They’re No. 1!
A computer science team from Port Aransas High School has scored first place in state UIL competition for Class 1A schools. One team member, Kasey Reed, took first place, individually, in the competition.
The competition was held Monday and Tuesday, May 25-26, at the University of Texas at Austin.
Besides Reed, a junior, PAHS team members were sophomore Clark Wilson who took fourth, individually; senior Greg Anderson, who came in fifth; and junior John Eggleston, who tied for seventh.
“The boys said they pulled it out because they worked as a team, debugging each others’ programs in the last few minutes of the contest. They didn’t know it at the time, but those points made the difference,” said Laurie Barello, the team’s coach and academic coordinator.
“These are four very bright and very different boys that work together better than any team I’ve ever had,” Barello said. “I’m very proud of all of them.”
PAHS compiled a score of 760 in the competition. The next-highest score belonged to Perrin-Whitt High School of the town of Perrin, with 670.
The rest of the schools, in order of their placement, were Lindsay High School, Canadian High School and Garden City High School.
The team rode back into Port Aransas aboard a school district SUV Tuesday night, and numerous well-wishers greeted them at the ferry landing. Sirens wailing, fire and police vehicles escorted the students to the high school campus.
“They were all waving and screaming for us,” Wilson said. “It was really cool.”