SSMS takes district UIL title for 14th consecutive year
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

March 29, 2006 - Sulphur Springs Middle School won the 12-4A District University Interscholastic League middle school championship for the 14th consecutive year over the weekend, earning a total 924.5 points. Mount Pleasant Junior High trailed in second with 437 points, followed by Texas Middle School in Texarkana with 215 points, Greenville Middle School with 207 points and Stone Middle School in North Lamar ISD with 145 points. 

Eighth graders earning first place recognition in nine categories were Sam Long, science; Jeff Spears, calculator applications; Adriana Camacho, dictionary skills; Mason Morton, listening skills; Lyndsi Bible, maps, charts and graphs; Autumn Keiss, modern oratory; Jace Orren, number sense; Brittney Woolley, oral reading; and Andrew Gregory, ready writing.

The six 7th graders taking first place honors were George Green for calculator applications, Victor Rios for dictionary skills, Connie Gaddis for impromptu speaking, Mitchell Stewart for modern oratory and Ben Watson for oral reading.

Sixth graders taking home first place awards included Jesse Yancy in calculator applications, Ariano Bravo in dictionary skills, Blake Macek in number sense, Tori Cotton in listening skills and Kyle Smith in mathematics. Also, Blake Wiggins and Colton Frazier tied for first in music memory.

Eighth graders honored for placing second included Mike Law, calculator applications; Trevor Johnson, dictionary skills; Andrew Wooten, impromptu speaking; Cole Cable, maps, charts and graphs; Miranda Conway, modern oratory; Tyler Brazeal, number sense; and Katelyn Cody, oral reading.

Second place awards in seventh grade competition went to Katie Hu, calculator applications; Bailee Petty, dictionary skills; Abby Boggs, listening skills; Jessica Cowley, maps, charts and graphs; Tyler Aaron, mathematics; Brooke Lancaster, modern oratory; and Alissa Welch, oral reading.

Sixth graders earning second place honors included Alex Buchanan, calculator applications; Holli Wilson, number sense; and Ryan Dulude, ready writing.

Eighth graders honored for their third place finishes included Michelle Malone, science; Andrew Wallace, calculator applications; Shelby Williamson, dictionary skills; Caleb Frazier, impromptu speaking; Tyler Higginbotham, listening skills; Paul Clark, maps, charts and graphs; Kelsey Brown, modern oratory; Allen Hill, number sense; and Kayla Garcia, ready writing.

Tanner Gilbreath and Colin Chapa were the seventh graders honored for third place finishes, Gilbreath for listening skills and Chapa for number sense.

Sixth graders Megan Hurley and Alexis Tolly tied for third place in music memory, while classmates Eric Tangy took third in number sense and Kade Koon third in mathematics.

Listening skills competitor Daniel Best was the only eighth grader recognized for a fourth place finish, and mathematics competitor Drew Thomas was the only seventh grader to place fourth in an event. Sixth graders earning fourth place included Chance Maynard in calculator applications, Tristyn Rutledge in dictionary skills, Katelin Ivery in listening skills and Rebecca Sehnert in mathematics.

Both seventh and eighth graders had two students each finishing fifth. Recognized were eighth graders Jamonica Hall for spelling and Juana Perez for mathematics, and seventh graders Gerando Maritnez for mathematics and Nathan Grafton for number sense. The four sixth graders earning fifth place rankings were Cydnee Devereaux, oral reading; Dara Ranos, spelling; Kayla Seay, dictionary skills; and Katie Cooper, ready writing.

Myeshia Hill and Araceli Resendez were the only eighth graders earning sixth place finishes, Hill for spelling and Resendez for mathematics.

Seventh graders finishing sixth included Arthur Harbin, spelling; Leah Hayes, maps, graphs and charts; Bradyn Burney, oral reading; and Mallory Rawson; ready writing.

Sixth graders recognized for finishing sixth were Chris Hefner, oral reading; Ashley Hanson, spelling; and Katherine Johnson, maps, graphs and charts.

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