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GW shines at UIL competition, students going to state
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Overall GWHS finished 8th out of 38 schools that placed in the region, with two schools pulling ahead of GWHS by less than two points.  Regional competitors include; on the back row, Lindsey Bowers, Diane Johnson, Kristin Stewart, Avery Pawelek, Bridget Emerson, Glenda Locke, Brady Jonmes, Michael McCormick, Quest Newberry and onthe front row, Mandy Whitaker, Taylor Thompson, Morgan Miller, Catarina Ruiz, Caysi Holt, Shelby James, Katelyn Keach, Zeliene Brown, Raye Bednorz, Emily Ellison, Judy Troell.
Overall GWHS finished 8th out of 38 schools that placed in the region, with two schools pulling ahead of GWHS by less than two points. Regional competitors include; on the back row, Lindsey Bowers, Diane Johnson, Kristin Stewart, Avery Pawelek, Bridget Emerson, Glenda Locke, Brady Jonmes, Michael McCormick, Quest Newberry and onthe front row, Mandy Whitaker, Taylor Thompson, Morgan Miller, Catarina Ruiz, Caysi Holt, Shelby James, Katelyn Keach, Zeliene Brown, Raye Bednorz, Emily Ellison, Judy Troell.
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GW had six students qualify for the state UIL meet.  State UIL competitions will take place on May 21- 23, at the University of Texas in Austin.  State bound students are Caysi Holt, Avery Pawelek, Shelby James, Katelyn Keach, Quest Newberry and Brady Jones.
GW had six students qualify for the state UIL meet. State UIL competitions will take place on May 21- 23, at the University of Texas in Austin. State bound students are Caysi Holt, Avery Pawelek, Shelby James, Katelyn Keach, Quest Newberry and Brady Jones.
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Back Row: Darren Rhodes, Raye Bednorz, John Driskill, Michael McCormick, Preston Smith, Avery Pawelek, James Baker, Derek Cantu, Kate Jimerson, Brady Jones Middle Row: Matthew Hyde, Emily Ellison, Gunner McCool, Ellen Nance, Shelby James, Taylor Thompson, Tara Liska, Erin Snider, Ashley Keadle, Bruce Williams Front Row: Sarah Crawford, Katelyn Keach, Catarina Ruiz, Blake Mosely, Zeliene Brown, Cayla Cook, Mandy Whitaker, Carrie McCormick, Quest Newberry Regional Competitors and Coaches- left to right Back Row: Lindsey Bowers, Diane Johnson, Kristin Stewart, Avery Pawelek, Bridget Emerson, Glenda Locke, Brady Jones, Michael McCormick, Quest NewberryFront Row: Mandy Whitaker, Taylor Thompson, Morgan Miller, Catarina Ruiz, Caysi Holt, Shelby James, Katelyn Keach, Zeliene Brown, Raye Bednorz, Emily Ellison, Judy Troell
Back Row: Darren Rhodes, Raye Bednorz, John Driskill, Michael McCormick, Preston Smith, Avery Pawelek, James Baker, Derek Cantu, Kate Jimerson, Brady Jones Middle Row: Matthew Hyde, Emily Ellison, Gunner McCool, Ellen Nance, Shelby James, Taylor Thompson, Tara Liska, Erin Snider, Ashley Keadle, Bruce Williams Front Row: Sarah Crawford, Katelyn Keach, Catarina Ruiz, Blake Mosely, Zeliene Brown, Cayla Cook, Mandy Whitaker, Carrie McCormick, Quest Newberry Regional Competitors and Coaches- left to right Back Row: Lindsey Bowers, Diane Johnson, Kristin Stewart, Avery Pawelek, Bridget Emerson, Glenda Locke, Brady Jones, Michael McCormick, Quest NewberryFront Row: Mandy Whitaker, Taylor Thompson, Morgan Miller, Catarina Ruiz, Caysi Holt, Shelby James, Katelyn Keach, Zeliene Brown, Raye Bednorz, Emily Ellison, Judy Troell
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On March 18 and 19, GWHS UIL competitors traveled to Mathis to compete in the district UIL speech and academic meet. Seven gold and silver medal teams and twenty-five individual awards led to one of the strongest finishes in recent years with GWHS taking second place out of eight schools in the district. Fifteen students qualified for regional competition at Texas State University in San Marcos.

“We are very proud of all of our students working so hard and giving up so much time to practice for their events. All of their efforts have really paid off this year,” said Math, Calculator, and Number Sense coach Bridget Emerson.

Competitor Derek Cantu added, “Not only are UIL competitions fun, they prepare us in many ways for college and the working world, making them a really valuable educational experience.”

