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Not sure, again, how much y'all extend coverage to Karnes City; I noticed Advocates in Kenedy's HEB store this weekend. The KCHS Journalism team fell one point shy of first place at Monday's State UIL Academic Meet; the two who competed tallied 20 points to Buffalo HS's 21, to finish second. Senior Abby Traxler placed second in Feature Writing; she also competed but did not place at state in Editorial Writing. Sophomore Kevin Matula placed fourth in News Writing. The News alternate Lindsay Labus, a senior, did not get to compete but was there for the thrill of state. The success of our schools and UIL are a big deal here in Karnes County. Aside from the prison as the largest employer, the schools are second. Don't know if y'all are interested, but as the kids' adviser and watching them face heavy scrutiny so often from our administrators, I'm proud of them for maintaining their ethics, integrity and focus.
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I have noticed several nice mini-features of area students heading to the State UIL Academic Meet May 25-26. I don't know how much you focus any coverage on Karnes County, but a fair number of residents do subscribe ...
Anyway -- and I'm not bragging and actually believe in humility so I was hesitant to post this comment -- but a pair of Karnes City HS journalism students will compete at the state meet Monday, and one is an alternate who could compete. The senior editor of our school paper The Badger Times, Abby Traxler, qualified in both Editorial and Feature Writing; she won second in Editorial and third in Feature at the Region IV meet April 25. Our sophomore managing editor, Kevin Matula, qualified in News Writing with his third place win at regional. Lindsay Labus, a senior and our sports editor, won fourth and is a state alternate in News Writing. With the four wins, we took first place Journalism team at regional. By the way, Kevin and his debate partner Matthew Soliz, both sophomores, competed in March at the state Cross-Examination Meet. I have the privilege of judging Headline Writing at state; I had a pair of regional competitors but they did not advance.
Abby, who is just amazingly talented and is such a campus leader, also won a Tops in Texas for an entertainment feature she wrote last spring through a clip contest sponsored by Interscholastic League Press Conference (ILPC), journalism's branch of the UIL. The Badger Times earned 19 recognitions in various categories in this statewide clip contest for the 2A conference. Tops in Texas, though, takes the gold medal winners in that one category from 1A to 5A schools and rates them among one another, and so her entertainment feature on our Highsteppers celebrating 25 years (last school year) was rated "tops."
Here's the website for ILPC if you want to find out if any other Crossroads-area journalism students won something in the 2009 clip contest. Those awards were announced April 19.
Also from Karnes County, a Kenedy HS student named Caleb Janysek, a senior, will compete Tuesday at state in Accounting. He also is talented and bright ... I also don't know how much students know ... if they compete at state UIL at any point in their high school careers, not only their senior year, they are eligible for TILF scholarships. Here's a website on that, and application deadline was extended to June 1 because of all the swine flu push-backs, etc.
Julie NicholsKarnes City High SchoolEnglish, Social Studies and Journalism teacherUIL CoordinatorThe Badger Times adviserStudent Council sponsor
It was a sickly, mangy coyote. As Tyranny Response noted, Ms. Canion is milking the chupacabre legend for attention and money, and Nat'l Geographic should expose that.
Do you even cover Karnes County anymore? We need some type of serious coverage. Karnes City High School's graduation is 7 p.m. Friday, May 29.
Is Victoria truly a small town, or a small city? I have a love-hate relationship with living in a small town. I have lived in small cities and large ones and a small town. I like peace and seeing wildlife, but there is something also to be said for anonymity of cities where people don't get into your business.