SSHS sweeps Division II UIL Invitational meet Saturday
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Feb. 27, 2004 -- Sulphur Springs High School swept the Division II University Interscholastic League Academic Invitational meet held Feb. 20-21 at the school. Overall, the students earned 430 points, with Mount Pleasant High coming in a distant second with 214 points. Seven other schools also competed in Division II competition, which includes 4A and 5A schools, while 31 competed in the Division I contests featuring 1A, 2A and 3A schools.

SSHS captured a total of 51 awards, including first place recognition in nine team categories and in nine individual rankings. Seven students earned second place while two teams were ranked second as well. Seven students placed third, eight placed fourth, five placed fifth and six others earned recognition for finishing sixth.

Individual first place honors went to Jeffrey Kramer, number sense; Lauren Owens, current issues and events; Kim deWitte, calculator applications. Philip Day, literary criticism and editorial writing; Keelen Green, accounting; David Johnson and Ashton Rush, both for spelling and vocabulary; and Tasia Barrett, social studies.

The first place spelling and vocabulary team consisted of David Johnson, Ashton Rush and Logan McQueen, while the top ranked accounting team included Keelen Green, Jessica Smith and Joe Beason. Kim deWitte, David Johnson and Andrew Watley filled out the top ranked calculator applications team, and the first place literary criticism team consisted of Philip Day, Brandi King and Lauren Longino. Making up the first place current issues and events team were Lauren Owens, Chelbie Bolton and Valerie Walker. Jeffrey Kramer, Cade Rea and Brenon Smith earned top team honors in number sense. Philip Day, Chelbie Bolton, Tasia Barrett, Maggi Mattison, Brittany Boyd and David Johnson's total 87 points earned them the title of overall Division II journalism team winner.

Individual second place honors went to Cade Rea, number sense; Valerie Walker, current issues and events; David Johnson, calculator applications; Jessica Peoples, computer applications; Brandi King, literary criticism; Chelbie Bolton, editorial writing; and Jamie Bockemehl, poetry interpretation.

Jovan Gonzales, Dawn Soeder and Cade Rea made up the second ranked science team, and the second place social studies team consisted of Tasia Barrett, Chris Clark and Travis Longino.

Third place honors at Friday and Saturday's invitational meet at SSHS included Chelbie Bolton, current issues and events; Tasia Barrett, news writing and feature writing; Lauren Longino, literary criticism; Maggi Mattison, headline writing; and Jason Trout, computer science.

SSHS students earning fourth place recognition included Philip Day, ready writing; Brenon Smith, number sense; Brittany Boyd, news writing and feature writing; Cherish Bolton, computer applications; Jovan Gonzalez, science; David Johnson, headline writing; and Ian Wells, prose interpretation.

Fifth place recognition went to Maggi Mattison, news writing; Dawn Soeder, science; Joe Beason, accounting; Logan McQueen, spelling and vocabulary; and Chris Clark, social studies.

Students finishing sixth included David Johnson, number sense; Andrew Watley, calculator applications; Cade Rea, science; Melissa Hayes, literary criticism; Brittney Adams, spelling and vocabulary; and Chase Helm, informative speaking.

SSHS students will next compete on March 6, at the Midlothian UIL Academic Invitational.

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