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May 8, 2014

Jacksonville student advances to state UIL competition

JACKSONVILLE — Allison Jones is advancing to State UIL Competition to be held May 20 by placing second in News Writing this Saturday at UIL Regionals held in Arlington. In addition to her Regional second place rank in News Writing, she placed sixth in Editorial Writing and earned an additional medal. These medals will be added to the sixth place medal earned this past year for News Writing.

She advanced to compete in three categories- News, Editorial, and Feature Writing, by placing second in both News and Editorial Writing and third in Feature Writing at the district meet held April 25 in Lindale.

Three other students individually placed at district. Christian Tomayo  placed sixth in Science securing the second place Science medal for his team, and Swanson Traylor placed fifth in Ready Writing.

However, only one other student, Parastoo Nikravesh, advanced by placing third in Social Studies to compete at the regional meet alongside Jones where she placed 23rd.

The girls were accompanied by Mr. Matthew Lutmer-Paulson for social studies and Mrs. Jessica Orozco for journalism. Jones and Orozco will travel to Austin on May 19 to prepare for the competition the following day and return after the awards ceremony held on the night of the 20th.

While at Regionals, Jones prepared for prom knowing that she would arrive late. She brought her dress, make-up and newly purchased hairspray in her backpack. Although she did not want to miss out on prom, going to the State Meet has always been a priority for her.

As she fought with eyeliner and bobby pins in a crowded university classroom while waiting for contest results, all she could say was, “This is the meaning of whatever it takes.”

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