Sulphur Springs Middle School captures 15th consecutive Academic UIL District Championship 

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Mar. 14, 2007 - Sulphur Springs Middle School won the Academic University Interscholastic League District Championship held Feb. 24, at Stone Middle School in Paris, marking the 15th consecutive district title the school has captured. 

Sulphur Springs Middle School earned a total of 732.3 points, with Lindale Middle School trailing a distant second with 454.8 points. Mount Pleasant Jr. High and P E Wallace came in third with 362.3 points, Stone Middle School in North Lamar fourth with 318.5 points and Texas Middle School in Texarkana fifth with 226 points.

Overall, SSMS brought home 15 awards each for first and second place wins, 16 for third place wins, nine each for fourth and sixth place finishes, and 13 for fifth place.

Top honors went to Grace Anderson, sixth grade calculator applications; Jesse Yancy, seventh grade calculator applications; Katie Hu, eighth grade calculator applications; Dara Ramos, seventh grade dictionary skills; Ty Rich, sixth grade listening skills; Rebecca Sehnert, seventh grade maps, graphs and charts as well as seventh grade mathematics;Rebecca Sehnert, seventh grade mathematics; Tyler Aaron, eighth grade math; Jarred Cowley, sixth grade number sense; Karina Rosales, seventh grade number sense; Shelby Beliew, eighth grade oral reading; Ryan Dulude, seventh grade ready writing; Samantha Weeks, seventh grade social studies; and Megan Salters, eighth grade spelling.

The sixth grade music memory team consisting of Andi Clark, Colin Dennis, Kristen McCann, Meagan McCullough and Lupe Zapata also went home with a first place team award.

Students earning second place honors included Rye Kelly and Rachel Mattison, who tied in sixth grade calculator applications; Alex Buchanan, seventh grade calculator applications; Arthur Harbin, eighth grade calculator applications; Bailee Petty, eighth grade dictionary skills; Connie Gaddis, eighth grade impromptu speaking; Thurman Allen, seventh grade listening skills; Jessica Cowley, second place eighth grade maps, graphs and charts; Cody Dennis, sixth grade mathematics; Kason Childress, seventh grade modern oratory; Bradyn Burney, eighth grade modern oratory; Holli Wilson, seventh grade number sense; Sami Stoltenberg, sixth grade ready writing; Leah Hayes, eighth grade social studies; and Silvia Gudino, seventh grade spelling. 

Students recognized for placing third in their individuals competitions included George Green, eighth grade calculator aplications; Chloe Box and Ashley Clegg, tied in sixth grade dictionary skills; Sydney Valencia, seventh grade dictionary skills; Skyler Sinclair, seventh grade impromptu speaking; Tanner Gilbreath, eighth grade listening skills; Samantha Weeks, seventh grade maps, graphs and charts; Marissa Walter, seventh grade modern oratory; Eric Tangy, seventh grade number sense; Colin Chapa and Nathan Grafton, tied in eighth grade number sense; Tiffany Gatlin, seventh grade oral reading; Seath Maeker, eighth grade oral reading; Lauren Humphries, sixth grade ready writing; Kadi Moore, eighth grade ready writing; and Morgan Vaughan, sixth grade spelling. 

Students recognized for their fourth place finishes were Drew Hanna, eighth grade impromptu speaking; Tucker Johnson, sixth grade listening skills; Blake Macek, seventh grade listening skills; Ty Gautier, sixth grade maps, graphs and charts; Kyle Smith, seventh grade math; Colt Midgley, eighth grade modern oratory; Katie Cooper, seventh grade oral reading; Parey Draper, eighth grade oral reading; and Jaci Patterson, sixth grade spelling. 

Recognition was given to the following students for their fifth place finishes: Ashley Hanson, seventh grade dictionary skills; Kayla Seay, seventh grade editorial writing; Mitchell Stewart, eighth grade editorial writing; Katherine Johnson, seventh grade maps, graphs and charts; Leah Hayes, eighth grade maps, graphs and charts; Gerardo Martinez, eighth grade math; Abby Grand-Lienard, seventh grade modern oratory; Will Horton, sixth grade number sense; Kasey Blezinger, eighth grade number sense; Rachael Williams, eighth grade ready writing; Kade Koon, seventh grade science; Frankiesha Hawkins, eighth grade science; and Victoria Chapman, sixth grade social studies. 

Sixth place finishers included Toni Cody, sixth grade dictionary skills; Shelby Carter, eighth grade dictionary skills; Ariana Bravo, seventh grade impromptu speaking; Johnathan Bowers, sixth grade maps, charts and graphs; Brennen St. Clair, eighth grade modern oratory; Ally Eddins, sixth grade oral reading; Lindsey McCormack, seventh grade oral reading; Stephanie Bradford, sixth grade ready writing; and Taryn Smith, eighth grade social studies.

Several instructors and indvidiuals are are credited with assisting these and other students in preparing for the UIL meet. Coaches included: calculator applications, Bill Spataro, sixth and seventh grade, and Pam Petty, eighth grade; dictionary skills, Sharla Evans sixth grade, Rusty Womack seventh grade and Linda Mabe eight grade; mathematics, Pattie Teddlie and Senor Mangon, sixth-eighth grades; listening skills, Cathy Martin sixth grade, Tonda Spencer seventh grade and Karen McCormack, eighth grade; maps, charts and graphs, sixth grade Pat McClung, seventh grade Marsha Rezaie and eighth grade Matt McCray; number sens, sixth grade Connie Johnson, seventh grade Ronnie Jones and eighth grade Angie Dickerson; oral reading, sixth grade Pam Voss, seventh grade Peggy Walker and eighth grade Jim Moore; music memory, sixth grade Dona White; ready writing, sixth grade Mary Dicken and seventh-eighth grades Christine Thomas; spelling, sixth grade Karen Potter, seventh-eighth grades Linda Christian; modern oratory, seventh-eighth grades Cathy Bonner; science, seventh grade Johnnie Midgley and eighth grade Paula Altenbaumer; impropmptu speaking, seventh-eighth grades Kenya Singleton and Lindsey Holt; and editorial writing, seventh-eighth Wende Holland. 

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