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20 MPHS Students Advance to UIL Regionals

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

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. To have reached the second place 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.

Individual results in each category:

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

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.


Wallace 5th Graders Go Fishing

WallaceScience1: A student uses a clothespin to try to catch the prey.
WallaceScience2: A tongue-depressor is used to see if it works any better.

P.E. Wallace Middle School 5th graders “fished” today trying to replicate how birds catch fish so they could eat in their science classes.

This hands-on vocabulary lesson is used to teach about the structure (physical adaptation) and function of bird beaks. They learned that the way beaks develop allow specific tasks for a bird to catch and eat fish. Students used clothespins, spoons, tweezers, and chopsticks to try and capture their prey.


Guaranty Bank and Trust Donates to MPISD Foundation

Pictured: Guaranty Bank and Trust President Trent Abbott, Guaranty Bank and Trust’s Erin Shumate, MPISD Foundation Vice President of Development Amy Hinton, Foundation Treasurer Vikki Goates and MPISD Foundation Vice President of Marketing Danny Muskrat

Guaranty Bank and Trust donated $6100.00 to the Mt Pleasant ISD School Foundation. The funds will be used to help fund Educator Grants.

“We thank Guaranty Bank for their generous donation to the Foundation,” said MPISD Foundation Executive Director Dr. Judith Saxton. “Donations like this from the Mt. Pleasant business community are important since they show their support for public education and for the work that MPISD teachers and staff are doing daily. This donation will help us fund even more Innovative Educator Grants.”