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White Oak ISD earns state honor

By Christina Lane
June 18, 2012 at 11 p.m.


It's been a dream year for the White Oak Roughnecks and that dream came to a culmination Monday as officials announced the district has won the Class 2A Lone Star Cup, which honors the school with the best overall academic, athletic and fine arts programs in the state.

White Oak is the first Gregg County school to receive the honor, officials said. Tatum ISD, in Rusk County, and Karnack ISD, in Harrison County, are the only other East Texas school districts to have received the Lone Star Cup.

"The credit goes to administrative staff, to faculty and staff, most importantly to the outstanding students who give their best effort every time they're asked," said White Oak ISD Superintendent Mike Gilbert.

According to the University Interscholastic League, the Lone Star Cup is awarded annually to five high schools, one in each of the five UIL classifications (1A to 5A), based on their team performance in district and state championships. Standings include state and area marching band, team tennis, cross country, volleyball, football, swimming and diving, wrestling, girls basketball, boys basketball, soccer, golf, track and field, academics, one-act play, softball and baseball.

The winning schools in each classification receive the UIL Lone Star Cup trophy and a $1,000 scholarship, presented by the UIL.

White Oak won the 2A cup with second place going to Melissa ISD and third place to Brock ISD. Earlier this month, the high school announced it had won the Class 2A Academic UIL state title and earlier in the year, the Roughnecks boys basketball team won the Class 2A state championship and Bri Matthews also repeated as Class 2A powerlifting state champion.

Gilbert said the past school year could best be summed up with the words, "Pinch me and make sure I'm awake."

"It's simply outstanding," he said. "It's quite a credit to an entire school district. It's the culmination of working with these kids all the way through school."

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