Dawson High School once again made an impressive showing at the UIL 4A State Academics Meet in May, placing second overall.
As the 4A state academic champion for the last two years, DHS students offered fierce competition, including a decisive first-place victory from the science team that ended Highland Park High School’s eight-year run as science champs.
In UIL academic competitions, students and teams earn points toward their overall school score. At this year’s state meet, these DHS individual competitors and teams rose to the top in their categories:
- Biology: 1st place — Jordan Todes
- Computer Science: 6th place — Jonathan Jackson
- Current Issues: 5th place — Jonathan Jackson
- Literary Criticism: 4th place — Katherine Cheng
- Literary Criticism Team: 3rd place
- Math Team: 5th place
- Physics: 1st place — Jonathan Jackson
- Science: 1st place — Jordan Todes
- Science: 3rd place — Jonathan Jackson
- Science Team: 1st place
Competing at state this year were Matthew Caddell, Katherine Cheng, Angela Feng, Justin Feng, Christina Hoang, Jonathan Jackson, Josh Johnwell, Qiwei Li, Nathalie Podder, Sijia Song, Jordan Todes, Daniel Wu, Sharon Yang, Khalid Yusuf and Winni Zhang.
“The state championship once again came down to the wire. This time we lost by one question on one test. Last year we won by one question on one test. It’s hard to complain about that,” Leslie Sanderson, DHS UIL academic coordinator, said.
Other coaches included John Bailey, Lorraine Chambers, Jamie Hutchison, Mark Lesmeister, George McKendree and Evelyn Zimmerman.