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Denton student Eleanor Halbert advances to final round in national linguistics Olympiad

A Denton High School sophomore is in the running to travel to India for an international linguistics competition after recently advancing to the final round of the national competition.

Sophomore Eleanor Halbert advanced final round of the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad after finishing in the top 10 percent of the first round, which is comprised of nearly 2,000 high school students from across the U.S. and Canada. In the competition, participants attempt to solve linguistic puzzles. Through these puzzles, contestants use logic skills to determine solutions through the diversity and consistency of language.

Eleanor competed at the local site of the competition, the University of North Texas, along with eight other Denton High students. She well next compete on March 10 in the final round of the competition for a chance to advance to the international competition in India, which will take place in July. Only eight national contestants will advance to the international competition.

In addition to Eleanor, Denton High was represented by Kolt Bundy, Aidan Dalrymple, Lauren Edwards, Yvette Han, Amaya Herrington, Marguerite Hunter, Daria Moore and Sydney Rollins in the first round of the national competition at UNT. The students were instructed by Sandra Dieckman, linguistics sponsors at Denton High.

For more information about Denton High’s linguistics programs, please contact Mrs. Dieckman by phone at 940-369-2151 or via email at