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Wildkat UIL Invitational a Success



Conroe High School won the Sweepstakes trophy at the end of the day. Magnolia High School placed second and the Wildkats finished third in the competition.

The annual event raises scholarship money for Wildkat UIL participants. The invitational is staffed by volunteers from the school and around the community.

“The amount of support the UIL team receives from our community, former UIL students and the WHS administration is amazing,” UIL coordinator Emily Meachen said. “This tournament takes a lot of work, and I am so grateful to have such an awesome team to help make it successful.”

The Wildkat journalism team finished at the top for the day. The team includes writers in four events: news writing, feature writing, headline writing and editorial writing. There was also a Copy Editing competition that is still under review by UIL, so it did not count for points for the team.

“It was a really great way to start off UIL this year,” junior Shelby McVey said. “My goal by the end of the season is to be part of the UIL All- State Journalism team. I get points each time I place, so I want to compete as much as possible.”

UIL coaches for the season are Chris Slovak, DeAnna Slovak, Gary Granger, Lori Mitchell, Mike Robinson, Whitney Taylor and Emily Meachen.


Copy Editing:
1st place: Shelby McVey
2nd place: Collyn Sebastian
3rd place: BrookeLyne Rogers
4th place: Taylor Hartley
5th place: Cori Eckert
Current Events:
1st place: Andrew Hodge
2nd place: Ben Urrutia
Headline Writing:
1st place: Brookelyne Rogers
2nd place: Cori Eckert
4th place: Shelby McVey
Persuasive Speaking:
3rd place: Andrew Hodge
5th place: Lily Utecht
6th place: Brianna Moore
Social Studies:
4th place: Andrew Hodge
5th place: Nayeli Sachez
Not Pictured:
Editorial Writing:
3rd place: Karyme Puente
4th place: Shelby McVey
5th place: Yazmine Carter
Feature Writing:
2nd place: Shelby McVey
Informative Speaking:
4th place: Julianna Needham
News Writing:
4th place: Shelby McVey
5th place: Karyme Puente
Team Event:
2nd place: Willis