Five students will compete in UIL Regionals on April 14 at Commerse’s Texas A&M University after advancing last weekend at academic UIL District.
“UIL academics is competitive, demanding, exciting, exhausting, thrilling, and worth every second,” UIL coordinator Callie Lawrence said. “Just like athletics, the practices are brutal, but the competition is a thrill.”
Sophomore Riley Foster advanced in Editorial Writing, bringing home a third place medal at District.
“Regionals were so much fun last year and I was really hoping to go again; it’s even better that most of our [UIL Journalism] team is going,” Foster said. “I’m really happy I get to share this experience with my team again.”
At District, sophomore Mia Hay placed second in News Writing, second in Feature Writing, third in Editorial Writing and third in Headline Writing; Hay advanced in all her events.
“Headline and Feature specifically are not my strongest events,” Hay said. “But I am glad I get the chance to compete at the regional level.”
Sophomore Ashley Wilkinson advanced in News Writing with a first place medal; Wilkinson also won first place in Copy and Editing, which is not an official UIL event yet.
“When I found out that I was District Champion, I was completely surprised,” Wilkinson said. “This will be my first year at Region, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.”
Sophomore Allison Buckner advanced in Lincoln Douglas Debate and Persuasive Speaking with first and second place medals.
“I didn’t expect to win District, being a first year debater,” Buckner said. “All I cared about was making sure that Carthage did not win.”
Junior Matthew Boyett placed third in Computer Science and advanced.
“Knowing how hard the UIL students worked this year shows me how great they will do at Region,” Lawrence said. “This has been an incredible year for UIL, and it will only get better.”