Led by its team of journalists that captured first and second in headline and news writing, Paradise brought home second place at the District 9-3A University Interscholastic League Academic meet Friday.
Paradise piled up 280 points. Holliday won the sweepstakes trophy with 586.
“We were excited. We were in a tougher district with a couple of schools we usually compete with at the regional level,” said Paradise UIL coordinator Megayla O’Rear. “Holliday last year at district was 500 points ahead of second place.
“We talked with the kids that they had to work a little harder, and they did,” she said. “I’m very proud of them.”
Paradise students won titles in three events – news writing, headline writing and chemistry. Paradise brought home the journalism team award.
Paradise will advance 15 students to the 3A Region II meet April 23-25 at Tyler Junior College.
“We have a lot of good coaches in different events,” O’Rear said. “We were able to take students to several invitational meets and work with them. It paid off.”
Juliana Smith and Jamie Talley took the gold and silver medals in headline writing. Bailee Miller and Avery Caddell pulled off the same feat in news writing.
Faith Blankenship garnered second in feature writing to give Paradise a fifth medal in journalism.
Zachary Loney won Paradise’s third gold medal in chemistry.
Austin Medlin took silver medals in calculator applications and persuasive speaking.
The Paradise calculator applications squad along with the speech and number sense teams finished second.
Nicholas Loney in current issues, Tryston Webb in computer applications, Tanner Aberl in informative speaking, Carlos Powers in number sense and Sarah Horton in ready writing brought home bronze medals.
ONE ACT PLAY
Paradise’s cast and crew in “Twelfth Night or a What You Will” earned a spot at bi-district with its performance last week at the 9-3A One-Act Play contest.
Paradise, Nocona and Bowie were the three productions to advance.
Paradise’s Michael Hasty earned all-star cast as Sir Toby Belch.
Andrew Alexander garnered honorable mention with his work as Sir Andrew Aguecheek.
Stage manager Heather McDuff received all-star crew.
Team: 1. Holliday 586, 2. Paradise 280, 3. City View 216, 4. Bowie 110, 5. Henrietta 85, 6. Jacksboro 72, 7. Nocona 59, 8. Boyd 10
Calculator Applications: 2. Austin Medlin, Paradise; 5. Hunter Anthony, Paradise
Calculator Applications Team: 2. Paradise
Current Issues: 3. Nicholas Loney, Paradise
Computer Applications: 3. Tryston Webb, Paradise; 4. Hunter Anthony, Paradise
Computer Science: 3. Hunter Anthony, Paradise; 6. Caiden Berry, Paradise
Editorial Writing: 2. Faith Blankenship, Paradise
Feature Writing: 6. Jamie Talley, Paradise
Headline Writing: 1. Julianna Smith, Paradise; 2. Jamie Talley, Paradise; 6. Avery Caddell, Paradise
Informative Speaking: 3. Tanner Aberl, Paradise
Mathematics: 4. Caiden Berry, Paradise; 5. Nicholas Loney, Paradise; 6. Braden Thomas, Boyd
Number Sense: 3. Carlos Powers, Paradise
Number Sense Team: 2. Paradise
News Writing: 1. Bailee Miller, Paradise; 2. Avery Caddell, Paradise; 4. Allison Rutledge, Paradise
Journalism Team: 1. Paradise
Persuasive Speaking: 2. Austin Medlin, Paradise; 5. Jada McCoy-Reynolds, Paradise; 6. Jacob Branscum, Paradise
Poetry Interpretation: 4. Faith Blankenship, Paradise
Prose Interpretation: 5. Cheyanne Alvarez, Paradise
Speech: 2. Paradise
Ready Writing: 3. Sara Horton, Paradise
Chemistry: 1. Zachary Loney, Paradise
Social Studies: 5. Trever Shuker, Paradise