Tolar propels 9 to state academics

May 4, 2013

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Tolar High will send nine students to the state academic contest May 21-22 based on their results in the regional academic contest at Tarleton State University.

Junior Carly Knapp finished second in social studies, junior Elli Diehl finished third in editorial writing and second in spelling, junior TJ Foster finished third in prose interpretation, and senior Davis McCauley finished second in current issues and events.

In addition, the current issues and events team of McCauley, senior Corey Chadwick, junior Walker Shelton and sophomore John Cox finished second as a team and will advance to the state meet as the wildcard team.

Tolar will also have two alternates going: senior Dylan Petty in mathematics and junior Timothy Williams in number sense, who both finished fourth in their events.

The students’ success represents months of hard work.

“Probably 80 times,” is TJ Foster’s guess as to how many times he has read his prose pieces in practice.

This will be Carly Knapp’s third straight state appearance in the social studies contest, as she has been a member of the state champion team from Tolar both her freshman and sophomore years.

She credits sponsor Cal Lowry as one of the keys to her success, with the other being her older sister Casey, who was twice state champion in the event.

Diehl, who will be competing in spelling and editorial writing, echoes the strong work ethic the other students mentioned.

“I write the words over and over and over,” she said.

Her favorite word learned so far this year?

Triskaidekaphobia – the fear of the number 13.

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