SSHS spelling team heads to Austin for another shot at a state title

From Staff Reports

April 14, 2008 - The Sulphur Springs High School UIL spelling and vocabulary team is headed back to Austin for a shot at another state title after taking first place in this weekend's regional meet.

The spelling team of Lyndsi Bible, Zack Mahand, Sarah Fox and Emily Mason won the regional University Interscholastic League contest, held in Denton. Other Sulphur Springs High School spelling teams have claimed state titles in recent years.

Mahand also qualified individually in ready writing to go to the state tournament, scheduled for May 2-3 at The University of Texas at Austin, after placing third at regionals.

The spelling team had strong showings in meets leading up to the regional contest. In four competitions leading up to this weekend, the team scored three firsts and one second.

They may have another group of classmates join them, however. While the accounting team placed second this weekend (only first-place regional teams advance to state), the team of Ryan Clark, Crysel Garcia, John Latham and Ayanna Smith may still make the trip to Austin as a wild card entry. Wild card entries are given to teams who log the highest scores of all second-place groups in the state in their discipline.

The wild card results should be known by Thursday.

Also placing high at regionals was Ryan Clark, who took fifth individually in accounting.

"I'm very proud of our students," wrote Wildcat UIL coordinator Gina Wilder in an e-mail announcing the regional results. "If you see them, give them a well-deserved pat on the back!"

The Wildcats qualified 21 competitors and four alternates for regionals after finishing second place behind Lindale in the run for the district sweepstakes title.

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