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FISD Students Win State UIL Academic Championships

May 05, 2017

Kevin Li, Manav Sood and Ben Wyatt of Liberty High SchoolBill Wang of Liberty High SchoolHannah Lee of Wakeland High SchoolYogita Manikandan of Lone Star High SchoolLaura Nicolescu of Centennial High School

Frisco ISD high school students brought home medals from the University Interscholastic League (UIL) state academic competitions this spring, with two individual state champions.

Bill Wang of Liberty High School was the state champion in science, while Hannah Lee of Wakeland High School was the state champion in social studies.

Students qualified to compete at the state level after placing in the top three individually or as a team at both the district meet in March and regional meet in April.

Several other students will compete later this month at the state UIL speech and debate competition.

The UIL offers nearly 30 academic contests. These 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.

FISD students qualified for state in the following areas:

Science

Karthik Dharmalingam, Sai Koukuntla, Bill Wang and Jane Zhang of Liberty High School, state qualifying team
Bill Wang of Liberty High School, state champion individual with 2nd place biology subscore
Eric Bau of Lebanon Trail High School, state qualifier

Computer Science

Kevin Li, Manav Sood and Ben Wyatt of Liberty High School, 3rd place team 
Ben Wyatt of Liberty High School, 6th place individual

Social Studies

Hannah Lee of Wakeland High School, state champion individual

Spelling and Vocabulary

Yogita Manikandan of Lone Star High School, 4th place individual

Journalism

Laura Nicolescu of Centennial High School, 4th place in feature writing and 6th place in headline writing

Informative Speaking*

Gary Frankel of Centennial High School, state qualifier
Yolian Ogbu of Lone Star High School, state qualifier

Persuasive Speaking*

Brian Lee of Centennial High School, state qualifier

Lincoln Douglas Debate*

Nikhil Sridharan of Liberty High School, state qualifier
Ameya Singh of Lone Star High School, state qualifier

*Competition in these categories will take place at the UIL speech and debate competition later this month.

All state qualifiers will be formally recognized during the regular School Board meeting on Monday, May 8. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the FISD Administration Building, 5515 Ohio Drive in Frisco. Watch the meeting live at http://friscoisdtx.swagit.com/live. 

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