Intermediate students bring home 11 gold medals
La Vernia Intermediate School’s 81 UIL participants celebrate academic success after earning 48 medals in UIL competition Feb. 12 in Somerset.
The La Vernia Intermediate Campus is following the orders of the nation’s commander in chief. President Barack Obama recently said the country needs to celebrate academics -- and students here have made sure there is something to celebrate!
The campus had a total of 192 try out for UIL academic competition, with 81 going on to compete in Somerset Feb. 12. The teams brought home 11 first-place medals, 11 seconds, six third places, 10 fourths, six fifth places, and four sixth places.
The parent-teacher organization provided snacks to ensure “starvation” wasn’t a distraction on the day.
Principal Scott Cales, during a Feb. 15 awards presentation, thanked Helen Hubert for coordinating this year’s UIL participation, as well as the teachers who coached the teams and the parents for their support.
Dr. Tom Harvey, district superintendent, congratulated the campus on its achievement.
“President Obama said we need to celebrate academics,” Harvey said. “And here we are!”
Students who participated and their placing in competition are listed below.
Ready Writing: Jessica Burns, Isabelle Chamberlain, Sophia McMurray, Nicole Utt, Kaylie Beavers; coach, Adrianna Nieto
Music Memory: Tabitha Pruski, fourth place; Dane Fleury, Dakota Markgraf, and Danielle Lawrence; coaches, Amie Gaylor and Ann Odom
Spelling: Travis Domke, first place; Hannah Breithaupt and Levi Martinez, tied for second; Christopher Brown, and Jennissa Gauna; coach, Shannon Burns
Story Telling: Nery Lira, fourth place; Anna Belenski, fifth place; Grace Capre, sixth place; Brian Lowak, and Brock Martin; coaches, Bonnie Harker, Renee Olivarez
Art History: Ethan Royal and Maura Jones, tied for third place; Kaitlyn Chambers, Luke Roswell, and Lane Balcar; coach, Lisa Barnes
Spelling: Elias Hudson, first place; Joseph Cortez, second place; Grace Burg, Destiny Geromiller, and Madeline Schroller; coaches, Roma Burrhus and Brittany Engelke
Music Memory: Garrett Landin, first place; Jonathan Bridges, fifth place; Bradin Hanselka, Rylie Jaskinia, and Kyndal Thomas; coaches, Gina Lytle, Lori Spencer, and Kate Thompson
Number Sense: Brielle Weiss, first place; Carlos Sahagun, second place; Seth Williams, Courtney Swize, and Colton Swize; coaches, Tara Jacobs and Sandra Burg
Oral Reading: Elena “Belle” Skaggs, sixth place; Karly Knight, seventh place; Madison Budde, Serena Perez, and Madeline Williston; coaches, Connie Terry and Sandra Jendrusch
Ready Writing: Erica Garcia, fifth place; Charles Zwies, Kelsey Gregory, Hailey Janysek, and Maria Feibelman; coaches, Margaret Stanush and Julie Graham
Ready Writing: Madison Saulter, first place; Delaney Malm, second; Kyla Barron, third; Monika Swanson, fourth; Sarah Jarzombek, fifth; coach, Scott Cales
Music Memory: Jeremy LeSturgeon, first place; Brooke Warner, third place; coach, Cheri Harrison
Spelling: Samuel Mondragon, first place; Isabel Smith, second; Brad Goan and Summer O’Brien, tied for fourth; Adrian Nunez, sixth; coach, Cindy Pavlich
Oral Reading: Hailey Marbach, first place; Cymbrey Kappmeyer, second; Christina Ford, third; Audrey Comeaux, fourth; and Morgan Jones, fifth; coach, Marla Cockerham
Social Studies: Hannah Petry, first; Joseph Howard, second; Blake Borgfeld, fourth; coaches, Rhenda Bolen and Dana Dever
Maps/graphs/charts: Jessica Schroeder, second place; Joshua Krueger, third; Corley Carpenter, seventh; coaches, Lori Sears and Sara Capre
Listening: Jared Setzer, second place; and Hannah Stahl, fourth; coach Cheryl Trammell
Dictionary: Abbe Arnold, fourth place; coach, Sonia Rodriguez
Number Sense: Marisa Hernandez, first place; Sarah Wildenstein, second; Silas Robinson, fourth; Cole Stewart, fifth; and Hunter Skrzycki, sixth; coach, Mitzie Jendrusch
Art History: Madeline Cantu, first place; coach, Lisa Barnes