• Photo by Mary Richardson
    Graford High School’s State qualifiers and their category of competition for Academic UIL include, left to right, TJ Slay, in Social Studies; Sunni Lemley, in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate; and Taylor Gregory, in Literary Criticism; and, Regional Champion Michael Phillips, in Number Sense. The four will compete Monday-Wednesday, May 23-25, held on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

Graford High School students awarded for academic excellence

About 100 people attended the Academic Awards Banquet at Graford High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016, to celebrate the accomplishments of students. High School Principal Lori Henderson emceed the event, and with the help of Instructors John Richmond, English I-IV; Rodney Hall, Science; James Manley, Math; Scott Phillips, Social Studies and UIL Director; Sheila Bybee, Spanish 1 and 2; Jarod Westmoreland, Art; Jacqueline Fitzhugh, Technology; Tonya Parsons, Family and Consumer Sciences; and Robert Ray, Ag Sciences Director; announced the names of the awards recipients, including: Garrett McAllister, English I; Taylor Gregory, English II; Michael Phillips and Rebecca Bernal Naylor, English III; and Kylie Pewitt, English IV; Taylor Gregory, Spanish 1; Alexis Gee, Spanish 2; and Emily Miles, Spanish 3; Taylor Gregory, Yearbook; Sunni Lemley, Principles of Human Service; Lacie Bell, Lifetime Nutrition and Wellness; Emma Martin, Dollars and Sense; Megan Coston, World Geography, first period; Preston Tabor, World Geography, fifth period; Emma Martin, World History; Lacie Bell, United States History; Rebecca Naylor, Math Models; Sunni Lemley, Pre-Calculus; Taylor Gregory, Algebra 2; Taylor Gregory, Geometry; Reyna Herrera, Algebra 1; Damita Montalvo, Art I; Taylor Penn, Art 2; Skyler Carver, Art Overall; Preston Tabor, Biology; Lacie Bell, IPC; Sunni Lemley, Chemistry; Sunni Lemley, Anatomy & Physiology; Michael Phillips, Physics; Ronnie Terrell, Principles of Technology; Makayla Reed, Computer Maintenance; and Jerry Posey, Digital Media.

Graford’s Ag Director and FFA Advisor Robert Ray announced the names of students who excelled in the following categories: Keagan Rogers, Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Gabe Allen, Wildlife and Ecology Management; Rebecca Richardson, Range Ecology and Management; Ricky Williams, Agricultural Design and Metal Fabrication; Alexis Gee, Livestock Production; Clay Carver, Ag Mechanics and Metal Technologies; and Donnie Feregrino, Ag Construction.

Graford’s UIL Director Scott Phillips named participants of the UIL events, including: Leo Balvantin, Lacie Bell, Megan Coston, Colton Davis, Sunni Lemley, Marcello Gradassi, Reyna Herrera, Garrett McAllister, Emily Miles, Michael Phillips, Rachel Ray, Rebecca Bernal Naylor, Alexis Gee, James Kincaid, Emma Martin, TJ Slay, Megan Lawhorn, Rode Newton, Fallon Owens, Eric Burleson, Damita Montalvo and Preston Tabor.

Regional Qualifiers in the UIL competition included TJ Slay, Lexy Gee, Rebecca Bernal Naylor, James Kincaid, Lacie Bell, Emily Miles, Michael Phillips, Shasta Welch, Taylor Gregory, Miriya Little, Garrett McAllister, Chad Rhoades, Eric Burleson, Ricky Williams and Emma Martin.

“Graford placed second in District UIL,” said Phillips. “And, State Qualifiers for the UIL competition include Taylor Gregory, in Literary Criticism; Sunni Lemley, in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate; and, Regional Champion Michael Phillips, in Number Sense; and TJ Slay, in Social Studies. I am very proud of these students for working so hard.”

Gregory, Lemley, Phillips and Slay will be at the State competition from Monday, May 23 through Wednesday, May 25, held on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

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