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MPHS Cheer at the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championships

Contact: Kelly Cowan

MPHS Cheerleaders place 8th in National competition

The Mount Pleasant High School Cheerleaders traveled to Orlando, Florida, to compete in the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championships on February 11-13 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Competing in the Small Varsity COED Game Day division, day one began with 27 teams. At the end prelims on day one, the team finished with a score of 81.7 to give them a tie for 5th place overall, a score good enough to advance them to the semifinals the next day.

On day two, the thirteen semifinalists would compete for spots in the finals. MPHS finished day two with 89.9, giving them a narrow .02 lead over Charles Henderson High School. That slight lead would give the team the last remaining spot and the opportunity to compete one more time in the finals.

On the final day of the competition, after an excellent band chant and situational routine, MPHS moved on to the cheer portion, where a dropped stunt gave them a two-point deduction. And in the fight song, they earned another two-point deduction. The team finished with a raw score of 89.3, but after the four-point deduction, placed 8th with an 85.3.

Competing for MPHS cheer were seniors Anna Claire Wall (Captain), Karigan Fox (Captain), Sam Brown, Alex Van Rijn, Nevaeh Bardwell, Katie Ochoa, Juliana Perez, and Jordan Neal, juniors Ethan Easley, Jillian Adair, and Emily Shelton, sophomores Hannah Anderson, Allie Sloan, Caroline Currey, Abigail Gutierrez, Alexa Gamble, and Madison Cooper, and freshmen Madison Hargrove, Kate Ball, and Kit Thompson.

“We are so proud of our accomplishment and happy to have brought a trophy back to Mount Pleasant,” said MPHS Cheer Coach Karissa Lopez. “With so many seniors on our team, we have a lot of work to do for next season, but our returners are ready to get back to Florida and fight for a medal.” 

The MPHS Cheer squad will now turn its attention back to cheering on our MPHS spring sports teams as well as holding tryouts for the 22-23 school year in March.


4th Six weeks “A” Honor Roll

Fifth Grade:  Yarely Aguilar, Ella Anderson, Jake Anderson, Gabriel Arredondo, Emily Arrington, Zaydee Banda, Bryan Barbosa, Elia Bonilla, Titus Byrd, Caleb Carr, Emili Carillo, Maria Castillo De La Torre, Emylee Chappell, Malori Chism, Nyla Dumlao, Uriel Flores Gonzalez, Luis Garcia Diaz, Luz Gil, Jaylen Gutierrez, Julian Herrera, Heston Horn, Jonathan Jimenez, Sage Jordan, Aaron Klump, Cristal Leyva, Alexander Leyva, Angelina Loaeza, April Lozano, Juliet Luna, Bella Luna Mendoza, Anthony Macareno, Anahi Martinez, Hannah Martinez, Ana Martinez, Drason McDaniel, Julian Mendoza, Ricardo Moreno, Krystal Moya, Kaidence Norman, Natalie Olvera, Siya Patel, Candon Patrick, Jassy Pena Petatan, Adriana Perez, Janely Pina, Aurora Ramirez, Cristal Ramirez Arreola, Isaac Ramirez-Puente, Tate Rape, Logan Ritchie, Draven Roberts, Aaron Robles, Ella Rosewell, Aaron Salazar, Kaiser Sheppard, Aileen Sorto, Maritza Torres, Makenzie Troxel, Stephanie Villeda, A’Leejiah Washington, Dax Weatherly, Brian Yepez, Zoe Zuniga 

Sixth Grade: Christopher Abrego, Vanessa Aspeitia, Jayden Baker, Michelle Bautista, Maria Beltran Regalado, Samuel Carroll, Alexa Castaneda, Homero Castillo De La Torre, Jason Chavarria, Yaretzi Clavel, Natalia Cordova, Emily Crabb, Yair Cruz, Lincoln Dyke, Trisha Easley, George Fite, Isabella Furnish, Blakely Garrett, Nancy Gil, Jose Gonzalez, Ja Hernandez, Leslie Hernandez, Mario Hernandez, Kennedy Jones, Allisson Lopez, Ivette Lopez, Tenley Marshall, Ivan Martinez, Maisy Mathews, Landry McPeters, Kianna Mickens, Leslie Morones, Yadira Perez Jacobo, Yaretzi Prado, Daxton Price, Anthony Quinonez, Angela Ramirez Moreno, Riley Rosewell, Kolter Silman, Tony Telles Ayala, Valeria Vera Cortez, Joel Villegas, Aaron Waldrep, Dakota Williams

