|SSHS fares well at State UIL meet|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
May 8, 2006 - The Sulphur Springs High School spelling and vocabulary team earned second place team honors at the State Academic University Interscholastic League Meet held at the University of Texas at Austin over the weekend.
The accounting team, which entered the contest as a wild card team, went home with a respectable fourth place team ranking as well.
The second ranked spelling and vocabulary team consisted of Andrew Watley, Logan McQueen, Kayla Morgan and Jerrell Allen. Watley went home with a fifth place individual finish, while McQueen and Morgan tied for 15th place.
The accounting team consisted of Laura Ream, Rachel Ming, Jessica Black and Mercades Brown. Ream was ranked 12th and Ming 16th individually in the accounting competition.
In order to compete at the state meet, students and teams had to earn top individual honors in their event or be a member of a first place team, or earn second place team recognition and have enough points to advance as a wild card team at the regional UIL meet.
The spelling and vocabulary team entered the state contest after taking the district and regional team title, while the accounting team went in with the district championship and a second place finish at the regional meet.
Watley was also the top speller at the district and regional meets, and was also a member of the calculator applications team which also earned the district title. He also competed in headline writing at the district and region levels, and Lincoln-Douglas debate and editorial writing at the district contest.
McQueen advanced to state with a sixth place spelling and vocabulary finish at region and and second at district. Morgan earned fourth in spelling at district. Allen was also on the second ranked district mathematics team and finished fifth in ready writing and spelling at district.
Ream entered the state meet after placing fourth at region in accounting and second at district. Ming earned third in accounting at district, and Black earned fourth in accounting at district.