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Flores, Henrietta HS Spelling and Vocabulary team win state championship


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The Henrietta High School Spelling and Vocabulary Team earned the UIL 2A State Championship on Wednesday, May 22. Team member Miranda Flores was crowned the individual state champion.

Flores earned the state title in spelling and vocabulary with a score of 94. Matthew Mitchell, Justin Caldwell, and Garen McGhee join her on the team.

The team advanced to the state meet by winning both the district and regional meets this spring.

Laurie Schaffner, Henrietta High School English teacher and coach of the spelling and vocabulary team, describes Flores as a student who has consistently performed well, earning two district and two regional individual championships as well as three trips to state in the past three years.

Mitchell won second place at the state meet with a score of 92.  He also has a successful record, said Schaffner, winning second twice in both the district and regional meets, a second place and third place at the regional meet, and a trip to state two years in a row.

“Caldwell, a senior, will be sorely missed next year since his scores have been pivotal to the scores that have earned the team two district and two regional championships as well as this year’s state championship,” said Schaffner. Caldwell earned ninth place at this year’s state meet.

Henrietta High School’s Literary Criticism Team won second place medals at the state meet on Wednesday, beating their archrivals from Holliday.  Team members are Crystal Kroes, Katelyn Suneson, Danielle Holmes, and Krystal DeLucio. Connie Johnson, who teaches senior English at HHS, coaches the team.

Kroes, a senior, earned the second place individual honor at the state meet, an impressive accomplishment since this is only her first year as a member of the team.  Suneson, who finished second at the regional meet a month ago, earned fifth place honors at state.  Rounding out the team’s scores was Holmes who garnered a sixth place finish.


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