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Headlining talent: Richey named Tops in Texas

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, May 8, 2019
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JACOB RICHEY

Given the prompt about a high school senior juggling a mixed martial arts tournament with attending prom, Bridgeport sophomore Jacob Richey found some magic with a headline.

“Beat down, make up. Senior juggles fight, prom in one day,” Richey wrote as one of his entries in the 4A final of headline writing Friday at the UIL Academics meet in Austin.

Coming out of the contest, Richey was unsure about his work.

“With headline writing, I never know what’s going to happen,” he said. “I’m just writing six things. The thing I just say is don’t ask me to do it again. I know how to write a headline. It just depends on what the judges are feeling and what their opinions are. You never know.

“I was happy with the headlines. I just didn’t know how they compared with everyone else’s.”

Later in the evening, he found out his work was not only the best in 4A, but the best in the state. Richey won the 4A title and was named Tops in Texas as the best headline writer among the six state champions.

“I’m just happy I had the chance to go to state. Not everyone gets that opportunity,” Richey said. “I’m really lucky to have this. I’m Mrs. [Cindy] Berry’s first kid to win Tops in Texas. I’m happy to be able to do it and make people proud.”

Though only a sophomore, it was Richey’s second trip to Austin. He competed in the 4A final in editorial writing as a freshman.

After this year’s contest, Berry asked Richey how he thought he did.

“He just said, ‘I’m not even going to say,'” Berry said. “Usually when he thinks he did bad is when he does good.”

Before going to the awards ceremony, Berry received word that he was among the top finishers in 4A, but didn’t know what place.

At the awards ceremony, Richey said he was talking to fellow competitors from Argyle as the list of places were counted down.

“I knew I had placed and we were counting down. You beat three people, four people, five people,” Richey said. “When they called second place and it wasn’t me, we all just looked at each other and like ‘what?’ It was really special.”

Once on stage, Richey waited for the other winners to be called out. With the other five state champions joining him on stage, the Tops in Texas winner was announced.

“I was just standing there and you want to win. Then she called my name,” Richey explained. “I was like, ‘Wow! Are you sure?'”

With two years left in high school, Richey provided a quick response to what’s next.

“I go in a different event,” Richey said.

DECATUR TEAM FINISHES THIRD

Decatur UIL

NICHOLAS BISHOP, MARCUS PENA, BEN WADDILL AND CHASE WUNROW

The Decatur quartet of Ben Waddill, Marcus Pena, Chase Wunrow and Nicholas Bishop captured the bronze medal in the 4A current issues contest.

Waddill also added a silver medal finishing second.

In the contest, competitors answer 40 questions about issues in the past six months and then write an essay. The essay topic was about 2018-19 being the year of the woman.

“If you get into the top eight, the essay can really help you,” said Marcus Pena, who said he mentioned Captain Marvel in his essay along with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez getting elected with a record number of women.

SLIDELL GROUP TAKES THIRD

Computer science team

ASHTON CHAMPAGNE, DUSTY DAVIS, EASTON VANOVER AND WARREN JOHNSON

Slidell’s computer science team of Dusty Davis, Ashton Champagne, Easton Vanover and Warren Johnson finished third in Class A.

Warren Johnson and Brady Vanover

WARREN JOHNSON AND BRADY VANOVER

In computer applications, Tristan Talamantes finished fourth and Callie Paris fifth.

Slidell’s one-act play finished seventh. Warren Johnson made the all-star cast and Brady Vanover received honorable mention.

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