With only half a team because of COVID-19 concerns, the Alice High School Academic Decathlon program managed to continue it long tradition of excellence by holding its own at the Texas Academic Decathlon state finals in San Antonio recently.
Gavin Zerrato received a Gold Medal in Economics, Literature and Social Science. Gavin also received a Bronze medal in Music and Science. Zerrato was also the Silver medalist in the varsity Division State wide. Celeste Torres was Gold Medalist in the Honors division and Shan Shah was a Bronze medalist in the Varsity Division.
The AHS decathlon coach is George Beltran.
The 2021-2022 Academic Decathlon State Meet will be in Frisco next year. Any student from 9th to 12th grade is encouraged to join the program for an opportunity to win scholarships.
Alice’s Memorial Stadium on to the second round of the Texas High School Football Stadium Showdown.
The statewide tournament bracket, organized by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, pits high school football stadiums to eventually decide the best stadium in the state. The stadium match-ups are decided by online voting at www.texasfootbal.com.
The tournament began last week with 128 stadiums separated into four 32-stadium regions. Alice’s Memorial Stadium was matched up against Tyler’s Rose Stadium in Region IV and advanced to the second round where it is match up against Abilene’s Shotwell Stadium. Online voting for the second round ends Monday.
The winner between Memorial Stadium and Shotwell Stadium will face the winner of the Cypress’ Cy-Fair FCU Stadium and Brownwood’s Gordon Wood Stadium in the third round between April 14-16.
The teams in the Region IV bracket of the tournament when it began included Marfa’s Martin Field, Groesbeck’s Goat Stadium. El Campo’s Ricebird Stadium, Harlingen’s Boggus Stadium. Hondo’s Barry Field, La Grande’s Leopard Stadium, Uvalde’s Honey Bowl, Post’s Redman Memorial Stadium, Tyler’s Rose Stadium, Kerrville’s Antler Stadium, Abilene’s Shotwell Stadium, Round Rock’s Reeves Stadium, Cypress’ Cy-Fair FCU Stadium, Redford’s Pennington Field and Brownwood’s Gordon Wood Stadium.
Click here to vote: https://www.texasfootball.com/article/2020/04/08/vote-texas-high-school-football-stadium-showdown-?ref=home_feature_article
Alice is being represented at the SkillsUSA state competition in April after placing at the district event.
The SkillsUSA District 12 competition was in Corpus Christi and Alice Friday and Saturday.
The AHS students who placed were Blaze Benavides, 1st in Culinary Arts; Melina Vela, 1st in Commercial Baking; Samara Mendoza, 1st in Restaurant Service & District Officer; Hector Arellano, 2nd in Restaurant Service, Aaron Cantu, 1st in Automotive Tool Identification; Cody Rodriguez, 3rd in Automotive Tool Identification.
SkillsUSA is a career and technical student organization for high school and middle school students enrolled in training programs in trade, technical and skilled service and health occupations.
Members of the Alice High School band participated in the UIL Solo and Ensemble at Texas A&M University-Kingsville School of Music Saturday.
A total of 18 students received 1st Division and 11 qualified to state. The students were Blaze Benavides, Zoe Blomgren, Lauren Bunch, Allen Garza, Zeline Gaza, Marlysa Lozano, Carly Martinez, Araceli Nino, Alexia Nunez, Hannah Padilla, Ysela Padilla, Erika Pelayo, Robert Pena, Alayna Rosas, Daniela Ruiz, Edward Sanchez, Celeste Torres, Jesaiah Torres, Fabian Uribe and Greg Vasquez.
1st place – “Martin Luther: An Idea that Changed the World by Kloe Fox; 2nd place – “D-Day: Landing at Normandy” by Aden Tunchez; 3rd place – “Moses Fleetwood Walker: Breaking the Color Barrier in Professional Baseball” by Jacob T. Gonzalez
Group Exhibit Board:
1st place – “Building Bridges for Equality: The Ruby Bridges Story” by Rhianna Amador, Deidra Lopez, Gabriella Gonzalez; 2nd place – “Brown vs. Board of Education” by Danielle Rangel and Tara Gonzalez; 3rd place – “Susan B. Anthony” by Liana Garcia and Brooke Castillo
1st place – “Online Shopping” by Jaclynn Carlton; 2nd place – “Stan Lee: Breaking Comic Book Barriers” by Kaiden Fernandez; 3rd place – “How the U.S. Constitution Broke Barriers” by Gabriel Molina
1st place – “Tesla Tower” by Megan Salinas; 2nd place – China’s One Child Policy” by Cameron Timmons
1st place – “Space Race” by Lucas Walker, Ezekiel Martinez, Juan Garcia and Jamie Garza
1st place – The Female Soldier” by Olivia Garza and Rylee Weir; 2nd place – “Rosa Parks” by Isabella Pena, Lexis Hernandez, Stephanie Solis, Mia Garcia and Celeste Herrera; 3rd place – “Rosa Parks” by Caleb Flores, Anissa Flores, Emily Rivadeneyra and Tristan Quintana
1st Place – Virginia Hall: The Limping Lady by Lauren Bunch; 2nd place – “First Woman to Receive an MD Degree in the US by Samara Mendoza; 3rd place – “The Roswell UFO Crash” by Grabiel Silva
1st Place – “A Silent Protest” by Marco Ruiz; 2nd Place – “Rosa Parks: Mother of the Freedom Movement” by Samantha Pierce.
