The Midlothian ISD School Board recognized the accomplishments of its students in academic, extracurricular and athletic pursuits Monday night at the Midlothian High School auditorium.
7th Grade Duke Talent Scholars
The school board recognized Frank Seale and Walnut Grove Middle School students for their inclusion as the 7th Grade Duke Talent Scholars. The students were recognized for scoring higher than the average high school student score on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Testing (ACT) test.
The scholars include Frank Seale Middle School seventh graders Reese Alexander, Rachel Keener, Ethan Tupper, Aubrey Walton and Walnut Grove Middle School seventh graders Hunter Elgin, Carson Lansdowne and Mashayla Marler.
In University Interscholastic League Academics the speech team was awarded the top speech team in the district award. Students who placed in categories included:
Tarrah Kennon placed second in accounting, Emma Tullius placed sixth in calculator applications, Kate Cockerham placed fourth in current issues and events, Colette Allred placed second and Claire Douglas placed fifth, both in editorial writing, Allred placed sixth in feature writing, Douglas placed second and Ariel Engebretson placed fifth, both in headline writing, Engebretson placed first, Douglas placed third and Allred placed fifth, all in news writing.
The speech team had several regional qualifiers. Placing in informative speaking were Josie Cyrus in first, Julian Alanis in second and Sethe Ayres in fourth. In persuasive speaking Chase Wingo placed first, Kate Pugh placed third and Henry Champion placed fourth. In the Lincoln-Douglas debate Champion placed second and Katelyn Pendley placed third.
Community and Future Problem Solvers
The Community Problem Solvers took first place in the Health and Human Services category for their Project C.H.E.W.Y. (Classmates Helping classmates Eat on the Weekends, Yum!). The team of Frank Seale and Walnut Grove Middle School students will advance to the International Conference Competition at Indiana University.
The Future Problem Solvers had a Frank Seale team rank in the Top 20, Walnut Grove team make state qualifier, another Frank Seale team placed eighth and another Walnut Grove team placed ninth.
Panther Regiment and Winterguard
The Panther Regiment earned a superior rating at UIL Region marching contest, placed sixth at UIL Area marching contest, placed fourth at the Wylie Marching Invitational, 10th at the Birdville ISD Marching Invitational and 11th at the Duncanville Marching Invitational. The MHS Symphonic Band earned excellent ratings at the UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest, the honor band took the sweepstakes award at the UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest and the wind ensemble took the sweepstakes award at the UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest.
The MHS Elegance Winterguard earned division 1 ratings at the McKinney Boyd High School, Lake Ridge Guard, Centenial Guard, Marcus High School Guard Contests and WGI Austin and WGI Southwestern Power Regionals. The Winterguard also placed third at the Centenial Guard Contest and second at the Marcus High School Guard Contest.
Panther Pride Newspaper
The Panther Pride Newspaper staff won the Silver Star among top student newspapers in the state, making them one of only 31 high school publications in the state to earn the award. The Panther Pride had 22 individual state award winners and six honorable mentions. First place state winners included Desmond Smith, Ariel Engebretson and Randi Penn for various news and feature writing, photography and design categories. Second place state winners included Claire Douglas, Colette Allred and Celina Robinson for various categories. Third place state winners included Kasey Carbajal and Smith.
Panther Pride Advisor Carol Richtsmeier also finished first in the state advisorís challenge for column writing.
The Pantherettes finished well at the 2013 Hawaii Spring Fling Contest with Millie Funk winning, Jenna Austelli taking first runner up solo and Shannon McKenrick took second runner up solo.
At the 2013 MA Regional Competition at Grapevine, the team took super sweepstakes in choreography and high point awards, had officers super sweepstakes, earned choreography awards and finished fourth runner up in the winnerís circle. At the 2013 Texas Dance Classic Regional Competition, Austell took first runner solo, and Anna Brown and McKenrick took fourth runner up solos.
The Panther baseball team went 22-7 this season and finished 12-2 in Distict 7-5A as District Champions.
