Allen, Cavazos take over LHS Student Activities duties

Ebony Tatmon, Panther Growls staff member

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Administrative Assistant Aida Cavazos, left, and Assistant Principal of Student Activities Zachary Allen have moved into the office where longtime Student Activities Director Patricia White worked before her retirement earlier this year. (Photo by EBONY TATMON/Lufkin High School Panther Growls)

Zachary Allen, Lufkin High School’s new Assistant Principal of Student Activities, said he wanted to join the school because of how active it is.

“We have lots of students and lots of different things to get involved in,” he said. “Everybody’s real nice. The faculty seems very willing to help.”

Allen was born in Lufkin and went to Lufkin schools until eighth grade, when he transferred to Hudson High School. He went to college at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he got his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and his master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

When Allen isn’t working, he is at home with his wife, Samantha, helping raise their 4-month-old daughter, Felicity. His hobbies include running, cooking, playing golf and helping out at his church.

His job consists of many things, including coordinating club activities and making sure they have the resources they need, coordinating fundraisers, avoiding scheduling conflicts, and dealing with any other student-related activities.

He’s the guy you go to if you’d like start a club and you already have a sponsor in place. You can find him in his office on Main Street, where he works with Administrative Assistant Aida Cavazos. They are handling the duties of the former Student Activities director, Patricia White.

Allen said he chose his profession because he likes seeing young adults figure out their passions and make choices that will guide their future. He said there are 35 active clubs at LHS that students had the opportunity to join during Club Rush this past week.

When asked if he was planning any changes at LHS in his first year, he said, “We’ll see as the year goes on.”