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WHS Wins at Regional, Advances to State

Waller High School’s (WHS) UIL Academic Team claimed runner up in regional competition after competing against 68 schools at the 2021 Region III-5A Academic Meet. This success comes after winning the District Sweepstakes Championship. Now, 15 students will move on to compete at the State UIL Meet on May 1. 

“It is quite remarkable to see the Waller team at work preparing during competition,” WHS UIL Coordinator Scotty Johnson said. “Though we are separated by event teams, we are one big Waller team supporting each other. I have known some of our team members for five or six years and I have seen them build for this. I am so proud of them.”

Team Awards

  • Accounting: 1st place, State Qualifiers - Jenny Chiem, Lydia Jurischk, Ingrid Machuca, Anna Sherar
  • Literary Criticism: 1st place, State Qualifiers - Jenny Chiem, Cole Holladay, Gus Rice, Ashton Steffey
  • Social Studies: 1st place, State Qualifiers - Joey Camann, Celestine Duncan, Blake Green, Julian Juarez
  • Spelling: 1st place, State Qualifiers - Kathy Castillo, Lucas Johnson, Steven Rabago, Helmut Ulrich
  • Computer Applications: 1st place - Cole Holladay, Julian Juarez, William Misak
  • Calculator: 2nd place - Zachary Gray, Austin Hyatt, Riley Meeves, Helmut Ulrich

Individual Awards

  • Accounting: Jenny Chiem (1st, State Qualifier), Ingrid Machuca (2nd), Anna Sherar (4th), and Lydia Jurischk (5th)
  • Calculator: tie for 6th place Austin Hyatt and Riley Meeves
  • Computer Applications: Julian Juarez (1st, State Qualifier), Cole Holladay (4th), and William Misak (5th)
  • Copy Editing: Lucas Johnson (2nd, State Qualifier)
  • Current Events: Austin Davis (6th)
  • Literary Criticism: Cole Holladay (2nd, State Qualifier)
  • Ready Writing: Brooke Allen (4th)
  • Social Studies: Julian Juarez (3rd, State Qualifier) and Joey Camann (6th)
  • Spelling: Lucas Johnson (3rd, State Qualifier) and Helmut Ulrich (5th)

“In the next two weeks, no school in Texas is going to work as hard as Waller HS,” Johnson said. “That is why we have been so successful over the last 20 years. Our kids have the talent, but they combine that with a work ethic that is extraordinary.”