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Yantis’ Sanchez, Dodgen qualify for state UIL

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Yantis High School had two students score high enough at the Regional Academic UIL meet Saturday to qualify to compete at the state contest next month in Austin. Two others placed at region and three teams were ranked third.


The school had 30 students competing in 16 regional events in Nacogdoches over the weekend and came home with five individual medals.

"We are very proud of our 30 students who qualified for regionals," said Senior UIL Coordinator Chip Mathews. "They put forth their best efforts, and that's all a coach can ask of his team."

Freshman Cristo Sanchez is advancing to the state UIL meet with a third place showing in ready writing, while senior Sam Dodgen qualified for the state meet in two events. Dodgen earned second place honors in both computer applications and in spelling/vocabulary.

This marks the 15th consecutive year Yantis Academic UIL competitors have qualified for the State Academic Meet. During those years, they have brought home 21 state championship gold medals and nine silver runner-up medals, according Mathews.

"This is Sam's third consecutive year to qualify for state," said Yantis UIL Coordinator Laurie Steward. "She won the state championship in computer/applications her sophomore year and placed fourth at state last year."

Two other members of the YHS Academic UIL Team were also recognized for placing in mathematics at the regional contest. David Shirley placed fifth and Ashley Bagwell placed sixth.

   Three Yantis teams — mathematics, calculator and spelling/vocabulary — garnered third place honors among the nine teams competing at regionals in each event. The spelling/vocabulary team was also cited for posting the fifth highest score in the state among the 36 teams competing in the four regional meets of Conference 1A.




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