Alvord, Boyd and Paradise high schools combined to win almost 40 top-six finishes in UIL academic events at the District 9-2A meet March 28.
The teams had 37 top-six finishes in 19 events, leading Paradise to place third overall with 302 points. Alvord came in fifth with 94 points, and Boyd was sixth with 61 points. Brock High school won the meet with 410, and Ponder snagged second with 330.
Alvord swept spelling and vocabulary with the top three individuals, which gave the team a regional bid. Mira Patel won first, Jannett Garcia placed second, and Cody Peterson was third. Michaela Causey placed fourth.
Paradise landed top awards and regional bids in journalism events including Katy Skogberg, first in editorial writing and third in news writing, Jarrett Roper, third in feature writing, and Jacob Owens, first in headline writing.
The Panthers also went one-two in informative speaking for another pair of regional spots, with Sierra Brandon winning the gold and Amy Walton close behind in second.
Julianna Smith of Paradise won the ready writing competition, and Jordan Carter won number sense. The duo will go to regionals along with fellow Panthers Cimmiaron Alvarez in persuasive speaking (third); Kylie Davis in social studies (second); Hannah Eisen in current issues (second); and Blake Bryant in computer applications (third) and computer science (third).
Alvord claimed the team championship in current events and will advance to regionals with the following members: Caleb Wood, Austin Gaskins, Jonathan Musgrave and Heath Walker.
The Region II-2A meet is April 18-20 at Tarleton State University in Stephenville.
DISTRICT 9-2A MEET
1. Brock, 410
2. Ponder, 330
3. Paradise, 302
4. Peaster, 232
5. Alvord, 94
6. Boyd, 61
7. Millsap, 46
*denotes regional qualifier
Accounting – 4. Kandi Rose, Alvord; 5. Marissa Schedcik, Alvord; 6. Blaine Hamilton, Alvord
Calculator Applications – 6. Amy Walton, Paradise
Current Issues – 2. Hannah Eisen, Paradise*; 4. Caleb Wood, Alvord
Computer Applications – 3. Blake Bryant, Paradise*; 4. Stormi Lamb, Paradise
Computer Science – 3. Blake Bryant, Paradise*, 6. Colby Dial, Paradise
Editorial Writing – 1. Katy Skogberg, Paradise*; 5. Mikena Mader, Alvord
Feature Writing – 3. Jarrett Roper, Paradise*; 5. Taylor Rector, Paradise
Headline Writing – 1. Jacob Owens, Paradise*; 6. Zach Fletcher, Paradise
Informative Speaking – 1. Sierra Brandon, Paradise*; 2. Amy Walton, Paradise*; 6. Jennifer Welch, Paradise
Literary Criticism – 4. Abigail Fagin, Boyd; 6. Tylre Burman, Boyd
Number Sense – 1. Jordan Carter, Paradise*
News Writing – 3. Katy Skogberg, Paradise*
Persuasive Speaking – 3. Cimmiaron Alvarez, Paradise*, 6. Damian Silvas, Paradise
Poetry Interpretation – 5. Darla Walterscheid, Paradise
Prose Interpretation – 4. Christian McCormick, Paradise; 5. Heather Green, Boyd; 6. Kaelyn McCormick, Paradise
Ready Writing – 1. Julianna Smith, Paradise*; 5. Seth Burkhalter, Alvord
Science – 5. Wesley Meadows, Paradise
Social Studies – 2. Kylie Davis, Paradise*, 6. Ariel Rogers, Alvord
Spelling and Vocabulary – 1. Mira Patel, Alvord*; 2. Jannett Garcia, Alvord*; 3. Cody Peterson, Alvord*; 4. Michaela Causey, Alvord