Academic teams make their mark in regional competitions

Savannah Burchfiel

Cedar Park placed first overall in the Conference 4A Region 4 UIL Academics Spring Meet April 19-20 at UT-San Antonio with 149 composite points.

Many students, including Evan Grosch, Alina Tang, Robin Duffee, Naga Amulya Pratapa and Patrick Meir, will move on to compete in the state meet May 21 at UT-Austin. The award-winning One-Act Play team got alternate to state.

“It’s always exciting to be at regionals because all programs are extremely strong,” UIL organizer Dawn Azbill-Smith said.

The meet started with a bomb threat on Friday, delaying some competitions until the building was swept. The ending was much stronger, and Cedar Park distinguished itself as first place from Dripping Springs by 5.5 points.

“Of course I had high hopes coming into the meet,” Azbill-Smith said. “There was stiff competition, but there was still a strong possibility of us doing well.”

At this point, Cedar Park is still in the lead for the 4A UIL Lone Star Cup with 86 points, 6 points ahead of Dallas Highland Park. Both academic and athletic competitions advance Cedar Park in the standings.

“It truly is a good year to be a Timberwolf,” Azbill-Smith said. “That should be our new motto.”

Individual and team results:

Computer Science

Zach Misso – 4th Place and State Qualifier Alternate

Nick Kantor – 8th Place

Evan Feiereisel – 11th Place

3rd Place Team

Coach – Cheri Whalen


Editorial Writing

Alina Tang – 3rd Place and State Qualifier

Coach – Paige Hert


Headline Writing

Paige Parks – 5th Place and 2nd Alternate to State

Coach – Paige Hert


Lincoln/Douglas Debate

Evan Grosch – Regional Champion and State Qualifier

Coach – Dawn Azbill


Persuasive Speaking

Isaac Jochimsen – 4th Place and 1st Alternate to State

Coach – Dawn Azbill


Prose Interpretation

Robin Duffee – Regional Champion and State Qualifier

Coach – Dawn Azbill



Patrick Meier – Overall Regional Science Champion and State Qualifier

Zach Hawks – 4th Place Overall Science and 1st Alternate to State

Amulya Pratapa – 6th Place Overall Science

Adrien Castberg – 9th Place Overall Science

Amulya Pratapa – Regional Biology Champion and State Qualifier

Patrick Meier – Chemistry Alternate to State

Patrick Meier – Regional Physics Champion and State Qualifier

Adrien Castberg – Physics Alternate to State

Regional Science Team Champion and State Qualifier

Coach – Marilyn Theisen