Four Seniors Compete at UIL Academic Regionals


UIL History adviser Mr. James stands with 5th place current events winner Wyatt Lutenbacher and 8th place social studies winner Esmer Lopez.

ClaraGrace Pavelka, Editor

Last Friday, four seniors, Esmer Lopez, Wyatt Lutenbacher, Jaci Finch and Brian Colburn traveled to San Antonio to compete at the UIL Regional competition. After three months of hard work, the seniors put forth their best efforts but did not advance to State.

Esmer Lopez placed 8th in social studies, Wyatt Lutenbaucher placed 5th in current events and 6th in editorial writing and Brian Colburn placed 6th in computer applications.

“I really loved getting together with the team and working together to prioritize and fix our problems,” computer science competitor Brain Colburn said. “Just seeing how we can all work together, that has been really fun.”

Since January, the seniors have studied and competed in invitationals to practice for district and region.

“I looked at interesting facts, read news stories, memorizes philosophies and practiced essays with Ms. Day,” Finch said. “There was no real way to be prepared just; you just had to be.”

Jaci Finch competed in Ready Writing where she had two hours to write an essay stating her opinion on a given quote.

“It’s pretty hard.” Finch said, “I had to study a bunch.”

Brain Colburn has also worked hard this UIL season with the hopes of making it to state.

“I studied past multiple choices, looked at what I got wrong and made sure I wouldn’t get caught off again,” Colburn said.

Besides studying and competing, the UIL team members had the chance to shop at La Cantera in their free time.

“My favorite part was when we got to hang out with each other and went shopping and ate. It was pretty fun,” Finch said.