SSISD Brings Home Sweepstakes From
Melissa UIL Invitational Meet
Feb. 3-4, 2012
From Gina Wilder
The SSHS UIL Academic Team traveled to Melissa to participate in the Cardinal Classic Academic Invitational Meet. This was the third meet of the season and the third first place sweepstakes trophy for the Wildcats. The event began Friday night with a tough debate meet for both C-X and L-D debate and continued Saturday with the remaining competitions.
Competing in L-D Debate were Parker Aguilar and Dalia Perez. C-X debate teams include the team of Ashley Gregory and Thurman Allen, the team of Jamey Portinga and Jessica Boyd, and the team of Avery Faulks and Hunter Allen. The C-X debaters will participate in the district competition on Thursday, Feb. 9th.
In the math and science events at this meet, freshmen found themselves competing against seniors in all contests. Many of the SSHS competitors scored their personal best so far this year. Jesse Yancy, a senior as SSHS, placed 6th in Number Sense, 5th in Mathematics, and 7th in Calculator Applications.
In Prose Interpretation, Jade Ausbrooks earned 4th place as did Reilly Hale in Poetry Interpretation.
Kendall Hopper placed 3rd and Dana Olague placed 5th in Editorial Writing.
Computer Applications contestants found themselves in the top six with Wesley Harrison placing 3rd, Mikayla Jones placing 4th, and Shaniah Harmon placing 5th.
For Social Studies, Ariel Gonzales placed 2nd, Evan Meek placed 3rd, Dominic Ortega placed 5th, and Samantha Helterbrand placed 6th. The team also placed first.
In Current Events, Evan Meek placed 1st, Ariel Gonzalez placed 5th, and Samantha Helterbrand placed 6th. Together they earned the first place team award.
The Accounting team members took 5 of the top six places and the top team award with Reagan Humphrey placing 1st, Jarred Cowley placing 2nd, Dominic Ortega placing 3rd, Justin Mathews placing 4th, and Devin Mitchell placing 6th.
Ready Writers Colby Carter and Grace Anderson earned 4th and 6th place respectively.
The Spelling Team earned first place honors with Ashley Clegg placing 1st, Jacqueline Tovar-Yanez placing 2nd, Silvia Gudino placing 3rd, Ivon Gonzalez placing 4th, and Grace Anderson placing 6th individually.
In Literary Criticism, Ashleigh Wallace placed 1st, Sarah Forsman place 2nd, and Colby Carter placed 3rd individually and first as a team.
The Computer Science competition included the two-hour hands-on coding portion as well as the written portion of the test. Individually, Shawn Tucker placed 2nd, Karl Sehnert placed 3rd, Kade Koon placed 4th, and Angel Tovar-Yanez placed 6th. The team of Tucker, Koon, and Tovar-Yanez earned the first place team award while the team of Sehnert, Devin Mitchell, and Macie McIllwain placed second as a team. Earning the fourth place team honors was the team of Ryan Moore, Uriel Gutierrez, and Francisco Yanez.
This meet afforded us a look at the competition from schools we hadn't seen so far this year, including district competitors Denison and Sherman. This allows us time before the district meet at the end of March to work on any weak areas. These students work very hard at preparing for these competitions and do an excellent job of representing both SSHS and Sulphur Springs.