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TACS State Academic Challenge Scholarship Recipients 2018

The 25th annual TACS Academic Challenge Scholarship Contest was held at the Bell County Expo Center

in Belton, Texas, on April 8, 2018. Seventy-one teams competed

in two divisions for scholarships totaling $37,500. A similar amount of scholarship funds was distributed

earlier in TACS Academic Challenge regional contests. This has been a hallmark year for the program

with the largest number of competing schools and the largest scholarship amount in the history of the



In Division I, this is the order of finish:

TACS Academic Challenge

1. Sundown High School – Team Q
L-R: Conal Buchanan, Austin Thoms, Matthew Olvera

2. Plains High School – Team I
L-R: Kennedy Earnest, Josh Hoecker, Daniel Granado

3. Brazos High School – Team I
L-R: Colton Mayo, Ethan Malone, Dekorreon Hodges

4. Brady High School – Team I
L-R: Micah Trull, Robert Stafford, Jeffrey Davis

5. Holliday High School – Team Q
L-R: Adam Cuba, Clayton Shotts, Benjamin Gresham


In Division II, this is the order of the finish:

TACS Academic Challenge

1. Pampa High School – Team U
L-R: Alexander Smith, Jet Petit, Vanessa Rosales

2. La Vernia High School – Team Q
L-R: Sarah Wilderstein, Colton Ayers, David Betancourt

3. Greenwood High School – Team I
L-R: Christian Bell, Taylor Callicoate, Jose Salcido

4. Pampa High School – Team I
L-R: Carter Sprinkle, Brody Larkin, Brendan Courtney

5. Bushland High School – Team I
L-R: Kimberlyn Newman, Kollin Elliott, Jacob Ives


TACS sends our gratitude and thanks to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and its faculty and

administration for hosting and running the scholarship contest and to Dr. Gene Sheets, the contest

director, for organizing and directing the program! Also, thank you to the teams who competed this year.

We hope that next year, every school district who is a member of TACS will participate in the contest. It

just gets bigger and better each year!

Contact Information

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1011 San Jacinto Blvd., Ste. 204
Austin, Texas 78701-1924
Phone: (512) 440-8227
Fax: (512) 442-6705

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