Wednesday, June 12, 2024

LHS student Sarah Marcantonio wins state


Lipan High School was well-represented by its journalism team at the Journalism State UIL event. Held at The University of Texas at Austin, the State UIL contest is the pinnacle of high school journalism competitions. Former journalism coaches from various high schools across the state judged the submissions. In this challenging environment, Sarah Marcantonio rose to the occasion, winning the state championship for editorial writing, securing second place for feature writing, and contributing to the second runner-up position for the journalism team.

Cindi Fields, LHS journalism teacher, and UIL journalism coach said, “Marcantonio has participated in UIL writing events since she was in elementary school. Sarah practices weekly and challenges herself to improve.”

The road to the state competition was paved with victories as Marcantonio was named district champion for news writing, second place for copy editing, second place for feature writing, and third place for editorial writing. At the regional competition, Marcantonio earned the regional title for editorial writing, third place for news writing, third place for feature writing, eighth place for copy editing, and first place journalism team member.

There are journalism team scores, Fields says, in which “…each individual qualifies and competes on his or her own with scores counting toward a team score.” On competition day, each student at the UIL journalism event is provided with a prompt or topic. They must follow specific writing rules and formatting.

Marcantonio will receive additional recognition May 22 at the Lipan ISD school board meeting.