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DHS team places second at UIL Academic State Meet

       Dawson High School recently participated in the 2021 UIL Academic State Meet in social studies, ready writing and current events. The social studies team representing the school took the silver in their category.

       At the UIL academic meet, participants earned points for their school team in different subject areas.

       The following team placed in their category:

       Social Studies: Second Place Team

  • Tanmay Savargaonkar (3rd place)
  • Fred Guo (6th place)
  • Jessica Chen (14th place)
  • Rishabh Dave
  • Coach: Deidre Brady

       Also competing were Raina Zhang, who placed 3rd in the ready writing event and was coached by Jessica Myers, and Gracin Nguyen, who placed 18th in current events and was coached by Leslie Sanderson.

       The three events DHS competed in at state were comprised of a multiple choice test and essay over the subject material. 

       The social studies test had 45 multiple-choice questions with an essay over the subject material. In the ready writing contest students were given a choice between 2 prompts to write an expository essay. The current events test had 40 multiple-choice questions and an essay about important domestic and international issues, events and personalities that occurred during the current school year.

       Students 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. These students competed against students from eight high schools at the district level and seven districts at the regional level to advance to state. 

       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.