For the second year in a row, scholars from Lindale High School have demonstrated they are the best in Texas by winning the Class 5A UIL Academic Team state championship, LISD officials announced.
LHS bested Class 5A powerhouses Highland Park and Prosper en route to the title and did it in convincing fashion, topping Highland Park 157 points to 118.
“I am so proud of our students,’’ said LISD Superintendent Stan Surratt. “To win back to back state championships in UIL academics is truly an awesome achievement.’’
Surratt added that the standard of high academic achievement continues to guide students from year to year. The 2017-18 school year was one of the most successful for the LISD, he said.
“The Tradition of Excellence of Lindale ISD is certainly alive and growing,’’ he said. “Our students and UIL coaches deserve great praise and recognition for their extraordinary successes. Lindale High School is one of the smallest schools in the 5A division, but with our students’ superior academic abilities and great work ethics, along with wonderful support from their UIL coaches, they always represent Lindale at the highest level. It is a great day to be a Lindale Eagle!”
The UIL Academic State Meet consists of 22 events including Math, Science, One-Act Play, Spelling, Current Events, Computer Applications, Accounting, several Journalism events and several speaking events.
These events are divided into a four-part competition. Debate competed at the Congress Meet in January and also competed in the CX meet in March with Anthony Wyatt and Ronak Desai winning the State Championship in those competitions.
Evan Bewersdorf earned fifth place in Congress while the One-Act play group competed in April and placed sixth.
This was the one-act play group’s first trip to state in 10 years, and these performers went through 4 rounds of competition to get to state.
Evan Howell won All-Star Cast and Sydney Smith was named the Overall 5A Best Tech.
Journalism, Computer Science and Computer Applications competed in May. The journalism team of Adrienne Parks and Tyra Rodden won 4 medals and were the Overall State Journalism Champions for 5A.
Tyler Meador placed second in computer applications, with Zach Jones and Tyler Russell also competing.
Preparation for UIL Academics begins over the summer, when teachers attend workshops and students attend summer institutes. Students compete at invitational tournaments throughout the fall and winter, before most competition begins in the spring. In total, there are 27 academic disciplines ranging from theatre and film, to literature and science.
The Eagles are coached by Rory McKenzie and JP Fugler in speech and debate, Amanda English in computing events and Neda Morrow in journalism.
Lindale also won the UIL Academic District Championship at every level possible, 6th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade and High School.
The high school team went on to capture the Regional UIL Championship and now the State 5A Championship in UIL Academics.