UIL Academic Team Wins Championship for Second Year in a Row

By Brittni Barnett
WHS "Paw Prints" staff

For the second year in a row, the Whitehouse High School UIL Academic Team brought home the District 17-4A Championship. They won the March 31st competition at Hallsville High School with a total of 393 points.

"This second district championship is a total team effort," UIL Academic Coordinator John Keeling said. "I am so proud of our students and coaches. The thing that impresses me the most is how so many of our teams are winning. We aren't just relying on one or two teams for all of our district points. Every team is competitive."

He said that the students who compete in UIL have truly become a team over the past few years and this contributes to their success.

"Our students have that feeling of 'team' and that is a testament to our coaches' enthusiasm," he said.

Journalism coach Pam Miller said that the students on her team are what make the whole experience worthwhile.

"This is the fourth year in a row my journalism team has won 1st place at district," Miller said. "The feeling of satisfaction I get when seeing the joy on a student's face after winning a medal is what makes teaching important to me."

Principal Anthony Black attributes this win to all of the dedication and hard work put in by both the students and coaches.

"Our UIL team as a whole has made some dramatic gains over the past several years," Black said. "John Keeling has been a great leader in promoting UIL academics, and the coaches and students have all stepped up their efforts to build a team that is the envy of the East Texas area. I'm very proud of the accomplishments of these students and teachers. We have lots of talent here at Whitehouse and this is a great way to show it off."

UIL coaches are: John Keeling, Current Issues and Events, Social Studies; Allen Warren, Computer Science; Leah Stanley, Computer Applications; Pam Miller, Journalism (News Writing, Feature Writing, Editorial Writing and Headline Writing); Patti Roberts, Science; Tanye Byrd, Calculator; Staci Mayo, Number Sense; Susan Dobson, Math; Jean Smith, Ready Writing and Literary Critcism; Melissa Danforth, Prose and Poetry Interpretation; and Noah Conklin, Debate and Speech.

District winners are:

Informative Speaking
2nd Brenna Middleton
6th Rachel Cook
Persuasive Speaking
2nd Kenda Bilberry
L-D Debate
4th Sarah Peymon
1st Place Team
Feature Writing
1st Caitlin Giddens
2nd Sarah Stewart
3rd Meredith Mohr
Editorial Writing
2nd Caitlin Bartle
4th Alyssa Bennington
5th Brittni Barnett
Headline Writing
3rd Caitlin Bartle
5th Caitlin Giddens
6th Brittni Barnett
News Writing
3rd Caitlin Giddens
5th Brittni Barnett
6th Meredith Mohr
Computer Science
1st Brian Crawford
2nd Matt Dostal
3rd Daniel Herrig
4th Andrea Crawford
Computer Science Team
1st Brian Crawford,
     Matt Dostal,
     Daniel Herrig,
     Andrea Crawford
Social Studies
1st Britt Martin
2nd Megan Ballard
Social Studies Team
1st Britt Martin,
     Megan Ballard,
     Payton Fedell,
     Garret Dostal
3rd Trent Chudej
4th Kathleen Carpio
5th Cody Faist
6th Autumn Kitchens
Spelling Team
1st Trent Chudej,
     Kathleen Carpio,
     Cody Faist,
     Autumn Kitchens
1st Drew Lollar
5th Josh Byrd
Calculator Applications
6th Heath Mayo
6th Trent Chudej
Calculator Team
2nd Heath Mayo,
      Trent Chudej,
      Daniel Herrig,
      Katelyn Parsons
1st Brian Crawford
Math Team
2nd Brian Crawford,
     Daniel Herrig,
     Trent Chudej,
     Nick Kunzman
Computer Applications
1st JJ Massey
3rd Kenda Bilberry
1st Brian Crawford
1st Brian Crawford
Science Team
2nd Brian Crawford,
     Heath Mayo,
     Britt Martin,
     Kevin Kapka,
     Wes Holt,
     Garret Dostal
Ready Writing
4th Sarah Stewart

Students who places 1st , 2nd or 3rd individually and 1st place teams advanced to Region UIL competition on April 13-14 at the University of Texas at Denton . In that competition, Whitehouse was the runner-up academic champion. Individual results for that competition will be published in a later edition of the Tri-County Leader.

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