For outstanding achievement in leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, Lake Creek and Montgomery High Schools have been recognized by the Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC) as Sweepstakes Councils.
Sweepstakes councils must be recognized as an Outstanding Student Council and receive outstanding recognition in Drugs, Alcohol, Safety and Health (DASH); Pride and Patriotism; and Energy and Environment as well as submitting a Community Service Report. TASC has 1,166 member schools. Of those, Lake Creek and Montgomery High School are two of only 171 student councils statewide to receive this highly-esteemed honor.
Student Council members develop proven skills in team building, problem solving, project planning and decision making. Through their co-curricular activities, student council members serve their communities while strengthening their academic and civic skills.
TASC is a non-profit serving high school and middle level student councils in Texas. Sponsored by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, its purposes are to develop leadership abilities in students, promote democracy as a way of life, and uphold high standards for local councils. TASC members work every day to make schools a place where students and staff want to be and to leave our world better than they found it. With almost 1200 member schools, it is the largest state student council organization in the US.
Montgomery ISD is very proud of these student organizations and the collaboration that is done between each campus’ sponsor to support the MISD community. Congratulations to these students and the teachers and administrators that support their success.
Graduation is just two weeks away and these students have bright futures ahead of them after Montgomery ISD.
Asia Kennett: Lake Creek HS Valedictorian
Asia Kennett is the oldest of three children and has spent her childhood “following the oil” with her father’s work. She moved to Montgomery in 8th grade from Kazakhstan and with confusion on whether she needed to be in 7th or 8th grade. She asked for the challenge to go ahead and go to 8th. She is thankful for Mrs. Hoffart at Oak Hills JH for helping her get on track and caught up in math so she could be prepared for high school.
Asia is headed to Arizona State University as a student at The Barrett Honors College, with plans to major in Medical Microbiology and Pre-Law, hoping to pursue a career as a Bio-ethicist. She has been a four-year tennis player for the Lions, served as Student Council officer and is or has been a member of Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society, Chess Club, UIL Academics, Club ROAR, Mu Alpha Theta and even the Hacky Sack Club. Outside of school, she is a member of Cotillion, National Charity League, Young Life and is very active in her church activities.
Asia says she worked hard in every class she took, but always made sure she was taking classes that interested her and would challenge her. She thanks Mrs. Lorrance, her sophomore English teacher, for being so wise and always motivating her, as well as Mr. Edwards and Mrs. Boyles for encouraging her and always making her feel like there was a teacher looking out for students and teaching life lessons. Asia is excited to move to the dynamic city of Phoenix and see what God has in store for her next.
Claire Groner: Montgomery HS Valedictorian
Along with being Valedictorian, Claire Groner is also the 2022 Academic Decathlon State Champion. She will be attending Texas A&M University this fall to study Business Honors with plans to go to law school and pursue a career as a Business Attorney.
Claire has served on Student Council since her freshman year and is also an officer for National Honor Society, President of the Young Republicans and is a former member of the Bears swim team. Outside of school she participates in National Charity League.
Claire would like to thank Mr. Barnes, her 9th grade Geometry teacher who pushed her from the beginning to always be her best. She also really appreciates the support of Mr. Villamez and Mr. Williams, her Academic Decathlon coaches who she considers to be teachers that motivate and challenge her to always do a little bit more, helping her to secure the State Championship title.
Jacob Whitaker: Lake Creek HS Salutatorian
Jacob Whitaker is headed to The University of Texas in Austin to major in Journalism and hopes to attend Law School when he completes his undergraduate work.
Jacob is an All-State swimmer for the Lions and has advanced to the state meet in Butterfly three of his four years, placing 4th both his junior and senior years. In addition to swimming, Jacob also participates in Speech and Debate and is the Co-founder of the LCHS Chess Club. Outside of school, Jacob is very competitive in Jui Jitsu.
Jacob remembers his 6th grade ELA teacher, Mrs. Scanlon and his 6th and 8th grade Science teacher Mrs. McFadden as being amazing teachers. He shares that Mrs. Scanlon setup her classroom in a way that allowed for freedom of choice when choosing what to study and he says that was the best class he’s ever taken. He also wants to thank his swim coaches in and out of school, Coach James, Coach Villamez and Coach Kagel for always keeping him disciplined and helping him become a better swimmer and person, and he says that Mrs. Cox and Mrs. Hannel have been his favorite teachers in high school as they are both really understanding and ‘just really great teachers’.
