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Hammons Qualifies for State at Region 8 UIL Congress ; SSHS UIL Academic Team Competes in Fall Meet

Two Sulphur Springs High School students went to a Region 8 UIL Congress competition earlier this month and one of the students qualified for state competition early next year. Noah Hammons finished second in the Region 8 competition qualifying for state and Rhett Reid placed sixth. Wildcats UIL Academic Coordinator Gerald Grafton said at UIL Congress competition, students introduce legislation, propose it and then debate it. Judges decide who did the best job. Hammons will be going to UT Austin January 8-10 to compete at the State UIL Congress. Grafton said if he makes it through the first two preliminary rounds, Hammons will then compete inside the State Capitol.

The Wildcats UIL Academic Team competed at the Whitehouse Fall UIL Invitational Meet last Saturday. Wildcats UIL Academic Coordinator Gerald Grafton said the Whitehouse meet is highly attended and is very competitive so he said placing at the meet is very impressive. Grafton said in Ready Writing, Annemarie Gunn finished third and Brianna Wooten 5th. The Spelling and Vocaulary Team took first place. Individually, Chase Charlton was also first. Natalie Cruz finished fourth and Sarah Harper fifth. Other members of the first place spelling and vocabulary team are Samantha Allemang and Giselle Gonzales. The Accounting Team placed second. Team members are Giselle Gonzales, Daniel Soto, Gillian Thomas and Caleb Yanez. In Computer Science, Kevin Orozco was fourth and Josh Rissman sixth. In Social Studies, Brandon Hodges was fourth. The Literary Criticism team took first place. Individually, Sarah Harper was second, Natalie Cruz was third and Lainey Whittle was fourth. Grafton said also of note, Corbin Philo had three wins and no losses in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Grafton said Philo finished seventh overall after ties were broken. Grafton said there will be a math and science competition on December 2 with students competing with others in their grade level.

Author: Staff Reporter

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