Como-Pickton Junior High academic team came home from the Nov. 29 and Dec. 4 UIL competitions in Winnsboro with students earning at least 40 individual awards and four team awards.
“The students had a very strong showing in the speaking and writing events and we captured team titles in 7th grade math, 8th grade math, 8th grade dictionary skills and 8th grade chess puzzle,” said Jessica Pegues, one of nine UIL coaches at CPJHS.
At least 10 students were noted for placing in more than one event. Students were eligible to compete in a maximum three events; one student earned first place honors in all three events he competed in and three others placed in the top six in three events.
Matthew Pegues earned first place honors in dictionary skills, mathematics and number sense.
Hannah Anderson came in first place in both impromptu speaking and listening skills, and was recognized for placing fourth in oral reading.
Valeria DeLeon won first place in dictionary skills, and was recognized for placing sixth in both math and number sense competitions.
Zach Wood earned third place honors in both spelling and math, and earned finished fifth in number sense.
Josiah McElyea received first place honors in math and third place honors in chess puzzle competition.
Dylan O'Dell earned second place honors in chess puzzle competition and was recognized for finishing fourth in impromptu speaking.
Ruston Bult was recognized for placing fourth in maps, graphs and charts and sixth in calculator applications.
Kailee Williams won third place honors in dictionary skills and was recognized for finishing fifth in editorial writing.
Jordan Williams earned second place honors in dictionary skills and finishes sixth in maps, graphs and charts.
Jasmine Boyd placed fourth in dictionary skills and fifth in ready writing.
Colton Clark was recognized for placing fourth, Juan Monteroso fifth and Dylan Wiggins sixth in social studies.
Students recognized for their wins in music memory were Esteban Tellez, fifth place; Josh Martin, sixth place.
Editorial writing winners included Kasie Kaslon and Emily Bouland. Kaslon won second place honors and Bouland was recognized for her sixth place finish.
In the chess puzzle competition Parker Tillery also won third place honors and Daniel Butler was recognized for placing fourth.
Breanna Bowen placed second and Ronnie Walker sixth in impromptu speaking. In other speaking events, Nadia Morales won second in modern oratory while Brynden Andrews placed fifth in oral reading.
In spelling, both Brianna Hall and Jimena Estrada placed sixth in their grade level in spelling.
Other C-pJHS students recognized for their sixth place finishes were Hugo DeLeon, dictionary skills; Autumn Bennett, maps, graphs and charts; and Stone Richardson, ready writing.
Kobie Miller and Connor O'Bryan were also noted to have contributed as part of the UIL team.
Serving as UIL coordinator and coach was Tim Butts. Other coaches included Shelley Anderson, Michelle Barron, Mark Bates, Julie Biggerstaff, Karey Hayes, Brandi McCain, Jessica Pegues and Robert Snyder.
— Compiled from information submitted by Como-Pickton Junior High School
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