Callisburg Elementary School was host to the District 11 AA UIL academic meet during December, according to a media release.
Along with Callisburg, participating schools included Bells, Howe, Pottsboro, Sadler & Southmayd, Tom Bean, Whitesboro and Whitewright.
Final results established Callisburg as the district winner with a total of 380 points; Sadler & Southmayd placed second with 225.33 points; and Pottsboro came in third with 190.66 points. “It was a very busy day,” said Derrick Conley, first-year principal at Callisburg Elementary. “This was a new alignment, and eight schools is a rather large district. With that amount of competition, I wasn’t sure what to expect. When I took the job at Callisburg, I was told about the winning tradition for UIL academics. I wanted to make sure that custom was upheld. It was amazing to see how the CES staff worked together to make the day a success.”
CES UIL coordinator Debbie Nini confirmed the winning tradition. “We have been district champions for 26 out of the past 30 years,” she said. “The various academic competitions that constitute a meet provide a platform to showcase our students’ many talents. I believe this is important to our students, their families, and our community.”
Don Metzler, Callisburg assistant superintendent, has also had a long history with UIL academics. “We have had numerous state academic UIL champions that started their winning ways at the elementary,” he said. “These students were also recipients of Texas Interscholastic League Foundation scholarships, provided by the UIL, that provided funding for their college studies.
Callisburg Elementary results by contest and grade level:
Callisburg tied for the Most Points Scored Plaque in 2nd grade.
Creative Writing — coached by Laura Cazzola, Team: Aedan Bowden (5th place); Riley Roberts (6th place); Jacy McCartney; and Faith Fitzgerald.
Storytelling — coached by Valerie Vaughn, Team: Alex St. Onge (1st place); Haylee Coolen (2 nd place); Faith Fitzgerald (3rd place); Clayton Moore.
Callisburg won the Most Points Scored Plaque in 3rd grade.
Ready Writing — coached by Valerie Vaughn, Team: Jesse Klein (1st place); Ryleigh Beaver (6th place); Luke Stokes; Emily Hunter.
Music Memory — coached by Carol Golden, 1st Place Team: Luke Stokes (1st place); Trevon Buchanan (2nd place); Bailey Proffer (4th place); Skylar Mauldin.
Spelling — coached by Lisa Moore, 1st Place Team: Jesse Klein (2nd place); Cutter McLaughlin; Trevon Buchanan; Trevor Mayo.
Storytelling coached by Loree Eddleman, Team: Luke Stokes (1st place); Cloee Jackson (2nd place); Bryston West (5th place); Elaina Rocha.
4th Grade Ready Writing — coached by Melinda Dieter, Team: Sasha Barletta (5th place); Cooper Carter; Brooke LaRue; Mary Grace Morrow.
Art — coached by Cameron McCay, 3rd Place Team: Angelina Renteria (6th place); Quorbin Riddle; Lexi Washburn; Bennie Willis.
Music Memory — coached by Carol Golden, 2nd Place Team: Abby Luton (2nd place); Mary Grace Morrow (3rd place); Reid Pinckard; Brooke LaRue.
Number Sense — coached by Lachell St. John, Team: Cooper Carter; Hayla Flowers; Justin Garner; Alex Holt.
Oral Reading — coached by Linda LaRue, Team: Reid Pinckard (2nd place); Brooke LaRue (4th place); Mary Grace Morrow; Bridget Parker.
Spelling — coached by Betty Sloan, 3rd Place Team: Reid Pinckard (5th place); Mary Grace Morrow; Bettie Davenport; Tess Hunter.
Callisburg won the Most Points Scored Plaque in 5th grade.
Ready Writing — coached by Sarah Morrow, Team: Reese Hendricks; Mollie Lucas; Chloe Lewis; Avery Leverett.
Art — coached by Cameron McCay, 3rd Place Team: Morgan Stroms (5th place); Reed Thomas; Sierra Sullivant; Harmony Proffer; Baleigh Copeland; Seth Baucum; Sierria Hardin.
Dictionary Skills — coached by Terri Atterbury, 2nd Place Team: Kayley Rohrbough (3rd place); Payton Duke (5th place); Dakota Dungan.
Listening — coached by Tina Brazeal, Team: Mollie Lucas; Avery Leverett; Ryder Reed; Kendra Tyson.
Maps, Graphs, & Charts coached by Susie Hutchison, Team: Trever Coker; Avery Leverett; Tyler Sanders; Chisum Shurbert.
Music Memory — coached by Carol Golden, 2nd Place Team: Trevi Mills (2nd place); Reese Hendricks (5th place); Harmony Proffer; Baleigh Copeland.
Number Sense — coached by Debbie Nini, 2nd Place Team: Payton Duke (2nd place); Ryder Reed (5th place); Ryder McLaughlin; Kayley Rohrbough.
Oral Reading — coached by Linda LaRue, Team: Lexi Walker (3rd place); Reese Hendricks (4th place); Dakota Dungan; Morgan Storms.
Social Studies — coached by Nicole Morrell, 3rd Place Team: Robert Baldwin (6th place); Kaleb Threadgill; Avery Leverett; Reese Hendricks.
Spelling — coached by Terri Atterbury, 1st Place Team: Ryder McLaughlin (1st place); John Klein (2nd place); Avery Leverett (3rd place); Kayley Rohrbough.