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March 31st, 2009
SMHS named runners up at UIL competition


The San Marcos High School UIL Academic Team poses with awards after its last competition.


The San Marcos High School (SMHS) University Interscholastic League (UIL) Academic Team competed in a district meet last weekend, and was named the 2009 UIL Academic District Champion Runners Up.

“The students did a remarkable job,” said Academic Coordinator Layce Odam. “How great it is to have SMHS succeed in an academic arena. Special thanks goes out to all the coaches who helped make this happen.”

Odam also said that the SMHS Speech and Debate Team was named District Champion, and every member of the team will advance to the regional competition, held on April 24-25.

Individual team winners are as follows:

Lincoln Douglas Debate

1 – Henry Finch

2 – Kelley Mathis

3 – Irene Morse

Informative Extemporaneous

1- Kelley Mathis

2- Henry Finch

Persuasive Extemporaneous

1- Irene Morse

2- Greg de la Iglesia

3- Angela Pates

1- Brooke Morgan

2- Julie Munoz

4- Ben Painton (Alternate)


2- Nijah Adams

3- Kristine Staggs

All Speech & Debate above coached by CJ Odam and Lacye Odam

Math Coached by Michael Barrientes & Steve Rothrock

3rd place team

4- Cameron Dennis (Alternate to regionals)

Number SenseCoached by Michael Barrientes & Steve Rothrock

1st place team (all advancing to regionals)

1- John Pacheco

5- Cameron Dennis

Chris de la Iglesia

Elaine Reiche

Ready Writingcoached by Keren Jackson

2- Jessie Plotts (advancing to regionals)

5- Chris Hall

Spelling & Vocabularycoached by Dawn Ellis

1st place team (all advancing to regionals)

2- Sarah Williams

4- Jessie Plotts

Myles Ehrlich

Adam Shelstead

Editorial Writing

1- Chris Hall (advancing to regionals)

Feature Writing

6- Selena Selvera

Headline Writing

4- Selena Selvera (alternate to regionals)

News Writing

4- Marcos Manrique (alternate to regionals)

6- Jenny Rodriguez

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