Special to the Register
Gainesville Independent School District officials released University Interscholastic League (UIL) results Wednesday indicating that Gainesville High School is 2013’s District 9-3A runner-up in UIL academics, following a recent district meet.
“Our students, again, rise to the top,” said David Glancy, Gainesville High School principal. “It is great to see the months of hard work by our talented students and sponsors pay off in such a big way.”
And the meet’s One-Act Play event resulted in Gainesville High School taking first place — leading to further area competition on April 13, at Wilmer-Hutchins High School.
Out of seven actors, Gainesville High School had five leave with top acting honors: Jordan Moore, Corbin Watkins and Carson Markle earned “All-Star Cast,” Marcy Ruiz earned “Best Actress,” Conner Kennedy earned “Best Actor” and Alex Huerta received an “Outstanding Lighting” award.
“It is very rare for both Best Actor and Best Actress to come from the same school, and this is the second year in a row that GHS has done so,” said UIL Director Craig Hertel. “We have many more students going to the regionals than we have had the last two years. Several students will be competing in multiple events.”
Melissa Toomer, director of the One-Act Play event, said the competitive nature of the production compelled students to work even harder on their roles in the play.
“I was blown away by the results,” she said. “To win first place two years in a row is awesome. Gainesville High School truly does have talent.”
Other Gainesville High School students noted in various competitions during the district UIL meet include:
Calculator: Alex Huerta, second place, Shannon Walk, sixth place, their team, second place; Current Events: Corbin Watkins, sixth place, Austin Lumpkin, seventh place; Computer Applications, Anna Beall, fourth place; Computer Science, Danny Yang, fourth place, Sierra Davis, fifth place, Priyanka Bhakta, sixth place, their team, second place; Editorial: Hannah Gerken, third place, Michael Garcia, fourth place; Feature: Hannah Gerken, second place; Headline: Hannah Gerken, fifth place; Lincoln-Douglas Debate: Jordan Moore, first place, Alley McCollum, third place; Literary Criticism: Alley McCollum, second place, their team, second place; Mathematics: Conner Markle, sixth place; Number Sense, Alex Huerta, second place, Danny Yang, third place, their team, second place; News, Hannah Gerken, fourth place, Jordan Moore, fifth place; Persuasive Speaking, Priyanka Bhakta, first place, Austin Lumpkin, sixth place; Poetry: Collin Izzo, second place, Anna Beall, fourth place, Marcy Ruiz, seventh place; Prose: Mark Clark, first place, Carson Markle, fourth place, Conner Kennedy, seventh place; Ready Writing, Hannah Kennedy, sixth place; Science, Conner Kennedy, their team, second place; Social Studies, Alex Huerta, third place, Austin Lumpkin, fourth place; Journalism Team, second place; and Speech Team, second place.