Paris Junior High wins 37 medals in Fall Invitational UIL academic meet

Paris Jr High 7th UIL winners

From left, Paris Junior High 7th Grade UIL competitors were: bottom row, Alyssa Tacuyan, Carol Sanchez, Ansley Downs, Chrystlynn Killingsworth, Akeirria Garvin, Kobe Savage, Brian Mendoza, Erika Palomares, Mason Sikes, Nick Gentry, and Kellen Floyd; middle row, Axel Rodriguez, Nick Leija, Mahogani Hill, Jermiia Mosley, Ka’Dazaha Price, Skyla Mackey, Evelyn Brown, Rhea Tabora, and Nichole Hawkes; back row, Sahil Prakash, Jackson Rogers, Asher Andoe, Marjorie Calderon, and Brittany McPeters. (Submitted)
Paris Jr High 8th Grade UIL winners

From left, Paris Junior High 8th Grade UIL competitors were: bottom row, Lilly Lewis, Kade Penny, Thaddeus Spence, Graham Bain, Maria Gonzales, Zachary De La Garza, Meghan Lamberson, Reagan Stone, Alexis Anderson, Yessica Ramirez, and Paulina Santoyo; top row, Hunter Rogers, Matthew Wintz, Garrett Wilson, Lucas Grossnickle, Javian Dabbs, Zane Syed, I’layah Willis, Hannah Marshall, Reagan Benson, Erica Cole, and Marial Amin-Allen. (Not pictured: Megan Bankston, Erin Bankston, and Keyshauwn Ellis)


Paris Junior High School students competed in the Fall Invitational University Interscholastic League academic meet and came away with 37 medals.

Winners were:


  • Seventh Grade: 1st, Evelyn Brown; 3rd, Rhea Tabora.
  • Eighth Grade: 1st, Hannah Marshall; 5th, Maria Gonzalez.


  • Seventh Grade: 1st, Nichole Hawkes; 4th, Mahogani Hill.
  • Eighth Grade: 2nd, Erin Bankston; 6th, Alexis Anderson.


  • Seventh Grade: 4th, Nick Leija.
  • Eighth Grade: 4th Thaddeus Spence; 6th, Megan Bankston.


  • Eighth Grade: 1st, Lucas Grossnickle; 3rd, Reagan Benson.


  • Seventh Grade: 2nd, Akeirria Garvin.
  • Eighth Grade: 6th, Reagan Stone.


  • Seventh Grade: 3rd, Kellen Floyd; 6th, Brittany McPeters.


  • Seventh Grade: 2nd, Sahil Prakash.


  • Seventh Grade: 2nd, Nichole Hawkes.
  • Eighth Grade: 3rd, Erin Bankston.


  • Seventh Grade: 1st, Alyssa Tacuyan; 3rd, Ka’Dazaha Price.
  • Eighth Grade: 2nd, Zachary De La Garza; 3rd, Matthew Wintz.


  • Seventh Grade: 5th, Nichole Hawkes.
  • Eighth Grade: 2nd, Reagan Stone; 4th, Lilly Lewis.


  • Eighth Grade: 4th, Graham Bain.


  • Seventh Grade: 5th, Sahil Prakash.
  • Eighth Grade: 1st, I’layah Willis; 3rd, Matthew Wintz; 4th, Keyshauwn Ellis.


  • Seventh Grade: 4th, Ansley Downs.
  • Eighth Grade: 1st, Matthew Wintz.


  • Eighth Grade: 5th, Erica Cole.


  • Seventh Grade: 5th, Chrystlynn Killingsworth.
  • Eighth Grade: 2nd, Zachary De La Garza.


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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.