Alex Underwood: Montgomery HS Salutatorian
Alex Underwood has dreams of being a trauma doctor in the Army and is attending UNC Chapel Hill to major in Pre-Med on an Army scholarship.
Alex is very active on her campus as a student and an athlete. She served as the Captain of the Bears Cross Country team and also runs track and field. She is the current President of both UIL Academics and Mu Alpha Beta, the Math Honors Society, and is an active service member in National Honor Society.
Alex would like to recognize Mrs. Strickland, her 8th grade Health Teacher and Mrs. Lawson, her Advanced and AP Chemistry teacher, for inspiring her to follow the science path and being such wonderful teachers. She also says that Mr. Williams always provides a space in which all students feel safe to explore and not feel the pressure that grades are everything.
Montgomery ISD is very proud to recognize these students and the work they have put into their academic endeavors through high school. If the way in which they represent their campus and serve their graduating class as leaders and committed students is any indication of what’s to come, their futures look very bright.
Montgomery ISD is excited to introduce Justin Lanham as the new Lake Creek High School Head Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach.
Coach Lanham is coming to Lake Creek after serving as the Varsity Assistant Coach at JJ Pearce HS, a 6A program in Richardson, TX. Before Richardson, he served as the Head Coach at Iowa Park HS (4A) as well as the assistant coach at Denton Braswell HS (5A), Azle HS (5A) and McCullough JH. Lanham is a graduate of Texas A&M and served as the student-assistant coach during his time as an Aggie.
“Through the interview process, Coach Lanham continued to impress with his experience, his knowledge of the game and his reputation for success with his student-athletes,” MISD Athletic Director Coach Heard said. “He’s going to be a great leader for our Lions and we are excited to welcome him to Montgomery ISD.”
After starting his coaching career in Montgomery County and meeting his wife while working in the Woodlands, they have both always hoped for an opportunity to bring them back to this area to raise a family.
“Montgomery ISD is clearly a very attractive district as it’s such a growing area,” Lanham said. “I’m honored to get to join the Lake Creek family that carries such a great reputation as a school with a winning culture.”
Lanham also shared that the interview process was very impressive, having met some amazing members of the Lake Creek and district staff. Being impressed with the people that he would be working with and for was a great draw in accepting this position.
Lanham will be meeting his Lion student-athletes and parents later this week and will transition to Lake Creek HS at the end of the school year.
Congratulations to the MISD Fishing Team on claiming their 7th Conference Title in 8 years! The Houston Division consists of 28 different high schools, so this is no small achievement.
Of the 46 teams that qualified for the Regional Championship, 29 of them are students from Montgomery ISD. This year’s Championship will be held on Lake Travis on April 8th and 9th.
The following update was contributed by MISD Fishing Team sponsor, Mark Hooker.
At the beginning of the Season back in September this Senior Laden Team put forth some strong, yet achievable goals. Repeat as the Texas High School Bass Association Conference Champions, have another Angler of the Year, qualify the most individual teams to regionals than any other program, repeat as the THSBA Regional Champions, qualify the most individual teams to State, and to win an elusive Second State Championship.
All of these goals are very difficult to obtain, but as mentioned above, this combined squad from both Lake Creek & Montgomery High Schools is deep with Senior Leadership. Students that know what it’s like to set goals, and work towards accomplishing them.
Three of our six goals were met last Saturday March the 12th. The Team won their 7th Conference Title in 8 years of competing. Cade Lipham repeated as the Angler of the Year for the Houston Division, and we qualified a record number of Individual Teams to Regionals, with 29 Teams earning the right to compete at the Regional Championship. By winning the THSBA Lake Conroe Event, the Team won its’ 4th Conference Tournament out of 5, coming in 2nd last month at Toledo Bend. This put the Team’s point total at 499 out of a possible 500 points, easily outdistancing our closest competitor in the 28 High School Houston Division Conference by 7 points.
This Conference win was led by Colton Hatzold and Karson Rabern, who had a strong tournament, ending up in 7th Place out of 151 Individual Teams that braved the harsh winter like conditions on Saturday morning. Colton & Karson had a nice limit that weighed 11.59 pounds, which is even more impressive due to the fact that over half the field did not catch a keeper.
