SSHS UIL Wins Fourth Meet
From Gina Wilder
Sulphur Springs High School hosted their annual UIL Academic Invitational Meet this past weekend. Thirty-five schools attend 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 in Division I and 3A, 4A, and 5A schools in Division II. 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.
Seventeen schools competed in Division I. Lone Oak High School won the meet in this division by earning 181 points with Harmony placing second with 133 points and Winnsboro a very close third place with 131 points. New Boston won the first place Journalism award with 65 points in those four events while Harmony won second place with 46 points. The first place Speech award was awarded to two school who each earned 69.5 points....Harmony and Winnsboro.
Division II had eighteen schools competing. SSHS won first place sweepstakes with 316 points and second place went to Mt. Pleasant with 173 points. Texas High followed in third place with 147 points. First place for Journalism went to Atlanta with 95 points and second place went to Texas High with 75 points. Texas High tied Sulphur Springs for the first place Speech award. Each school earned 54.5 points.
This meet offered good competition to all of the schools. The individual results for the SSHS Academic Team follows:
Will Horton placed 5th in L-D Debate. In Social Studies, Evan meek placed fifth and Dominic Ortega placed sixth. Ashleigh Wallace placed first in Ready Writing with Grace Anderson placing third and McKenzie Hohenberger earned sixth place. In Computer Science, Shawn Tucker placed first, Kade Koon placed second, karl Sehnert placed third, and Angel Tovar-Yanez placed sixth. The first place team consisted of Karl Sehnert, Ryan Moore, Uriel Gutierrez, E.J. Ramos, and Francisco Yanez.
Evan Meek placed fifth in both Current Events and Social Studies, while Dominic Ortega placed sixth in Social Studies.
In Journalism, Miranda Caddell placed fourth in Headline Writing, and sixth in Feature Writing.
In spelling and vocabulary, Jacqueline Tovar-Yannez placed second, Ashley Clegg placed third, and Silvia Gudino placed fourth. The trio earned the first place team award.
In Speech, Will Horton placed third in persuasive speaking, while Jade Ausbrooks placed third in prose interpretations. Trison Pullen placed first and Reilly Hale placed second in interpretation.
The Accounting Team of Reagan Humphrey, Jarred Cowley, and Dominic Ortega placed first with Regan Humphrey winning first place, Jarred Cowley winning second place, and Dominic Ortega winning fourth place.
In Literary criticism, Madison Millsap placed fourth, Ashleigh Wallace placed fifth, and Sara Forsman placed sixth. The team also won second place.
Wesley Harrison placed fourth in Computer Applications.
Overall in the Math and Science competitions, Jesse Yancy placed first in Mathematics, while Rebecca Sehnert placed fifth. Angel Tovar-Yanez helped the team win second place. In Number sense, Karina Rosales placed third and Rebecca Sehnert placed fifth. Angel Tovar-Yanez added to that team for a second place finish. For the Science contest, Angel led the team by earning third place individually. Thurman Allen and Uriel Gutierrez kicked in for a second place team win.
By grade level, Peyton Howard placed first, Andrew Allen placed second, and Carter White placed fifth in 9th grade number sense, while Karina Rosales placed second, Rebecca Sehnert placed third, and Angel Tovar-Yanez placed sixth among the seniors. In Calculator Applications, Hanna Mattison placed sixth among the freshmen, and Karina Rosales placed second, Angel Tovar-Yanez placed third, and Rebecca Sehnert placed fourth among the seniors.Areil Gonzalez placed fifth and Peyton Howard placed sixth among the freshman in Mathematics, while Jesse Yancy earned first place among seniors followed by Rebecca Sehnert in second place, and Angel Tovar-Yanez in fourth place. Angel also led the seniors in Science followed by teammate Thurman Allen in fourth place.
The SSHS competitiors 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 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 scrifices made by our UIL sponsors so that these competitors may enjoy learning and achieve success in their competitions.