Sulphur Springs High School students captured 18 individual awards and four team awards at the academic University Interscholastic League invitational meet held at the school Friday and Saturday. SSHS’s overall ratings were just enough to secure the event sweepstakes title.
“We won sweepstakes over Lindale by 1 point!” said Gina Wilder, SSHS UIL coordinator. "We had 39 schools here on Saturday. It was a good meet. We had a lot of good competition."
The invitational meet included two divisions of competition: Division 1 for smaller schools (1A-2A) and Division II for larger schools (3A-4A). Sulphur Springs earned the Division II sweepstakes with 132 points, with Lindale High in second with 131. In Division I, Chisum High earned sweepstakes with 172 points, and Lone Oak High with 144 points.
Teams taking top honors were the Sulphur Springs accounting team, and the spelling and vocabulary team. Ryan Clark took top individual honors in accounting, and John Latham fifth; Ayanna Smith also contributed to that team. Individually Lyndsi Bible placed first, Sarah Fox second, Zach Mahand third and Andrew Wallace fifth in spelling and vocabulary. Mahand was also noted for placing sixth in ready writing.
Teams earning second place honors were the computer science and literary criticism teams. Individually, Connor McCorkle placed fifth and Autumn Keiss sixth in literary criticism; Taylor Ausbrooks also contributed to the team win. In literary criticism, Katy Mason took top individual honors; Jessica Cowley and Cooper Welch finished out the lit crit team. Mason also was recognized for finishing sixth in headline writing, and Keiss placed sixth in feature writing.
Two other SSHS students went home with awards for top honors at the SSHS invitational: Victor Gonzalez placed first in current events and Garrett Gray in ready writing.
Students recognized for their fourth place finishes were Morgan Lutz, prose, and Emily Mason, ready writing.
Taylor Moore went home with fifth place in persuasive speaking, while Whitney Hu earned sixth in poetry.
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