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The Annie Sims Elementary School 4th Grade Honors Choir performed a variety of Christmas songs including “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” for the staff of the Mt. Pleasant ISD Administration Building Friday at Noon. The employees loved hearing from the 52-member choir. It was a great addition to the Christmas season!


MPHS Senior Signs Athletic Lett of Intent

Mount Pleasant High School Senior Kamille Gill has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball at Northeast Texas Community College. Kamille is the daughter of Lee and Cindy Gill.


Members of the Corprew Elementary School National Elementary Honor Society serve as Salvation Army Bell Ringers outside Walmart.
Pictured are: Miguel Rodarte, Cristian Perez, Daniel Rodriguez-Salazar, Leinad Rodriguez, Dalia Salinas (sister of NEHS member), Kaylee Leija, Margarita Salinas


Annie Sims Elementary staff member Carrie McMinn and some Annie Sims 4th graders took time to ring the bell for the Salvation Army at Brookshire’s in Mt. Pleasant. Students included Mayte Flores, Brooke Alexander, Ava True Fite, and Claire Muskrat


MPHS Calculator Apps and Math Teams Place First at Meets

Pictured (l-r): Coach Andy Speir, Pornphiphat Saiboonchan, Jose Liera, David Barboza, Grace Whitten, Shelby Courreges, Patricia Roque

The Mount Pleasant High School Calculator Applications and Math teams earned 1st place finishes at the Whitehouse Thanksgiving Invitational November 11 and at the Spring Hill Meet on December 2.

Whitehouse Thanksgiving Invitational
The Calculator Applications team members that competed at Whitehouse are Jose Liera, Pornphiphat Saiboonchan, Sanum Shahid and David Barboza. Individually Jose Liera placed 1st, Pornphiphat Saiboonchan placed 3rd, and Sanum Shahid placed 5th.
The Math team members at the Whitehouse Meet were Jose Liera, David Barboza, Pornphiphat Saiboonchan, and Shelby Courreges. Individually Jose Liera placed 1st, David Barboza placed 4th, Pornphiphat Saiboonchan placed 5th, and Shelby Courreges placed 6th.

Spring Hill Math/Science Meet
The MPHS Calculator Applications team took 1st place at the Meet beating second-place finisher Pine Tree by 9 points (588 to 579) and third place team Hallsville by 27 points (588 to 561).
Individually Patricia Roque placed 4th in 9th grade, Grace Whitten placed 2nd in 10th grade, Jose Liera placed 1st in 11th grade, David Barboza placed 4th in 11th grade, and Pornphiphat Saiboonchan placed 5th in 12th grade
The 1st place MPHS Math team outdistanced second-place Hallsville by 150 points (710 to 560) and third place finisher Pine Tree by 210 points (710 to 500).
Individually Shelby Courreges placed 3rd in 10th grade, Jose Liera placed 1st in 11th grade, David Barboza placed 2nd in 11th grade, and Pornphiphat Saiboonchan placed 1st in 12th grade
In Science, Jose Liera placed 5th in 11th grade.

“This year’s teams are following in the footsteps of last year’s teams who took the state in Calculator Apps and 2nd in State in Math,” said MPISD’s Director of Communications Dr. Judi Saxton. “While three members of last year’s Calculator Apps team and two members of the Math team graduated, the students who continued on the teams and the new member’s Coach Andy Speir has brought on board are continuing the tradition of excellence. We are excited to see what the rest of the year will bring as these students continue in UIL Academic competitions.”



Pictured (l-r): Team Coach Cody Morris, Connelly Cowan, Taryn Thurman, Seth Robertson, Audrey Courreges, Maritza Zambrano


The Mount Pleasant High School Speech and Debate Team competed at Whitehouse the weekend before Thanksgiving Break. They brought home three second-place medals, two third-place medals, and earned one fourth, one fifth and one sixth. Seven students brought home medals from the contest. Two of them, Aslin Barrientos and Ryan Sharp, placed in two events while Seth Robertson awarded places in three.

Winners included:
Seth Robertson 2nd in Poetry Interpretation, 3rd in Humorous Interpretation
and with Audrey Courreges 5th in CX Debate
Jaquacy Minter 2nd in Dramatic Interpretation
Ryan Sharp 2nd in Humorous Interpretation
and with Taryn Thurman 4th in CX Debate
Aslin Barrientos 6th in Dramatic Interpretation
and with Tripp Hinton 3rd in Duo Interpretation

The Team improved at their next Meet on December 2 at All Saints Episcopal in Tyler, Texas. They brought home the 2nd place overall trophy and earned two 1st place, two 2nd place, one 3rd place, two 5th place and four 6th place awards. Seven students brought home the 11 medals. One student- Jaquacy Minter- placed in four events, two students – Aslin Barrientos and Ryan Sharp – placed in three events and one – Taryn Thurman placed in two.

Winners included:
Jaquacy Minter 1st in Poetry Interpretation. 2nd in Program of Oral Interpretation,
5th in Dramatic Interpretation and with Aslin Barrientos 1st in Duo Interpretation.
Ryan Sharp 3rd in Prose Interpretation, 6th in International Extemporaneous
Speaking and with Taryn Thurman 2nd in Policy Debate
Connelly Cowan with Anthony Preciado 3rd in Policy Debate
Taryn Thurman 5th in Poetry Interpretation
Aslin Barrientos 6th in Poetry Interpretation and Program or Oral
Maritza Zambrano 6th in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking

“We congratulate these students on their success at these two Meets,” said MPISD Director of Communications Dr. Judi Saxton. “We look forward to what they will achieve throughout the rest of this school year.”