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Tearful goodbye, new beginnings

Old principal leaves district
Andrew Hager
Dr. Kent Messer has been working for Lovejoy ISD since 2006. Messer looks back at his career at Lovejoy with fond memories of his band, forming relationships with staff and students, and the atmosphere surrounding the district.

At every home football game, a recognizable announcer voice booms through the speakers after every touchdown, field goal, interception and timeout. The announcements keep the audience informed and engaged through the roughly three hour long games. The man behind these proclamations is faculty member Kent Messer.

Kent Messer, a member of the district faculty for the past 15 years, plans to leave his position as director of human resources for employee recruitment and development. 

“Dr. Messer has been here since the start of our journey in Lovejoy ISD in 2006,” said Ray Winkler, the principal at Sloan Creek Intermediate School.

Although Messer plans to leave the district, he plans to remain in education.

 “I will be working as a program coordinator at region 10 educational service center in Richardson, Texas,” Messer said. “In this role, I will be coaching and supporting school administrators throughout the region.” 

Before the role of director of human resources, he served as a middle school assistant principal and middle school principal.

Messer involves himself with the community, volunteering at various events. 

“He is the voice of Leopard stadium, has read the names each year at graduation, and has been embedded in the fabric of everything we have built in Lovejoy ISD over the years,” Winkler said.

Winkler and Messer participated in a band called the “Friday Night School” with other faculty members. The band consisted of Ray Winkler on Bass Guitar and vocals, Kurt Doty on drums and Kent Messer on Guitar and vocals. The band has played at a variety of different events and locations. 

“[Messer] and I have done so many events together,” Winkler said. “I loved having him make people’s day by singing their favorite songs.”

Messer formed relationships with staff and students. Members of the community participated in the band over the years.

“I have appreciated the opportunity to work with such great teachers,” Messer said “Great school districts are built through the work of great teachers. The incredible thing about Lovejoy is that we have great students, great families and great teachers.” 

Messer plans to leave an impact on the district.

“I can only say thank you,” Messer said.  “I have grown more as a person and as a professional in Lovejoy than I could have ever imagined. Lovejoy made me a better person and professional.”

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Although Eleanor Koehn is a senior, this is only her second year on staff and her first as Arts and Entertainment Editor. When she is not reviewing and/or critiquing restaurants and movies for TRL, Koehn enjoys running for the cross country team. If you see her dying at Celebration Park… pretend you didn’t. Koehn has a strong love for fall football, preferably for a SEC team of some kind. When an SEC game isn’t on, Koehn will be pretending that the Cowboys are going to have a “comeback season” and promising people that they are good this year. Besides sports, Koehn loves 90s country music, Nashville hot chicken, Chipotle and volunteering at Allen Community Outreach. While she may be stressing about college applications and dorm deposits, she can’t wait to make her last year on Red Ledger the best. 
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Junior Andrew Hager enters his second year on The Red Ledger as a photographer. Hager enjoys spending time with his friends, photography and traveling. Hager picked up photography in early 2019, and enjoys taking and posting travel photos to his Instagram. His love for photography is more than just a hobby. His passion gave him opportunities to shoot family photos and weddings and engage in product photography. He’s the kind of person to discover a new Netflix show and finish it in one day. Hager is also known to stay up until four in the morning watching YouTube or playing Xbox. His favorite show is “Game of Thrones,” and his favorite food is Pizza Rolls. Hager looks forward to his second year on TRL staff.

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