UIL advances to Regionals


Brianna Martin and Jessica Otte

The Academic UIL Team competed at the Region 7 UIL District Meet on Wednesday, March 23rd under the direction of Coordinator Robert Walsh.

Medalists who place 1st, 2nd, and 3rd will advance to the Regional Level while 4th place medalists are considered Regional Alternates.

Emily Hayde placed 1st in Ready Writing coached by Melissa Avery. Andrew Luna placed 5th in Social Studies coached by Alex Carr while Wesley Wilt placed 6th in Literary Criticism coached by Virginia Foster.

“I did not expect to get first place. Mrs. Dahlgren and Mrs. Avery offered me the opportunity to compete and I’m really glad they did. I’ll do my best to continue representing Chapel Hill at Regionals.” Hayde said. “I’m proud to be a student at Chapel. We have an incredible ability to overcome adversity and I think it’s time our UIL events weren’t dominated by schools predisposed to have a better chance than us because we’re just as smart.”

Journalism Events, coached by Jessica Otte, include Editorial Writers Caraline Otte who placed 3rd and McKenzie Peery who placed 6th. Peery also placed 6th in Feature Writing. In addition, Francis Morell placed 4th in Feature Writing, 6th in Headline Writing, and 6th in News Writing.

“I’m very proud of our whole Journalism team because each of them gave it their all,” Otte said. “It’s very exciting to be going to Regionals again, especially for my senior year, because I’ve been competing in Editorial since the 6th grade. So, I know my years of dedication and persistence are paying off.”

Speaking events took place on Wednesday, March 30th at Cumberland High School. In addition to the debate formats, UIL teacher Ty Whitworth coached Persuasive Speaking where junior Alan Owens placed 3rd advancing to Regionals.

Regional Qualifiers Hayde, Otte, and Owens will compete at A&M Commerce on Saturday, April 23rd in hopes of advancing to the State Meet.