Morgan Barnes explains this year’s seniors made a prophesy of sorts with their class T-shirts.
“They say ‘making history,'” Barnes said. “That’s what we’re doing and going out with a bang.”
Barnes was a big part of history for Slidell Saturday as the school captured the Class A Region III University Interscholastic League academics sweepstakes trophy.
“It’s a big deal. We accomplished many dreams,” said Barnes, who won literary criticism and finished second in computer applications. She also was named Best Actress in the region one-act play contest on Slidell’s production that advanced to state.
“It was crazy. A lot of hard work paying off,” she said.
Barnes is one of 14 Slidell students to earn spots at the UIL state academic meet May 26-27 at the University of Texas in Austin.
“It’s the most we’ve ever had,” said Slidell UIL coordinator Sherrie Enis about her 14 statebound students. “We’ve had five a couple of times, but this is definitely the most. They are such great kids.”
Slidell piled up 318 points – 121 more than second-place Savoy. The school won team titles in computer science, speech and literary criticism.
“We’ve been trying for this for a long time,” Enis said.
The school’s production of “Ruby’s Story” earned 38 points as one of the region’s two advancing plays. Along with Barnes earning the top acting award, Caitlin Pruett and Taylor Davis made the all-star cast.
“With one-act-play, regionals has always been the cutoff,” Barnes said. “That got us super pumped for everything else.
“It’s an awesome story, and we have a good group with a lot of desire. The Best Actress at the regional level was unexpected, but the main goal was I wanted us to advance.”
Sarah Beaver won three gold medals in computer applications, computer science and number sense. She tied classmate Mason Maynard for the top spot in number sense. Obed Galindo was third as Slidell captured all three medals and the team trophy in the event.
“We’re making history. It was a lot of firsts for Slidell,” said Beaver, a junior, who was part of three championship teams along with the one-act play.
Shelby Vanover hauled in gold medals in physics and ready writing, a silver in computer applications and a fifth-place in science.
“I got high point in physics. I got lucky,” said Vanover, who earned his first trip to the state meet.
He credited his teachers for their help, especially in ready writing.
“I had a great teacher in ready writing that got me in it my freshman year,” said the now-junior. “I progressed and added skills that got me to state.”
Jessy Goode won poetry interpretation with Norberto Martinez taking third in the event.
Obed Galindo finished second, Marisol Millan third and Goode fourth in informative speaking.
Tyler Maynard earned a silver medal in headline writing.
Caitlin Pruett garnered second in persuasive speaking and third in prose interpretation.
Barnes and her fellow history-making senior classmates will graduate the week of the state academics meet.
“It’ll be a good way to end our senior year,” Barnes said.
SLIDELL UIL RESULTS
Team: 1. Slidell 318; 2. Savoy 197; 3. Tioga 104.5; 4. Perrin-Whitt 69; 5. Bryson 58; 6. Trinidad 55
Computer Applications: 1. Sarah Beaver; 2. Morgan Barnes
Computer Science: 1. Sarah Beaver; 2. Shelby Vanover
Computer Science Team: 1. Slidell
Headline Writing: 2. Tyler Maynard
Informative Speaking: 2. Obed Galindo; 3. Marisol Millan; 4. Jessy Goode
Literary Criticism: 1. Morgan Barnes; 3. Sydney Keating
Literary Criticism Team: 1. Slidell
Number Sense: 1. Mason Maynard; 1. Sarah Beaver; 3. Obed Galindo
Number Sense Team: 1. Slidell
News Writing: 6. Tyler Maynard
Persuasive Speaking: 2. Caitlin Pruett; 4. Khristian Talamantes
Poetry Interpretation: 1. Jessy Goode; 3. Norberto Martinez
Prose Interpretation: 3. Caitlin Pruett
Speech Team: 1. Slidell
Ready Writing: 1. Shelby Vanover
Science: 5. Shelby Vanover
Physics: 1. Shelby Vanover
Spelling and Vocabulary: 6. Lisbet Licea