Area students qualify for state academic meet

Austin, here they come.Several Crossroads area students will be heading to the University Interscholastic League state academic meet later this spring, thanks to strong showings at this past weekend's regional events.Big Spring High School's Shermila Kher qualified for the state meet in two events, placing first in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and second in persuasive speaking during the Region I-3A academic meet at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.Kher will be joined in Austin by BSHS classmate Lacy McMurtrey, who finished second in literary criticism at the regional meet.Other BSHS students' results from the regional meet included: Seth Trevino, fourth in persuasive speaking; Shiloh Creswell, sixth in informative speaking; and Ricky Shubert, sixth in headline writing.Five students from Forsan High School qualified for the state academic meet with strong showings at the Region I-2A meet in Abilene this past weekend.Sydney Holdampf, Brady Gartman, Kyle Stevenson and Trevin Cherry won the team competition in number sense to earn a spot at state. In addition, Holdampf's second place finish in the event earned her a berth in individual number sense competition.Gartman placed fourth in individual number sense competition.Other area students who qualified for the state academic meet are:• Sands' Hayden Ware, Preston Zant, Jerad Staggs and Aaron Ragle qualified in team number sense competition at the Region I-1A academic meet in Levelland. Also, Ware won the number sense individual competition.• Grady's Abby Hanson, who placed second in news writing at the Region I-1A regional meet in Levelland.• Garden City's Kadden Kothmann, who placed third in number sense at the Region II-1A academic meet in Abilene.• Stanton's one-act play ensemble qualified as an alternate to the state competition by placing third at the Region I-2A meet.