Paradise High School

UIL Academics

Four Advance to State

Paradise High School was well-represented at the UIL Academic Regional meet in Abilene on April 13, sending 22 students. Four students will be competing at the State meet in May:

Hailey Holt - Editorial Writing (1st place)

Tanner Forsyth - Copy Editing (2nd place)

Cade Pearson - Ready Writing (3rd place)

Clayton Smith - Poetry Interpretation (4th place)

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UIL Academic Group Heads to Abilene

group picture of students about to leave for Abilene

Twenty-two students headed to the UIL Academic Regional event at Abilene Christian University on April 12.

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PHS Wins Several Awards at District

On March 28, Paradise High School competed at the district Academic UIL meet in Brock and finished second overall. Paradise placed in 18 out of 20 events. We placed high enough to advance someone to regionals (1st three places individually, 1st place team in team events) in 14 of those events. We'll be taking 21 to regionals on April 12-13. Here are the results:

Heather Karg - 2nd place*

Calculator Applications (2nd place team):
Heather Karg - 5th place, Hailey Holt - 6th place, Riley Penny, Katie Davis

Computer Applications:
Jordyn Day - 1st place*

Copy Editing:
Tanner Forsyth - 1st place*, Hadleigh Anthony - 2nd place*, Mia Caddell - 3rd place*

Current Issues and Events (1st place team):
Tres Pennington - 1st place*, Krista Richey - 3rd place*, Grant Caddell - 5th place*, Megan Aldape

Editorial Writing:
Hailey Holt - 2nd place*, Emersen Adams - 4th place**

Feature Writing:
Hadleigh Anthony - 1st place*, Krista Richey - 6th place

Headline Writing:
Krista Richey - 2nd place*, Emersen Adams - 3rd place*

Informative Speaking:
Addison Hall - 4th place**

Literary Criticism (1st place team):
Cade Pearson - 2nd place*, David Benson - 3rd place*, Megan Prindle - 4th place*, Alondra Loza

Tanner Forsyth - 5th place

News Writing:
Hadleigh Anthony - 5th place

Persuasive Speaking:
Parker Burross - 2nd place*, Reighlee Carbajal - 6th place

Poetry Interpretation:
Lynsey Medlin - 1st place*, Clayton Smith - 3rd place*

Prose Interpretation:
Destiny Brock - 3rd place*

Ready Writing:
Cade Pearson - 1st place*

Social Studies (2nd place team):
Tres Pennington - 4th place**, Marc Aldape, Dillon Spencer, Nash Ingram

Spelling and Vocabulary (2nd place team):
Karen Escalera - 4th place**, Megan Prindle - 5th place, Galadriel Smith

* - eligible to compete at regionals
** - alternate to regionals

Paradise was the 1st place overall Journalism team as well as the 2nd place overall Speech team

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Literary Criticism Team Wins District

Lit Crit team

BROCK-On March 27, the PHS Literary Criticism team won first place at the District UIL Academic Meet. Pictured are Alondra Loza, Megan Prindle (4th place), Jana Messenger, David Benson (3rd place) and Cade Pearson (2nd place). Thanks to Mrs. Candioto for the photo.

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Extemp Team Makes Impression at Gainesville

The Paradise extemporaneous speaking team took four of its members and competed in Gainesville on Saturday, March 2. The Paradise team was the only competing school that had all members advance to finals. This was their last meet before they go to compete at district on March 28th in Brock. Results are:

dotParker Burross - Persuasive, 1st Place
dotReighlee Carbajal - Persuasive, 5th Place
dotTommy White - Informative, 6th place
dotHaiden Clark - Informative, 7th place

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Students Do Well at PHS Spring Meet

On February 23, Paradise High School hosted an invitational UIL Academic meet. Here is a summary of how our students place:

Heather Karg - 5th place

Calculator Applications:
Heather Karg - 5th place, Riley Penny - 6th place

Copy Editing:
Mia Caddell - 4th place

Current Issues/Events:
Nash Ingram - 4th place, Krista Richey - 6th place

Editorial Writing:
Lucy Ruiz - 3rd place, Mia Caddell - 4th place, Hailey Holt - 5th place

Feature Writing:
Emersen Adams - 2nd place, Hadleigh Anthony - 4th place, Lucy Ruiz - 6th place

Headline Writing:
Lucy Ruiz - 6th place

Informative Speaking:
Addison Hall - 2nd place, Destiny Brock - 4th place, Haiden Clark - 5th place, Tommy White - 6th place (tie)

