Accounting and Literary Criticism teams receive top honors at district UIL meet

The Academic UIL team competed at the district 4-6A meet this past Saturday, March 24, with the accounting and Literary Criticism advancing to regionals.

This is the fourth consecutive year the accounting team claimed top honors at the district 4-6A UIL Competition. Lindy Hoggan and Rilee Burden both earned medals, placing 1st and 2nd respectively.

“My goal was to definitely move on to regionals this year and hopefully qualify for the state meet,” Hoggan said. “I would do practice tests, attend invitationals, and look over textbook materials before going into districts, It’s been fun being with the team.”

To accounting coach and business teacher Carlos Thrasher, the success of the team is all but surprising.

“We met up once a week after school to review UIL materials and go over previous years’ contests,” Thrasher said. “What I really enjoy most about the team is seeing how happy the students are when we win and knowing that they understand that all their hard work and effort comes to fruition at the end.”

The Literary Criticism team also claimed the district title for the second consecutive year. The top 3 contestants all came from Lamar, with senior Julie Trinh taking 1st, junior Sydney Marion earning 2nd, and senior Tim Bauer placing 3rd.

“We were really excited to win the district title again,” Trinh said. “We read books and studied poems along with definitions and literary terms. I think we have a good chance advancing from regionals to state. We are a hardworking team.”

Cast and crew of the One-Act play, “Middletown,” also placed in the top three to advance to Bi-District competition. This is the first time in 5 years the drama has advanced beyond the first round.

“I am very proud of our efforts because we managed to break the five-year losing streak and go to Bi-Districts,” senior Claire Shugart said. “I am happy that that is a part of my legacy here.”