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MPISD – News

MPHS FFA members Christo Escalante (left) and Ethan Easley (right) with their  first place talent contest plaque

Contact:  Kelly Cowan

MPHS FFA team wins talent contest, advances to state

Mount Pleasant High School FFA members Christo Escalante and Ethan Easley won 1st place at the Area 6 FFA Convention Talent Contest on February 27. They will compete in the Talent Contest representing Area 6 at the 95th State FFA Convention on July 10-14 in Dallas.

Pediatric Clinic donates LifeVac devices to MPISD.

The Pediatric Clinic donated 10 LifeVac devices for all their campuses and ten more mobile devices for buses. LifeVac is a portable suction device for clearing an upper airway in an emergency when someone is choking.

Pictured are Dr. Michael Henry presenting LifeVacs to MPISD District Nurse Lyndee Chappell at the MPISD Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, February 27

MPHS SkillsUSA State advancing competitors (L to R) Brian Ayala, Angel Nava, Juan Serna, Jeremiah Segovia, Humberto Ramirez, Eduardo Solis, MPHS Electrical Technology instructor Tim Davis

MPHS Electrical Technology students advance to state

Mount Pleasant High School Electrical Technology students competed in the SkillsUSA District competition on February 3-4, with five advancing to the state contest in April.

In the National Electric Code Testing event, senior Angel Nava placed 1st, and senior Humberto Ramirez came in 2nd. For this contest, they evaluate students’ ability to apply and reference the appropriate National Electrical Code chapters, articles, and calculations.

In the Construction Wiring competition, MPHS swept the top three spots, with senior Brian Ayala placing 1st, junior Eduardo Solis placing 2nd, and senior Jeremiah Segovia coming in 3rd. They require competitors to complete a written test, a practical conduit bending exercise, and hands-on installation of a conduit system, cabling system, and wiring devices. And finally, working from drawings and specification sheets, competitors must install an electrical system standard in most residential and light commercial projects.

In addition, they named senior Juan Serna a Voting Delegate for District 5 and will be involved in choosing SkillsUSA Leadership for the 2023-2024 year.

The SkillsUSA Texas, Leadership and Skills Conference is from March 30 to April 2 in Corpus Christi. The MPHS Electrical program instructor is Tim Davis.

MPHS JVA Winter Guard

MPHS Varsity Winter Guard

MPHS JVB Winter Guard

MPJH Junior Guard

Mount Pleasant High School Varsity Winter Guard wins again at Pine Tree.

All four MPISD Winter Guard teams traveled to the North Texas Colorguard Association (NTCA) contest at Pine Tree High School in Longview on Saturday, February 25. Thirty-nine teams representing schools across the North Texas area competed in nine different divisions. 

The Varsity team placed first in the National A division, more than three points ahead of the second-place team. Mount Pleasant JVA placed third in the National A division, just a little over a point behind second place. Mount Pleasant JVB placed third in the Scholastic A division. And the Mount Pleasant Junior Guard placed second in the Cadet Regional A division, less than half a point behind first place.

The Varsity and JVA teams will compete at the Winter Guard International (WGI) Austin Regional at Glenn High School in Leander on March 3-5, while the Mount Pleasant Junior Guard will perform in their final contest of the year at the NTCA Championships at Flower Mound High School on March 11. The Mount Pleasant High School Colorguard program is under the direction of Cristian Gomez, and Terri Marchan leads the Mount Pleasant Junior Guard.

The Mount Pleasant High School Tiger Dolls with their awards

Morgan Zepeda (left) and Chloe Carter (right) with their solo awards

Anna Kate Fisher (left) and Chloe Carter (right) with their state champion duet award

Tiger Doll officers (L to R) Geni Rubio, Madison Craig, Chloe Carter, Anna Kate Fisher, Madeline Plascencia

Mount Pleasant High School Tiger Dolls win big in Georgetown

The Mount Pleasant High School Tiger Dolls attended their final competition of the year at the American Dance/Drill Team Lone Star State Championship at East View High School in Georgetown, TX on Saturday, February 25. In total, the Dolls brought home 25 awards including state championships for both the team and officer squad.

The Tiger Doll team earned a Sweepstakes and a Gussie Nell Davis award for having a score of 93 or higher on all three team routines. They were named State Champions in the Large team division for Pom, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. They received Best Overall Gold in Presentation, Precision, and Choreography. And finally, they were crowned the Large Division State Champion Team, placing 6th overall out of all 21 teams in all divisions at the competition.

The Officer squad of Chloe Carter, Anna Kate Fisher, Madison Craig, Madeline Plascencia, and Geni Rubio brought home a Sweepstakes and a Gussie Nell Davis award for having a score of 93 or higher on all three officer routines. They were named the Large division Officer State Champions in Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop. They received Best Overall Platinum in Technique, Presentation, Precision, and Choreography. And finally, they were named the Large division State Champion officers, earning 3rd Place overall out of all 12 Officer teams in all divisions.

In the individual competitions, senior and Captain, Chloe Carter, was the Solo Champion in the Large Division and made the Solo Winners Circle for having one of the top 3 scores of all 48 middle and high school solos. Freshman Morgan Zepeda’s solo placed 2nd in the Large division. In addition, the duet of Carter and Anna Kate Fisher placed 1st out of 8 duets.

The Tiger Dolls will now turn their attention to tryouts for the 2023-2024 year and their annual spring show scheduled for April 14 and 15. The Tiger Dolls are under the direction of Jaton Broach.

Members of the 2022-2023 MPHS UIL Calculator, Math, Accounting, Current Events, and Spelling teams

MPHS UIL competes in College Station

The Mount Pleasant High School UIL Calculator, Math, Accounting, Current Events, and Spelling teams traveled to College Station for the A&M Consolidated UIL Invitational on February 24-25. Two teams, including Calculator Applications and Accounting, took 1st place team honors in their respective events. 

Full results include:

-Calculator Applications (1st place team)

Nathaniel Martinez 1st, Param Poudel 2nd, Devin Castaneda 4th, Isaac Hernandez 5th

-Accounting (1st place team) 

Perla Guzman 2nd, Jose Trejo 5th, Merlin Cardona, 

-Mathematics (2nd place team)

Isaac Hernandez 3rd, Nathaniel Martinez 4th, Param Poudel, Perla Guzman 

-Current Events 

Eli Rider 4th, Natalie Crockett 5th

-Spelling 

Isabel Gonzales 2nd, Sophie Greco 5th

The MPHS Math teams have two more meets before the district. They will attend the East Texas Showdown at Sabine High School on March 4 and the Texas Math and Science Coaches Association State Meet in San Antonio on March 17-18. The District 15-5A UIL Academic Meet is March 24-25 in Whitehouse.