SSHS band, UIL students earn high marks at recent competitions

From Staff Reports

Sulphur Springs High School UIL academic team and band members both earned high marks at their most recent competitions.

Two Sulphur Springs students took first place wins and one team captured a title this past weekend at the Canton Invitational University Interscholastic League Academic Meet, while 28 band members qualified for the state solo and ensemble contest.

At the UIL meet, individual winners were Robin Grafton, who took first place in calculator, and Logan McQueen, first in spelling and vocabulary. It was the second time this year McQueen has taken a meet title in the category. He also took first place at the Winter Tiger Invitational Academic Meet at Mount Pleasant. Grafton also won second place in calculator at that meet.

Also taking a second win this season was the current events team of Whitney Hu, Kendall Scudder, Olivia Stribling, and Natanael Gonzalez. The team also took first place at the Mount Pleasant meet.

Others earning individual honors were: second place, Levi Moore, science; third place, James Wheeler, science, Chelsey Tiegiser, computer applications, Levi Moore, ready writing; fourth place, Ryan Clark, accounting, Donald Tiegiser, computer applications, Whitney Hu, current events; fifth place, Kendall Scudder, current events and prose, Lauren Longino, literary criticism; sixth place, Kaci Mohon, number sense, Mercades Brown, accounting, Caitlin Thomas, spelling and vocabulary, Whitney Hu and Kendall Scudder, cross-examination debate; seventh place, Natanael Gonzalez, calculator, Jeff Johnson, computer acience, and Charlie Ginn, poetry; 

Other teams that earned high honors were: second place, calulator, Robin Grafton, Natanael Gonzalez, Chaz Hinkledey, Landon McCaig, and Jeff Spears; science, Levi Moore, James Wheeler, Michelle Malone, Justin Brown, Jillian Campbell, Chaz Hinkledey, and Autumn Keiss; spelling and vocabulary,  Logan McQueen, Caitlin Thomas, Lyndsi Bible, and Kelsey Brown; third place, accounting,  Ryan Clark, Mercades Brown, Kimberly Mathes, and Fressia Alvarado, and computer science, Jeff Johnson, Sam Pierce, Leah Davis, and Connor McCorkle.

Other academic competitors for the Wildcats were Allen Hill, Meetra Morakotwichikarn, Regan Gilmore, Destiny Howard, Brittany Scott, Sam long, Ayanna Smith, Kasie Carrell, Cooper Welch, and Taylor Moore.

Sulphur Springs High School band students earned 58 medals at the recent Solo and Ensemble contest, with 28 qualifying for state competition.

Six soloists qualified for state: Kaci Mohon, 10th grade Clarinet; Melissa Hayes, 12th grade French Horn; Caleb Frazier, 9th grade Percussion; Dusty McQueen, 11th grade Percussion; Jordan Owens, 10th grade Percussion; and Shelby Blezinger, 10th grade Percussion

Additionally, seven ensembles qualified for state: the Clarinet Trio of Jordan Godwin, Deonne Hopper and Kaci Mohon; the Saxophone Quartet of Robin Grafton, Rosalynn Karstens, Jacob Mazoch and Caitlyn Scudder; another Saxophone Quartet, Katie Hettich, Colleen Lucky, Heath Robinson and Caitlyn Scudder; the French Horn Quartet of Haley Ball, Melissa Hayes, Taylor Moore and Kendall Scudder; a Baritone Trio, Victor Gonzalez, Jacob Jones and Whitney McDaniel; the Brass Quintet, Eddie Arciga, Alyssa Burney and Danielle Johnson, Kendall Scudder, Andrew Wallace; and the Percussion Ensemble of Shelby Blezinger, Paul Clark, Sarah Fox, Morgan Lutz, Dusty McQueen, Jordan Owens and Whitney Starrett.

Besides the six soloists going to state, there were another First Division Solos: Danyelle Carter, 10th grade Flute; Kayla Garcia, 9th grade Flute; Diana Torres, 9th grade Clarinet; Robin Grafton, 11th grade Saxophone; Jacob Mazoch, 10th grade Saxophone; Chance Adams, 10th grade Trombone; Eddie Arciga, 10th grade Trombone; Cooper Welch, 10th grade Trombone; Daniel Johnson, 11th grade Tuba; Nataneal Gonzalez, 9th grade Tuba; Jed Walker, 9th grade Percussion; Morgan Lutz, 10th grade Percussion; Whitney Starrett, 9th grade Percussion; and Paul Clark, 9th grade Percussion.

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