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West Brook UIL Teams win Best of Texas

After being named district champions, the current issues and social studies West Brook High School UIL teams went on to win the Best of Texas 6A State Team Competition. Junior Sam Marchand won first place in current issues and social studies. 

“Trying to meet with kids and practice via Zooms and online made for a very uncertain season. However, our kids were amazing and dominated at the district competition,” said Candice LeMasters, West Brook UIL coach. “They did well at the regional competition as well, although it was very tough competing against schools that had been meeting face-to-face all year.”

Two students advanced to the state-level competition. Marchand placed ninth in social studies and senior Kent Liu was an alternate for number sense. Other campus contributors include UIL Coordinator Jenny Nguyen, Ready Writing and Literary Criticism Coach Megan Ryan and Science Coach Dan Van Pelt. 

“All of the coaches and I are proud of what the students accomplished during this very difficult UIL year,” said LeMasters. “All but one of our competitors are returning for next year, so we are excited and already planning for a great 2021-22 season.”

LeMasters celebrated the team with certificates, recognitions and a casual dinner.

 

Competitors include:

Current Issues Team - District Champions

Juniors Austin Falcon, Sam Marchand, Cristina Marquez

 

Current Issues Individuals

Junior Sam Marchand - First Place, District Champion and State Alternate

 

Social Studies Team - District Champions

Sophomores Meredith Gideon, Roshan Tomov, Juniors Sam Marchand, Cristina Marquez, Senior Emma Shoemaker

 

Social Studies Individuals

Junior Sam Marchand - First Place, District Champion and State Qualifier

Sophomore Meredith Gideon - Third Place

 

Number Sense Team - District Champions

Juniors TJ Li, Jakob Sokic, Senior Kent Liu 

 

Number Sense Individuals

Senior Kent Liu - First Place and District Champion

Junior TJ Li - Fourth Place

 

Mathematics Team - District Champions

Juniors TJ Li, Jakob Sokic, Senior Kent Liu 

 

Mathematics Individuals

Junior TJ Li - First Place

Senior Kent Liu - Third Place

 

Lincoln Douglas Debate Team

Sophomores Moosa Syed, Biraj Nainabaste, Junior Jason Norman

 

Lincoln Douglas Individuals

Sophomore Moosa Syed - Fifth Place

 

Informative Speaking Individuals

Senior Geneva Bias - First Place and District Champion

 

Ready Writing Individuals

Senior Trinity Ardoin - First Place

Senior Gavin Puckett - Second Place