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MPHS Students Advance To Regionals

Twenty MPHS Students Advance to UIL Regionals

The Mount Pleasant High School Academic UIL Team brought something home from the District 16-5A Academic UIL Meet that they have never earned before the second-place trophy!

“We are very proud of this achievement because this is the highest MPHS has ever scored as a team in a tough Academic UIL District,” explained Dr. Judith Saxton, MPISD’s Director of Communications. “While several of our teams have advanced to regionals and even state UIL, we have never beaten Hallsville, Sulphur Springs and the rest of the District in Academic UIL. For some years, we placed last. To have reached second place, beating Sulphur Springs, is something to be celebrated.”

MPHS is sending five teams to the Regional Meet. The Calculator Applications team (David Barboza, Jose Liera, Pornphiphat Saiboonchan and Sanum Shahid), Math team (David Barboza, Jose Liera, Pornphiphat Saiboonchan and Nathon Segovia) and the Speech team (Audrey Courreges, Jaquacy Minter, Anthony Preciado, Ryan Sharp and Maritza Zambrano) all took first place at the District 16-5A UIL Academic Meet.

The Current Events team (Audrey Courreges Addison Hunter, Enrique Martinez, and Javier Martinez) and the Spelling and Vocabulary team (Rocio Hernandez, Annie Le, Ilse Vargas and Mary Vargas) both advanced to Regionals as Wild Card teams.
Two students advanced to the Regional Meet in individual categories.

Eric Vasquez advanced in Headline writing taking first in District. Nathon Segovia, who developed as a member of the Math team, also advanced in Science. Two other students pushed in two categories: Audrey Courreges in Current Events and Persuasive Speaking and Ryan Sharp in Informative Speaking and Prose Interpretation.

“I am thrilled that we have 20 students advancing to the Regional Meet,” said MPHS Academic UIL Coordinator Regina Crouch. “They have all worked hard to get to this point. I know that they and their coaches are working hard to prepare for regional competition.”
Many students earned individual medals in addition to the team medals they won with results in each category:

Accounting
Josh Menhennett – 6th Place

Calculator Applications (1st Place Team)
Jose Liera 1st Place, Pornphiphat Saiboonchan – 3rd Place

Computer Applications
Josh Menhennett – 4th Place, Blanca Antolin – 6th Place

Current Events (Wild Card Team)
Enrique Martinez- 3rd Place, Audrey Courreges – 5th Place

Informative Speaking
Ryan Sharp 1st Place, Anthony Preciado 2nd Place, Maritza Zambrano 3rd Place

Journalism (2nd Place Team)
Copy Editing: Rebecca Yox – 4th Place, Blanca Antolin – 5th Place
Editorial Writing: Rebecca Yox – 4th Place, Matthew Armstrong – 6th Place
Feature Writing: Rebecca Yox – 6th Place
Headlines: Eric Vasquez – 1st Place, Matthew Armstrong – 4th Place
News Writing: Eric Vasquez -5th Place, Harper Davis 6th Place

Lincoln-Douglas (LD) Debate
Dani Bernal – 4th Place

Math (1st Place team)
Jose Liera – 1st Place, Pornphiphat Saiboonchan, – 2nd Place, David Barboza – 4th Place

Persuasive Speaking
Audrey Courreges – 3rd Place, Isabella Greco – 4th Place

Poetry Interpretation
Jaquacy Minter 1st Place, Seth Robertson – 4th Place, Aslin Barrientos – 6th Place

Prose Interpretation
Ryan Sharp – 3rd Place

Science
Nathon Segovia – 2nd Place overall
Top Physics Score: Nathon Segovia

The Regional Academic UIL Meet will be at Prosper High School on April 13-14, 2018.

Pictured:
UIL Regional: Members of the MPHS Academic UIL team who advanced to regionals with their coaches.