The Tradition unites all Dragons to promote, praise and support each other and CISD. The Tradition welcomes all former students, faculty members and friends of Carroll who have an affiliation with The Tradition’s purpose.
The Tradition, a special committee of the Carroll Education Foundation, typically meets on the last Monday of the month at 7 p.m. CEF Board members serving on the committee are Brian Hodges and Kathy Talley. To get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 “Coming Home” Awards
Phil Barber Award for Outstanding Community Patron – Eddie Robertson
Eddie Robertson first moved to Southlake in 1976. He attended his first home game in the 1978 when Carroll hosted Farmersville, then the number one ranked team in the state. Carroll went on to upset Farmersville 32-27 and a Dragon fan was born. For the next 40 years, he supported football and all Dragon Athletic programs. He never refuses a request from our Dragon staff or boosters and has volunteered his time and services in many ways over the years. Upon retirement, he even worked for the district as a bus driver. Mr. Robertson is a founding member of our esteemed Dragon Council. His devotion to Dragon students, Dragon traditions and the Dragon community at large is ever present and felt by all. We applaud his dedication to Dragon Nation.
Chauncey Willingham Award for Outstanding Dragon Faculty – Mr. Ron Behrends
Ron joined CISD as band director in 1978 fresh out of The University of Texas. There were only 38 students in the first year so they borrowed a few kids from the middle school to form a “C” on the football field. His passion for music grew the band to 55 the next year winning the first ever state marching band contest. Over the next three decades, the program grew to 1,000 students combined in marching, concert and jazz. Behrends fashioned his program to help students learn not only music skills but also leadership and teamwork ~ which are some of the strongest foundations of what it means to be a Dragon. His enthusiasm for the program and dedication to not only his band kids but all of the students at Carroll made him a legend. After 33 years, Mr. Behrends retired in 2011. He is remembered and beloved not only for shaping our music program, but for the impact still has on current students and alumni.
Jay Armstrong Award for Outstanding Dragon Alumni – Mike Lafavers
Mike Lafavers graduated from Carroll in 1978. He ventured out into the world only to find his true calling back in Southlake running the day to day operations in his family-owned Feedstore BBQ. Just as it was in his high school days when he was voted “Most Friendly” & “Class Favorite,” he can usually be found engaging in conversation in the dining room with regulars as well as out of town guests all while keeping things rolling like clockwork behind the scenes. Always willing to support Carroll ISD and its many organizations, his generosity is both professional and personal. He embodies the commitment to excellence that is the core of what it means to be a Dragon. His dedication to community and big heartedness has endeared him to more than one generation of Dragons. He may have a no frills, quiet demeanor but never doubt that beneath it all beats the heart of a Dragon.
2017 “Coming Home” Awards & Roast
If you missed any of The Tradition’s events during the 2017 Coming Home celebration, please visit our Facebook page for photos and information.
Thank you to all of the local businesses and families who have sponsored The Tradition!
Sponsors for the 1st Annual Homecoming Event: A Roast of Coach Ledbetter (2017) included: