Junior High students compete at Hallsville UIL Meet

Mount Pleasant Junior High School took 45 7th and 8th graders to the recent District 16-5A Middle School UIL Academic Meet in Hallsville and brought home multiple medals and ribbons. The 7th graders placed in seven events while the 8th graders placed in 10.

The 7th grade Chess Puzzle Solving Team of Justin Baxter, Ky Gil and Elijah Rider placed 2nd at the Meet. The 7th grade Maps, Graphs and Charts Team of Brazos Brown, Javier Vasquez and Jordyn Warren also placed 2nd. The 7th grade Dictionary Skills Team of Ethan Easley, Merlin Cardona and Juan Cigarroa took 3rd place.

The 8th grade Chess Puzzle Solving Team of Jacob Bristow, San Brown and Taylor Hubbs took 2nd place.  The 8th grade Music Memory Team of Vanessa Buendia, Cesar Flores and Juan Gandara also placed 2nd.

Students earning individual medals in various events include:

7th Grade: Chess Puzzle Solving: Ky Gill 2nd place; Dictionary Skills: Merlin Cardona 4th place; Editorial Writing: Vanessa Jane Bayna 4th place; Maps, Graphs and Charts:Brazos Brown 3rd place; Modern Oratory: Ava Bliss 1st place; Ready Writing: Vanessa Jane Bayna 5th place; Science: Vanessa Jane Bayna 2nd place

8th Grade: Chess Puzzle Solving: Jacob Bristow 1st place; Editorial Writing: Connelly Cowan 5th place; Maps, Graphs and Charts: Nic Chappell 3rd place, Jonathan Sandate 4th place; Modern Oratory: Mackenzie Lide 2nd place, Connelly Cowan 4th place, Juliana Perez 6th place; Music Memory: Juan Gandara 4th place; Oral Reading Poetry:Mackenzie Lide 1st place; Oral Reading Prose: Connelly Cowan 2nd place; Ready Writing: Connelly Cowan 1st place; Social Studies: Jonathan Sandate 4th place; Spelling:Nevaeh Bardwell 5th place

Participants from the 7th grade include Aundre Alaniz, Devin Castaneda, Saray De La Rosa, Norma Delgado, Luis Garcia, Alan Garrett, Isaac Hernandez, Camdon Johnson, Elvin Jones, Vicky Landaverde, Alejandro Nava, Bradly Ramirez, Ashton Simon, Eli Smith, Silivia Sustaita, Emma Snodgrass and Eric Taylor.

Participants from 8th grade include Carlie Cunningham, Jacob Elliott, Daisy Lozano, Mackenzie Pina and Sam Sloan.

“We know all of these students invested time and effort in preparing for this UIL Academic Meet and congratulate those that placed in the various events,” said Dr. Judith Saxton, MPISD Director of Communication. “We thank all of the participants for their willingness to represent Mt. Pleasant Junior High School and look forward to seeing how the 7th graders do at next year’s meet as 8th graders and how the 8th graders do when they advance to UIL competition on the High School level next year.”