Literary Criticism:
Cade Pearson - 2nd place, Megan Prindle - 3rd place, Alondra Loza - 4th place, David Benson - 6th place

Heather Karg - 5th place

News Writing:
Hadleigh Anthony - 1st place, Hailey Holt - 2nd place

Number Sense:
Nicolas Licea - 5th place

Ready Writing:
Alondra Loza - 3rd place, Cade Pearson - 4th place

Social Studies:
Tres Pennington - 5th place

Spelling and Vocabulary:
Megan Prindle - 5th place, Megan Cornett - 6th place

PHS Earns Awards at Valley View

PHS took about 35 students to Valley View on Saturday, February 16. Here is a summary of how our students finished:

Heather Karg - 5th place

Copy Editing:
Lucy Ruiz - 5th place, Hadleigh Anthony - 7th place

Editorial Writing:
Lucy Ruiz - 1st place, Hailey Holt - 2nd place, Emersen Adams - 3rd place

Feature Writing:
Krista Richey - 1st place, Hadleigh Anthony - 4th place

Headline Writing:
Lucy Ruiz - 5th place

Informative Speaking:
Tommy White - 5th place, Addison Hall - 6th place

Literary Criticism (2nd place team):
David Benson - 3rd place, Megan Prindle - 4th place

Heather Karg - 7th place

News Writing:
Hadleigh Anthony - 1st place, Hailey Holt - 2nd place, Lucy Ruiz - 6th place

Persuasive Speaking:
Parker Burross - 3rd place, Reighlee Carbajal - 5th place

Lynsey Medlin - 2nd place

Kennedy Schneck - 3rd place (this was her first time to compete!), Shyann Jennings - 4th place, Rebecca Bailey - 5th place

Ready Writing:
Cade Pearson - 1st place

Spelling and Vocabulary:
Karen Escalera - 7th place

Others students attending: Kendyl Adams, Bonner Brackeen, Mia Caddell (she made it into the final round for Persuasive Speaking), Megan Cornett, Allyson Dickenson, Karen Escalera, Nevan Graves, Jenna Huitt, A.J. Iglesias, Jaclyn Kaler, Julia Karg, Nicolas Licea, Alondra Loza, Tres Pennington, Alexis Penny, Riley Penny, Clayton Smith, and Brooklyn Yoder.

PHS Does Well at Brock

We sent eight speakers to the Brock Academic UIL Invitational Meet on Saturday, January 26. We got to compete against Brock and Tolar, which is starting to give us an idea of what we've got to do to be competitive at district. Here are our results - congratulate these students when you see them! They did great!

Poetry: Clayton Smith - 2nd place, Jaclyn Kaler - 3rd place

Prose: Destiny Brock - 2nd place, Shyann Jennings - 3rd place

Persuasive Speaking: Parker Burross - 1st place (a side note here from his coach, Stephanie Nelson: Parker placed 1st in all the rounds in which he competed!)

PHS Competes at Argyle

We had 30 students who went to Argyle on January 19 to compete in all the non-speech events. It was a tough meet against a lot of large, competitive schools such as Azle, Argyle, Highland Park, Science Engineering Mathematics Magnet School, Flower Mound, Eaton, S&S, and Wichita Falls Hirschi. We managed to hold our own, and came away with some great results. Please congratulate these students who walked away with some well-earned awards!

Social Studies: Nash Ingram - 8th place

Current Events: Marc Aldape - 9th place

Literary Criticism: David Benson - 10th place

Computer Applications: Lynsey Medlin - 7th place

Copy Editing: Tanner Forsyth - 2nd place, Lucy Ruiz - 5th place, Hadleigh Anthony - 11th place

Headline Writing: Lucy Ruiz - 3rd place, Krista Richey - 4th place, and Emersen Adams - 6th place

Editorial Writing: Lucy Ruiz - 10th place

News Writing: Hadleigh Anthony - 1st place, Lucy Ruiz - 10th place

Feature Writing: Hadleigh Anthony - 3rd place, Emersen Adams - 6th place, Lucy Ruiz - 8th place

Number Sense: Nicolas Licea - 10th place (10th grade group)

Ready Writing: Destiny Brock - 5th place

PHS Does Well at Princeton

students with medals won at Princeton

On January 12, Paradise took a large number of students to the invitational UIL Academic meet at Priceton. Here is a summary of how our students placed:

