Yantis’ students continue to shine in academic University Interscholastic League competition, setting the bar high in several categories going into regional competition.
Overall, the Yantis Academic UIL Team finished third place out of 12 teams in District 21-A at the District Meet at Hawkins on Wednesday, April 1.
Four teams were recognized at the district meet for their accomplishments, and 15 students placed high enough to advance to the state meet. Several students were also individual standouts, and three teams are already noteworthy across the state for their performance at the district meet.
Cory Ward is hoping to defend his state title again this year in physics, while Amanda McKinney will once again compete to keep her title as the regional champ in feature writing and Shelby Allen is working this year toward not only qualifying but winning at the state meet in feature writing.
Ward is well on his way to the state championship if his scores last week were anything to go by. He was the district champ in mathematics, physics, chemistry and was first overall in science.
The science team, which only ranked second in district, also was noted for posting the second highest score in the state in Conference 1A (all school in Conferences 1A-5A take the same test at district). That’s quite an accomplishment when you consider there are 398 school in Conference 1A, and more than 200 teams entered in team events, according to UIL coordinator Chip Mathews. While Ward’s top marks in physics, chemistry and science definitely contributed to the team’s second place ranking, he didn’t do it alone. Traci Glenn, Andrew Moore, Chandler Apel, Amanda McKinney and Shelby Allen also contributed to the overall second second place science team ranking. Ward, Glenn, Moore and Apel are all advancing to regional competition at Stephen F. Austin University on April 25.
As if Ward’s science scores weren’t remarkable enough, he was also a member of the district championship mathematics team which also included Traci Glenn, Andrew Moore and Zach Thrasher, and is advancing to the regional contest. Individually, Ward was the district champion in math, Glenn took second place honors and Andrew Moore fourth. The math team finished seventh among all 1A schools in the state on the district test, and is advancing to the regional contest.
Shelby Allen placed second and Amanda McKinney third in feature writing, enough to ensure both will advance to the regional UIL contest in Nacogdoches. McKinney has been the regional champ in feature writing for the past two years, 2007 and 2008. Allen was a state qualifier in the category in 2008. This year, McKinney also placed sixth in prose interpretation. Another writer advancing to the regional contest after placing third in ready writing at district was Rachel Spurgeon.
The Yantis number sense team also took the district championship. Wade Phillips took top honors as the district number sense champ, while Kevan Mullins took second place honors. Other members of the number sense team that’s advancing to the regional contest are Alyssa Bussell and Cody Hagan. The number sense team finished 11th among all 1A teams.
The spelling and vocabulary team will also be advancing to the region as a wild card team. The team made up of Ervin Sanchez, Teresa Garcia and Allen Rose, was the highest scoring second place team in the region. The Yantis spelling/vocabulary team posted the 10th highest score in the state in Conference 1A; all schools in Conferences 1A-5A took the same test at the district meet. Individually, Sanchez was the first place district champ in spelling and vocabulary, all according to Mathews.
James Brooks went home with sixth place recognition in current events and social studies. Other students recognized for their individual accomplishments at the district UIL meet included: Stephanie Hogg, fifth place news writing; Courtney Lacy, fifth place poetry interpretation; Blanca Reyna, fifth place computer applications; and Sarah Leos, sixth place literary criticism.
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