10 SSHS Students Among Only 24 State Finalists In UIL Essay Contests

Ten students from Sulphur Springs High School are among only 24 state finalists in UIL’s Barbara Jordan Historical and Latino History Essay competitions.

UIL Academics sponsors the two essay competitions tp provide opportunities for students to explore the contributions of historically underrepresented groups to the history and culture of Texas. With a focus on original research and the use of primary sources, students are encouraged to look to their own communities in finding topics for their essays. 

SSHS state UIL finalists in the Barbara Jordan and Latino History Essay Competitions (Photo by Emily Dick)

Twelve students are chosen as finalists in each of two essay competitions, the Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition and the Latino History Essay Competition. Students from across the state in all classifications participate in these competitions. 

This year, Sulphur Springs High School had 10 students named as state finalists. 

Alexander Cooper, Lexi McCoy, Addisyn Wall, and Anna Williams were named as finalists in the Barbara Jordan Essay Competition.

The Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition provides students an opportunity to explore the contributions of African Americans to Texas history. The theme of the competition is “African Americans in Texas: Past and Present.” 

Carlos Alba, Andres Flores, Mali Maeker, Lausen Ost, Lindsey Plumley, and Alexis Villarino were named as finalists in the Latino History Essay Competition.

The Latino History Essay Competition provides students the opportunity to explore the “historical and cultural legacies of Latinos in Texas history.” 

These SSHS students, along with the other 14 finalists, will attend an awards ceremony at the UIL Academic State Meet in May, where 6 students in each event will receive state medals. Miss Gail Herman is sponsor for the essay competitions. 

Congratulations to each of the students and their sponsor for these accomplishments. 

Author: Faith Huffman

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