Two Freer High School students have advanced to the state competition in Austin and will be representing their school on May 7.
Victoria Chapa and Ashlinn Guidry placed in their respective events at the regional competition in San Marcos and are now advancing to state. Chapa placed third in computer applications and Guidry placed fourth in social studies and will go to Austin as an alternate.
Margaret Lee, coach for computer applications, says Chapa learned everything on her own.
“The old coach that we had here in Freer is gone and the job went to me by default,” Lee said.
“To be honest, I really do not know the programs that she is using, which is what makes her success that much more impressive; she learned on her own.”
Guidry will be travelling to Austin as an alternate in social studies.
“There have been instances where the alternate has been called to compete at the last minute,” Lee said. “So Ashlinn will be there just in case someone from our region gets sick or is unable to go.”
The UIL participants will depart Freer on Thursday evening; Guidry’s event is schedule for Friday morning, and return Saturday afternoon.
Also preparing for their trip is the Freer Criminal Justice Team.
Coach Rachael De Los Santos is preparing her team for their trip to Daytona Beach.
“We have been raising money, but are about $2,000 short,” De Los Santos said.
“We will continue to raise the funds needed to send our team to Florida. I am sure that we will have the money.”
The national competition for the criminal justice program will be held between April 26 and May 1.
“Our guys will be competing all throughout that week,” De Los Santos said. “I do my best to prepare them to be ready, but sometimes life gets in the way.”
De Los Santos is referring to Nathan Cabrera, a volunteer firefighter for the City of Freer, who sustained second-degree burns on his left hand.
“I’ll be all right,” Cabrera said. “I am still going to compete and I know that I will do great in representing my school.”
De Los Santos has her students on a strict regimen during competition, which includes no fast or unhealthy foods and limited workouts.
“I do not want them doing anything that could potentially be harmful,” De Los Santos said. “If they work out, I limit them to 30 minutes and no McDonalds or Burger King. They will only eat healthy food that will give them energy when its competition time, this way they are in top shape, body and mind.”
Cabrera, Homer Adams, Kyle Massey and their coach De Los Santos will fly out to Daytona Beach, Fla., on Monday and competition will begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The CJ Team just received a congratulatory certificate from Sen. Judith Zaffirini, of Senate District 21, praising their accomplishment.