1st Place – “Ruby Bridges” by Aiden Rosadillo Wilde & Johncarlo Lomas; 2nd Place – “Catherine Johnson” by Daniella Benavides & Niessa Silva; 3rd Place – “Jackie Robinson” by Thomas Hinojosa & Abel Martinez
1st Place – “Richard Nixon and His Trip to China” by Zach Vela
The Alice High School Academic Decathlon Team competed at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in the Region III meet. The event took place Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8th.
Alice High School is the Medium School Region III Super Quiz Champions for the second year in a row and they were also the Region III Academic Decathlon Medium School Team Champions. King High School had won the Large school championship from 2004 to 2016, while Alice had won the Medium School Championship from 2004 to 2016, when King dropped to Medium school, they defeated Alice the last 3 years and in 2020 Alice High School finally beat King High School, Ray, Veterans Memorial, Flour Bluff, Moody, Miller, Tuloso-Midway and others for the Championship.
Individually, Genevieve Toureilles in the Honors division was 3rd in Art with 720 points, 3rd in Economics with 740 points and 4th overall in Honors division individually with 7,782.7 points.
Madison Timmons in the Honors division was 2nd in Music with 780 points, 1st in Science with 920 points, 1st in Art with 980 points, 2nd in Economics with 840 points, 3rd in Social Science with 820 points and 2nd place overall in Honors division individually with 8,264.7 points.
Justin Pastrano in the honors division was 3rd in Essay with 974 points, and 2nd in interview with 993.3 points and had a total honors score of 7,256.9 points
Ali Shah in the Scholastic division was 2nd in Science with a score of 600 points, 2nd in Art with a score of 700 points, 1st in Social Science with a score of 840 points and 4th place overall individually in the Scholastic Division with 6031points.
Victor Trent Rodriguez in the Scholastic Division was 1st in Music with 660 points, 1st in Science with 660 points, 3rd in Art with 680 points, 2nd in Social Science with 720 points and 1st place overall individually in the Scholastic Division with 6,631 points.
Gavin Zerrato in the Scholastic Division was 2nd in Science with 600 points, 3rd in Economics with 520 points, 3rd in Social Science with 600 points and 5th place overall individually in the Scholastic Division with 6,022.8 points.
Ruth Jiminez in the Varsity Division was 2nd in Art with 440 points, 2nd in Social Science with 500 points and 5th place overall individually in the Varsity Division with 5,128.8 points.
Shan Shah in the Varsity Division was 1st in Language / Literature with 600 points, 2nd in Science with 520 points, 1st in Social Science with 700 points, and 4th place overall individually in the Varsity Division with 5,315 points.
Audrey Joslin in the Varsity Division was 1st place in math with 371 points and had an individual score of 4,256.1 points.
Alice High School had a total score of 39,153.2 points to advance to the
State Competition to be held in Frisco, Texas. The Academic Decathlon Team is Coached
Alice ISD students from Alice High School, William Adams Middle School and Dubose and Memorial Intermediate Schools showed projects at the Coastal Bend Regional History Day at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Saturday.
Several of those students qualified to show their history projects at the state level next.
The students were:
Juan Garcia, Jaime Garza, Lucas Walker, Ezekiel Martinez for Group Documentary/ Space Race (State qualifier)
Megan Salinas for Individual Documentary/ Tesla Tower (State qualifier)
Cameron Timmons for Individual Documentary/ China’s One Child Policy (State qualifier)
Kaident Fernandez for IndividualWebsite/ Stan Lee: Breaking Comic Book Barriers (State qualifier)
Gabriel Molina for Individual Website/ U.S. Constitution: Breaking Barriers in History
Jaelynn Carlton for Individual Website/ How Online Shopping in Changing the Economy, One Click at a Time (State alternate)
Olivia Garza and Rylee Weir for Group Performance/ Female Soldier (State qualifier)
Anissa Flores, Caleb Flores, Tristan Quintana and Emily Rivadeneyra for Group Performance/ Rosa Parks (State qualifier, Memorial Intermediate)
Mia Garcia, Lexis Hernandez, Celeste Herrera, Isabella Pena, Stephanie Solis Group Performance/ Rosa Parks (State alternate)
Brooke Castillo and Liana Garcia for Group Exhibit/ Susan B. Anthony (State qualifier)
Tara Gonzalez and Danielle Gonzalez for Group Exhibit/ Brown vs the Board of Education (State qualifier)
Rhianna Amador, Gabriella Gonzalez and Deidra Lopez for Group Exhibit/ Ruby Bridges (State alternate)
Kloe Fox for Individual Exhibit/ Martin Luther: An Idea that Changed the World (State qualifier)
Jacob Gonzalez for Individual Exhibit/ Moses Fleetwood Walker: Breaking the Color Barrier in Professional Baseball (State qualifier)
Aden Tunchez for Individual Exhibit/ D-Day: Landing at Normandy (State Qualifier, Dubois Intermediate)
John Lemon for Individual Performance (State qualifier)
Joncarlo Lomas and Aiden Rosadillo Wilde for Group Exhibit (State alternate)
Celeste Torres and Isela Torres for Group Website (State qualifier)
Lauren Bunch for Research Paper (State qualifier)
Samara Mendoza for Research Paper (State qualifier)
Marco Ruiz for Individual Exhibit (State qualifier)
Grabiel Silva for Research Paper (State alternate)
Samantha Pierce for Individual Exhibit (State qualifier)
Thomas Hinojosa and Abel Martinez for Group Exhibit (State qualifier)
Zach Vela for Individual Website (State qualifier)
Jacquelyne Perez Saenz and Betty-Mae Rodriguez for Group Performance (State qualifier)