Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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April 9, 2014

Joshua UIL wins 6th year in a row

There is something in the water at Joshua High School — they like to win.

For the sixth year in a row, Joshua High School UIL academics won first place at the district meet after going head to head with schools like Cleburne, Burleson, Burleson Centennial, and Everman high schools and others. JHS will advance to regional on May 2-3 at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene.

Advancing teams include accounting, computer applications, journalism, literary criticism, mathematics, ready writing, social studies and spelling and vocabulary.

“Our students created a tradition of excellence in achieving the UIL academic district champions for six consecutive years,” Joshua ISD Superintendent Fran Marek said. “We are so proud that this tradition of excellence is carrying on and it proves the caliber of the students we have and the caliber of staff we have.”

JHS UIL advisor Anita Blackwell said every student in UIL academics is committed and it’s a place for them to belong.

“Once our kids start, they stay all the way through; no one ever backs out,” she said. “It’s just as much of a social function as it is academic. It provides good camaraderie and it’s a good for these kids because they have a place to belong. Some of them are aren’t interested in athletics or ROTC, and UIL academics is a place for them to belong and show off their smarts.”

To be successful, Blackwell said, it takes a lot of determination on the student’s part and eagerness to learn.

To prepare for UIL, students practice year round but as practice meets draw closer practice becomes more intense, social studies Coach Carl Bodiford said. For the social studies team, a lot of rigourous studying goes into preparing for a meet.

“The students compete over a specific knowledge over a specific topic,” Bodiford said. “This year the topics was over Australian Oceana.”

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