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Wildkat UIL team ties for first at New Waverly meet

Journalism team sweeps competition
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photo or infographic by Emily Meachen
THE WAITING GAME. After competiting all day in speaking events, junior Danica Sunquist and sophomores Annabell Smith and Zoe Mendes wait for the poetry results to be announced. At the meet, Mendes placed 1st in Informative Speaking, Smith placed 1st in poetry and Sundquist placed 2nd in Informative Speaking.

Last weekend in New Waverly, many Wildkats represented our school at a UIL invitational meet and won numerous awards in a variety of speech and journalism events. 

“At the meet, we placed in every event we entered,” journalism teacher Emily Meachen said. “That is very impressive “I knew our journalism team did very well. We had over 100 points over the 2nd palace team. Then after the meet, I found out the team tied for second place and our speech team placed second.”

Despite these Wildkats being involved in many other extracurriculars and even outside of school activities, they still managed to give it their all this past weekend and establish themselves as winners.

“The UIL students are all involved with other clubs, sports and outside jobs,” Meachen said. “They work on their events on their own time. With all their other commitments, I am so proud that they show up early on a Saturday, participate and win“Our district competition is in April, so we are working to get better every day for that competition.”

Though academic competition may sound unappealing to some, there’s more to UIL meets than writing essays and taking quizzes.

“Whenever we go to UIL, a lot of it is just us getting to hang out until competitions start, especially at invitationals,” junior Kaitlyn Burns said. “You get to know the people around you and learn more about the competitions you’re in while you wait. UIL not only gives you skills that you can use in your education, but it also builds your social skills.”

CHAMPION STYLE. Members of the Academic UIL team show off their ribbons and medals after the New Waverly UIL meet. The team tied for overall tournament champions and the journalism team placed 1st. (photo or infographic by Emily Meachen)

Though many Wildkats that participated in UIL have graduated since last season, our teams this year are still going strong, and are especially motivated this year.

“It was nice to see people filling in the spots of seniors from last year,” junior Danica Sundquist said. “The people that participate in UIL are so fun and they’re all devoted to doing well. It’s a very encouraging environment to be in.”

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Heather Carroll is a sophomore at Willis High School and is new to the newspaper staff this year. She is a member of the varsity treble choir and also participates in UIL competitions. Last year, she placed at district and made it to regionals in UIL Ready Writing. You can reach her at [email protected].
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