Five Students Advanced to State UIL Academic Meet

Contest Prep. Senior Jonathan Balraj reviews Science notes before competing at UIL at John Jay High School on March 1. Balraj competed in Science at the Region 4 meet on May 2 and placed 5th. Carson Casey placed 1st and JT Pirog placed 3rd. The science team was the only Reagan team to win a regional championship and Casey and Pirog will compete at State on May 20 in Austin, Texas. PHOTO BY M. SANDOVAL
Contest Prep. Senior Jonathan Balraj reviews Science notes before competing at UIL at John Jay High School on March 1. Balraj competed in Science at the Region 4 meet on May 2 and placed 5th. Carson Casey placed 1st and JT Pirog placed 3rd. The science team was the only Reagan team to win a regional championship and Casey and Pirog will compete at State on May 20 in Austin, Texas. PHOTO BY M. SANDOVAL

On May 2, 2014, Reagan finished with third place, a total of 93 points, in the UIL Academic Regional Meet. Edinburg North High School placed first, and MacArthur finished second. Carson Casey, JT Pirog, Nicole Major, Jaymi Morris, and Christopher Whitehair will advance to state.

Senior Carson Casey placed first in Chemistry and Science, JT Pirog finished first in science, sophomore Jaymi Morris placed second in News Writing,  senior Christopher Whitehair placed first in Persuasive Speaking, and Nicole Major finished with second place in Spelling and Vocabulary.

Reagan placed first in Science in the Regional Meet. The UIL Academic Team placed first in the District Meet as a result of strong Accounting, Journalism, Calculator, Mathematics, and Science teams. Out of the 20 events, students in 19 of them qualified for Regionals.

“These teams consistently earned first places at all practice meets throughout the year and won the district championship by a landslide,” UIL Coordinator Yangki Wojcik said.

Although not state finalists, Jonathan Balraj finished fifth in Science, Arasha Lalani place fifth in Prose Interpretation, and Alyssa Gonzales placed fifth in Editorial Writing.  They each contributed points to the overall team total and they are state  alternates.

“One can hardly understand how proud I am of the outstanding coaching staff and students for their superb performances that equally match their dedication and commitment,” Wojcik said.  “It is such a pleasure and privilege that I have this special opportunity to work with the finest group of people at Reagan High School.”

About Nellie Jaafar

Nellie Jaafar is a Senior at Ronald Reagan High School. This is her third year on The Recorder staff; she is the Sports Editor. She hopes to be a great writer on the staff. Her goal is to continue to make all a's and make her parents proud. Nellie has three younger sisters and a baby brother; she also is the biggest Spurs fan. She may be reached at nellie.jaafar@gmail.com

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