Ja’Quacy with his 3rd place trophy
Ja’Quacy with his parents, Tedd and Danielle Minter
Mount Pleasant High School senior places 3rd at Tournament of Champions
Mount Pleasant High School Senior Ja’Quacy Minter qualified for the Tournament of Champions (TOC) in September of 2018, just a few weeks into his senior year. And this past weekend, he and his parents, Tedd and Danielle Minter, made the trip to the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Students qualifying for the TOC represented 33 states and four countries. Minter is the first student from MPHS to ever qualify for the prestigious tournament.
On day one, Minter competed in three rounds of Oral Interpretation against 32 other competitors from across the United States. He performed a prose piece twice and a poetry piece once. On day two, he continued with three more rounds, and then they cut the field to fourteen semifinalists. Minter found himself among the fourteen best in the nation.
In the semifinals, Minter had just one round to perform his prose piece and prove that he belonged in the finals. The fourteen semifinalists then gathered in an auditorium on the UK campus. Eight of the fourteen were presented with Semifinalist trophies one at a time, marking the end of the competition for them and leaving just six competitors still standing before the crowd. Minter found himself among the final six.
On the final day of competition, Minter performed his poetry piece and then waited to learn what place he had earned. Minter’s mom live-streamed the awards ceremony on her Facebook page. Members of the MPHS Speech and Debate team organized a watch party in Coach Cody Morris’s room during their lunch period to watch their teammate. In the end, Minter placed 3rd in the nation.
“Ja’Quacy is a true talent,” said MPHS Speech & Debate coach, Cody Morris. “He has amazed me all year. Ja’Quacy was the first person in school history to qualify for the UKTOC. He then placed 3rd at the National Tournament. He is a true inspiration to future students. I will be sad to see Ja’Quacy go, but I am excited to see what he can do at UIL State at the end of May.”
2019-2020 MPJH Colorguard
Front Row L to R
Karime Leija, Kaira Leija, Abigail Retana, Dori Macedo, Rayne Hensley, Jocelyn Marroquin
Second Row L to R
Hannah Nichols, Kiara Rundles, Jillian Jetton, Zoe Zittel, Anna Faith Bird, Alexis Mahoney, Alivia Newman
Jinnely Padilla, Lolita Solis, Dollian Phan
MPJH Colorguard chooses new members for 2019-2020
Mount Pleasant Junior High School held tryouts for the Colorguard earlier in April. Members of the 2019-2020 Junior High Colorguard include Anna Faith Bird, Rayne Hensley, Jillian Jetton, Karime Leija, Kaira Leija, Dori Macedo, Alexis Mahoney, Jocelyn Marroquin, Alivia Newman, Hannah Nichols, Jinnely Padilla, Dollian Phan, Abigail Retana, Kiara Rundles, Lolita Solis, and Zoe Zittel.
Contact: Kelly Cowan