Lady Panther Basketball
For the Lady Panther basketball team, Kayla Robinson made 1st Team All-District, Crystal Sellers made 2nd Team All-District and Meghan Turner received an honorable mention. The team had ten players make academic all district.
The boys basketball team saw Romello Chapman make 1st Team All-District and All Tournament, Cody Meyers made 2nd Team All-District and Nicolas Velazquez made honorable mention All-District.
Girls and Boys Golf
The girls varsity gold team ranked No. 28 in State in 5A girls golf, finished first in tournament championship, placed second in District 7-5A, was a 5A Region 1 finalist, had 4 Top 2 finishes and 7 Top 5 finishes.
The boys varsity golf team ranked No. 26 in State in 5A Boys Golf,† finished first in tournament championship, placed third in District 7-5A, had four Top 3 finishes and seven Top 5 finishes.
Girls and Boys Powerlifting
The girls powerlifting team had 11 state qualifiers and finished sixth out of 29 teams. At state Lily Escamilia took first place as state champion, Chandler Gentry finished third, Raegan McGuire took fourth and in fifth place was Janelle Slayton. The team also had 19 regional qualifiers, 12 of whom earned medals for a Top 5 finish. The team finished sixth out of 29 teams at regionals and was Division 1 Team Champion.
The boys powerlifting team had five state qualifiers and six regional qualifiers. State qualifiers included Tommy Martinez, Preston Stripling, Connor Malone, Najee Mustafea and Brandon North.
Regional qualifiers included Stripling, Martinez, Malone, Mustafea, Chase Wingo and Caleb Shaw.
Girls and Boys Soccer
The girls soccer team made second in district and won its bi-district game against Temple. 7-5A All-District Honors included Caitlyn Conley as Midfield Player of the Year; Riann Winget, Kaylie Cox, Dani Mayfield and Jessica Bogy as 1st Team All-District; Alexa England, Kailea Atkins, Kiley Martens and Harley Floyd as 2nd Team All-District; and honorable mentions included Sydney Rangel, Autumn Schwartz and Danielle Bourgeois.
The boys soccer team went undefeated as District 7-5A Champions with a district record of 12-0-2 and overall 16-3-7. Making 7-4A All-District were Laurence Chamberlain as Player of the Year, Mason Capello as Goalkeeper of the Year. Making 1st Team All-District were Loomis Ramsey, Preston Martin, Matthew Robertson and Eric Nutt. In 2nd TeamAll-District were Brandon Bynum, David Goss, Jose Morales and Jared Chancey. Honorable mentions included Dylan Chancey, Brandon Cirilo and Ryan Sisco.
The softball team achieved a 17-14 district record this year with several District 7-5A softball selections. Sophomore Carley Haizlip made Co-Offensive Player of the Year, junior Delaney Wayland and senior Amanda Claus made 1st Team All-District, junior Emily Kuser and freshman Robyn Gajdica made 2nd Team All-District. Honorable mentions included sophomore Rachel Jones and junior Katie Daniel. Gajdica, Haizlip, Nikki Herbert, Jones, Maddie Seale and Wayland also made academic all district.
The tennis team had two regional qualifiers in mixed doubles Jacob Morgan and LeAnn Wilson. Placing first or second in Team All-District in singles and/or doubles were Morgan, Wilson, Jacob Dromey, Jacob Conde, Zach Wagnon, Charlie Scott, Lauren Mayer, Hannah Nunns and Amber Hamel.
Girls and Boys Track
The girls track team had one regional qualifier, Danielle Davidson in the 3200m and 1600m. Area qualifiers included Riann Winget, who made district mile champion, Davidson (3200m and 1600m) and Meagan Jones (high jump).
The boys track team will see JJ Johnson who was a state qualifier in the triple jump will compete on Saturday, May 11. The team had four regional qualifiers and five area qualifiers.
The MHS wrestling team had four district champions freshman Dylanger Potter, freshman Hunter Riley, senior Hunter Pearce, senior Austin Buckley. The team had two regional qualifiers Potter and sophomore Emily Carson. Potter also went on to take sixth place at the state qualifier, becoming the first freshman to place at the 5A state tournament.
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