Seven students qualify for regional UIL academic contest

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UIL Academic Regional Qualifiers: Wyatt, Welch, Bronte Hermesmeyer, Joe Gilligan, Angie Evans, Annette Calderon, Jennifer Anaya (not pictured Daniel Pina)

UIL Academic Regional Qualifiers: Wyatt, Welch, Bronte Hermesmeyer, Joe Gilligan, Angie Evans, Annette Calderon, Jennifer Anaya (not pictured Daniel Pina)

UIL Academic Regional Qualifiers: Wyatt, Welch, Bronte Hermesmeyer, Joe Gilligan, Angie Evans, Annette Calderon, Jennifer Anaya (not pictured Daniel Pina)

Tiffany Garza, Reporter

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A team of 60 students recently participated in the District 6-AAA Academic UIL Meet in Coleman. As a whole, Comanche placed third in the district behind Bangs and Coleman.

Individually, several students placed including senior Angie Evans who placed first in feature writing and second in mathematics. Evans will advance to regionals in both events.

“I believe that I can do okay [at regionals],” Evans said. “I definitely need to raise my score in math a bit more, but I think  that’s really doable. I also feel that journalism will go well. I just need to keep practicing.”

Junior Joseph Gilligan will also advance to regionals in editorial writing for the second consecutive year. Gilligan was also a state qualifier in 2016 in this same event.

“I feel pressured [to do well at regionals],” Gilligan said. “If you go to state one year, you would sure hope that you can go a second.”

Other regional qualifiers include Daniel Pina in math, Bronte Hermesmeyer in news writing, Wyatt Welch in headline writing, Jennifer Anaya in informative speaking and Annette Calderon in both poetry interpretation and persuasive speaking.

This was the largest group of students to compete in district in quite some time and UIL academics is the largest competitive group on campus.

“Each year we are challenged to do better,” UIL coordinator Ann Shackelford said.  “We hope to continue to be very competitive in UIL Academics, and one day bring home that illusive district plaque.”

Regionals will be held at Abilene Christian University on April 8.

District Results

CX Debate

3rd: Luisa Jimenez and Sophia Jimenez

4th: Emily Haught and Jacob Tucker

 

Editorial Writing

3rd: Joe Gilligan*

 

Feature Writing

1st: Angie Evans*

5th: Bronte Hermesmeyer

 

Headline Writing

2nd: Wyatt Welch*

 

News Writing

2nd: Bronte Hermesmeyer*

2nd Place Journalism Team

 

Mathematics

2nd: Angie Evans*

3rd: Daniel Piña*

4th: Joe Gilligan

5th: Angel Garza

2nd Place Mathematics Team

 

Informative Speaking

3rd: Jennifer Anaya*

4th: Emily Haught

 

Persuasive Speaking

3rd: Annette Calderon*

 

Poetry

1st: Annette Calderon*

2nd Place Speaking Team (Includes—Informative, Persuasive, Prose, Poetry, and Debate)

 

Ready Writing

4th: Emily Tindol

 

Number Sense

Grayland Jackson

Casey Beaty

Ashley Jones

Bronte Hermesmeyer

2nd Place Team

 

Spelling

Kailei Gaines

Cristian Mallory

Caden Jones

McKenzie Jackson

2nd Place Team

 

One Act Play

Advanced to Bi-District

 

*Although up to six people can place, only the first three placers advance to Regionals.

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Seven students qualify for regional UIL academic contest