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ACPA Storm boys and girls sweep past Full Armor Academy

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Both ACPA basketball teams picked up another district win Tuesday evening vs. Henderson-Full Armor Academy. The Lady Storm got things started with a 62-17 victory to improve their district 5-1A record to 2-1. Lani Compton lead all scorers with 19 points. Gracie Millar added 11, Ashley Loflin 8, Alexa Koerth 7, Haley Gaytan 6, Jasmine McCormick and Mikenna Rainwater 4, and Madison Fowler 3.

The #8 ACP boys team had a 70’s throw back night and improved their district record to 3-0 with a 81-27 win. The Storm were led by Zay Ridgle with 28, Kaenan Nix 17, and Micah Santelli had 10.

Both teams are back in action Friday night as they travel to Longview to play St. Mary’s Catholic School.

Athens High School math team piles up medals

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When the Athens High School math team competed at the Sulphur Springs academic invitational meet last month, team members earned 35 medals and two team trophies.

The calculator team of Yuvia Leon, Mollie Davies, Eli McCool and Ideal Ademaj won first place, as did the mathematics team consisting of members Davies, McCool, Ademaj and Sierra Graves. The number sense team of Ademaj, Davies and McCool won second place behind the defending AAA state champions from Chism High School.

Individually, Davies won first in calculator and math, and sixth in number sense. McCool was second in calculator and math, and fifth in number sense. Ademaj won third place in number sense, fourth in math and fifth in calculator applications. Leon won sixth in calculator with a personal best of 113. Graves won fifth in math with a personal best of 58. Lauryn Gore also competed and won a sixth-place medal in math.

Pictured are, from left, Ideal Ademaj, Mollie Davies, Eli McCool, and (seated, from left), Yuvia Leon, Sierra Graves and Lauryn Gore. (Courtesy photo)

Hernandez wins state title in UIL Congress

By Toni Garrard Clay/AISD Communications Coordinator

Athens High School’s Matthew Hernandez can add 4A UIL Congressional Debate State Champion to his already impressive list of accomplishments. On Wednesday in Austin, the senior became the first Hornet in recent memory to win a championship in the contest. In 2016, he made the top 30 in extemporaneous debate at the national speech and debate tournament and, along with partner True Head, won state in UIL Cross-Examination Debate for the second year in a row.

“I couldn’t have done it without the teammates who did research and everything else for me,” said Hernandez of his latest achievement. Last year, he advanced to finals in congress. This year, he said, he put a lot more work into preparing for the event.

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Henderson County State Rep. Lance Gooden sworn in

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AUSTIN, Texas – Republican Lance Gooden was sworn into office on the first day of the 85th Session of the Texas Legislature. Surrounded by friends, family, and supporters, Gooden presented his broad policy goals for the year.

“I am honored by the trust that my neighbors have placed in me to champion our values and advocate for our communities,” Gooden said. “Working together, I am confident in our ability to secure the border, create jobs, cut taxes, and improve our schools through local control that empowers parents and teachers. There is a lot of work to do, and I am excited to get started.”

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Events scheduled to honor Dr. King

By Delanda S. Johnson/Special To The HCN

As we prepare to celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s holiday, we as African-Americans must take a closer look at ourselves.

On Saturday, January 14, Johnson Chapel A. M. E. Church will celebrate the dream with a “Gospel Explosion.” This will be a gospel concert starting at 6:30 p.m.

Then on Monday, January 16, the Henderson County Black History Committee will honor Rev. Dr. King with a Candlelight Vigil at the New Hope Corinth C. M. E. Church starting at 7 p.m.

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