Students from the Del Valle High School University Interscholastic (UIL) League Academic Team competed against 29 other schools at the Medina Valley UIL tournament, which featured events including speech and debate, copy editing, hands-on computer science, and more. Del Valle competitors earned second in the overall Team Sweepstakes after placing in 12 of the 17 competition events.
In the event, 11 DVHS students took home ribbons or medals a total of 16 times during the individual competition. In the team competitions, calculator applications, and current events brought home first place with the journalism team taking second place.
Justice Warren, a 12th-grade UIL competitor at DVHS understands that UIL competition is preparing her to make gains beyond the classroom walls. “I think being in UIL is about so much more than winning. It’s about the experience and learning that you can do all these phenomenal things you never thought you could before. When you have the kind of team that we do, the kind of family that we do, I think that means everything.”
Mr. Jeffrey Rasp, DVHS UIL Academic Co-Coordinator, instills in his students that participating in UIL Academics is rewarding. UIL allows students to take what they are learning in the classroom and apply that knowledge in a competitive atmosphere.
“It allows students to expand their depth and breadth of knowledge in various areas,” noted Rasp, “This is a great avenue for a multitude of young learners to represent our campus and community, showing that our students compete and succeed.”
Competition Placements Include:
- Justice Warren, senior: 1st in News, 2nd in Feature and Headline, 3rd in Editorial, 5th in Copy Editing
- Gabriela Rodriquez, sophomore: 1st in Current Events
- Frankie Ortiz, senior: 2nd in Number Sense, 6th in Spelling
- Christopher Rios, sophomore: 3rd in Calculator Applications
- Amanda Escalante Tamayo, junior: 3rd in Computer Applications
- PhuongUyen Tran, senior: 3rd in Calculator Applications
- Maria Garcia Anaya, senior: 5th in Number Sense
- Cesilia Corona, senior: 5th in Calculator Applications
- Adrian Cardona, senior: 5th in Computer Applications
- Aleksy Rodriguez, junior: 6th in Math