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Southlake Kiwanis President Elizabeth Whatley welcomes attendees to SRO of the Year presentation

Officer Tony Pate honored with Southlake Kiwanis Heart of Service Award


Officer Tony Pate, the School Resource Officer at Dawson Middle School was honored as the Southlake Kiwanis Clubs recipient of the Sgt. John Stokes Heart of Service award.  The Heart of Service Award was created by the Southlake Kiwanis Club to annually recognize an outstanding SRO. 

As part of the ceremony, Dawson Middle School eight-grade Student Ava Sexton shared her thoughts on Officer Pate and how he makes the Dawson’s students day with his engagement, be it a high-five or a question on how she’s doing.  As part of her speech, she shared other comments from fellow students who described Officer Pate as “noble, thoughtful, willing, considerate, funny, caring, courageous, and even intimidating.”   

Nikki Leonard, the principal at Dawson Middle School and Southlake Mayor John Huffman were also part of the presentation along with Southlake Kiwanis President Elizabeth Whatley.

The SRO Heart of Service Award is named in honor of Sgt. John Stokes. Sgt. Stokes was the first recipient of the award and was the supervisor for the Southlake Police Department’s SRO program.  Sgt. Stokes passed suddenly at just 55 years old from a heart attack in November of 2020.  Southlake Police Chief James Brandon stated at the time that “John had a long law enforcement career, but our School Resource Officer program’s leadership is a great example of the heart that he had for protecting others." 

Last year’s award recipient was Kim Smith, the SRO at Walnut Grove Elementary School.  She, as well as the other SROs were in attendance at the ceremony which was held at the DPS Headquarters.

Over the last two years, the Southlake Police Department’s SRO program has been recognized statewide and nationally and has received a multitude of awards. 

In 2021, TASRO (Texas Association of School Resource Officers) awarded the Southlake Police Department with the “SRO Program of the Year.”   Also in 2021, Officer Tony Pate received the NASRO (National Association of School Resource Officers) Valor Award for his efforts in disarming a mentally-disturbed subject who had visible blood on his hands and clothing, all within 500 feet of students and staff arriving at Carroll Middle School.  

Most recently, Officer Brett Roberson received the TASRO Officer of the Year award in 2022.

A key component of our Carroll Independent School District’s Safety strategy, the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program was started in the late 1990s with SROs active in the middle schools and High schools. In 2013, following the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, an SRO was placed at every Carroll ISD school to support each campus. 

The promise to support the highest school safety standards continued in 2018 with the commitment to place one additional SRO at each high school, install rifle-rated protected glass, and other behind-the-scenes enhancements.

In 2022, following the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, the program expanded again with the addition of four more licensed peace officers. It will now consist of 19 officers; a Captain, a Sergeant, and a Corporal, who will lead a team of 16 SROs. 

Southlake Kiwanis is a local service organization that enhances the community by improving the lives of children.   As part of Kiwanis International, they focus on various service projects, assist with Miracle League, and the Stalcup Heart of a Dragon award and scholarship.  Kiwanis also sponsor and mentor the Key Club which helps student develop leadership skills and gain the benefits of community service and sponsor two scholarships. You can join or get more information on the club at or

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Three former Dragons provide local interest for NCAA Lacrosse Final Four

The College lacrosse world will have all eyes on Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA this weekend for the Final Four weekend.   The NCAA Lacrosse 4-day weekend season will culminate with the crowning of a D1 men's champion on Memorial Day. On a competition packed weekend, the D1 women's champion, along with the D2 and D3 men's champions will be crowned on Sunday.

Locally, the Southlake Carroll Lacrosse Association will have their choice of several former Dragon players to support.  The SCLA program will be represented on three of the Final Four teams.

In the first Saturday semifinal game, #3 seed Ohio State will take on unseeded Towson.   Former Dragon midfielder and faceoff man Connor Harryman, a Towson junior, could see some time at the faceoff circle.   Towson upset Syracuse 10-7 to earn their spot in the Final Four. 

Ohio State, a #3 tournament seed, defeated Duke 16-11 to advance to their semifinal spot. The Buckeyes, despite having players from geography ranging from Alabama to British Columbia, do not have any Texans on their roster.

In the second game, #1 seed Maryland will face Denver.  This will mark Maryland's fourth consecutive appearance in the Final Four.  They lost a 14-13 overtime thriller to North Carolina in last year's championship, and lost 10-5 to Denver in the 2015 championship game.  It will be a new experience for freshman, and former Dragon defenseman Jack Welding finishing his inaugural college season with the Terrapins. Dallas Jesuit product, Dan Morris, leads the Terps in goal.

Denver, the #5 seed, earned a return trip to the Final Four with an upset of #4 seed Notre Dame with a 16-4 victory.  The victory was led by outstanding junior face-off specialist Trevor Baptiste.  Baptiste propelled the Pioneers to the win by dominating at the dot and winning 21 of 22 face-offs.   The one-sided result was unexpected as the past seven games between these two teams had seen six walk-off goals.  The Dragon program will be represented by Sophomore Midfielder Michael Cox, in his inaugural season with Denver after transferring from Siena.

The first semi-final game will be at noon on Saturday, May 27th, and will be followed by the second game at 2:30. The championship final will take place on Monday, May 29th All games will be broadcast on ESPN2 and will be streamed via WatchESPN.


Women's Division 1 semifinals

Maryland vs. Penn State, 4 p.m. (ESPN3)
Bottom of Form

Boston College vs. Navy, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

Saturday - Men's Division 1 semifinals

Ohio State vs. Towson, 11 am (ESPN2)
Maryland vs. Denver, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN2)


Women's Division 1 championship - 10 a.m. (ESPNU)

Men's Division 2 championship - Merrimack vs. Limestone, 1 p.m.

Men's Division 3 championship - Rochester Institute of Technology vs. Salisbury, 4 p.m.

Monday - Men's Division 1 championship-noon. (ESPN2)


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Southlake Kiwanis hosting 10th annual Run 4 the Kid on May 6th

The Kiwanis of Southlake will host their 10th annual 5K Run 4 the Kids at on May 6th on a certified course at Dragon Stadium. The race is open to all ages and will feature a 1K race at 7:30am and a timed 5K race at 8am.  The returning title sponsor is Westlake-based Solera, a global leader in software for automotive and home ownership.

A Decade of Giving

The race should be the largest to date as Kiwanis will partner with the Carroll Education Foundation in this year's race.  Race proceeds are invested locally to positively impact children. Kiwanis' mission is to improve local communities by enhancing the lives of children. No other group supports as wide a range of groups as Kiwanis.

A technical Race shirt and Goodie Bag

While the course has grown from locations at Carroll Senior High School then Town Square and now to Dragon Stadium in the past nine races, what has been consistent is the eye-catching, uniquely designed technical shirts, stuffed race bags and the giving spirit of Kiwanis.  Kiwanis will again offer an option for "virtual" runners who want to get the shirt and goodie bag and support their causes.

Prizes and gift cards

There will be prizes for overall top male and female and Group (3 or more) as well as top 3 male and female by age group. Additional sponsor gift cards will be given away at random during the award ceremonies.

Kiwanis is asking the community to help by registering today, be a Sponsor, spreading the word, and encouraging others to run.  Details and register here: 

Information on Kiwanis, the various groups they help, links to race registration, and how to become a sponsor or member, is at You can get updates by following @KiwanisSLTX on Twitter.