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DHS Team Competes at UIL Academic State Competition

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Dawson High School recently participated in the 2024 UIL Academic State Meet in spelling, social students, current issues, and events. At the UIL academic meet, participants earned points for their school team in different subject areas.

The following are the teams:

Literary Criticism Team, 2nd Place

  • Robert He
  • Fiona Ren
  • Kevin Yang
  • Chi Chi Zhang


Social Studies, 2nd Place

  • Vedant Yadav


Spelling Team, 3rd Place

  • Benjamin Walsworth-Purkiss
  • Fiona Ren
  • Arnab Sarkar
  • Robert He

Coached by Kerry Burkett


Current Issues and Events, 4th Place

  • Patrick Hughes

Students that competed in the district meet were eligible to advance to state as an individual if they placed in the top three in the region or as the top team in the region.


About UIL Academics

The University Interscholastic League offers a wide variety of academic contests for high school students, encompassing many elements of required high school coursework. These contests build upon the academic skills developed in the classroom and offer students an opportunity to stretch their talents above and beyond those requirements. UIL Academics activities, which exist to complement the academic curriculum, are designed to motivate students as they acquire higher levels of knowledge, to challenge students to confront issues of importance and to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of specific skills. Students are challenged to think critically and creatively, exhibiting much more than knowledge and comprehension.


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