North Hopkin student takes third in state UIL contest

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

May 11, 2008 - Four North Hopkins High School students participated at the state academic University Interscholastic League meet last weekend in Austin, including one who placed in journalism.

Both Liz Shaw and Tori Huffman advanced to the state contest May 2-3 at the University of Texas after posting high scores at the district and regional contests. Shaw earned second place honors in Lincoln-Douglas Debate at both the district and regional meets, while Huffman placed second in editorial writing at district and third at the regional meet held April 11-12 at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

Huffman continued her winning ways by earning third in state at the UIL meet last Saturday.

Two North Hopkins students, Jackie Gold and Robert White, who performed well in the contests leading up to state, were members of the Honor Crew that served as timers, chairs and runners for speech contests at the state meet, according to Carolyn Long, NHHS UIL coordinator.

Gold placed second in informative speaking at the district meet, helping the speech team take top honors at district and advance to region.

White, along with Angelina Ugalde, earned top honors in cross-examination and debate at the district meet while Gold, along with Julia Tamsma, placed fourth district in cross-examination debate.

Three other students, while not scoring high enough to advance to the state meet, were also recognized for placing at the regional contest in April.

Tana Hall earned fourth in editorial writing and sixth in informative speaking at region. Hall advanced to the regional contest after earning first in editorial writing and informative speaking at the district meet.

A.J. Aguilar placed fifth in poetry and Virginia Thomas sixth in ready writing at the regional meet. Aguilar advanced to region by placing first in poetry interpretation at the district meet, while Thomas earned second in ready writing at district.

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