Panthers leads local schools in District 9-2A academics

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, April 13, 2013
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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.


School, points
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

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