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Poth UIL members advance to State
Poth High School UIL team members (back, from left) Cody Soto, Daniel Soto, Seth Dunn, (front) Kenya Barrientos, Cameron Labus, and Molly Jarzombek show off their medals.
By Kenya Barrientos
“Chances are, out of 18 students, someone has to advance, right?” was what some people thought as the Poth High School bus pulled out of the parking lot on Friday afternoon. And they were right.
On April 19, four teachers and UIL coordinator Lisa Theuret fearlessly escorted 17 students to the Tanger Outlet mall in San Marcos as a regional qualifiers’ treat. Some students were also let loose on Half-Price Books a few hours later, and the whole gang reunited for the traditional dinner at Grins. Later that night, students prepared for the next day in their own different ways: practicing their pieces, playing X-box, watching the news, lounging by the pool, and cramming.
Finally, the day the students had been anticipating for months came and went; six students were going to State.
Seth Dunn was the first to get his good news; he received third place in number sense. Then brothers Cody and Daniel Soto both placed second in their categories, poetry and prose interpretation, respectively; Cody also placed second in news writing. The rest of the crew moved on as alternates (fourth place) to State: Kenya Barrientos in literary criticism, Molly Jarzombek in accounting, and Cameron Labus in headline writing.
How do you feel about advancing to State?
Seth Dunn: “Accomplished.”
Cody Soto: “It’s a great way to finish out my senior year; I’m really excited I’m able to show my talent at the State meet.”
Daniel Soto: “I’m so happy! I’m only a freshman and this is a huge accomplishment! It is also an event that I love, so I’m ecstatic!”
What are you doing to prepare?
Cody: “I plan on writing more writing prompts and reading my poetry pieces to different audiences to prepare for State.”
Daniel: “Just perform to the max! The more practice, the better!”
What was your first reaction when you heard of all the people advancing to State?
Cody: “I was shocked. I’ve been working at this for my entire high school career, so knowing that I’m going with my brother makes it even more special. I can’t wait.”
Molly: “Excitement. I think it is going to be really fun.”
Kenya: “I was really excited; Daniel and Cameron are really talented to be advancing at their age, Molly for her first year in accounting, and the rest of the seniors deserve it after working hard at their competitions for four years.”
Cameron: “I was pumped when I found out how many people are going! It’s really exciting to be able to represent Poth with six people at State!”
Daniel: “I turned to Cody and said, ‘You know what this means,’ and we said at the same time, ‘extended lunch.’”
The students will set off to State on Monday, May 20, with coaches Ursula Wauters and Lynn Jarzombek, compete, return Wednesday night, and maybe, win a state championship ... or two.
Junior Journalist Kenya Barrientos is a senior at Poth High School. She is a member of the FCCLA and Book Club and participates in UIL literary criticism, current events, and social studies. The daughter of Carlos and Veronica Barrientos plans to major in journalism after high school.
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