Following close behind in 8th place were Wyatt Lanier and Beau Massey, who brought 11.71 pounds of fish to the scales. Just a little more than a pound behind Lanier & Massey were Montgomery Seniors Jake Hird and Leslie Williams, who brought in 4 nice fish that weighed 10.63 pounds, landing them in 10th place. This put our total weight for our top 3 Teams, which is how the School Champion is determined at 33.93 pounds, securing the victory by over 5 pounds. The 29 Teams that will move on to Regionals, will compete on Lake Travis on April the 9th. It will be there, that we will look forward to the opportunity to accomplish two more of our goals, win the Regional Championship for the 4th time in our 8 year history, and to qualify a record number of individual teams to the State Tournament.
The Team would like to thank all of the supporters in the community that came out to the weigh-in. Also high on our gratitude list would be to all of the Parents, Captains, & Sponsors, that give so much in order for these young men and women to accomplish many goals, and represent the community of Montgomery in such a positive manner.
The Texas Sports Writers Association (TSWA) released its All-State teams this week, recognizing the athletic success of seven students from Montgomery County, three of whom are Montgomery ISD student-athletes.
Lake Creek sophomore Sam Lee was the only first-team selection from Montgomery County schools, being recognized for his outstanding performance as a kick returner. Lee earned 297 kick return yards, 297 punt return yards and four touchdowns, also being named Montgomery County Special Teams MVP.
From Montgomery HS, senior running back Jalen Washington earned second team offense. Washington led Montgomery County as Player of the Year with 2,281 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns and will be playing collegiate football at Sam Houston State University.
Montgomery HS senior linebacker, Leslie Williams, was named to second team defense for recording 200 tackles, two sacks, a fumble recovery and an interception. Williams will be playing collegiate football at Williams College in Massachusetts.
“Of the seven Montgomery County players named to the All-State teams, we are so very proud to have three of those boys here in Montgomery ISD,” MISD Athletic Director Coach Heard said. “The two seniors, Jalen and Leslie, have bright futures ahead of them and I look forward to watching Sam in the seasons ahead. These young men are absolutely talented on the field, but they are students that succeed academically and represent their team in the classroom and around our community as well.”
All-State honor reflects students’ extraordinary commitment to musical excellence
Four Montgomery HS choir students and three Lake Creek HS choir students have each earned the prestigious honor of being named to the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Choir for 2022.
“The choir departments at both Montgomery and Lake Creek high schools are phenomenal programs full of extremely talented individuals,” Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison said. “Receiving such high praise at the state level is highly commendable and Montgomery ISD is very proud of these students, their directors and the work they have put in to represent not only themselves, but all of Montgomery.”
Seniors Anna McKaughan, Landon Pate and Cassidy Ruda, and Junior Kaitlyn Reeves are members of the Montgomery HS Varsity Choir and the Montgomery Madrigals, under the direction of Heather Orr. This is the first time for Cassidy and Kaitlyn to perform as members of the TMEA All-State Choir, as Anna will be performing for her second time and Landon, his third.
“These students have shown so much dedication, focus and resilience in this competitive process and I am so proud of their work ethic,” Orr said. “Making the Texas All-State Choir is an individual honor that also brings honor and acclaim to the Fine Arts and Choir programs at Montgomery High School.”
Seniors Madison Berg, Patrick Hermes and Mary McCreary are members of the Lake Creek HS Choir Department, under the direction of Cameron Carnley. This is Madison and Patrick’s first time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization and Mary’s second time.
“Making an All State Choir is the highest honor an individual choir student can achieve in the state of Texas,” Carnley said. “Mary, Madison, and Patrick have all grown into fine musicians over the past four years and I am beyond proud of their determination and pursuit of excellence. Our theme at Lake Creek High School this year is “Premier is Here,” and these students have proved that true.”
All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. These students were chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region, Pre-Area, and Area levels. TMEA sponsors the Texas All-State audition process to promote students’ dedication to their musical knowledge and skill and to encourage educators to support their students in this development.
This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 33 TMEA Regions. Over 70,000 individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advances from their Region to compete against musicians from other areas in eight TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to a TMEA All-State music group.
Texas Music Educators Association sponsors the Texas All-State competition. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group. Only the top 2.6% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians; 1,875 students selected to perform in one of 18 ensembles.
These All-State students participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally recognized conductors during the TMEA Clinic/Convention and will perform with the Texas All-State Choir in San Antonio, Saturday, February 12, 2022 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Their performances for thousands of attendees will bring this extraordinary process to a close.
