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Hawks soar at Academic State Meet

June 13, 2019


While other students their age were prepping for graduation or saying their goodbyes to classmates, the Hendrickson Speech and Debate was staging a comeback.

Speech and Debate teammates Rene Otero and Lauren Thompson advanced to the final day of the UIL Academic State Meet on May 30 at the University of Texas, with Hendrickson tied for ninth place in Class 6A.

What a difference a day makes. 

Hendrickson High School captured fourth place overall in the 2019 UIL Academic State Meet, comprised of a variety of scholastic events and spread out over five days in early and late May. The Hawks ended with 92 points overall.

Of all the schools in Class 6A – consisting of the largest schools in Texas – 98 campuses scored points in the Academic State Meet, and Hendrickson bested 94 of them.   

“A Hawk’s work is never done,” said Hendrickson Principal Daniel Garcia. “Those kids work so hard, so I’m really happy that they did so well.”

Otero brought home a silver medal in Informative Speaking, and Thompson followed with a silver of her own, in Poetry Interpretation. Hendrickson Cross Examination teams finished 1-2 at the state meet, and Otero’s fourth-place finish in Congress helped the Hawks to a state championship in Speech this year.

“I am so proud of our students this year,” said HHS Speech and Debate Director Kirsten Nash. “We have never been in the top 10 of Academic Sweeps before, so this was a fantastic outcome.” 

The Hawk Theatre One-Act Play cast and crew also advanced to the state meet. Their eighth-place finish was key for the Hawks, providing 14 points toward their Academic State Meet total.

Panthers also represented

Hendrickson was joined at the Academic State Meet by Pflugerville High School, which competed in Class 5A.

Joseph Garza brought home a silver medal in Informative Speaking and finished fourth in Congress for the Panthers. Coltrane Drexler finished fifth in Persuasive Speaking at the state meet, giving PHS 26 total points, good enough for 24th place overall.

Pflugerville High School also captured the Speech Sweepstakes award at the Class 5A Region III Spring Meet April 12-13 in Waller, Texas.

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