Sulphur Bluff students’ scores at the Academic University Interscholastic League meet this week were high enough to place the students in second place overall at the district meet. The Bluff trailed Savoy, 234 to 432 points (which included Savoy’s 44 points for One Act Play).
Fourteen students’ individual accomplishments qualified them to advance to the regional UIL meet to be held April 25 at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches. Several teams were also recognized at the March 30 district meet at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
“I am very proud of the way our students represented our school and of their academic successes,” said Sulphur Bluff High School Principal Gwen Crutcher.
The Sulphur Bluff calculator applications team came in first place. Individually, Everett Wilder took home top honors in the category, which garnered 15 points for the team. Zach Hope’s third place finish contributed another 10 points. Other members of the team, which garnered another 10 points collectively, were Ryan Watts and Jackson Dailey.
The computer science team consisting of Zach Hope, Josh Formoso, Chris Russell and Jacob Stahl received a second place ranking overall. Individually, Hope placed third and earned 10 points, Formoso’s fifth place finished garnered six more points, and Russell’s sixth place finish another four points. For the second place win, the computer science team earned another five points to contribute toward the school’s overall ranking.
Sulphur Bluff High School did well in speaking and literary events, too. The literary criticism team earned third place honors. Zach Hope was lauded for his first place finish in informative speaking, which added another 15 points to the school total. Jacob Stahl contributed another 12 points with his second place finish in Lincoln Douglas debate, while Cameron Hancock earned 10 points for his third place finish in L-D debate. Sulphur Bluff students were successful in persuasive speaking as well. Ginger Thompson took top honors and earned 15 points in persuasive speaking, while Kalen Halert’s second place finish was awarded 12 points and Bruce Marrero’s fifth place six points. Placing fifth in prose and earning six points was Rebecca Naylor. Poetry was another area in which SB students were strong. Summer Stailey earned first place and 15 points in poetry, while Hayley Lawson earned 12 points for finishing second. Overall, the school was ranked second for speech events.
The second place number sense team made up of Trey Henderson, Travis Allen, Josh Formoso and Ryan Watts were awarded five points collectively. Individually, Henderson took second and 12 points. The team got five points collectively.
The second place spelling team, which was awarded 5 points, consisted of Jackie Blake, Jaime Formoso, Jamie Goldsmith and Landon Overly. Individually, Blake earned 10 points with a third place spelling finish.
Trey Henderson also was a stand out in chemistry and science. He earned the top score on the chemistry portion of the science test, and came out in second place overall in science, a ranking deserving of 12 points.
Students individual accomplishments in journalism events included: Ashley Bryant, fifth place, six points, news writing; Kalen Halbert, first place, 15 points, editorial writing; and Michelle Davila, fourth place, eight points, editorial writing. Another strong writer lauded for his achievement was Jeremy Coberly, who placed second and earned 12 points in ready writing.
Also among the 35 students contributing to the school’s overall second place district ranking were Coltin Argenbright, Brittany Andrews, Dakota Brooks, Joe Hill, Stephanie Hogue, Dylan Horn, Cindy Hatfield, Dustin Lawson, Ester Marquez, Ryan Moore and Ian Zeringue. This year’s UIL coaches included Erica Aguilera, Moorea Coker, Joyce Major, Dena Neal, Charles Wright and Gerry Young.
At an earlier meet, several students were also recognized for their interpretation of the One-Act Play “Double Date,” set in the 1950s and directed by Moorea Coker.
“The play is about two girls who return from boarding school to go to a carnival dance. The boys they go with find out they were second choice to a hop at the boarding school that was cancelled due to measles. Hilarity ensues as the boys plot revenge,” according to reports from school staff.
Sulphur Bluff was selected as alternate at the March 24 One-Act Play contest. The cast included Jacob Stahl, Cindy Hatfield, Royce Naylor, Jaime Formoso, Travis Allan, Rebecca Naylor, Hayley Lawson and Joe Hill. Crew members included Travis Taylor, Dakota Brooks, Everett Wilder, and Stephanie Hogue.
Four individuals were recognized for their individuals skills: Jacob Stahl for Best Actor; Cindy Hatfield, All-Star Cast; Royce Naylor, Honorable Mention; and Joe Hill, Alternate Cast Member.
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