Congratulations to all of the competitors and coaches for an incredibly successful showing at district. The following competitors placed in their events:

Accounting (coached by Flo Moore):

Shelby James- 1st

Caysi Holt- 2nd

Quest Newberry- 3rd

Brady Jones- 4th

1st place accounting team

Calculator Applications (coached by Bridget Emerson):

Morgan Miller- 1st

Michael McCormick- 5th

Catarina Ruiz- 5th

Raye Bednorz

1st place calculator team

Cross-Examination Debate (coached by Lindsey Bowers)

Derek Cantu

Sarah Crawford

Lindsay Hajek

Preston Smith

Current Issues (coached by Lindsey Bowers)

Gunner McCool- 5th place

Sarah Whitley

Kate Jimerson

Sarah Crawford

2nd place team

Editorial Writing (coached by Kristin Stewart)

Shelby James- 1st place

Mandy Whitaker- 2nd place

Carrie McCormick

Feature Writing (coached by Kristin Stewart)

Shelby James- 1st place

Ellen Nance

Taylor Thompson

Headline Writing (coached by Flo Moore)

Katelyn Keach- 1st place

Ellen Nance- 5th place

Cayla Cook

Informative Speaking (coached by Lindsey Bowers)

Chase Galloway

Erin Snider

Lincoln-Douglas Debate (coached by Lindsey Bowers)

Zeliene Brown- 4th place

Matthew Hyde

Darren Rhodes

Literary Criticism (coached by Diane Johnson)

Michael McCormick

Mathematics (coached by Bridget Emerson)

Avery Pawelek- 2nd place

Emily Ellison- 4th place

Zeliene Brown

Morgan Miller

1st place math team

Number Sense (coached by Bridget Emerson)

Morgan Miller- 2nd place

Emily Ellison

Zeliene Brown

Bruce Williams

2nd place number sense team

News Writing (coached by Kristin Stewart)

Taylor Thompson- 3rd place

Shelby James- 4th place

Ellen Nance

News, editorial, feature, and headline writers made up the 1st place journalism team.

Persuasive Speaking (coached by Lindsey Bowers)

Zeliene Brown- 4th place

Matthew Hyde

Darren Rhodes

Prose Interpretation (coached by Diane Johnson)

Darin Cuevas

Prose Interpretation (coached by Diane Johnson)

Lindsay Hajek- 4th place

Mary Cansino- 5th place

Tara Liska

Ready Writing (coached by Flo Moore)

Emily Ellison- 5th place

Morgan Miller

Blake Mosely

Science (coached by Glenda Locke)

Avery Pawelek- 1st place, top physics score

John Driskill

Ashley Keadle

Emily Ellison

Morgan Miller

Mandy Whitaker

Sidney Freeborn

1st place science team

Social Studies (coached by Kristin Stewart)

Matthew Hyde

Darren Rhodes

Tara Liska

Gunner McCool

Spelling & Vocabulary (coached by Judy Troell)

Katelyn Keach- 4th place

James Baker

Preston Smith

On March 26, the GWHS One-Act Play cast and crew performed their production of Anne Frank & Me by Cherie Bennett at the district competition in San Diego. Directed by Mrs. Jeannie Kessler, Lindsay Hajek was awarded Honorable Mention All-Star Cast and Katelyn Keach was awarded All-Star Cast.

The students who placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in their events or were members of a 1st place team advanced to the regional level of competition on April 20 at Texas State University in San Marcos. Of the fifteen students who qualified for regional competition, six students advanced to state in their events. Congratulations to the following students for placing at regionals:

Morgan Miller- 5th place Calculator

Avery Pawelek- 4th place Mathematics, 2nd place Science, top Physics score

Katelyn Keach- 3rd place Headline Writing

Shelby James- 1st place Accounting

Brady Jones- 2nd place Accounting

Quest Newberry- 5th place Accounting

Also competing at regionals were Raye Bednorz, Michael McCormick, and Catarina Ruiz (Calculator), Taylor Thompson (News Writing), Mandy Whittaker (Editorial Writing), Emily Ellison (Science and Mathematics), and Zeliene Brown (Mathematics).

The Accounting team consisting of Shelby James, Brady Jones, Quest Newberry, and Caysi Holt and coached by Flo Moore, took first place at the regional meet and will advance to state. Also advancing to state are Avery Pawelek in Science (coach Glenda Locke) and Katelyn Keach in Headline Writing (coach Flo Moore). None of the coaches can remember the last time GWHS has had six students qualify for the state UIL meet and are very proud of this accomplishment.

Overall George West High School finished 8th out of the 38 schools that placed in the region, with two schools pulling ahead of GWHS by less than two points. State UIL competitions will take place on May 21-23 at the University of Texas in Austin.

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