LFHS Lit Crit Team Wins State Championship!

LFHS UIL Literary Criticism Team Wins State Title!
Posted on 05/20/2014
This is the image for the news article titled LFHS UIL Literary Criticism Team Wins State Title!The Los Fresnos High School "Lit Critters" reached the ultimate goal that every team strives for – a state championship.

The LFHS Literary Criticism team won its division at the UIL Academics State Meet Tuesday in Austin. The team took the stage clad in blue stockings, a tribute to the famed feminine literary circle of the 19th century.

Team members (pictured, left to right) Victoria Cavazos, Brianna Garcia, Morgan Clark, and Whitney Ortiz were ecstatic to receive their awards.

Los Fresnos finished with 222 points, four points ahead of runner-up Katy Seven Lakes High School. Keller High School finished third with 200 points, while Arlington High was fourth with 197, and Klein High fifth with 185. 

The runner-up schools are all from the Houston and Dallas areas.

Garcia tied for first with Kenny Martin of Southlake Carroll High School in the individual Literary Criticism competition, but finished second on tie-breakers. Both had scores of 82, but Martin was awarded 15 points to 12 for Garcia.

"Tying for first place has given me more incentive to push myself harder next year," Garcia said.

Individually, Clark finished in ninth place with a 71 score, Cavazos tied for 10th with a 69 score, and Ortiz tied for 16th with a 63 score.

Clark, Garcia and Ortiz are juniors who hope to return to state in 2015.

The Literary Criticism event, a marathon multiple choice and essay test comprised of in-depth Literary History, trivia and questions from an intimidating reading list, is no easy monster to tame.

"I'm proud to have been part of such a great team," said Cavazos, the only senior on the team. "The girls are amazing; we're all very supportive of each other, which is essential for a difficult event like Lit Crit."

For competition results, click here.

Sponsors Jane Gonzalez, Marie Pechacek, and master coordinator Jan Lester are excited to see their time and effort come to fruition, and are excitedly anticipating next season.

The team won the UIL regional championship at The University of Texas at San Antonio May 2-3 to qualify for state. LFHS advanced to state in 2013 and finished second. Cavazos and Garcia were members of that team.

Garcia also won the individual regional competition in Lit Crit, while Cavazos also qualified for state in Headline Writing, where she placed fifth.
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