Union Grove’s academic UIL team recently won the 2A Region 3 meet at Panola College, earning 257 points and the Regional Academic Championship trophy.
The Accounting, Social Studies, and Journalism students will compete as teams at the state meet May 6-7 in Austin. Four individual competitors also advanced.
On Friday, Emily Melton won gold in Persuasive Speaking. Colton Mead placed fourth, and Preston Woodall placed fifth. Sarah Clowers placed third in Ready Writing, where teammates Emily Lynch and Kyler Littlejohn medaled as alternates to state, earning fourth and sixth respectively. Littlejohn also placed fourth in Informative Speaking, followed by Brendon Fuller in sixth. Kendall Wennmohs earned fifth in Lincoln-Douglas debate, where Woodall placed sixth. The Speech team took second overall.
On Saturday, the Accounting team won first place after Avery Brooks placed second, Gracie Stanford fourth, and Gracie Winn fifth individually. Fuller completed the team. The Social Studies team of Littlejohn, Elijah Parham, Carson Shott, and Carson Bogue also finished in first with Littlejohn in first place individually. Jordan Lee won silver in Computer Applications. The Current Issues team of Tommy Branscom, Jeremy Stewart, Katy King, and Sam Stanley placed second, with Branscom in third and advancing individually. Payton Haley will advance in both News Writing and Feature Writing after winning silver
and bronze medals, Sydney Pritchett placed sixth in News and won first in Feature, and Katy Vinson won gold in Headline Writing.