Mount Pleasant Junior High School

4th Six Weeks

All “A” Honor Roll

7th Grade

Antoine Albin III, Jaylen Alvarez, Adriel Bagsic, Dalia Balderas, Erick Bernardi, Alondra Cano-Castro, Kaelyn Carrillo, Drew Cross, Selena Cruz, Logan Curley, Lia Esguerra, Jalynn Forsyth, Monserrat Gonzalez, Isaac Hernandez, Kenlee Jaggers, Mackenzie Jaime, Caydon Johnson, Conley Johnson, Eileen Martinez, Nancy Martinez, Brandon McCoo, Allison Mendoza, Carter Moody, Melany Morales, Sabrina Otero-Svirska, Carolyn Pena, Charity Prater, Jazziel Resendiz Resendiz, Cooper Rider, Eli Robertson, Christian Rojas, Anna Beth Sellers, Jaden Shelley, Isaiah Shepherd, Hector Sierra-Rosales, Mary Snyder, Daisy Thompson, Adan Torres, Edgar Vasquez, Ty’ree Williams, Maggie Wilson, Nathan Zavala, Kimberly Zuniga

8th Grade

Brissia Alvarez, William Baker, Valerie Cassio, Kaylie Castillo, Judson Colley, Daniele Cuvinar, Anna Fuentes, Esther Gonzalez, Alessandro Greco, Alegandro Guerrero, Marisol Hipolito, Skyler Hopkins, Jordan Krumrie, Celeste Landin, Amrie Loftin, Marely Lopez, Jaydy Martinez, James Means, Mallory Peel, Zaid Perez, Alayza Police, Maribel Ramirez, Gabriel Remlinger, Jayden Rockwell, Alondra Santos, Kevin Urbina

Rodriguez, Tepetate, Cunningham: (L to R) Rachel Rodriguez, Jonathan Tepetate, and Carlie Cunnigham have advanced to State with the Community Awareness project, Kill the Stigma.

Brito Torres: Denisse Brito Torres has advanced to State in Job Seeking Skills

Madeline Plascencia: Madeline Plascencia placed 5th with her Medical Art poster

Mount Pleasant High School HOSA members advance to State.

The Mount Pleasant High School chapter of HOSA: Future Health Professionals competed in the Area 3 Leadership Conference on February 18-19. The conference was held at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas and hosted approximately 1300 students who competed in over 50 events. As a result, four Mount Pleasant High School students have advanced to State.

Seniors Jonathan Tepetate, Carly Cunningham, and Rachel Rodriguez placed 3rd and have advanced to State with their Community Awareness project, Kill the Stigma. Their mission is to raise awareness of those who work with mental health issues and educate people on how to help those struggling.

Freshman Denisse Brito Torres placed 3rd and has advanced to State in Job Seeking Skills. This event requires competitors to prepare a cover letter and resume and participate in a job interview with a judge.

Additionally, junior Madeline Plascencia placed 5th in the Medical Arts poster. The Medical Art poster category requires students to create artwork that will stimulate others to explore health care and communicate this interpretation through developing a creative, artistic, and informational poster.

The Texas HOSA State Leadership Conference will be held April 19-22 at the Galveston Island Convention Center. MPHS HOSA advisors include Kristi Houchin, Angie Ayers, Stephanie Bumpus, and Mandy Hutchings. 


MPHS art students advance to state VASE competition

Thirty-eight Mount Pleasant High School Art students entered 61 art pieces in the Region 8 Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) competition on February 12. They scored art pieces like a 4 (Excellent), a 3 (Strong), a 2 (Developing), or a 1 (Emerging). Forty-five of the MPHS pieces received gold medals and the highest rating of 4, with the remaining 16 pieces scoring 3’s. For a student to advance to state, the piece must first earn a rating of 4. Then they judge all of the 4’s in a particular division a second time, and state advancements are awarded based on an allotment, roughly 10% in each division. As a result, eight MPHS students advanced to the state Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) competition. Only 19 students in the entire region qualified for the state, so MPHS students made up over 40% of those advancing.

Earning scores of 4 (Excellent) and moving on to state are seniors Rossy Benegas for D.A.D., Mariana Gonzalez for Dreamer, Hydaet Izquierdo for Kurion, and Yael Zavala for El Firulais, juniors Litzy Gonzalez for Muralist and Silvia Sustaita for A Mother’s Tears, and sophomores Stephanie Hernandez for Flower Child and Kami Labutis for Screaming Old Man.

Gold medalists also earning scores of 4 (Excellent) are Elise Alcibar, Christopher Bello, Rosario Bello, Hannah Bowles, Parker Colley, Saray DelaRosa, Daivik Escobar, Jennifer Martinez, Rebecca Martinez, Jose Mata, Collin Moss, Diego Noyola, Luiz Olvera, Ayden Osterdock, Tisha Patel, Carolina Ramirez, Juan Ramirez, Hayden Tennison, Diana Vargas, Josue Vega, Kurion Walker, and Dayanara Yepez.

 “My students worked so hard to create some amazing pieces of art, and it is such an honor to be their teacher,” said MPHS Art instructor Laura Kirkland. “I am humbled to have the opportunity to mentor and work with such tremendous talent. Most of these students submitted two pieces, and most received a gold medal for both artworks. Please congratulate these students for their superior work.”

The state Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) competition will be at San Marcos Consolidated High School on April 29-30. 

VASE state advancing artists:

Art 2 Gold | Art 3&4 Gold

Mariana- Dreamer | Kami SOM

Hydaet, Kurion | Litzy, Muralist

Stephani – Bird | Yael – Dog

Rossy – Dad | Silvia – Mom