SSHS academic teams heading for state meets
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor
Headed to state
Sulphur Springs High School will be represented in the Business Professionals of America state competition that will be held in San Antonio March 3-6. Those qualifying for the state meet include, left to right, (front row) Katy Gibson, Holli-Von Bronson, Haleigh Hampton, Monica Helm, Kacy Sheffield, Elizabeth Stump, Chelbie Bolton, (middle row) Laura Barnett, Auston Copeland, Calvin Friesth, Lauren Owens, Maggi Mattison, Lacy McCaig, Kristina Bryant, Angie Hudson, (back row) Jason Trout, Andrew Howser, Luke Panter, Allison Garrard, Chase Helm and Brittney Adams.
-Staff photo by Ricky Russell

Feb. 6, 2004 -- Two groups from Sulphur Springs High School came up tops Saturday at two separate meets, the Valley View Math and Science Meet and the Area I Region III Business and Professionals of America Leadership Contest and Conference, while two additional students advanced Monday to state competition in Cross-Examination Debate.

The local members of Business and Professionals of America set new school records Saturday at the Area I Region III Leadership Contest & Conference held at Mesquite High School, with 28 students advancing to the state contest in 19 categories. One student was awarded a scholarship, two others were nominated for state and regional offices and another was named a state degree candidate.

At BPA meet, Lauren Owens received a $500 scholarship; Calvin Friesth elected the regional president; Kacy Sheffield named a state officer nominee; and Holli-Von Bronson a state degree candidate.

The Sulphur Springs High School BPA students received first place recognition in three team categories and in seven individual categories, and second place recognition in two team categories and eight individual categories.

Making up the first-ranked small business management team were Lauren Owens, Luke Panter, Kacy Sheffield and Valerie Walker. The first ranked website development team consisted of Calvin Friesth, Tasha Hart, Andrew Howser and Jason Trout, while the first place economic research team included Brittney Adams, Chelbie Bolton, Katy Gibson and Maggi Mattison.

Individuals receiving top recognition included Kacy Sheffield, legal concepts; Lauren Owens, spreadsheet application; Lacy McCaig, medical procedures; Carrie Armstrong, entrepreneurship; Candace Stillwagoner, banking and finance; Zach Howser, digital media; and Jason Trout, fundamentals of HTML.

Second place team honors went to the global marketing team of Laura Barnett, Auston Copeland, Emily Gilbert and Elizabeth Stump, while the second place financial analysts team included Kristina Bryant, Allison Garrard and Chase Helm.

Individuals receiving second place honors at Saturday's BPA Contest and Conference included Maggi Mattison, prepared speech; Monica Helm, advanced interview skills; Haleigh Hampton, medical procedures, Brittney Adams, desktop publishing; Katy Gibson, interview skills; Rebekah Hardage, economic research individual; Kristina Bryant, human resource management; and Laura Barnett, presentation management individual. Angie Hudson also placed third in legal concepts.

All of the above mentioned students will advance to the state contest to be held March 3-6, in San Antonio.

Several other students receiving recognition at the regional meet for their individual third through sixth place finishes.

SSHS students earning third place honors included Melissa McShaffery, graphic designs; Ashley Horton, interview skills; and Auston Copeland entrepreneurship.

Fourth place recognition went to Calvin Friesth, advanced interview skills; Tasia Barrett, fourth medical procedures; and Chase Helm, extemporaneous speech.

Students placing fifth place included Chelbie Bolton, advanced interview skills; Daniel Expinosa, medical procedures; Valerie Walker, graphic design; Mikki Sierra, interview skills; and Emily Gilbert, extemporaneous speech. The fifth ranked administrative support team included Carrie Armstrong, Holli-Von Bronson, Rebekah Hardage and Monica Helm.

Students placing sixth included Elizabeth Stump, prepared speech; Tasha Hart, fundamentals of HTML; and Colten, Cordell, extemporaneous speech.

The SSHS BPS administrative support team of Tasia Barrett, Haleigh Hampton, Lacy McCaig and Charlie Vasculik placed sixth.

At the Valley View Math & Science Meet the Wildcat Math & Science Team earned an overall first place ranking. Two students, junior Kim deWitte and senior David Johnson, were named the "top guns" for being the best overall competitors in their grade level.

DeWitte finished first in calculator, while Johnson took first in calculator, second in number sense and science and third in mathematics at the Valley View meet. Both Johnson and deWitte was also on the first place calculator applications team, which also included Andrew Watley and Jovan Gonzalez. Gonzalez, also a junior, won second in calculator, while eleventh grader Cade Rea placed third in computer science and fifth in number sense and science. Tenth grader Watley also placed first in calculator and fifth in mathematics. Sophomore Jeffrey Kramer won first place in number sense and third place in mathematics, while Brenon Smith finished fourth in mathematics and Dawn Soeder finished third overall in science and first in physics.

In the ninth grade math and science division, Landon McCaig placed third in mathematics and fourth in number sense.

Elsewhere, Sarah McLeroy and Jeffrey Kramer earned the right to compete at the State 4A Cross-Examination Debate Contest, to be held March 18-19 at the University of Texas at Austin, after being ranked the second place C-X Debate team Monday in Paris. C-X Debate coach Lisa Skelton's students Brant Small and Landon McCaig were ranked the fourth place team, while Katie Hettich and John Phillips ranked eighth.

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