Wigwam Writer Wins Big

Melanie Rodges

Gwen Morovitz, Editor in Chief

Assistant editor Koen Samuel competed in journalism events at the TCC Northwest UIL invitational meet on Jan 11.

This year he competed in editorial writing, feature writing, and copy editing. After spending two weeks before the competition pouring over UIL study materials, and the AP style book, he came ready to compete at 6 am saturday morning. 

UIL events are not only mentally exhausting, but also take a physical toll as well. Competitors must show up to school anywhere from 5 am to 6:30 am in order to make the bus to their event. Students aren’t allowed to drive to the meets, so they must stay at the competition until every other academic team has finished and results have been announced. Days can be as long as 13 hours sometimes, and the majority of it is spent waiting.

This intense commitment paid off for Samuel, as he walked away from this competition with a first place in feature writing, along with a fourth place in copy editing and in editorial writing.

This is the second year he’s represented Keller High in journalism competitions. His first meet last year, he won first place in an editorial writing competition TCC Northwest. 

The next UIL meet will be held at Denton Ryan High School on Feb 8.