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Eight advance to state

Campus UIL director Jeff Schrantz hopes to add another trophy to this display case with a strong performance at the UIL Academic State Meet April 21-22 at UT Austin.

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Campus UIL director Jeff Schrantz hopes to add another trophy to this display case with a strong performance at the UIL Academic State Meet April 21-22 at UT Austin.

Wade Glover, Staff Reporter

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Eight students earned their way to the UIL State Academic Meet April 21-22 at the University of Texas at Austin after placing at or near the top of their competitions in the 5A-Region II meet at Prosper High School Friday and Saturday.

“It went very well,” campus UIL coordinator Jeff Schrantz said. “We got 7th place overall in sweepstakes, and we are sending eight students to the state meet in Austin. One in Lincoln-Douglas debate, and we are also sending our computer science team and our science team.”

Senior Bill Wang is one of the eight going to state with his first place finish in science securing his second straight trip to Austin for UIL academics.

“It feels really good,” senior Bill Wang said. “Basically what I do is a bunch of practice tests, each one has like 60 questions, 20 of each subject. What they cover is biology, chemistry, and physics, but what was in those categories is kind of varied, so in my experience the best way to prepare is just practice tests, and then you find what you’re bad at and get better at it.”

UIL academic season begins in January with the start of invitational meets, followed by the District 13-5A meet in March, with each meet seeing an increase in competition.

“I think when you advance to Region and to State it can be a little bit humbling because you can see the level of competition outside our district,” Schrantz said. “With that said, I was very pleased with how we did, and we took a mostly young team to state so I hope that this motivates people to keep working on their events and we see even more improvement next year.”

Here’s a look at the 5A-Region II UIL results:
(Bold means State Qualifier)
 
Calculator Applications
Prateek Sangineni – 3rd place tie (4th place after tie breaker)
 Team – 4th
 
Computer Applications
Kaitlyn Wilcox – 6th Place
 
Computer Science
Ben Wyatt – 3rd Place
Team – 2nd (Ben Wyatt, Manav Sood, Kevin Li)
 
Lincoln Douglas Debate
Nikhil Sridharan – 2nd Place
 
Poetry Interpretation
Zoomy Taylor – 6th Place
 
Science
Bill Wang – 1st Place
Bill Wang – Top Bio & Physics Score
Team – 2nd (Bill Wang, Sai Koukuntla, Jane Zhang, Karthik Dharmalingam)
 
Overall Sweepstakes
Liberty – 7th
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