Sulphur Springs High School Wildcat UIL Academic Team may have been small by school standards, but they still made a strong showing at the Dr. Tommy Eads UIL Invitational Meet at North Lamar High School, coming in second overall.
Earlier in the season, SSHS earned first place sweepstakes trophies at two other invitationals. The ’Cats will compete again Feb. 1-2, in the Texas High School Invitational Meet, where they hope to draw from and improve their previous feats.
The school was only able to send a partial team to the weekend meet in Paris, but even “cut significantly due to other conflicts, they still captured the second-place sweepstakes trophy,” SSHS UIL Coorindator Gina Wilder said.
In cross examination debate, the team of Gillan Boyer and Joshua Robertson placed sixth.
Triston Pullen won first and Danelle Parks placed fifth in poetry interpretation.
In informative speaking, Sean Allemang placed sixth.
The computer science team won first place honors. Individually, Shawn Tucker placed first, Karl Sehnert second, Ryan Moore fourth, Francisco Yanez fifth and M. Hunter Allen sixth.
Also earning first place honors was the spelling and vocabulary team. Individually, Jacqueline Tovar Yanez placed first, Ashley Clegg second and Rachel Mattison third.
Ariel Gonzalez earned first place honors in current events.
In literary criticism, Maddie Millsap placed second and Jessica Boyd placed third. McKenzie Hohenberger helped the team win second place.
In journalism, Taylor Hohenberger placed third in both feature writing and headline writing, Diana Aria placed second in news writing and fifth in headline writing, and Lacey Jackson placed fifth in news writing and sixth in feature writing.
Justin Mathews earned second place honor in accounting and Abby Tipps placed sixth.
The math and science portion of the meet was Texas Math and Science Coaches Association-style, where freshmen compete against freshmen only, sophomores compete against sophomores only, and so on, Wilder explained.
For number sense, Carter White placed second and M. Hunter Allen placed fourth among sophomores, Parker Heath placed sixth among juniors, and Shawn Tucker fifth among seniors.
In calculator applications, Justin Mathews placed fourth among seniors.
M. Hunter Allen placed second and Ariel Gonzalez fourth among sophomores in mathematics.
— Compiled from information submitted by Gina Wilder, SSHS UIL coordinator.
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