Academics team wins district title

Hail to the champs.Spurred by dominating showings from its speech and journalism teams, Big spring High School claimed the District 5-3A title at this week's University Interscholastic League Spring Academic Meet at the BSHS campus.Big Spring totaled 456 points to edge Abilene Wylie (424.5 points), while Snyder (363 points) finished third. This is BSHS' first academic district crown since moving down to Class 3A in 2010. “The amount of work these kids put into this was just tremendous,” BSHS Journalism Teacher Samantha Berry said. “Their commitment just so far surpassed anything we could have expected. It was a fantastic result.”Berry's journalism students spearheaded Big Spring's efforts, starting with a 1-2-3 finish in editorial writing — freshman Katelyn Igneczi finished first, followed by sophomore Kenan Lewis and junior Ricky Shubert.Shubert added another pair of first place showings — in feature writing and news writing — to help Big Spring earn top journalism team honors.“All of my UIL students worked very hard … and held themselves to a very high standard,” Berry said. “This was like their athletics — they went in as a team and they won as a team. I couldn't be prouder of them.”Big Spring's speech team, headed by Jennifer and Clint Adams, also dominated at the meet, earning five first-place finishes.Speech team members claiming first place finishes Wednesday were Shiloh Creswell (informative speaking), Shermila Kher (Lincoln-Douglas debate and persuasive speaking), Lacy McMurtrey (literary criticism), and Belle Guillory (poetry interpretation).Connor Furqueron also earned a pair of gold medals for BSHS, one in ready writing and the other in chemistry, and finished second in Science.Earlier this year, Big Spring also earned first-place finishes in Cross-examination debate and one act play.The top three finishers in each event qualify for the UIL's Region I-3A Academics Meet, to be held later this month at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Here are Big Spring High School individual and team results from Wednesday's UIL District 5-3A Academic Meet:Individual results:• Accounting — Daniel Coyle, fifth; Daniel Juarez, sixth.• Calculator applications — Anna Scott, fifth.• Current issues — Dylan Archer-Pauchet, fifth.• Computer applications — Charles Anderson, second; Danielle Strickland, fourth; Anna Scott, fifth.• Editorial writing — Katelyn Igneczi, first; Kenan Lewis, second; Ricky Shubert, third.• Feature writing — Ricky Shubert, first; Katelyn Igneczi, fourth.• Headline writing — Ricky Shubert, third.• Informative speaking — Shiloh Creswell, first; Aron Rios, fifth; Kendra Cook, sixth.• Lincoln-Douglas debate — Shermila Kher, first.• Literary criticism — Lacy McMurtrey, first.• Mathematics — Chelsey Parker, fifth; Garrett Miller, sixth.• Number sense — Garrett Miller, sixth.• News writing — Ricky Shubert, first; Katelyn Igneczi, second.• Persuasive speaking — Shermila Kher; Seth Trevino, third.• Poetry interpretation — Belle Guillory, first; Meagan Islas, fifth; Lauren Puga, sixth.• Ready writing — Connor Furqueron, first.• Chemistry — Connor Furqueron, first.• Science — Connor Furqueron, second.Team results:• Accounting — BSHS, second.• Calculator applications — BSHS, second.• Cross-examination debate — BSHS first and second.• Journalism — BSHS, first.• Literary criticism — BSHS, second.• Mathematics — BSHS, second.• Number sense — BSHS, second.• One act play — BSHS, first.• Science — BSHS, second.• Speech — BSHS, first.