Nov 29 2015
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Led by junior Drew Ritter and sophomore Mark Kuebel, BHS UIL academic team members finished the year tied for fourth place overall at the state meet last week at UT Austin.

Ritter brought home the state championship in informative speaking and finished second in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

Kuebel was this year's individual state champion in computer science. The computer science team also claimed the state championship. Joining Kuebel were seniors Breanna Collins, Moses Godinez, and Colton Barrow. The team was coached by Jody Schwarzlose.

"I'm happy and proud that I did so well," Kuebel said. "We couldn't have done it without Mrs. Schwarzlose. I hope to make it back to state again next year to defend my title."

Thomas Kirkscey, a senior, placed fourth in persuasive speaking. Together, Kirkscey and Ritter finished second overall as a speech team, which was a rare accomplishment.

"It was an extremely competitive year in the new 3A conference. While we'll miss the seniors, we know that we have a good foundation returning with Mark, Drew, and many others from this year's Region IV championship team," UIL academic coordinator and speech and debate coach Dr. Russell Kirkscey said. "I'd like to thank the administration and school board members for their continued support of the program."

Sixty-three schools scored points at the meet. Blanco and district rival Lago Vista each finished with 75 points, only seven points behind third place Callisburg and 23 behind state champion Holliday.

Students who qualify for the state academic meet become eligible for Texas Interscholastic League Foundation scholarships.