Bridge City students were recognized at Monday’s school board meeting for recent acheivements.

Both the boys and girls Powerlifting teams are the 2008 Regional Champions.
Members of the girls team are: Ricci Shoemaker, Emily Blanchard, Taylor Daville, Shelbie Huffman, Alexa Richmond, Brittany Myers, Ashley Angelle, and Valerie Brown.

Shoemaker, Blanchard, Daville, Richmond, Myers, and Brown were State Qualifiers.

The girl’s competition on the state level was held this past weekend.

Alexia Richmond is the State Champion in the 114-pound weight class. Richmond had lifts of 255 pounds in the squat, 120 pounds in the bench and a deadlift of 280 pounds.

She is in her first year as a weightlifter and is a Sophomore.

Brittany Myers won the state title in the 132-pound weight class. Her total weight lifted was 793 pounds. Myers is a Junior.

The boy’s team consists of Devon Oceguera, Robert McDonald, Jerry Nguyen, Tim Sharp, Micah Ellender, Trent Myers, Michael Kosh, Garrett McNeil, Kris Wedekind, Shane Stankus, Micah Ivy, Anthony Mazzola, Thomas Luce, and Colby Martin.

State Qualifiers for the boy’s team were Nguyen, Sharp, Ellender, Kosh, McNeil, and Wedekind.

McNeil won the Regional competition in the 181-pound weight class. A Senior, McNeil has been lifting for four years. He lifted 465 pounds in the squat, 315 pounds in the bench and 530 pounds in the deadlift.

Sharp is a three time regional qualifier. This year he won the gold medal in the 132-pound weight class. The Junior class athlete has been lifting for three years. Sharp had lifts of 470 in the squat, 275 in the bench, and 440 in the deadlift.

Wedekind placed first in Regional with lifts of 530 pounds in the squat, 365 pounds on the bench, and 535 pounds deadlifted. He competes in the 198-pound weight class, is a Senior and has been lifting for four years.

State competition for the boy’s team will be Saturday March 29 in Abilene.

 “Out of 16 boys going to regional, six will go on to compete in the state competition,” said Powerlifting coach Kevin Jones.  “I am very proud of the team and all of the hard work they have done. They are a really great team to work with and we are looking forward to the State competition in Abilene and we have an excellent chance to bring home a trophy or two.”

Jones also said, “the girls team is very hardworking and dedicated. They do an outstanding job and they are the hardest workers I have ever been around.”

BCISD Superintendent Dr. Jamey Harrison said of Coach Jones, “He is a very hard working coach who is dedicated to his teams and helping them achieve the goals they set. He has a great attitude and is a very fine coach.”

Students in other areas were also recognized Monday.

In Girls Basketball Lauren Angelle was selected as a member of the 2nd team all district. Jordan Royal received an honorable mention.

Adam Sanchez is a member of the 1st team all district and Jason Clark will be on the 2nd team all district in Boys Basketball.
BCHS students who attend the West Orange Stark Career Center Precision Machining class entered the Skills USA District contest with rewarding results.

In the Skill Speed Contest Blake Thibodeaux won 1st Place.

Tristan Beam, Brad Betar, Gus Garza, James Johnson, Blake Neeb, Andrew Rogers, and Blake Thibodeaux all placed 1st in Project Entries.

The Bridge City Strutters attended the American Dance Gussie Nell Davis Classic regional contest held at Kilgore College in Kilgore.

The Strutters officers were awarded the Winners Overall category in the medium team competition. The officers achieved the Sweepstakes Award of Excellence, The Gussie Nell Davis Award, Best Overall Presentation Award, Best Overall Technique Award, Best Overall Precision Award, and Best Overall Choreography Award. They also won the Judges Award in the Novelty, Lyrical, and Jazz categories.

As a team, the Strutters were 1st Place Runner-up in the medium team category and 1st Runner-up Academic Team award with a 3.6 GPA.

Out of 25 teams, including private (studio) dance teams they were 4th Runner-up in the Top Five Teams Award.

Allison Fitts was the 1st Runner-up-Medium Category as a Solo Finalist.

The students in all categories were congratulated by the school board for the hard work and dedication they did to achieve these awards.

In other business, the Athletic Booster Club donated $180.00 to each powerlifting team to offset meal costs on the trips to regional and state competitions. The booster Club also donated $480.00 for softball backstops.

The Board approved new math books for grades K-5 for the upcoming year.

The Summer Enrichment Camp is to be held at the Middle School. It teaches computer technology including robotics.

At the conclusion of regular business the board adjourned and then went into a closed session.