• Speech Overall Champions.
• Chemistry: 1st – Kevin Gregory.
• Social Studies: 3rd – Ashton Kinkead, 4th – Anjelica Jones, 5th – Kylie Williams, 6th – Hannah Gilbreath.
• Social Studies Team: 1st place.
Students and their coaches began training for the events early in the school year. Many hours were spent after the regular school day studying and preparing. A series of practice and invitational meets allowed the students and coaches to develop and refine the skills and talents they would need for the district meet that was held on March 23.
Event coaches included Kristopher Allen, Mark Beaty, Julie Bishop, Sam Burgeson, Donna Parker, Jeff Williams and UIL Academic Team Coordinator Peggy Harvey.
Harvey began competing in UIL at the age of 8, and has been involved in UIL for a total of 46 years. She said she’s developed a passion for it. Reflecting on her years of competing as a student, Harvey said it even helped her to earn some college money.
“Speaking events helped prepare me to step into some good paying jobs after high school,” Harvey said, elaborating on the lasting importance and benefits of UIL.
The final event, the One-Act Play, will be performed at the district level of competition on Thursday evening in Kennedale. The play, The Imaginary Invalid, by Molière, was performed for the public on Tuesday at the high school auditorium and received high praise from the audience.
Director Kris Allen has faith his troupe will advance to Area Competition. If the play does advance, points awarded will increase the Academic Team totals to new record levels.
Mineral Wells ISD officials are very proud of how successful the Academic Team has been, and are excited for their advancement. The team will be recognized at the next school board meeting, April 9.