Students shine in district academics


A number of Madisonville UIL Academic students took home top results in their district meet and will now represent the school at the regional competition at Sam Houston State University on April 13.

“These kids have worked so hard and it is a little nerve-racking to go up against competition from other districts,” said Suzanne Risinger, who coordinates the team along with Shelly Hickey. “It makes them feel good to compete and see what they are able to accomplish and it makes us very proud of their hard work.”

Harmony Schmidt earned first place in Calculator Applications to punch her ticket to regionals and was coached by Lastell Fraley.

Madisonville’s Accounting and Social Studies teams also took first place. Jake Manning of the Accounting team took the top spot in the competition by a wide margin and was followed by Ana Bonilla (Fourth), Jordan Prescott (Sixth) and Natalie Hinojosa. The Accounting team is coached by Bettina Coleman.

The Social Studies team that collectively took the top prize is comprised of Curtis McVey (Fifth), Cody Pierson (Seventh), Ashton LaSalle and Alyssa Kangos. They are coached by Jennifer Johnson.

“They are continuing their studies to prepare for regionals,” said Risinger. “If they continue to advance, they will be eligible for scholarships as well as state.”

Also competing for Madisonville in the Calculator Applications category were Erica Hinojosa, Ja’Aliyiah Mojica and Tra’Shayla Smith.

Marvin Cardova and Cristina Tipaz competed in the Number Sense category and are coached by Vanessa Clarida. Josslyn Aceves, Audrey Donaho and Crystal Villalta represented MCISD in the Ready Writing category and are coached by Angie Patrick.

The Spelling and Vocabulary team is comprised of Kayla Basinger and Kylie Ouellette. They are coached by Katrina Adcock. Paige Craig competed in the News Writing category and is coached by Chris Reid.

“I hope that we will have more kids start to participate in the future so we can cover more subject areas,” said Risinger. “It helps students pinpoint an area they may want to pursue and it is a great way to prepare for it. We are looking to give them an incentive and show that it is something that can go toward their futures.”

The format of the competitions varies by category. The students are judged by the teachers within the competing districts and are assigned numbers to remain anonymous during the grading process.