Six GHS students qualify for state academic meet

April 24, 2013

Six Granbury High School students qualified for the University Interscholastic League Academic State Meet May 20-22 in Austin.

Rachel Rodgers captured the championship in Lincoln-Douglas debate at last week’s regional contest, while editorial writing contestant Preston Flurkey was second in that event.

The accounting team of Austin Bradley, Joseph McLean, Evangelina Oviedo and Kyle Shanahan placed second overall and is advancing to state as a wild card. The group will have the opportunity to defend the school’s Class 4A state titles won in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In the individual competition, Oviedo placed third with Shanahan taking fifth. This marks the 10th year out of 11 – and the fifth in a row – that the GHS accounting team has advanced to state competition.

The regional meet for academic and speech events was held last week on the campus of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. Advancing to the state competition are students who were either the top three individuals or members of the top team in an event.

Results from the regional contest were:

Accounting: Team – Austin Bradley, Joseph McLean, Evangelina Oviedo, Kyle Shanahan, first; Individual: Evangelina Oviedo, third; Kyle Shanahan, fifth.

Editorial Writing: Preston Flurkey, second.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate: Rachael Rodgers, first; Hailey Champan, quarterfinalist; and top speaker.

Literary Criticism: Team – Austin Franklin, Cameo Gonzales, Caitlyn Thatcher, Alyssa Tigner, second; Individual – Austin Franklin, sixth.


Granbury High School and Crossland Ninth Grade Center theater arts students competed in the University Interscholastic League regional competition Saturday in Abilene.

Although the play was not selected to advance to state, three students won acting awards. Nick Mayes was selected for the all-star cast, while Blake Bergeman and Natalie Willingham received honorable mention recognition.

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