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Yantis student aces spelling, computer events at UIL regionals; five advance to Austin contest

Five Yantis High School students, including one who took first place in two events, are bound for the state University Interscholastic League meet in Austin on May 21-22 following strong performances at regionals this weekend.

Twenty-two students from the Yantis Academic UIL Team competed in 11 events at the regional UIL meet at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

Students placing in the top three individually in each event, as well as those who are members of a first place team or a “wild card” team, advance to the state meet.
Individually, Jennie Shoemaker won third in Calculator Applications to earn a berth in Austin.

Also qualifiying for the state meet is the Spelling and Vocabulary team consisting of Samantha Dodgen, Lila Hurley, Dylan Beech, and D.J. Large. The team finished second but will advance to state as a wild card team. The Spelling and Vocabulary team earned the third-highest score on the regional test among the 20 schools competing at four regional academic meets in Conference 1A.

Defending state champion Samantha Dodgen also captured top honors in Computer Applications by achieving a perfect score in that contest (300 of 300 correct). In addition, Dodgen tied for first place in Spelling/Vocabulary but lost the gold medal by one tie-breaker word.

Yantis High School is sending competitors to the state UIL meet for the 14th consecutive year. During those years, Yantis students have won 14 state medals, including six state champion gold medals and five runner-up silver medals.

Thousands line streets for hometown hero

U.S. Army Sgt. Tanner Higgins’ final ride through his former hometown Monday was marked by thousands of people, flags at half staff, yellow ribbons and businesses and yards bedecked in the patriotic colors he died fighting for.

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As a substitute teacher, Emilia Attlesey just needed something to do; she ended up doing something she loved

For Emilia Attlesey, 2012 is a bittersweet year. She is retiring from Sulphur Springs Independent School District after 14 years, the last 12 at the Early Childhood Learning Center. She won't, however, wait for the last day of the school year. Emilia is going to cut classes the last week, and for some very good reasons.

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SSMS Blue and Varsity bands bring home sweepstakes

Two of the three bands from Sulphur Springs Middle School came home with sweepstakes awards, and the third a first division rating in sight-reading at the University Interscholastic League Concert and Sight-reading competition held April 17-18 in Mount Pleasant.

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Body of Sgt. Tanner Higgins scheduled to arrive in Greenville Monday morning; services set Tuesday

Fallen Army Sgt. Tanner Higgins, the 2007 Sulphur Springs High School graduate killed April 14 in Afghanistan, will be buried Tuesday, April 24, in Cypress Cemetery in Winnsboro.

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