll, including the last six as director. Johnson has been a long-time assistant under Bach, a role he has served the past 18 years in Carroll.

Johnson started in Carroll in 1999 as Assistant Band Director and Director of Percussion Studies and in 2010 he was elevated to Director of Carroll’s Marching Band.

“Mr. Johnson is a long-time Dragon that has a unique ability to connect with students, parents and the community,” said Shawn Duhon, Carroll Senior High School Principal. “His passion for seeing students and the marching band succeed is very personal to him and he takes great pride in this.”

During his tenure he has helped coordinate and direct the Dragon Band in UIL Marching Region and Area contests, invitational marching and drumline contests, halftime spirit and playoff shows (“LIDS”) and UIL Solo and Ensemble entries.

“His love for the Dragon Band is seen daily throughout Carroll ISD and the state of Texas,” said P.J. Giamanco, Carroll High School Principal. “His enthusiasm for music and music education has us eager to see him working more closely with our members, advanced and beginner players alike, as well as our directors to produce more excellence for CISD.”

The Dragon Marching Band is a consistent finalist at marching contests, including the Golden Triangle Classic every year entered since 2010 — winning multiple caption awards and being named the 2014 Grand Champion.

Johnson’s career path is similar to his predecessor Bach, who spent 16 years as assistant director before taking over the program following Ron Behrends’ retirement.

Dragon Baseball Continues First-Place Reign in District 5-6A

The Carroll Dragon baseball team continues its hold on first-place in a competitive District 5-6A.

The Dragons improved to 9-1 in district with a come-from-behind 7-5 victory last Friday at home against Byron Nelson.

Carroll, the area’s No. 1-ranked Class 6A team by the Dallas Morning News, picked up its 20th win of the season in the back-and-forth game that included the Dragons overcoming a 2-0 deficit and breaking a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Dragon hitters Adam Stephenson, Wyatt Stapp and Kole Ramage each had two hits apiece. Cutter Sippel earned the victory and Nicco Cole delivered the save with two innings of relief.

Carroll has four district games remaining and faces L.D. Bell this week — Tuesday at Bell at 7 p.m. and Friday at CSHS at 7 p.m.

The Dragons have a firm hold on first place in district, three games ahead of second-place Marcus and Lewisville.


Carroll Sets Record at Odyssey of the Mind State Finals

It was a great day of creative solutions for Carroll’s 18 “Odyssey of the Mind” teams on Saturday in Waller, Texas at the State Finals Tournament.

A record 15 teams medaled and 10 teams are advancing to “Odyssey of the Mind” World Finals in May.

To advance to Worlds, the top teams from across the State of Texas competed and only the top two teams in each Problem and Division compete at World Finals, held on the campus of Michigan State niversity May 24-28. Congratulations to all our Southlake Carroll OM teams, you’ve impressed and inspired your coaches and community.

Below are the Carroll teams who placed in the top three, earning medals at the state finals tournament.

Problem / Division / School / Achievement Coach/Coaches Team Members
Vehicular Problem

Division 1




Diane Pierce Ogle Grant Ogle

Jope Iluyomade

Andrew Balson

Julia Dietrich

Madison Petty

Vanessa Vazhappilly

Cody Williams

Vehicular Problem

Division 2



Anne Vanderbush Lindsay Vanderbush

Abigail Balson

Lillian Cooper

Avani Koganti

Tin Lau

Blayne Williams

Neha Boyapati

Vehicular Problem

Division 3

Southlake Carroll HS



Heather King Miranda King

Akshaya Hemanth

Marissa Vazhappilly

Rachel Clements

Ella Driskill

Sophie Dietrich

Lauren Hendler



Technical Problem

Division 1

Rockenbaugh Elem



Suman Gohel Khushi Gohel

Dhruv Gohel

Swati Shankar

Noemie Houtekei

Sanjana Senthil

Praneel Veerabathina

Technical Problem

Division 2

Eubanks Int



Geetha Panchapakesan

Crystal Johnson

Ashwin Iyer

Grace Johnson

Allison Chang

William Ward

Nicolas Veit

Ben Fleming

Alfred Hale

Technical Problem

Division 2

Durham Int



Tonja Walker

Sarah Stoklas

Jackson Walker

John Stoklas

Ryan Adamson

Samhith Dharani

Connor MacLean

Graham Davidson

Ethan Phan

Technical Problem

Division 3

SC Senior High




Inna Dietrich Alexis Dietrich

Venezia Guzman

James Stewart

Akash Hemanth

Trevor King

Cara Connelly

Ethan Connelly

Classics Problem

Division 2

Carroll Middle



Diana DiCesare

Shelli Nickel

Kiera DiCesare

Sydney Nickel

Heloise Hoffmann

Tanner Hunt

Emma Johnson

Lizzie Garcia

Diya Panjabi

Classics Problem

Division 3

Southlake Carroll HS



Keith Buckley


Reilly Buckley

Katie Moore

Kayla Grosskopf

Catie Pratt

Kayin Jones

Eric Lovenburg

Cole Ragsdale



Structure Problem

Division 1

Carroll Elem




Saroja Mummini Sonia Naidu

Alisha Naidu

Ethan Menezes

Eva Menezes

Tonio Castillo

Joel Hansen

Juliet Scot

Structure Problem

Division 2

Durham Int.


