It’s a Three-Peat for the Wisdom Generals! UIL Academic Team Captures Third Consecutive Overall Title in District 23-5A


Wisdom Chronicle

The 2019 Wisdom Generals UIL Academic Team – District 23-5A Overall Champions

David Fanucchi, Journalism Adviser

M.L. Wisdom HS; Houston TX – The Wisdom Generals captured the 2019 District 23-5A UIL Academic Championship on Saturday by earning the highest overall point total among the six 5A high schools, at the Houston ISD Academic Championship held at Wisdom. It was their third consecutive (2017 & 2018) overall 5A sweepstakes title, as they outscored Madison, Northside, Sterling, Sharpstown & Waltrip.

The Generals won outright district team championships in 10 of the 16 competitions: Accounting, Calculator Applications, Computer Applications, Computer Science, Journalism, Literary Criticism, Mathematics, Number Sense, Science & Spelling. Class of 2019 Valedictorian Ethan Song captured three individual titles – Calculator Applications, Number Sense, and Science – while senior Aaron Ni won the gold medal in Mathematics.

Known as the “Mathletes” on campus, Song, Ni, Guerrero and Arreola swept the top four places in Calculator Applications and won the team competition in that event for the third straight year. They are the two-time UIL Texas State Runner-Up in Calculator Applications. Wisdom also won the team event in Number Sense, with Song taking the gold medal, Ni finishing fourth, Natalie Ortega 5th, and Arreola 6th.

(L-R) Guerrero, Song, Arreola, Ni

The Wisdom Chronicle ( Journalism Team won their third consecutive (2017 & 2018) 23-5A Journalism title. They were led by Junior Carolyn Braddock, who took home four medals among the five Journalism events. Braddock won the gold medal in both News Writing and Feature Writing, while finishing second in Editorial Writing and Copy Editing. Junior Megan Ahmed finished second in News Writing and Sophomore Mara Nezami was third in Feature Writing. Freshman Nashra Hassan won the gold medal in Headline Writing, just ahead of her older sister Sophomore Sidra Hassan, who earned the silver medal.

2019 Wisdom Journalism Team – District 23-5A Champions

Here is a list of Wisdom’s nine Individual District 23-5A Champions for 2019:
Bai Aimihoue – Accounting
Cecil Anunobi – Spelling
Victor Arreola – Computer Applications
Carolyn Braddock – News Writing & Feature Writing
Nashra Hassan – Headline Writing
Natalie Ortega-Hernandez – Literary Criticism
Wei Jiang Lin Tan – Computer Science
Aaron Ni – Mathematics
Ethan Song – Calculator Applications, Number Sense & Science

The top three individual finishers in all competitions advanced to the Region 3-5A Finals, to be held Saturday, April 13 at Waller High School. The list of Wisdom’s second and third place finishers who advanced to Regionals:

Megan Ahmed – News Writing (2nd)
Carolyn Braddock – Copy Editing (2nd), Editorial Writing (2nd)
Mauricio Guerrero – Calculator Applications (3rd), Mathematics (3rd), Science (2nd)
Nashra Hassan – Literary Criticism (3rd)
Sidra Hassan – Computer Applications (2nd), Headline Writing (2nd)
Mara Nezami – Feature Writing (3rd)
Aaron Ni – Calculator Applications (2nd), Literary Criticism (2nd)
Amanda Ortega-Hernandez – Computer Applications (3rd)
Natalie Ortega-Hernandez – Accounting (2nd)
Munira Qazizada – Accounting (3rd)
Elhadji Toure – Computer Science (3rd)
Ricardo Trinh – Social Studies (3rd)
Ethan Song – Mathematics (2nd), Computer Science (2nd)

In 2017 & 18, Wisdom’s Calculator Applications Team of Song, Ni and Guerrero were the only students from Houston ISD to reach the State Finals, as they finished as the runner-up both years.