The Magnolia High School UIL academic team placed second in the 18-4A district meet recently and advanced 21 students to the regional meet later this month. The team scored 370 points and competed in 75 academic events, covering 20 different subjects.
The accounting team continued its dominance in district, taking first place for the fifth time in the last eight years and advancing to the regional meet. Bethany Mandrell placed first, Blake Hale finished second and Michaela Miller rounded out the top three. The accounting team looks to repeat as regional champions, a title they have held four out of the last six years. The team has also been to the state meet five out of six years and won the state title in 2008-2009.
Under the direction of new theater arts teacher Rod Sheffield, the One Act Play claimed the district championship and advanced to regionals again, winning for its production of "The Good Woman of Setzuan." Kenny Gregory won best actor, while Rachael Malonson won best actress. Ben Hudson and Luke O'Neal were named all-star cast and Charity Whifield was an honorable mention selection. Joe Dirik was named top technician for the competition.
Andrea Zapata placed third in news writing and advances to regionals for the second consecutive year for the journalism team. Madison Disotell took first place in news writing, while Jordan Goff placed first in feature writing and both advanced to regionals.
Laila Espinoza placed first in computer applications, while Luis Cataldo won first in current issues and third in social studies. Katie Dennington placed third in mathematics, Caspar Stinn won third in ready writing and Amanda Sass was the second place winner in spelling. All will compete at regionals.
Speech and Debate scored big and advances six to the regional meet. Miranda Sanford placed third in informative speaking, while Eric Gagliano took second in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Blake Bergeron placed first in both persuasive speaking and prose, with Juliana Nicolini in second in the same events. Marcus Sloan placed third in prose and sealed the top three spots to Magnolia High School. Meagan Wilson placed second in poetry.