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Wimberley HS Finishes in 5th Place in State UIL Sweepstakes after Academic Meet

May 15, 2024
Led by the Informative Speaking State Champion, Joshua Bober, the Wimberley HS UIL Academic team finished fifth in the state in the 4A Academic Sweepstakes. The Sweepstakes is a combination of events that includes the Academic State Meet, One Act Play, Film, and state Speech/Debate events held throughout the year.
josh bober wimberleyIn addition to Bober's state championship, WHS also placed at the state meet (held May 13-15 at UT-Austin) in other events. The Current Issues & Events team of Bober, Alex Caldwell, Hyatt Romp, and Alexis Marinos placed second overall and Romp was the third best individual finisher. Gage Trudeau was third in Persuasive Speaking, Sophia Vitela was fourth in Informative Speaking, and Elizabeth Gonzalez was 6th in Headline Writing.
In addition to finishing fifth overall, WHS was awarded the 4A State Champion Speech Team trophy by accumulating the most points in the seven speech events throughout the year, highlighted by Bober, Trudeau, and Vitela at the UIL meet, and augmented by Bober's fifth place finish in the UIL Congress event in January and the second place finish by Bober and partner Kathryn McKinney in the Cross Examination event in March.
The Wimberley HS UIL Academic Coordinator is Kyla Brookshier-De Leon. She also serves as the school's Speech & Debate coach.
All of the WHS competitors at the State UIL meet are listed below (full results are available online here.)
Copy Editing - Coached by Laquita Sellers
Raine Marinos - No Place
Current Issues and Events - 2nd Place Team - Coached by Bo Bowman
Hyatt Romp - 3rd
Josh Bober - 9th (tie)
Alex Caldwell - 7th
Alexis Marinos - 22nd
Editorial Writing - Coached by Laquita Sellers
Gage Trudeau - No Place
Headline Writing - Coached by Laquita Sellers
Elizabeth Gonzales - 6th
Informative Speaking - Coached by Kyla Brookshier-DeLeon
Josh Bober - 1st
Sophia Vitela - 4th
Persuasive Speaking - Coached by Kyla Brookshier-DeLeon
Gage Trudeau - 3rd
Social Studies - Coached by Ashley Kusmec
Hyatt Romp - 18th (tie)
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(left to right): Wimberley HS Speech team members Sophia Vitela, coach Kyla Brookshier-DeLeon, Gage Trudeau, and Joshua Bober
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(left to right) The WHS Current Issues & Events team: Alexis Marinos, Joshua Bober, Alex Caldwwell, Hyatt Romp, and coach Bo Bowman.