Sealy High School (SHS) University Interscholastic League (UIL) students competed in the Region competition in Corpus Christi, April 7 and 8.
Casey Faichtinger, Alexia Henley, and Allison Sanchez competed in the Science competition, Alejandro Guillen and Henley also competed in Calculator Applications and Science. William Mock competed in Calculator Applications, and Khondker Salim competed in Editorial Writing. Hunter Clark and Trace Ribardo compete in Number Sense.
Advancing to UIL Texas State is Matthias Litzmann for Calculator Applications. Litzmann placed third in the region competition.
Maddie Goad competed in Headline Writing and placed fourth and is an alternate to UIL Texas State. Garrett Chaney competed in Poetry Interpretation and placed fourth and is an alternate to UIL Texas State.
Headed to state
Litzmann has been competing in UIL since he was in elementary school.
“I went to region my freshmen year for social studies. I met with Stevenson and some of his students and they were very encouraging and very accepting of me. It is so much fun. I practiced all freshmen and sophomore year and made the UIL team that year,” he said.
His two main focuses when it comes to UIL competitions is social studies and calculator applications.
“This year at district I placed second in Social Studies, and we made second as a team. For Calculator Applications, I placed second, and we made first as a team. [SHS] students all took first, second, third and fourth place in that competition,” Litzmann explained.
Litzmann discussed how much the points matter in the region and state competitions.
“I placed third. First, second and third place get to advance to state. We lost by one point to advance to state,” he said.
The competition at these UIL events is tough. Litzmann missed going to state UIL for Social Studies by less than half a point.
Barbara Litzmann, former SHS UIL coach and Litzmann’s mother, spoke highly of all the UIL coaches and sponsors.
“[Daniel] Stevenson will remain as late as needed after school to practice UIL or
help with homework with any students who are willing to put in the time; he even practiced with students during spring break. He is very dedicated to his students in the classroom and in UIL. He makes UIL an educational experience and fun,” Barbara said.
Stevenson is a Chemistry teacher as well as UIL sponsor and coach for the Calculator Applications, Number Sense, Science, and Mathematics teams. It's important that these SHS teachers are recognized Barbara stated.
“Stevenson also was the UIL Social Studies sponsor and I was the coach; the previous two years Stephanie Novicke was the sponsor, and I coached. Other dedicated SHS UIL teachers include Valerie Goad, Donna Huffman, and Jamie Hoffard,” she said.