The Yantis High School Academic UIL Team won its third straight District 22-A championship this past week with 552 points overall, compared to second place Fruitvale’s 397 points. Nine schools competed at the meet.
Overall, Yantis won eight team awards and had two more teams come in second at the March 27 district meet. Of the 37 students who competed at district, 30 either scored high enough individually to advance to the regional UIL competition or were a member of a top rated team advancing to the April 20 regional meet at Stephen F. Austin State University. Students placed in 16 different categories, amassing right at 50 individual awards at district.
"This was our most successful Academic UIL effort in the history of Yantis High School. We're all very proud of our students. Yantis ISD swept the academic UIL meets this year since our elementary academic team and our middle school also won district. This victory was the third district championship in a row for Yantis High School,” said Yantis Academic UIL Co-Coordinator Chip Mathews.
"I am so proud of all our UIL competitors. We have an outstanding group of students at Yantis who always rise to the challenge. I am looking forward to another trip to the state meet in Austin,” said Laurie Steward, Yantis UIL co-coordinator.
The eight teams that won district championships were journalism, calculator applications, computer science, social studies, current events, spelling and vocabulary, mathematics and number sense. Speech and literary criticism teams each were second.
More than a dozen students were noted for placing in two events. One student, Samantha Dodgen, won top honors in four categories and finished in the top three in the fifth — high enough to advance in all five categories. Dodgen earned first place honors in spelling and vocabulary, editorial writing, headline writing and computer applications, and placed third in calculator applications.
Lila Hurley earned second place in spelling and vocabulary and third in number sense.
Dereck Large was third in spelling and vocabulary and fourth in social studies.
David Shirley won first place honors in ready writing and in mathematics.
Jennie Shoemaker earned first place honors in calculator applications and came in fourth in literary criticism.
Shelbie Shoemaker placed fourth in calculator applications and sixth in literary criticism.
Kayla Davis was second in editorial writing and headline writing.
Katlin Davis won first place in poetry interpretation and second in news writing.
Isaac Allen was second place in current issues and events and third in social studies.
Cristo Sanchez took second place honors in ready writing and tied Cameron McCrary for first place honors in computer science.
Shelbie Walker earned second place honors in calculator applications and third in mathematics.
Lilly Fernandez placed fifth in feature writing and second in prose interpretation.
Yesesnia Vargas won first place honors in news writing and second place in poetry interpretation.
Molly Bell placed fourth in feature writing and fifth in prose interpretation.
Other first place winners included Martha Fernandez in social studies and Corey Harrison in number sense.
Also earning second place honors were Karley Roe in literary criticism, Ashley Bagwell in mathematics, Jose Gonzalez in computer applications, Kathryn Weeks in social studies, Taelor Rawson in number sense and Courtney Ogle in feature writing.
Additional third place winners included Cynthia Favela in editorial writing, Shelby Young in current issues and events, Jesus Sandoval in computer applications, Bryce Ogle in computer science and Jack Phillips in number sense.
Dylan Beech was noted for finishing fourth in spelling and vocabulary and Josey Wetzel for finishing fourth in headline writing.
Fifth place finishes went to Caragen Battles for literary criticism and Hunter Burnett for current issues and events, and sixth place in ready writing was won by Anna Burgess.
Of these, the following qualified to compete at the April 20 regional academic UIL meet: Jesus Sandoval, Lilly Fernandez, Martha Fernandez, Cynthia Favela, Destiny Garces, Kathryn Weeks, Yesi Vargas, David Shirley, Jack Phillips, Shelby Young, Shelbie Walker, Shelbie Shoemaker, Jennie Shoemaker, Lila Hurley, Karley Roe, Samantha Dodgen, Taelor Rawson, Bryce Ogle, Isaac Allen, Dylan Beech, Corey Harrison, Ashley Bagwell, Kayla Davis, Katlin Davis, Cristo Sanchez, Cameron McCrary, Derek Large, Jose Gonzalez, Courtney Ogle and Hunter Burnett.
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