Thirteen Dripping Springs High School students traveled to The University of Texas at San Antonio the last Friday and Saturday, April 22-23, to compete in the UIL regional competition.
“The students did really well,” facilitator of learning and innovation, Karen Tiller said. “On Saturday, we competed in computer applications, literary criticism, current events, ready writing, spelling, and news writing.”
Not only did students perform well individually, but several small teams placed as well.
“In spelling we did really well, Michael Martinets placed first in the event, and our team placed second,” Tiller said.
This has been a particularly great year for the Academic UIL groups compared to previous years.
“I think UIL is really robust this year,” Tiller said. “The last several years we’ve had really great, tight-knit teams.”
Although this year has been an extremely successful year for UIL students, the future looks even brighter.
“We’re doing really well,” Tiller said. “We have a great set of coaches, a great group of returning members, so I’m very excited for the future.”
Kara Kothmann, another UIL coach, also enjoyed the trip to San Antonio, although it was a hectic and busy weekend.
“We drove down on Friday, went to the Japanese Tea Garden and had a really nice time before the competition on Saturday,” Kothmann said.
The students have been working around the clock in order to ensure success at their competitions.
“It ended up being a pretty long day,” Kothmann said. “We competed against the other 5A schools, but there were also 6A students there.”
The coaches and students involved in UIL are hopeful that the coming years will be filled with plenty of opportunities for Dripping Springs kids.
“Academic UIL provides a good opportunity for students to go outside of the normal curriculum and compete in things that they’re really interested in,” Kothmann said.
Written by Rylee Matousak