UIL Academics Teams Prepare For Regional Meet


Grace Stivers, Reporter

The UIL Academics regional qualifiers pose together with their district medals.

Grace Stivers, Reporter

This weekend many of the UIL academic teams are competing in Corpus Christi at the regional meet. All students and/or teams who placed 1, 2 or 3 at the district meet will compete April 13.

Journalism, Computer Science, Computer Applications, Current Issues, Literary Criticism, Ready Writing and Science teams will compete.

The Current Events, Literary Criticism and Science teams earned wildcard distinctions, meaning they each had the second highest team score in the region, and therefore qualified for regionals.

“I am really excited to compete this weekend,” junior Jessica Ball said. “I love writing and now I get to represent LHS in Corpus Christi. My most memorable meet this year was in Burnet. My printer wasn’t working so I had to hand write my story! I still placed second even with the mishap. Hopefully everything will work out at regionals and I’ll place well.”

At regionals, in order for students to advance to the state meet in May, individuals will need to place top three or be a top team.

“I am a bit nervous for this weekend,” freshman Michael Neary said. “As a freshman, it can be kind of nerve racking competing. I have a lot of time between now and senior year. Hopefully this is the first of many regional competitions for me.”

District Team Results

Current Issues

Cole Wheeler: 1st Place

Harrison Hayes: 6th Place

2nd Place team consisting of Wheeler, Hayes, Tay Floyd and Sena Kucukkarca

Computer Applications

Natalie Denoso: 1st Place

Serena Resh: 3rd Place

Dj Rounds: 4th Place

Computer Science

Jacdon Green: 6th Place

2nd Place team consisting of Green, Connor Casanova, Joe Miick and Gavin Robinson


1st place team consists of the following events and results:

Copy Editing

Lydia Bruer: 2nd Place

Chris Ybarra: 3rd Place

Editorial Writing

Chris Ybarra: 2nd Place

Katelyn Terry: 3rd Place

Feature Writing

Lexi Moreland: 1st Place

Katelyn Terry: 2nd Place

Headline Writing

Daunte Cuffie: 4th Place

Katelyn Terry: 5th Place

 News Writing

Tyler Garcia: 1st Place

Katelyn Terry: 2nd Place

Daunte Cuffie:  3rd Place

Speech and Debate

2nd place team consists of the following events and results:

Lincoln Douglas Debate

David Neary: 5th Place

Informative Speaking

Sena Kucukkarca: 1st Place

McKenzie McLendon: 4th Place

Ethan Butler: 6th Place

Persuasive Speaking

Cole Wheeler: 2nd Place

Michael Neary: 5th Place

Prose Interpretation

McKenzie Peacock: 1st Place

Makayal Osburn: 4th Place

Poetry Interperation

Mallory Fitzner: 2nd Place

McKenzie McLendon 6th Place

Cross Examination debate earlier in the year placed 3rd, 4th, and 5th.

Literary criticism

Addi White: 2nd Place

Harlan Cook: 6th Place

Team 2nd consists of White, Cook, Maree Kelly and Ethan Forrester.

Ready Writing

Jessica Ball: 1st Place

Jacdon Green: 3rd Place

Zoe Bryant: 5th Place


Harlan Cook: 1st Place,

David Neary: 4th Place

Robert LaMountain: 5th Place

Addi White: 6th Place

Top Biology: Addi White

Top Physics: Miller Boykin

2nd place teams consists of Cook, Neary, LaMountain, White, Boykin and Austin Kielpenski.