Special to the Bulletin

For the second year in a row Brownwood’s UIL accounting team swept the state 4A UIL contest. The team of Matt Roddam, Lindsey Shriver and Meosha Brooks won the gold.

In individual competition, all three placed in the top 10 at the competition, which was held Saturday in Austin. Roddam won first place in accounting and had the highest score from all five classes, 1A to 5A. He also placed fourth in computer applications.

Brooks placed seventh, and missed sixth place by a single question. Shriver won a third-place bronze medal.

“These three competed as part of the top 12 accounting students in state,” said Jessica Morgan, UIL academic coordinator for Brownwood High School. “These students had to place first, second or third at both district and region competitions in order to qualify for the state meet.”

Morgan said, “This was not the first time around the block for Shriver and Roddam, who earned fourth and second, respectively, in accounting at the state meet last year.

The accounting students are coached by Ann Ellis who has served as UIL accounting coach for 15 years at BHS. Morgan said that during Ellis’s time as coach, six of her teams have earned gold medals at state, and seven individuals have won gold medals.

This was Roddam’s second year to compete in computer applications at state. He finished in fifth place in 2007. He was alternate to state two years ago. Roddam’s coach is Doris Woolery, who has worked with UIL computer applications for 12 years. Woolery has been to the state meet with competitors the majority of the years she has coached, and has had two gold medal winners.

Roddam plans to attend Howard Payne University next year and major in accounting with a youth ministry minor. Brooks plans to attend Angelo State University next year and Shriver’s college plans are to attend the University of Texas at Arlington.