The Sulphur Springs High School Wildcat UIL Academic Team competed at the Region 2 UIL academic championships this past Friday and Saturday, April 22-23. Wildcat competitors finished 2nd place overall with 190 points. Highland Park took first with 245 points. Hallsville finished 3rd with 128 points. Ten SSHS students qualified for State UIL in 7 events. The State UIL meet will be held at the University of Texas at Austin on May 5 – May 7.
First place teams advancing to state include the Spelling & Vocabulary Team consisting of Dawson Carpenter, Kami White, Lani Horn and Alyssa Isonhood; and the Literary Criticism Team made up of Shelby Ray, Dawson Carpenter, Alexis Villarino and Kami White.
Individually, Carpenter won third in spelling and vocabulary and second in literary criticism; Ray first and Villarino third in literary criticism. Gail Herman is the coach for both teams.
The Social Studies team consisting of Alfredo Renteria, Lexi McCoy, Crawford Johns and Artesia Cheak is advancing to state as a wildcard team, for having the best second place team social studies score in the state. Individually, Renteria won third place honors and McCoy placed fourth. Madison Millsap is the coach for this team.
The SSHS Journalism team, coached by Gail Herman and Madison Millsap, also finished in first place at regionals. Lexi McCoy won first place honors in copy writing and third place honors in news writing; Dawson Carpenter won first place honors in editorial writing and second place honors in copy editing; and Lausen Ost placed fourth in headline writing.
McCoy also placed fifth and Alexis Villarino sixth in ready writing, which Gail Herman coaches.
SSHS One Act Play finished the season on Thursday with an outstanding effort at Regional competition. Contributing to the overall team result with an All-Star Cast award was Lucy Brady, Honorable Mention All-Star Cast awards were AllieGrace Woodard and Austin Crum, and a Tech Award. was Markida Hood. Lesha Woodard was the director for the OAP competition.
Congratulations to all the students who participated at regionals, as well as their coaches.