Congratulations to the Latta High School Academic Challenge Team for their outstanding performance at Francis Marion University as they competed in the Academic Challenge Regional Tournament this past Saturday, March 11, 2023. After a day filled with academic excitement, the Latta High School Academic Challenge Team, coached by April Dailey, was announced the Division II Regional Champs! On Saturday, the team competed in five round robin matches, going up against various schools throughout the region. With these matches, the Vikings accumulated 109 points, having the second highest score of all the schools in Division II. Then, they went on to compete in the final competition against Mayo High School, a Magnet School. The Latta Vikings won finals with a score of 28 to 25, crowning them the 2022-2023 Regional Champions. For the entire day, the Vikings earned 137 points, meaning, they answered 137 questions correctly! They will go on to compete in the State Competition on Friday, March 17th at Francis Marion University.
Overall, the Latta Vikings had a great season, winning four out of six regular season matches.
During this season, the LHS Vikings earned 232 points total. With the points they accumulated
at the regional tournament, the Latta Vikings have earned 369 points this season so far! We
look forward to seeing how this team excels at the State Tournament!
Back Row (L-R): Lydia George, Easton Anderson, Nathan Holloman, Christopher Herrera, Kristian Hennagan, Emily Long, Zachary Peacock, Hannah Coleman, Ashton Haselden, Coach April Dailey, Bob Juback Front Row (L-R): Jesse Holloman, Captain John Gasque, Captain Luke Nettles, Adam Peacock
Latta High School recently held its annual Miss Viking pageant at the Ellis Performing Arts Center. Sixteen young ladies in grades ninth through twelfth took part in the pageant directed by Jodie Peele Branham. The contestants competed in three categories; Interview, Valentine’s Day wear, and Evening Gown wear. Special entertainment was provided by Miss Viking 2018, Lea Foster Khalil, who also assisted with crowning and the pageant was emceed by Ms. Branham. Crowning took place in each grade level with an overall crowning of Miss Viking as well as a contestant voted crowning of Miss Sweetheart.
Miss Kate Gasque was crowned Miss Freshman and first runner-up was Miss Lauryn Brumbles;
Miss Katelyn Johnson was crowned Miss Sophomore and first runner-up was Miss Brooke Gasque;
Miss Tori Watson was crowned Miss Junior and first runner-up was Miss Briley Bryson;
Miss Sarah Bracey was crowned Miss Senior and first runner-up was Miss Hannah Coleman.
Miss Sweetheart, voted on by all the contestants, was given to Miss Janie Nolan who was also crowned the Overall Miss Viking 2023. Janie is a sophomore at Latta High School. She is the daughter of Mr. Tommy and Donna Nolan of Marion and the granddaughter of Mr. Don and Joyce Nicholson of Pawleys Island and Ms. Anna Nolan of Marion. She is an active member of Latta High School’s FCA, LHS’ student body government, the LHS Honor Choir, and the LHS Varsity cheer squad. In the future, she plans to attend Clemson University and pursue a degree in Sports Communication in hopes of one day becoming a sports broadcaster for a major sporting television network.
Ms. Branham would like to publicly thank Mrs. Nan Carmichael, administrator for LHS, Mrs. Erika Roberts, tech booth assistant, Mrs. Eleanor Powers, director of the Ellis Performing Arts Center, the judges, and the Latta community for coming and supporting the contestants. Thank you also to Petals & Stems Florist for providing the flowers and Mrs. Christie Fisher Hunt for the making of the sashes.
Miss Viking Grade Level Winners
Miss Viking 2023 Janie Nolan