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Academic UIL team places second at district

Students compete in a variety of events, several place first individually
Natalie Brown

On April 6, students took part in the district level of academic UIL, a competition consisting of a variety of academic events, ranging from science to social studies to poetry interpretation. 

As a whole, the team placed second. Several specialized teams took first place in their respective events: calculator applications, computer science, science, social studies and journalism. The journalism team in particular, which is scored as a whole based on placements in individual events, achieved a staggering 107-point lead and had a competitor take first place in each journalism event.

“I felt very proud because I’ve seen how we’ve all improved as writers this year,” Pragnya Kaginele (11), who placed first in editorial writing and second in both feature and news writing, said. “And to take top spots in every event showed such growth from when I first joined the team two years ago, when there were only three competitors.”

Competitors who placed first through third will advance to the region round on April 26-27 at Rock Hill High School.

All event placements are listed below:

Math Events – Coached by Brooke Whiteman & Kelly Coughlin

Calculator Applications – 1st place team

2nd Owen Hindman-Anderson

3rd Samiya Menon

6th Nandita Shetty

11th Aarav Agarwal

14th Siri Gangireddy

Mathematics – 2nd place team

2nd Owen Hindman-Anderson

4th Samiya Menon

8th Aarav Agarwal

9th Siri Gangireddy

Number Sense – 2nd place team

6th Owen Hindman-Anderson

7th Aarav Agarwal

8th Samiya Menon

12th Timi Odumosu

Computer Science – Coached by Carl Stovall – 1st place team 

1st Krish Dalela

2nd Simon Shrestha

3rd Spandan Patel

4th Benjamin Conley

7th Weiyiyi Wei

13th Sarah Sadiq 

Current Issues & Events – Coached by Natalie Brown – 2nd Place Team

3rd John Fahoum

5th Grayson Davidson

9th Pragnya Kaginele

Journalism  – Coached by Natalie Brown – 1st place team

Copy Editing

1st Arden Berry

2nd Nandita Shetty

3rd Joe Ferrara

Editorial Writing

1st Pragnya Kaginele

3rd Joe Ferrara

4th Katherine Morosova 

Feature Writing

1st Joe Ferrara

2nd Pragnya Kaginele

4th Arsh Sinha 

Headline Writing

1st Nandita Shetty

5th Arsh Sinha

6th Joe Ferrara

News Writing

1st Nandita Shetty

2nd Pragnya Kaginele

Speech – Coached by Anthony Brown – 4th place team

LD Debate

3rd Sreethan Karna

Poetry Interpretation

5th Simrin Rao

Science – Coached by Eben Olson – 1st place team

1st Artemis Le

2nd Kavya Athipatla

3rd Mayli Heistein

4th Joel Kwon

5th Ashlynn Tusneem

6th Vivek Athipatla

Social Studies – Coached by Amy Skrovan – 1st place team

1st Owen Glaves

3rd Suhani Patel

4th John Fahoum

Spelling – Coached by Amy Skrovan – 3rd place team

7th (tie) Timi Odumosu

7th (tie) Arnav Kakarala

14th Riya Dutta 

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About the Contributors
Arden Berry
Arden Berry, Co-Editor in Chief
Arden is a senior at Carroll Senior High School and is currently a co-editor in chief of the Dragon Tribune. This is her fourth year as a member of Dragon Media as well as her eighth year in choir. Sophomore year, she was on the UIL Journalism team and progressed to state in copy editing. Outside of school, she practices piano, plays video games and writes. She hopes to pursue a career in research related to the social sciences.
Natalie Brown
Natalie Brown, Adviser

Natalie Brown is the adviser for the yearbook and newspaper programs at Carroll Senior High. A graduate of the University of Mississippi journalism school and the University of North Texas school of education, she has advised student media programs for the past 15 years. In that time, the publications she has advised have been awarded numerous state and national honors including CSPA Crowns and Pacemaker finalist. She was a Journalism Education Association Rising Star, district teacher of the year and the seventh grade spelling champion.