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La Vernia Connections: Students advance to state
By Dr. Tom Harvey
La Vernia Independent School District (ISD) students continue to excel in academic contests aimed at motivating and encouraging excellence in achievement. A UIL awards ceremony was recently held at the La Vernia Intermediate School.
The school recognized well over 100 students enrolled at either the La Vernia Primary or Intermediate School for their participation and success at the recent UIL Academic Contest hosted in La Vernia a few weeks ago.
At this ceremony, Principal Scott Cales and Principal Sheri Boos recognized individual students and presented ribbons and medals from the academic meet. Approximately 200 parents were in attendance. As superintendent, I welcomed the parents and congratulated the students and their teachers for their hard work. I am also the UIL District Executive Committee chairman for the area. While addressing the parents, I informed them that the UIL is the largest organization of its kind in the nation.
The district’s students participate in other activities also. One example finds that 10 high school students left on March 6 to attend the Texas Forensic Association State Meet. The following students attended qualifying tournaments throughout the year and accumulated the 12 points required to advance to the state meet: Kansas Merritt, duo interpretation; Reed Stevens, foreign extemporaneous speaking and public forum debate; Kara Gardner, public forum debate; Linzy Hill, public forum debate; Jake Fontenot, duo and humorous interpretation; Miranda Urdiales, Congressional Debate House; Krysten Hayes, public forum debate; Dustin Hurley, public forum debate and foreign extemporaneous speaking; Joshua Merritt, Congressional Debate Senate; and Meredith Ferguson, prose.
Another example finds that four high school students traveled to Austin March 10 to compete at the State UIL Debate Tournament. Qualifying for state in CX Debate were Kara Gardner and Miranda Urdiales, who placed first at district; and Hannah Jarzombek and Claire Weber, second in district.
The LVISD encourages participation in these and other worthwhile academic endeavors. The district is blessed with teachers, sponsors, and parents who assist with these and other activities. Our students are great.
Dr. Tom Harvey is the superintendent of the La Vernia Independent School District.
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