Number Sense (2nd place team small school [1A-3A]): 2nd place - Nicolas Licea, 5th place - Riley Penny

Calculator Applications (1st place team small school [1A-3A]): 1st place - Heather Karg, 4th place - Riley Penny, 5th place - Hailey Holt

Prose: 3rd place - Shyann Jennings

Poetry: 2nd place - Lynsey Medlin, 4th place - Clayton Smith, and 6th place - Jaclyn Kaler

Spelling/Vocabulary (2nd place team overall): 6th place - Megan Cornett (other team members - Galadriel Smith, Karen Escalera, Jenna Huitt, Clayton Smith, Meagan Bacon, Kendyl Adams, Brooklyn Yoder)

News Writing: 4th place - Hailey Holt

Editorial Writing: 5th place - Hailey Holt

Headline Writing (2nd place team overall): 4th place - Lucy Ruiz, 6th place - Krista Richey

Persuasive Speaking: 4th place - Parker Burross (Mia Caddell made it to semi-finals)

Informative Speaking: Haiden Clark made it to semi-finals)

Mathematics: 6th place - Katie Davis

Current Issues/Events (tied for 3rd place team overall): this is a big accomplishment in a meet like this when many of the schools are 5A or 6A schools

Social Studies (3rd place team overall): again, this is a big accomplishment at a meet of this size! 6th place - Tres Pennington

Paradise Hosts Invitational Meet

On November 9, Paradise ISD held a UIL Academic meet that was attended by seven schools. Here is a summary of how our students placed:

Heather Karg - 1st Place

Calculator Applications:
Hailey Holt - 4th Place
Heather Karg - 5th Place (TIE)
Riley Penny - 5th Place (TIE)

Copy Editing:
Tanner Forsyth - 3rd Place
Hadleigh Anthony - 5th Place

Editorial Writing:
Hailey Holt - 2nd Place
Lucy Ruiz - 3rd Place
Emersen Adams - 4th Place
Mia Caddell - 5th Place

Feature Writing:
Hadleigh Anthony - 2nd Place
Emersen Adams - 5th Place

Headline Writing:
Krista Richey - 3rd Place
Emersen Adams - 5th Place

Literary Criticism:
Cade Pearson - 3rd Place
Alondra Loza - 4th Place
Tres Pennington - 6th Place

News Writing:
Hailey Holt - 2nd Place
Hadleigh Anthony - 5th Place

Spelling & Vocabulary:
Galadriel Smith - 3rd Place
Megan Cornett - 4th Place
Jenna Huitt - 6th Place

Ready Writing:
Alondra Loza - 5th Place

See the UIL Academic Event schedule here.

Anthony Named to All-State Staff

Senior Hadleigh Anthony has been named to the 2018 All-State Journalism Staff. Thanks to Mrs. Bohmfalk for the photo.

PHS Students Attend Academic Camp

On July 10, Riley Penny, Emersen Adams, Hailey Holt, and Krista Richey traveled to Lubbock to attend academic camps at Texas Tech, joining Jaclyn Kaler and Shyann Jennings who were there for a speech camp. Riley attended a math/science camp, and the other three young ladies attended a journalism camp. All these students learned and accomplished a lot at these camps, and we appreciate them taking a few days out of their summer to attend them.

Our three journalists came back with some awards: Emersen with a 2nd place in Feature Writing and the same in Headline Writing; Hailey with a 1st place in News Writing and a 4th place in Editorial Writing; and Krista with a 5th place in News Writing, a 5th place in Feature Writing, a 1st place in Editorial Writing, and a 3rd place in Headline Writing. Krista had the most overall points for all those attending the camp, and Emersen was one of the two top scoring seniors at the camp! They all came back on July 14 more prepared to represent Paradise Academic UIL in 2018-19!

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Students Leave for Camp

LUBBOCK-On July 9, Jaclyn Kaler and Shyann Jennings left for a speech competition camp at Texas Tech. Thanks to Mrs. Bohmfalk for the pictures.

Jaclyn and Shyann leaving for academic camp

Jaclyn and Shyann at academic camp

Jaclyn and Shyann at academic camp

District 7-3A (Region 1) Teams for 2018-2019

  • Boyd
  • Breckenridge
  • Brock
  • Jacksboro
  • Millsap
  • Paradise
  • Peaster
  • Tolar
  • See the academic alignments for all districts here.