Lucky for # 11: the cowboys continue their academic dynasty
There wasn’t a trip to Austin this year for the juggernaut that is Happy High School’s accounting team, but the result was the same – another Class 1A title from the University Interscholastic League State Class 1A – n ° 11 under the accounting trainer Sara Reinart.
While the sporting dynasties tend to be more noticed, Happy has built a formidable program since Reinart started the program by winning the district every year since 2005 and the state title every year since 2008, except in 2013 when they took place. are ranked second and 2014 when they finished third in the region, and of course 2020, when no contests were held due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
“These are just kids who are willing to work hard,” said Reinart, who participated in high school herself trying to explain why the school is so successful. “With 1A, they do everything. All the girls went to the state in a sport as well. We have an accounting class, but they practice after school.
Kenli Johnson, Aimee McCarley and Syndi Middleton made up this year’s winning team – the first all-female team. Johnson took first place individually with McCarley second overall and Middleton fourth individually in the state competition to win with 877 points dominating
second place Slidell with 486.
“The highest you can score is 420 points on the test,” Reinart said.
Johnson’s winning score was 374.
Johnson also created another first for Happy. The senior class major won gold in the 400 meters at the UIL State Track and Field Championships a week after leading the accounting team.
“I had seen the accounting team since I was little,” Johnson said, explaining how she wanted to be part of the tradition. “Madame. Reinart is a great mom and a great mentor. I’m just proud to be one of her students.
The tradition and dynasty that Reinart established also helped McCarley and Middleton decide to give up after-school time to participate in UIL accounting.
“I wanted to do it because of tradition, and I knew Ms. Reinart is good at what she does,” said McCarley, a member of the state’s qualifying golf team. “I wanted to be a part of it, and I knew we would probably win the state.”
Middleton’s brothers, Sam and Cy Middleton, both competed in winning state teams.
“I was in the class and liked it,” said Sydni who also qualified for UIL in tennis. “I liked it, so I kept doing it. And my brothers did.
Reinart’s legacy also includes a second State Computer Applications Champion this year with senior Baiyleigh Higgs.
“I was in the BIM (Business Information Management) class and I liked it, so I decided to do it.”
With the team competing at Amarillo rather than the University of Texas at Austin, one of 19 places state finalists could choose to compete, Reinart said he found a way to celebrate.
“After we got the results, we took them to Lubbock (the next day) and ate at the cheese factory,” she said. “We wanted to do something special. The battle cry has always been “to Austin”. All the way to Amarillo does not have the same ring.
Reinart hardly gives credit to the accounting dynasty, but this year’s individual champion feels different and believes victory will continue as long as Reinart is at the helm.
“I’ve seen her help her kids do math while helping us at the same time. She is incredible.”
With Middleton and McCarley returning, Johnson expects crown titles to continue.
“There is so much to learn and Sydni and Aimee won’t have to train at the start of the year,” said Johnson who expects his brother Tryce to join the squad next year. .
“They will continue to win because Ms Reinart studies the tests and knows what she is doing,” Johnson said. “I’m just proud to be part of the tradition.”
And this tradition is 11 government titles and counts because of Reinart’s accounting to find students who care.