Two students and two sponsors traveled to Austin recently for the State UIL Academic meet. The meet was held on May 26th at the University of Texas.

Zach Garcia, senior, qualified in Current Events and Issues. His coach, Ms. Rachel de los Santos indicated Garcia placed 17th out of 161 competitors. Garcia is the District and Regional champ in this event.

Paulina Saenz, senior, went as the alternate for State having placed 4th in Regional. Her coach is Mrs. Margaret Lee.

Both students and coaches had the honor of meeting the oldest living World War II veteran while on their trip. He was born on May 11, 1906 making him 109 years old. Overton told many stories of his time in the service.

“Always go forward, never go back,” Overton said.

Garcia and Saenz represented Freer High School well and will never forget their time in Austin.