KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
May 9, 2022
By Natalie Cook Clark
For a decade, the Tally family has had a student at Cinco Ranch High School. When the Class of 2022 walks later this month, it will mark an end of an era for the family and the Cinco Ranch cougars. All four students have continued the tradition of wearing maroon as they pursued degrees at A&M.
Walker joins his siblings Harleigh, Levi, and Brock Tally as Cinco Ranch High School graduates.
10 Years at Cinco Ranch High School
For 10 years the Tally family has had a student at Cinco Ranch High School: Herleigh Tally Bell Class of 2016, Levi Tally Class of 2017, Brock Tally Class of 2021 and now the youngest Walker Tally will graduate later this month. All have made their own mark on the school as well as Katy ISD.
“I feel lucky to have had the privilege of watching Harleigh, Levi, Brock, and Walker grow up in the halls of Cinco Ranch,” says Cinco Ranch High School Principal James Cross. “They were/are wonderful students, but more importantly, they are wonderful young people.”
The Tallys are blessed and thankful for all the years their family has been part of the Cinco Ranch High School family.
“We have always had an amazing partnership with the leadership and staff at CRHS,” says mom Lori Tally. “We have made lifetime friends with many of the families at CRHS. We have always challenged our children to be intentional with their relationships and represent our faith and family well. We are so proud of our children and who and what they represent. “
A Tradition in Cinco Ranch Athletics
The last decade has seen the entire family involved in the school. Both Craig and Lori Tally have been involved in the CRHS ABC Booster Club and volunteered for various events such as the Homecoming Parade, pep rallies, and more.
“Some of Levi’s buddies called me ‘TM’ for Team Mom,” says Lori. “My children and their friends could always identify me by my ‘Momma Whistle’.”
All Tally children were very involved in sports and school programs.
Harleigh played volleyball all four years and was involved in PALS and NHS.
Levi played basketball and was a high jumper on the track team all four years. He also played football for a year and was involved in NHS and Young Life.
Brock was a pole vaulter for track all four years and also did basketball for two years. He was also involved in NHS, NTHS, Boys State, and Young Life.
Walker played basketball and was a pole vaulter for track all four years. He did two years of football and was also involved in PALS, NHS, NTHS, Boys State and Young Life.
All Tally students did CAPS (Cougars Achieving Through Service) all four years and have been involved in KSM (Kingsland Baptist Student Ministry) attending weekly discipleship training and yearly mission trips locally and globally.
“They were all in advanced academics thriving not only academically but also loved serving with many nonprofit organizations in our community,” says Lori.
An Aggie Tradition
Maroon runs true in this proud Cinco Ranch High School family as all the Tally siblings went on to study at Texas A&M. Harleigh graduated from A&M in 2020 with an Elementary Education degree and Levi gradated with an Engineering degree in Industrial Distribution degree in 2021.
Brock is currently a student at A&M studying engineering with plans to graduate in 2025. Walker will continue the Aggie tradition this Fall and study Agricultural Business.
“I have always reminded my children that their integrity and character will always outweigh any of their accomplishments,” says Lori. “I could list all of my kids accolades but I’m most proud of who they represent and their humble character.”
They have seen their season of having children in Katy ISD as a partnership.
“I do feel like I need to give a shout out to all of the Fielder Elementary and Cinco Ranch Junior high teachers and staff as they partnered along with our family for years as well,” says Lori. “We were fortunate enough to have several teachers teach several of our children. Their investment in the lives our children during their early education did not go unnoticed.”
“My husband and I have never taken for granted the responsibly we had as parents to train and equip our children in al that they do,” says Lori.
The Tally Family
The Tally family is looking forward to embracing a new season in their lives, but they will not be ditching that Cinco Ranch spirit wear just yet! Craig and Lori Tally plan to still attend football and basketball games to support friends.
They are most excited though about the birth of their first grandchild this fall. Harleigh is expecting her first child. The Tallys plan to be hands-on grandparents.
“We will meet up with Brock and Walker in Aggieland for several sporting events and detour to visit Levi in Dallas,” says Lori. “I will travel with Brock and Walker to Israel this summer with our church.”
The Tallys love their hometown of Katy and will always be proud Cinco Ranch High School Cougars!
“The Tally family will always have a special place in our hearts,” says Principal Cross. “We are thankful for the support they have given to our school and this community. Gig ‘em!”