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Mason High School Wins District Academic Championship
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 • Posted April 13, 2011

Competing against 15 schools, Mason High captured the District 29-A Academic Spring Meet Championship. When points from all literary academic events and the One Act Play’s 42 points were tallied MHS had 382 points well ahead of second place D’Hanis with 294 points. 60 plus students made contributions to the academic program. This year’s academic team was lead by an outstanding senior class. Many from the Class of 2011 have competed in multiple events over the past four years. 22 students from MHS advanced to regional competition as the result of their placement in recent District 29-A contests held in Center Point. To make the regional contest, which will be held April 14th and 15th at Blinn in Brenham, Texas, a student must have finished in one of the top three positions of a given category. The fourth place finisher was named as an alternate. First place teams also advance to regional.District competition started in February when Dyllan Hofmann and Matt Banner placed second in CX Debate and advanced to the state meet. The team of Claudia Canfield and Rio Schmidt finished fourth. The MHS students placing and those advancing to regional along with their events are as follows:Seniors: Myles Banner-second, Poetry Reading; third, Informative SpeakingShayla Estes-fourth, Editorial WritingYolanda Gonzales-third, Literary Criticism, on second place teamCeleste Hamilton-third, New WritingPaden Hemphill-fifth, Ready WritingAlex Martinez-first, LD Debate; first, Persuasive SpeakingJulio Ramon-first, Current EventsJenny Smith-first, Prose Reading and first, Informative SpeakingKason Wood-first, PhysicsJuniors:Kaitlyn Cavness- sixth,Spelling:first place team, Spelling/VocabularyGideon Gonzales-third, Ready Writing; fourth, Lit. Crit.Dyllan Hofmann-second, Informative SpeakingBianca Jaquez-first, Poetry ReadingSamantha Jordan-first, Editorial Writing; first, Spelling/VocabularyStar Longoria-third, Persuasive Speaking; fourth, Prose ReadingBianka Martinez-fifth, Feature Writing, fifth, Headline WritingSophomores:Courtney Brown-first place Spelling TeamForrest Lingle-fourth, LD DebateAbby Nash-first, News WritingJohn Roche-third, spelling and first place teamMari Marquez-fourth, Poetry ReadingFreshmen:Kendal Jarl-fourth ,Feature WritingPrice Ruffin-fourth, LD DebateMHS students captured first place team honors in Spelling and Vocabulary and Speaking.The Literary Criticism and Journalism teams finished second.Coaches for placing students included:John Tapley, Melanie Canfield, and Merlina Gamel- One Act PlayJamie Hatfield- ScienceKelly Guice- Spelling/Vocabulary and Ready WritingSam Hoerster-Current EventsGlendene Underwood- Literary Criticism and all Journalism eventsGay Nesloney-All Reading and Speaking Events, and MHS UIL Academic Coordinatorger/apr 13 uil competition

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