UIL State qualifiers Anthony Orellana (left) and Eli Rider (right)
Contact: Kelly Cowan
MPHS advances to UIL CX Debate State Championships
For the seventh year in a row, Mount Pleasant High School Speech and Debate will send a team to the UIL Cross Examination Debate State tournament.
The team of seniors Anthony Orellana and Eli Rider took second place at the District meet on January 26 in Longview, qualifying them for the State meets in March. It is the second CX state qualification for Orellana and the first for Rider. Orellana holds a UIL State silver medal and is the reigning 5A State Top Speaker in CX Debate.
At the district tournament, Orellana and Rider defeated teams from Hallsville, Pine Tree, and Whitehouse, coming out of prelims 3-0. They defeated Tyler High School in the quarterfinals and Hallsville in the semifinals and took their only loss of the day in the finals against Pine Tree, the other state qualifier from 15-5A.
The UIL State Cross Examination Debate Tournament is March 17-18 at the University of Texas at Austin.
Group Photo: The Mount Pleasant Junior High School Cheerleaders
Top row (L to R) Couri Gruber, Alba Zeqaj, Brooklyn White, Annabeth Sellers, Shannon Hines, Asia Salters, Kenlee Jaggers, Carolyn Pena
Middle Row (L to R) Leslie Hernandez, Ana’liece Guerrero, Jayden Baker, Ava McCrumby, Jocelyn Salinas, Natalie Hines, Alondon Thomas
Front Row (L to R) Carly Horn, Tenley Marshall, Irlanda Gasca, Lia Esguerra, Maritza Estrada, Jasani Inostros
Asia Salters pumps up the crowd
Shannon Hines (front) and Ana’liece Guerrero cheer for the Tigers
Jasani Inostros (left) and Maritza Estrada (right) lift Tenley Marshall (center) in a stunt
Alondon Thomas performs for the judges
MPJH Cheerleaders compete in National competition
The Mount Pleasant Junior High School Cheerleaders participated in their first Nationals at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas on January 21-23. In the Junior High/Middle School Game Day division, MPJH placed 4th out of nine teams from Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas.
The Mount Pleasant Junior High School Cheer squad will perform this Friday at halftime of the boys varsity basketball game and will hold tryouts for the new team this spring. MPJH Cheer is under the direction of Perla Mayfield.