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Building on success: Slidell captures 4th straight junior high UIL title

Published Saturday, December 22, 2018
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Carrying On the Tradition

CARRYING ON THE TRADITION – The Slidell junior high UIL team captured the program’s fourth straight district title this month. The team compiled 600 points. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

Over the years, Slidell High School has developed one of the state’s top Class A UIL academic programs.

Slidell captured the 2015 state title and was state runner-up in 2017.

With the recent performance of Slidell’s middle school students at the District 22-A junior high UIL meet, the string of success won’t dry up anytime soon. Slidell piled up 600 points to win its fourth straight district title.

“The high school keeps winning, and we’ve got to keep the streak going,” said eighth grader Frankie Moreno, who won his grade’s chess title.

“We’re proud we won by a lot.”

Slidell students captured 16 individual titles and 15 team crowns.

“We’re happy everyone competed and contributed,” said seventh grader Addison Stevens, who won modern oratory and oral reading. “We’re proud for our school.”

Stevens concentrated on the speaking events. She also finished second in impromptu speaking and competed in listening skills.

“I’m good at speaking, so I like to sign up for the speaking events,” Stevens said. “I like oral reading. The piece I had I could use different voices. I like acting.”

She plans to stay with the speaking events as she progresses into high school.

Moreno stayed busy. Along with winning the chess contest, he competed in editorial writing, spelling, science and served as an alternate in dictionary. He finished fifth in spelling and helped the team to a district title.

“The past few years I’ve tried to do everything I can,” Moreno said.

“I was excited that I got first [in chess]. I’ve never placed before. I understood everything better.”

Sixth grader Hazel Davis provided a big contribution in helping Slidell to the title. She won editorial writing and the maps, graphs and charts contest. She was third in social studies, helping the team to a title.

“Writing comes natural to me. I figured I’d do the writing events,” Davis said.

In editorial writing, she wrote against a new detention policy that led to bullying.

Moreno, Davis and Stevens said all the events take a lot of practice and extra work. They each practiced four times per week, but they didn’t mind the work because they had a goal.

“We have to keep the streak going,” Stevens said.

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