Results of Sulphur Springs High School UIL Invitational Meet
From Gina Wilder
Sulphur Springs High School hosted our annual UIL Academic Invitational Meet this past weekend. Forty schools attended the two-day event. Friday night competition consisted of the Ready Writing, Computer Science, and L-D Debate contests. The rest of the contests were held on Saturday.
The SSHS meet is divided in two divisions by grouping 1A and 2A schools together as small schools and 3A, 4A, and 5A schools together as large schools. A full math and science meet is built in to the meet which allows students to compete against only those students who are in their own grade level, but it also awards the top six overall winners in each category.
Twenty schools competed as small schools. Winnsboro High School won the meet in this division by earning 307 points with Mt. Vernon placing second with 153 points and New Boston winning third with 130 points. New Boston won the first place Journalism award with 62 points in those four events while Winnsboro were hot on their heels in second place with 53 points. The first place Speech plaque was awarded to Winnsboro, who earned 68 points and second placed when to New Boston with 34 points.
There were also twenty large schools competing. SSHS won first place sweepstakes with 261 points and second place went to Longview with 167 points. Pine Tree followed in third place with 142 points. First place for Journalism went to Longview with 111 points and second place went to Texas High with 32 points. Texas High won the first place Speech award with 58 points while Sulphur Springs was a close second with 56 points.
This meet offered good competition to all of the schools. The individual results for the SSHS Academic Team follow.
JT Grant tied for second place in L-D Debate while Josh Burgin tied for sixth place.
In Ready Writing, Rachel Mattison placed third and Will Horton placed fourth.
In Computer Science, Shawn tucker placed second, Karl Sehnert placed third, and Uriel Gutierrez placed fifth. The team, which included Shawn Tucker, Karl Sehnert, and Sean Allemang, placed first.
In Accounting, Justin Mathews placed second, Jarred Cowley placed third, and Devin Mitchell placed sixth. They also won first place team.
In Computer Applications, Mikayla Jones placed fourth and Andy Green placed sixth.
In Current Events, Evan Meek placed second and Ariel Gonzalez placed fifth.
In Literary Criticism, Maddie Millsap placed first, Will Horton placed second, McKenzie Hohenberger placed fifth, and Carrolin Rodgers placed sixth. They also won first place team.
In Spelling and Vocabulary, Jackie Tovar Yanez placed first, Ashley Clegg placed second, Ivon Gonzalez placed third, and Rachel Mattison placed fifth. They won first place team.
In Prose Interpretation, Jenni Johnson placed first and Jade Ausbrooks placed third.
In Poetry Interpretation, Triston Pullen placed first and Reilly Hale placed second.
In Informative Speaking, Paige Holt placed sixth.
In Editorial writing, Selena Gonzalez placed sixth.
In tenth grade Mathematics, Andrew Allen placed fifth, Ariel Gonzalez placed seventh, and M. Hunter Allen placed ninth.
In tenth grade Number Sense, Andrew Allen placed seventh and Carter White placed eighth.
Many SSHS students were a huge help in preparing for, running, and cleaning up after the meet. It's inspiring to see their dedication not only to the preparation for their event or events, but also to the academic team as a whole. They have wonderful team spirit and I know that many of the students understand the positive impact that UIL has had on their regular course work. This is an amazing group of students and I am proud for them to represent our school and community.
Student success can be measured in two parts—the work of the student and the work of the sponsor. Our sponsors really care about the competitors and their success. They work diligently with them to impart knowledge that will stand the students in good stead not only in their high school course work, but in their college work as well. Participation in UIL has far-reaching benefits. I very much appreciate the dedication of and sacrifices made by our UIL sponsors so that these competitors may enjoy learning and achieve success in their competitions.
A meet of this size could never be successfully held without the dedication and hard work of the UIL sponsors and other teachers, the SSHS food service, the SSHS maintenance crew, the custodians, our administration, and parents and community volunteers. I can’t express my thanks enough to all of these people. I appreciate them all so very much.