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District Academic Champions for 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Posted April 16, 2014

Sacrifice and commitment by Mason High School students and academic coaches earned MHS the 2014 academic championship. Competing against 11 district schools Mason High captured the District 29-A Spring Meet title. When points from all academic events and one act play were awarded MHS scored 395 points well ahead of second place Harper with 317 points. 70 plus students from all classifications made contributions to the 2014 academic program. 23 students placed in the top 4 in their academic events. To advance to the regional contest, which will be held May 2nd at Blinn in Brenham, Texas, a student must have finished in one of the top 3 positions. 4th place finishers advance as alternates. 1st place and “Wild Card” teams also advance to regional.

District competition started in February when Mason hosted District CX debate. Mason earned points with the top 4 four teams. The top 2 teams competed at State in March. Finishing 1st through 4th against strong district competition from Junction and Medina were the following students:

Drigo Martinez and Coby Velez-1st

Claudia Canfield and Jackson Chapman-2nd

Monaco Schmidt and Luke Gillespie-3rd

Luiz Castillo and James Durst-4th

MHS students placing in other district events and those advancing to regional on May 2nd include:

Seth Hudson- 6th accounting

Leah Pearman-3rd current events, 3rd social studies, and team current events

Ethan McKinney-4th current events and team current events

Spencer Bierschwale- team current events

Austin Habecker-team current events

Jackie Drazan-1st computer applications

Katy Armstrong-2nd computer applications

Kayla Guice-6th computer applications

Kendal Jarl-1st feature writing

Margaret Graves-5th feature writing

Claudia Canfield-3rd informative speaking, 6th literary criticism

Kirsten Allen-4th informative speaking

Luis Castillo-5th informative speaking

Steeley Smith- 1st LD debate

Riley Pape-3rd LD debate

Ali Baltierra-4th LD debate

Luke Gillespie-1st persuasive speaking

James Durst-2nd persuasive speaking, 4th literary criticism

Drigo Martinez-4th persuasive speaking

Price Ruffin-3rd number sense, 3rd science, 1st physics, 6th mathematics

Cassie Benefield-1st prose reading

Erin Haley-2nd poetry reading

Paris Jones-1st ready writing

Damian Del Toro-4th ready writing

Jackson Chapman- 5th science

Madelyn Glentz-6th spelling and vocabulary

Mason earned first place team honors in speaking and second place team points for literary criticism, mathematics, science, and spelling/ vocabulary. The current events team finished in second place and will advance as the “Wild Card” team.

Coaches for events include:

Cindy Powell-accounting

Sam Hoerster-current events

Justin McFarland-prose reading and social studies

Merlina Gamel- computer applications

Glendene Underwood- feature writing (journalism) and literary criticism

Cara Ruffin- number sense

Leslie Cope- mathematics and calculator

Jamie Hatfield- science

Kelly Guice- ready writing, poetry reading, and spelling/vocabulary

Julie Gillespie- speech and debate

Gay Nesloney- CX debate, LD debate, informative speaking, persuasive speaking, and UIL academic coordinator

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