By Richard Hernandez
UIL academic competitors marched their way to MacArthur High School on April 3 and some walked away regional qualifiers.
“I was excited,” junior Leslie Fuentes said. “It was the first time I placed and I wasn’t expecting it, so it was a pleasant surprise.”
Once all the competitions were done, and the judges critiqued, the Mavs walked away with 10 people or teams placing in their respective competitions. With half of the district placers and two of the three regional qualifiers, the Mavs journalism program was well-represented.
“I was super surprised,” junior Darby Fulcher said. “I actually get to represent Mrs.B and actually write at regions this time.”
For Fulcher, the road to regional competition has been a rocky one. After being an alternate to region in both her freshman and sophomore year, and not yet a shot at competing, Fulcher hopes to just enjoy the experience, with her name actually being called this time.
“I’m glad I actually get to compete this time,” Fulcher added. “I’m not even expecting to place high at all, although I would like to place again.”
Not only is the journalism team being represented, but the science team placed second overall and senior Danna Naser placed third in UIL Mathematics, earning her way to the regional competition.
“I hope to do my best; I don’t want to disappoint my teacher. He’s helped me a lot and it would make him very happy,” Naser said.
Regions is approaching fast. With the competition set for April 21 at UTSA those going are aiming not to disappoint.
“I think I’m ready for it,” Naser added. “The competition is going to be way harder since everyone placed in their district. So it’s going to be the best of the best.”