Wisdom Repeats as District 24-5A UIL Academic Champions

Staff Reports

Generals Win 13 Team Competitions & 14 Individual Titles to Take Home Sweepstakes for Second Straight Year

Westside HS; Houston TX – The Wisdom Generals captured the 2018 District 24-5A UIL Academic Championship on Saturday by earning the highest overall point total among six high schools, at the Houston ISD Academic Championship held at Westside. It was the second consecutive title for Wisdom – the defending 24-5A Champions – as they outscored Austin, Madison, Milby, Northside and Sterling.

The Generals won outright district team championships in 13 of the 16 competitions: Accounting, Calculator Applications, Computer Applications, Computer Science, Current Issues, Journalism, Literary Criticism, Math, Number Sense, One Act Play, Science, Social Studies and Spelling. In addition, junior Ethan Song captured three individual titles in the Math-related competitions, and Aaron Ni won three silver medals in those same events. Ni also earned a gold medal in Science, while Song finished second.

The complete list of Wisdom’s Individual 2018 District Champions:
Humera Amin – Social Studies
Saul Castillo – Accounting
Yzhbl David – Computer Applications
Samantha Diaz – News Writing
Astrid Escobar – Feature Writing
Yi He – Computer Science
Sedrah Jamal – Editorial Writing & Headline Writing
Aaron Ni – Literary Criticism & Science
Belinda Obasi – Ready Writing
Ethan Song – Calculator Applications, Math & Number Sense

“We are continuing to build a very competitive culture of academic success here at Wisdom,” said Principal Jonathan Trinh. “I am proud of this year’s group, particularly because we did lose some seniors off last year’s championship team. But they have worked hard all year to prepare, and we will be ready for Regionals.”

The top three individual finishers in all competitions advanced to the 5A Regional Finals, to be held Saturday, April 14 at Magnolia High School. Other Generals that advanced to Regionals include:

Bai Aimihoue – Calculator Applications
Victor Arreola – Computer Applications
Mohammed Dagha – Informative Speaking
Brandon George – Persuasive Speaking
Jackeline Gonzalez – Accounting & Computer Applications
Mauricio Guerrero – Calculator Applications, Math & Number Sense
Nate Gizaw – Persuasive Speaking
Natalie Ortgega-Hernandez – Accounting & Math
Wei Jiang Lin Tan – Computer Science
Faqiha Noorin – Social Studies
Jesus Acevedo – Social Studies
Muskan Taneja – Computer Science
Ricardo Trinh – Number Sense

In 2017, Wisdom’s Calculator Applications Team of Song, Ni and Guerrero were the only Houston ISD team to advance past Regionals, and they finished 2nd in the State.