Yantis High School did well at the Sulphur Springs University Interscholastic League Invitational meet. Two students took “top” student in their categories. Overall, the YHS UIL team came home with 12 individual awards, and one team award. Two students from YHS have also been selected to attend the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. next week.
Two students, Andrew Moore and Cory Ward, placed in more than one category at the UIL meet.
Moore placed fifth in math, and his overall score was the highest achieved by an 11th grader, earning him the “top junior” ranking in math. Moore also was recognized for placing sixth in current events.
Ward placed sixth in math and earned first in science. He was lauded as the “top chemistry” and “top physics” student at the meet as well. Ward lead the second ranked YHS science team, which also included Traci Glenn and Chandler Apel.
One other student also took top ranking in his event. Ervin Sanchez was honored with top ratings in spelling.
YHS students also did well in journalism and literary criticism events. Sarah Leos was recognized for placing third in literary criticism. Recognized for achievement in journalism events were: Stephanie Hogg, fifth place news writing; Rachel Spurgeon, sixth place editorial writing; and Carrie Shirley, fifth in feature writing.
Kevan Mullins, a junior, and Kasey Watkins, a sophomore, will be attending the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., March 9-13. They were nominated by their social studies teacher Carol Darlin.
Other YHS alumni who have previously attended include James Brooks and Courtney Lacy in the fall of 2007, and Teresa Ortiz in the spring of 2008. The conference provides excellent leadership opportunities to high achieving students.
Some activities the students will have the opportunity to participate in include “If I were President,” an Executive Branch simulation; “Model Congress” with appointments for a personal visit with their senators and/or representatives; and “Testing the Constitution,” a judicial branch simulation.
The students will also explore the nation’s monuments and historic sites, and visit the Smithsonian and the National Mall.
— Information submitted by Carol Darlin, YHS social studies teacher
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