Attend any Lake Creek HS choir or theater program and one special voice is going to stand out and impress. Lake Creek senior Lexi Delahoussaye has been performing and singing since she was just four years old, when her parents first realized she was made for the stage.
“Since she was little, her singing and confidence has always left people in awe,” Lexi’s father Todd Delahoussaye said. “It does me too, but I’m most impressed with the hard-working perfectionist that has the innate ability to sing directly to your heart and soul.”
After moving to Louisiana at age seven, Lexi started with a vocal coach and joined a singing group that performed at various venues, while also participating in Community Theater programs with her local church. Her father’s favorite performance was when Lexi was just seven, in which she sang the National Anthem, spur of the moment, at a company Clay Shoot in front of 2000 adults, leaving the audience speechless.
Coming back to Texas in sixth grade, Lexi began her journey as a choir student in Montgomery ISD and has worked under several MISD choir directors, having attended Montgomery Middle School, Montgomery JH, Oak Hills JH and Lake Creek HS. She is now a student in two varsity level choir classes and also serves one class period as assistant to LCHS Choir Director, Mr. Cameron Carnley. She says that her most influential person in her music career is Mr. Carnley and his slogan that “We Sing to Inspire” is something she will carry with her always.
“Lexi is talented, but beyond that she is extremely hard-working and humble,” Carnley said. “She wants our programs to truly be the best and loves to learn by accepting constructive criticism. She is kind and intelligent and it is truly a gift to be able to teach her.”
As a freshman at Lake Creek HS, Lexi was a member of the school’s first theater team, helping lead the team to State in UIL One Act Play and earning 5A State Best Performer for her lead role as Becca in Rabbit Hole, in which the team placed seventh. She has continued to lead the theater program with lead roles in other plays including Vintage Hitchcock and The Memory of Water, as well as playing the iconic role of Miss Scarlet in the fall production of Clue and The Ghost of Christmas Past in their current production, A Christmas Carol.
“Lexi is one of those students who is not only superbly talented, but she has the strong work ethic to match,” Lake Creek HS Theater Director Robert Ramirez said. “At the end of every rehearsal she asks if there is anything that needs to be done. She clearly has a deep love and respect for the theatrical process and that comes across in everything she does.”
In addition to school theater, Lexi has been with Main Stage Productions and Class-Act Productions, with roles in plays including Hunchback of Notre Dame and Beauty and the Beast. When asked who her biggest fan is, she didn’t hesitate to say it is her dad, who is always encouraging her and challenging her to try new things.
“Lexi is an old soul,” Mr. Delahoussaye said. “Her ability to display emotion, whether singing or acting, blows my mind. I must have seen her in Rabbit Hole 20 times her freshman year, and it got me every time!”
Last year, at just 17 years old, Lexi joined the Sarah Kelly music school and would participate in “Singing on the Lawn” in Market Street, performing for local crowds. Her father encouraged her to take a songwriting class and with the support of Kendal Mays, Lexi wrote the lyrics to her first solo, Watercolor Memories. It was produced by Jonas Ekman (Sweekman) and released on the school’s own record label, Sweekman Artists. The school submitted the song for consideration in the “Best Pop Solo Performance” category for the 2022 Grammy Awards and it appeared on the Grammy Ballot. Though it did not get an official nomination among the names Justin Beiber, Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande, it is a huge accomplishment for a young student trying out song-writing for the first time.
Lexi is looking forward to studying Musical Theater in college. She has been accepted to each school that she has applied to and is narrowing down her choices based on their Musical Theater programs, knowing that the stage is where her passion lies.
“Lexi is talented, yes. But she is also a pleasant individual with great ideas,” Ramirez continued. “Because of that, you just want to work with her, and I think that will serve her well as she begins her journey into the professional world of acting and performance.”
It was an exciting day at Lake Creek High School as Lion athletes made their higher education intentions known as part of National Signing Day. In all, eight students signed letters of intent to the college of their choice.
“This is an exciting day for our athletes, their families, and Lake Creek High School Athletics,” LCHS Campus Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach Pat Kennedy said. “It’s the reward after years of hard work and dedication to their chosen sport and academic studies as they take their next step in their educational journey and beyond. We’re incredibly proud.”
25-year veteran of Montgomery ISD will lead campus through remainder of the school year before retiring in June
Montgomery ISD Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison has named Duane McFadden as Acting Principal of Lake Creek HS for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year.
