Slidell High School students landed 36 top-six finishes in UIL academic events to win the District 14-A competition by almost 300 points.
The Greyhounds took the meet title with 451.33 points with Newcastle High School a distant second at 173.33 points. Twenty Slidell students will advance to the regional meet April 19-20 at Abilene Christian University.
The computer science team took first place and will advance to regionals with members placing first through fourth individually. Sarah Beaver led the team in first, Gracjan Pietryka took second, Shelby Vanover placed third and Ashley Mills won fourth.
Beaver also won the gold in number sense with teammate Caitlyn Pruett winning second, guaranteeing the team a first-place finish and regional bid.
Four students placed in accounting including Cole Tivis in second (regional qualifier); Ashley Mills, fourth; Fernanda Martinez, fifth; and Bailey Hankins, sixth.
Isaac Davis and Tyler Maynard went one-two in news writing and will advance to regionals, while Pruett snagged a regional bid with a third-place finish in headline writing. Caitlin Ward will also advance to regionals in a journalism event winning third in editorial writing.
The Greyhounds also fared well in the speaking events with Jessy Goode winning informative speaking, and Jarrett Tinsman placing first in persuasive speaking. They’ll be joined at regionals by teammates Marisol Millan, third in informative speaking, and Jessie Bowen, second in persuasive.
Four students will advance in poetry and prose interpretation, including Norberto Martinez and Goode, who placed first and third, respectively, in poetry interpretation, and Marisol Millan and John Ross who took first and second in prose interpretation.
Ross is also advancing in spelling and vocabulary. He placed third.
Verdugo took third in calculator applications for another regional spot, and Tinsman placed third to advance in current issues. Morgan Barnes will advance in computer applications. She placed second.
And Pruett will advance in literary criticism after winning a silver medal.
DISTRICT 14-A MEET
1. Slidell, 451.33
2. Newcastle, 173.33
3. Midway (Henrietta), 127
3. Graford, 127
5. Saint Jo, 113
6. Throckmorton, 97
7. Gold-Burg, 81
8. Forestburg, 76
9. Woodson, 70.33
10. Bryson, 70
11. Prairie Valley, 29
12. Paint Creek, 24
13. Bellevue, 14
*denotes regional qualifier
Accounting – 2. Cole Tivis*, 4. Ashley Mills, 5. Fernanda Martinez, 6. Bailey Hankins
Calculator Applications – 3. Nicol Verdugo*
Current Issues – 3. Jarrett Tinsman*
Computer Applications – 2. Morgan Barnes*
Computer Science – 1. Sarah Beaver*, 2. Gracjan Pietryka*, 3. Shelby Vanover*, 4. Ashley Mills
Editorial Writing – 3. Caitlin Ward*, 5. Kayleigh Miller, 6. Kylie Franklin
Feature Writing – 5. Kayleigh Miller
Headline Writing – 3. Caitlin Pruett*, 6. Kayleigh Miller
Informative Speaking – 1. Jessy Goode*, 3. Marisol Millan*, 4. Dustin Davis
Literary Criticism – 2. Caitlin Pruett*, 6. River Koon
Number Sense – 1. Sarah Beaver*, 2. Caitlin Pruett*
News Writing – 1. Isaac Davis*, 2. Tyler Maynard*
Persuasive Speaking – 1. Jarrett Tinsman*, 2. Jessie Bowen*
Poetry Interpretation – 1. Norberto Martinez*, 3. Jessy Goode*, 5. Nicole Grant
Prose Interpretation – 1. Marisol Millan*, 2. John Ross*, 4. Madison Downs
Science – 4. Shelby Vanover
Spelling and Vocabulary – 3. John Ross*