Sulphur Springs High School won the first place sweepstakes at the two-day UIL Academic Invitational Meet at the school, which featured 20 large schools in their division and 20 schools in the smaller division.
“The SSHS meet is divided in two divisions by grouping 1A and 2A schools together as small schools and 3A, 4A and 5A schools together as large schools,” explained SSHS UIL coordinator Gina Wilder.
Sulphur Springs earned a cumulative 261 points, with Longview in second with 167 points and Pine Tree third with 142 points. The Longview and Texas High teams took the top two slots in journalism competitions, while Texas High won first in speech with 58 points with Sulphur Springs in a close second with 56 points.
Winnsboro won the 1-2A division by earning 307 points, with Mount Vernon placing second with 153 points and New Boston third with 130 points. New Boston won the first place journalism award with 62 points in those four events, with Winnsboro second with 53 points. The first place speech plaque was awarded to Winnsboro, who earned 68 points, and second place went to New Boston with 34 points.
“This meet offered good competition to all of the schools,” said Wilder, noting the contributions of many students, staff, parents and community volunteers allow SSHS to successfully host the annual invitational. “Many SSHS students 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 and community.
“A meet of this size could never be successfully held without the dedication and hard work of the UIL sponsors and other teachers, the SSHS food service, the SSHS maintenance crew, the custodians, our administration, and parents and community volunteers. I can't express my thanks enough to all of these people. I appreciate them all so very much,” the UIL coordinator said.
On Friday, the ready writing, computer science, and Lincoln-Douglas debate contests were held. The rest of the contests were held on Saturday.
“A full math and science meet is built into 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,” Wilder added.
Many students’ participation in numerous UIL events resulted in SSHS winning the sweepstakes title.
J.T. Grant tied for second place in L-D debate while Josh Burgin tied for sixth.
In ready writing, Rachel Mattison placed third and Will Horton fourth.
In computer science, Shawn Tucker placed second, Karl Sehnert third and Uriel Gutierrez fifth. The team, which included Shawn Tucker, Karl Sehnert and Sean Allemang, placed first.
The accounting team also won first place honors. Individually, Justin Mathews placed second, Jarred Cowley third and Devin Mitchell sixth.
In computer applications, Mikayla Jones was fourth and Andy Green sixth.
Evan Meek placed second and Ariel Gonzalez fifth in current events.
In literary criticism, Maddie Millsap won first, Will Horton second, McKenzie Hohenberger fifth and Carrolin Rodgers sixth. They also won the first place team award.
The spelling and vocabulary team also captured first place honors. Individually, Jackie Tovar Yanez was first, Ashley Clegg second, Ivon Gonzalez third and Rachel Mattison fifth.
In prose interpretation, Jenni Johnson placed first and Jade Ausbrooks third.
Triston Pullen placed first and Reilly Hale placed second in poetry interpretation.
Paige Holt was sixth in informative speaking, while Selena Gonzalez was sixth in editorial writing.
In 10th grade mathematics, Andrew Allen placed fifth, Ariel Gonzalez seventh and M. Hunter Allen ninth. Allen also placed seventh in 10th grade number sense, and Carter White was eighth.
“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 sacrifices made by our UIL sponsors so that these competitors may enjoy learning and achieve success in their competitions,” Wilder concluded.
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