Mansfield district students tally up awards

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The school district has had a bumper crop of academic competition successes this year, with many schools sending students to district, state and even national events.

“This time of year we enjoy a deluge of information about awards, recognitions and accomplishments for our students,” said district spokesman Richie Escovedo. “I believe student accolades are proof positive that great things are happening in Texas public schools.”

Here's a round-up of Mansfield student academic achievements:

Math and Science Challenge

James Coble Middle School seventh-grader Vincent Stevenson won first place in the Texas Math Science Coaches Association competition. It was the first year that Coble math and science students competed in the event.

Speech Awards

Mansfield High School’s speech team earned a trip to the the National Forensic League competition by placing third overall in a district contest April 6 in Plano, where student Aldean Pearson II took first place in original oratory and second in dramatic interpretation. Daniel George placed third in original oratory and Olivia Soliz placed third in humorous interpretation. Pearson also was the state champion in dramatic interpretation at the Texas Forensics Association state competition in Grand Prairie.

Legacy High School Arts

Nine Legacy High School students earned Superior Gold Medals at the state qualifying event for the Visual Arts Scholastic Event in Bryan. Two of the students – Anai Vargas and Branden Bohuslav -- won Gold Seal State Medals and will have their works of photography and ceramics, respectively, traveling to galleries, museums and public buildings around the state.

Special Olympics

Raeka Phelps of the Mansfield ISD All Stars Olympics team was named Female Athlete of the Year at the opening ceremony for the Area 11 Special Olympics of Texas competition. Justin May was named Unified Partner of the Year, which recognizes an athlete who competes alongside an athlete with disabilities. Both attend Legacy High School.

One-Act Play Awards

Mansfield, Timberview and Summit High Schools advanced from zone to district competition in the University Interscholastic League High School One-Act Play contests. Zones are a preliminary round for district play because of the large number of competing schools.

Timberview’s “Anna in the Tropics” district results:

Tech Crew Award - Christina Fraute

Honorable Mention All Star Cast- Dorrell Palacio, Micayla Mobley, Flordeluna Flore

All Star Cast - Alexandra Roman, Bryce Macy

Mansfield’s “Othello’" district results:

Tech Crew Award - Abbey Stautzenberger

Honorable Mention All Star Cast- Aldean Pearson II

All Star Cast - Beaven Waller

Summit’s “TheLark“ district results:

Tech Crew Award - Atoosa Karami

Honorable Mention All Star Cast - Jackson Pant, Emma Huff

All Star Cast - Dana Jennings, Izaak Aguilar

Elementary School Robotics

Eleven students of the the Mary Jo Sheppard Elementary Colts Robotics and Willie Brown Elementary Eagles Robotics teams qualified for and competed at the annual State Robotics Competition hosted by the Texas Computer Education Association in Deer Park.

Colt contestants: Michelle Gery, Katelynn Veale, Morgan Bruton, Miles Shamburger, Mark Smith, Rick McCase

Eagle contestants: Monica Abrams, William Osmus, Kyndal Waldo, Brynn Spicher, Sydney Webb

National Scholarship Awards

Fourteen students from five high schools were named in this year’s National Merit, National Achievement and National Hispanic awards programs.

Frontier High School: National Merit Commended Scholar – Jack Huff

Legacy High School: National Merit Scholarship Finalist – Laura Baker; National Hispanic Recognition Program – Matthew Montalvo

Mansfield High School: National Merit Scholarship Finalist – Madison Boyer; National Merit Commended Scholars – Elissa L. Dingus, William B. Dubois, Malcolm W. Hall, Miranda K. Harry, Mattison F. Knochalski, Emaleigh J. Lane, Anna C. Melfi, Kelsey Morris, Brian K. Trinh, Megan M. Broussard, and Aina V. Abell

Summit High School: Nicholas Toliver received three honors -- National Merit Scholarship Finalist, National Merit Lockheed Martin Academic Scholarship winner and National Achievement Scholarship Program Finalist; National Merit Commended Scholar – Keaton Sturm (Summer, 2012 graduate)

Timberview High School: National Merit Scholarship Finalists – Emerson Boggs, Rachel Campbell, and Zane Olds; National Merit Novartis Scholarship winner – Emerson Boggs; National Merit Commended Scholar – Blake Rainey; National Achievement Program Outstanding Participants Referred to Colleges – Susana Ankamah and Ayesha Spencer

UIL Middle School Music

Students of six middle schools earned honors at the UIL Middle School Choir Concert and Sight Reading contest.

Coble Middle School –Non-Varsity Tenor/Bass Chorus received a Division 1 in concert and a Division 1 in sight reading (Sweepstakes Award). Non-Varsity Treble Chorus received a Division 1 in concert and a Division 1 in sight reading (Sweepstakes Award). Varsity Treble Chorus received a Division 1 in concert and a Division 1 in sight reading (Sweepstakes Award).

Danny Jones Middle School–Non-Varsity Tenor/Bass Chorus received a Division 1 in concert and a Division 1 in sight reading (Sweepstakes Award). Varsity Treble Chorus received a Division 1 in concert and a Division 2 in sight reading.

Howard Middle School –Non-Varsity Tenor/Bass Chorus received a Division 1 in concert and a Division 2 in sight reading. Non-Varsity Treble Chorus received a Division 1 in concert and a Division 1 in sight reading- (Sweepstakes Award). Varsity Treble Chorus received a Division 1 in concert and a Division 1 in sight reading (Sweepstakes Award).

Linda Jobe Middle School –Non-Varsity Tenor/Bass Chorus received a Division 1 in concert and a Division 1 in sight reading (Sweepstakes Award). Sub Non-Varsity Treble Chorus received a Division 1 in concert and a Division 1 in sigh treading (Sweepstakes Award). Non-Varsity Treble Chorus A received a Division 1 in concert and a Division 1 in sight reading (Sweepstakes Award). Non-Varsity Treble Chorus B received a Division 1 in concert and a Division 1 in sight reading (Sweepstakes Award).

Brooks Wester Middle School – Varsity Treble Chorus received a Division 1 in concert and a Division 2 in sight reading.

Worley Middle School – Varsity Treble Chorus received a Division 1 in concert and a Division 1 in sight reading (Sweepstakes Award).

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