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AHS, CHS, ATEMS Students Advance in UIL Academics

Fourteen Abilene ISD students are moving on in the 2017 University Interscholastic League Academics completion.
With their performances at the district level, nine students from Abilene High, three from Cooper High and two from ATEMS will advanced to the UIL Regional Academics meets. AHS and ATEMS will compete at the Class 6A Region 1 meet in Arlington, while CHS qualifiers head to the Class 5A Region 1 meet in Lubbock. Both regional contests are held April 7-8.
Among the regional qualifiers, two students from CHS captured district championships at the District 4-5A Academics Meet on March 24-25 in Lubbock. Nate Harden won a gold medal in Persuasive Speaking, and Colin Kappel won the Science competition. The other CHS qualifier for regional is Isaiah Gleason, runner-up in Literary Criticism.
At the District 3-6A championships held in Weatherford, Nathan Gonzalez of Abilene High won gold in News Writing, while four other AHS students and the Social Studies team qualified by winning silver medals. Second-place finishers were Victoria Rodriquez in Editorial Writing, Sarah Blankenship in Headline Writing, Makayne Favor in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Brianna Royals in Poetry and the Social Studies team of Eliana Pigott, Kylee Barber, Vera Abbott and Miriam Dawson.
ATEMS, also competing at the 3-6A meet, qualified Cameron Smith with a runner-up finish in Ready Writing and Brennan Russel, third in Calculator Applications.
Here is a list of other AISD students that placed at the district meets but did not qualify to advance:
  • Cooper High – Literary Criticism Team, 3rd place (alternate to regional); Kaitlyn Harris, 5th in Ready Writing; Colin Kappel, 6th in Ready Writing; and Sammy Gaudarama, 5th in Informative Speaking.
  • Abilene High – Adrianne Pruit, 6th in News Writing; Bradley Stevens, 5th in Number Sense; Jeremiah Taylor, 4th in Prose; Eliana Pigott, 5th in Social Studies; and Kylee Barber, 6th in Social Studies.
  • ATEMS – Morgan Matthews, 4th in Calculator Applications; Cameron Smith, 5th in Literary Criticism; and Kate Holladay, 6th in Literary Criticism.