In October, long-time Montgomery ISD administrator Phil Eaton announced his decision to retire from his position as Lake Creek High School Principal in December after 43 years in public education.
McFadden, who is currently the district’s Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education, has served in Montgomery ISD since 1996. He has been in his current role for the previous nine years. Prior to that, he served as the principal of Montgomery Junior High School for 13 years after 4 years as an assistant principal in the district.
McFadden will officially transition to Acting Principal of Lake Creek High School when students return from Winter Break in January.
“Duane has a deep understanding of the campus culture at Lake Creek High School, as well as the high learning expectations from both parents and staff,” Morrison said. “His experience in Montgomery ISD and existing relationship with the staff at Lake Creek will allow the campus to continue this school year with little interruption.”
While McFadden will assume the role of leading the day-to-day operations of Lake Creek, he will continue some aspects of his current role, including supervision of Oak Hills Junior High School. During this time, Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction with assume McFadden’s role of supervision over Montgomery High School and Montgomery Junior High School and the district’s Career and Technical Education department.
Following the 2021-22 school year, Mr. McFadden will also retire from Montgomery ISD. McFadden will play a significant role to ensure a smooth and successful transition for the next permanent leader of Lake Creek High School.
“There are amazing students and staff at Lake Creek, and I’m both excited and humbled for the opportunity to serve this high school community,” McFadden said. “Completing my career in Montgomery ISD in this role is a thrill for me, personally, and I’m looking forward to the remainder of what is certain to be a highly successful school year for the Lions.”
Beginning in March, Montgomery ISD will conduct a broad process to search for the next principal of Lake Creek High School. This process will include meetings with students, staff and parents to receive input on the characteristics they desire in the next principal at Lake Creek High School. The next permanent principal of Lake Creek High School will be named during the Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting in April 2022.
“Duane has provided 25 years of dedicated service to Montgomery ISD, and he is the ideal person to lead Lake Creek High School to a successful completion of the current school year and ensure a smooth transition for the next permanent leader,” Morrison said. “Completing his time in Montgomery ISD in this capacity is a fitting end to a remarkable career.”
Eaton widely known as an inspiring coach and educator; will retire in December
“It’s a Great Day to Be a Lake Creek Lion.” This is a phrase one will often hear Lake Creek High School Principal Phil Eaton say to his students and staff as they enter the school building, or as he starts his daily morning announcements on the campus loudspeaker. The simple statement quickly became the quote of positivity and optimism that brings the students, staff, parents and community together as Lake Creek High School Lions.
Eaton, now in his 43rd year in education, is calling it a career in December 2021. Montgomery ISD is thankful that he has given 13 of those years to the students and staff in our district.
According to Eaton, the celebration of one’s career as it comes to an end often reflects on the abundance of people, students, colleagues, and community members who propped up and gave support to the celebrant.
“I am a beneficiary of being surrounded by amazing people all throughout my career,” Eaton said. “For me, it’s always been about the people – the TEAM – and I have made life-long friends here in Montgomery and beyond.”
In 2009, after serving as an educator in school districts in the Greater Houston area, Eaton accepted the offer to become principal of Montgomery High School. Under his leadership at Montgomery High School, the Bears were consistently in the top ten of the Texas Lone Star Cup, repeatedly attained high ratings in state accountability, and were recognized as one of the top high schools in the country
In 2018, as Montgomery ISD was preparing to open a second high school campus, Eaton was selected to be the first principal of Lake Creek High School. The buzz and excitement associated with the opening of Lake Creek was loud and consistent, and according to Eaton, the 2018-19 school year had one great day after another.
“When we first opened in 2018 it was very rare to see any Lake Creek apparel around town,” Eaton said. “Today the ‘LC’ branding of Lake Creek is seen all throughout Montgomery County. Our vision from day one was to be the school that all other great schools want to be like. And that move to the top continues today.”
At the start of his career, Eaton was known as “Coach”. After just four years in education, teaching English in the classroom and basketball on the court, he became the youngest head basketball coach in the state’s largest division. While in Pasadena ISD, Eaton led his basketball teams to historic success following a formula of goal setting, hard work and determination. Coach Eaton earned a long list of honors, crediting all accolades to the mountainous efforts of his players, unrivaled support from district and campus leaders, and the willful understanding of the parents of his student athletes.