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Three North Hopkins students advance to state UIL academic meet

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Seven of the 11 North Hopkins students competing at the Region 1A Academic UIL meet held April 24-25, at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches were recognized for the their individual accomplishments and one team went home with top honors. Three students and one team scored high enough to advance to the state contest.

Liz Shaw, a junior, placed second in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Senior Tori Huffman took second in editorial writing while Julia Tamsma, also a senior, placed third in editorial writing. Because of their finishes, all third place or better, these students will be advancing to the state UIL contest in Austin, as will the first-ranked speech team.

The May meet will mark at least the third consecutive year that Huffman has competed at state in editorial writing. Shaw also will be a repeat competitor in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

One NHHS student was also noted for placing in two events at the regional meet. Senior Jessica Harry finished fourth in both Lincoln-Douglas debate and persuasive speaking.

Two other students were recognized for their individual achievements at the regional meet. Tana Hall, a junior, finished in fifth place in informative speaking and senior Jackie Gold earned sixth in persuasive speaking.

Other students who also competed at the regional meet included seniors Joy Johnson, Virginia Thomas and Kadee Melton; junior Cheyenne Duke; and sophomore Cristian Calixto.

The UIL State Academic meet was slated to be held May 7-9 in Austin. However, all UIL events, both academic and athletic, have been suspended until at least May 11 due to the outbreak of swine flu in Texas, UIL Public Relations Department noted in a press release late Wednesday morning.

Several events had been tentatively re-set just before noon, but the academic UIL events were not among them. That information will be posted on the UIL website as soon as it is available.

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