Tanuja Reddy Vivek Reddy

Pierce Ogle

Jackson Dockal

Samad Rizvi

Andrew Chen

Vansh Shah

Azlaan Shafi

Drama Problem

Division 1

Carroll Elem



Niraj Mehta Jaiden Mehta

Harrison Moore

Dylan Mehta

Ayden Patel

Kennedy Nguyen

Adam Forst

Kenneth Warren Fambro, III

Drama Problem

Division 1

Rockenbaugh Elem



Peter Kao Livi Kao

Kate Fancher

Abbie Fordyce

Chloe Criswell

Ava Burke

Riley Govek

Maria Mazey

Drama Problem

Division 2

Eubanks Int.


Anne Bean Catt Gill

Elizabeth Fong

Amelia Chand

Trey King

Katie Chon

Matthew Fisher

Nahita Kamireddy

Drama Problem

Division 3

Southlake Carroll HS


Kathy Marshall Zack Marshall

Jake Marshall

Chloe Moore

Sarah Wassef

Sarah Chapin

Olivia Hooper

Logan Mikolasik


Carroll Soccer Teams Advance to Region I Quarterfinals


WACO – The Carroll Dragon soccer teams had a successful trip to Waco last Friday.

The Lady Dragons started the night with a 5-1 victory against Belton in the Class 6A area playoffs held at Waco Midway High School. Carroll built a 4-0 lead by halftime.

The Dragons followed with a 3-1 victory against Killeen Harker Heights.

Monday night both teams return to action in the Region I quarterfinals against a familiar opponent. Both teams play District 5-6A mate Hebron with a berth to the region tournament on the line.

The Dragons open the doubleheader at 6 p.m. vs. Hebron at Argyle High School. The Lady Dragons follow vs. Hebron at 8 p.m.


Carroll ISD Kindergarten Enrollment Begins March 30

Carroll ISD will begin kindergarten registration for the 2017-2018 school year on March 30.

Below are important links for kindergarten parents…

Carroll ISD’s five elementary schools will have a Kindergarten Preview/Social on April 20.

Incoming kindergarten students are encouraged to attend and participate in fun activities while parents learn about our program.

Carroll Elementary – 5-6 p.m. – 817-949-4300
Johnson Elementary – 5-6:15 p.m. – 817-949-4500
Old Union Elementary – 3:30-4:45 p.m. – 817-949-4600
Rockenbaugh Elementary – 3:30-4:30 p.m. – 817-949-4700
Walnut Grove Elementary – 5-6 p.m. – 817-949-4400

Soccer Update: Lady Dragons Win District, Open Playoffs Thursday

During spring break, the Carroll Lady Dragons completed a goal for the 2017 season.

The Lady Dragons won the District 5-6A championship and defeated Hebron 3-0 in the final district game. The Lady Dragons improved to 17-1-2 on the season and ended district at 11-1-2. It marked the Lady Dragons’ fifth district championship in the last six seasons under coach Matt Colvin.

Against Hebron, the Lady Dragons produced three goal scorers in Carolina Berutti, Ally Griffin and Taylor Tufts. For the season, Griffin leads the team with 22 goals.

The Lady Dragons face McKinney Boyd on Thursday at 8 p.m. at Hebron.

Dragons Clinch Playoff Berth

Just before spring break, the Dragons had reason to celebrate. Carroll clinched a playoff berth in District 5-6A with a 3-0 victory against L.D. Bell on March 10 at Dragon Stadium.

Calvin Herd, Michael Kays and Corey Dotson each scored goals for the Dragons. Carroll won its’ final regular season game on Monday against Hebron and opens the playoffs on Friday.

Carroll will play McKinney Boyd in a Class 6A bi-district playoff at Denton Braswell High School at 7 p.m. Braswell is located at 26750 E University Dr. in Aubrey.




Carroll Soccer Teams Sweep Byron Nelson on Tuesday

The Carroll Lady Dragon soccer team bounced back from their first loss of the season with a victory Tuesday vs. Byron Nelson.

The Lady Dragons won 2-0 and remain in first place in District 5-6A. Alli Gardner and Sydney Nobles scored goals and Tara Sumer and Taylor Tufts added assists. Carroll improved to 16-1-1 overall and 10-1-1 in district.

The game also included Teacher Appreciation Night. The Lady Dragons honored administrators, teachers and coaches and walked with them to midfield during pre-game player introductions.

Dragons Get Big Win at Byron Nelson

The Dragons produced a 4-1 victory Tuesday at Byron Nelson. Calvin Herd scored two goals and Michael Kays and Corey Dotson each added one goal.

Chase Reynolds, Herd and Dotson each added assists.

The Dragons return home Friday vs. L.D. Bell on Senior Night. The game starts at 7:30 p.m.

Two games remain in the season for the Carroll boys and girls.

Dragon Baseball Riding Tournament Win Streak

MANSFIELD – The Carroll Dragon baseball team’s offense came alive in the second tournament of the season.

The Dragons went 4-1-1, which included victories against Seguin, Plano East, Arlington and Amarillo. The Dragons outscored opponents 41-11 in the final four games.

In the final game of the tournament, the Dragons edged Amarillo 3-2 in eight innings to improve to 7-4-1 overall. Senior Jake Murphy hit a game-winning home run in the top of the eighth. Erik Friedel earned the victory in relief and didn’t allow a hit and had four strikeouts in 2 and 1/3 innings.

The Dragons return to action this week with a big matchup Thursday at rival Coppell. Start time is 11 a.m. in the Dragons final tournament of the season. Carroll follows the Coppell game with a 1:30 p.m. game against Plano East.

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