Uvalde High School junior Kylee Reid brought home two medals from the state academic University Interscholastic League competition held Friday at the University of Texas in Austin.
She placed third in ready writing and sixth in the journalism editorial writing event.
Reid tested her way successfully through district and regional events, qualifying to test at state in three events.
She was a regional qualifier last year in two journalism events and added one more journalism event and the ready writing just prior to district competition this year.
Ready writing requires students to pull from their background knowledge of literature, history and current events.
It is a demanding, two-hour writing session. Reid had only a couple of weeks to research the dynamics of that event before the initial district competition where she placed third, qualifying her to continue to the regional contest.
Reid is a veteran of editorial writing and enjoys the spirit of argument in that event.
Comments from judges often acknowledge the rather unique style of persuasion that Reid uses as a tool in her editorial writing.
But it is ready writing that provides Reid with an opportunity to embrace her love of words and phrases.
Her two coaches for the award-winning events, UHS English teacher Hilda Davis and journalism instructor Jennifer Duran, provided guidance as Reid prepared for her contests.
Reid plans to return to competition with renewed determination as a senior next fall.