Continuing the Tradition

Stephenville High School UIL teams bring home district titles

By RACHEL TUGGLE

Flash Student-Writer

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STEPHENVILLE (April 21, 2015) — Success in UIL academics is a tradition at SHS and this year is no exception. SHS students compete in 20 different categories, from mathematics and computer science to news writing and persuasive speaking. On Wednesday, April 8, 40 students placed at the district meet in Abilene and twenty-nine will advance to compete at the regional level either as part of a team or individually.

“The best part of UIL is when you do really well and advance from district,” junior, Santi Gallego, said. “Regionals and state are really fun.”

UIL has a legacy of success that is passed down from student to student. Most compete throughout their high school careers.

“I just enjoy being able to hang out with everybody,” junior, Amber Holland, said.

Competitors begin practicing in the fall and take part in several practice meets before district level. Everyone mentally prepares themselves in a different way for the rigorous events.

“I go to sleep early and don’t think about it until it’s time to go,” senior, Jose Vanegas, said. “I don’t want to get nervous or doubt myself. I just want to do my best.”

Since there are so many different categories, many of the students participate in multiple events. Freshman Rebecca Tuggle is in Feature Writing and Headline Writing; she placed third in both.

“I like getting to experience the different aspects of journalism through the competitions,” freshman, Rebecca Tuggle, said.

“If there is anything we should do, it should be UIL,” Superintendent Matt Underwood said. “This is the core of what we do. It has so many skills that kids are going to need outside of high school.”

District UIL 1 District UIL 2

UIL Results

Accounting

Kilanie Arpin-2nd place

Reed Lemons-2nd place

Miller Parham

1ST PLACE TEAM

Calculator Applications

Kaitlyn Pierce

Jose Vanegas

Elizabeth Pack

Kelly Danley

3RD PLACE TEAM

*Computer Applications and Computer Science place together as a team*

Computer Applications

Seth Barbaree-1st place

Santiago Gallego-3rd place

Cody Cross-4th place

Computer Science

Harley Pendleton-5th place

Seth Barbaree-6th place

Santiago Gallego

Zachery Gentry

2ND PLACE TEAM

Current Events

Curren Ackerman-5th place

Adrian Perez

A’dayr Shewmaker

Alaina Fritz

3RD PLACE TEAM

TOP JOURNALISM TEAM (for a combined top score in Editorial, News, Feature, and Headline)

Editorial Writing

Rachel Tuggle-1st place

Hannah Mabry-2nd place

Amber Holland-4th place

Feature Writing

Hannah Mabry-2nd place

Rebecca Tuggle-3rd place

Brooke Sanderford-4th place

Headline Writing

Rebecca Tuggle-3rd place

Hannah Mabry-4th place

News Writing

Hannah Mabry-2nd place

Rachel Tuggle-3rd place

Amber Holland-4th place

Informative Speaking

Issac Lingle-5th place

Conner McKinzie-6th place

Persuasive Speaking

Laura Waldron-4th place

Alexandria Lopez-6th place

Poetry

Shelby Monk-6th place

Prose

Madison Garza-6th place

Literary Criticism

Becca Floyd-1st place

Charlie Clemmer-2nd place

Mariana Rios-3rd place

Emily Moore-4th place

1ST PLACE TEAM

Ready Writing

Kilanie Arpin-1st place

Rachel Tuggle-3rd place

Emily Miller-5th place

Mathematics

Hunter Wells

Taylor Castleberry

Reed Lemons

Kaitlyn Pierce

4TH PLACE TEAM

Number Sense

Hunter Wells-6th place

Taylor Castleberry

Reed Lemons

Jose Vanegas

3RD PLACE TEAM

Science

Taylor Castleberry-2nd place

Bianca Serrano-4th place

Jace Willis-5th place

Cade Lemons

Elizabeth Pack

Kelcee Jones

2ND PLACE TEAM

Social Studies

A’dayr Shewmaker-4th place

Alaina Fritz

Carlos Canales

Spelling & Vocabulary

Isabella Manlapaz-1st place

Anna Garrison-6th place

Karah Pack

Britney DiJulio

2ND PLACE TEAM

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