HUDSON, TX (KTRE) – Hudson Middle School has now won the UIL District 18 Championship a dozen times in Principal Stan Tupman's 14-year tenure.
These students are proof practice really does make perfect and they know what it takes to win.
"You just solve as many problems as you can in the given time," said student Reed Glass.
Glass has placed first in mathematics three years in a row.
"It feels great to hear your name be called first and to know that you're helping your school," said Glass.
"I was kind of surprised, you know, but I was still glad," said student Journey Childs.
Childs was the top impromptu speaker.
From oral reading to mathematics, more than 100 students participate in academic UIL events at Hudson.
It takes about 50 faculty and staff members plus students that are willing to work for hours to earn the coveted plaque.
Their winning streak began when Tupman took over as principal and many say he's their key to success.
"He helps a lot and he encourages us," said student Katy Turner.
"I guess I learned a long time ago that you can't be successful being a one man show," said Tupman. "I've had great teachers and students."
Next year he's retiring.
"I mean I'm not saying it's going to get worse when he leaves, but I think he's done a great job here," Glass said.
"It's going to be hard," said Hudson Middle School Assistant Principal Richard Crenshaw. "You're looking at tweaking things on minute levels because performance levels are already so high. So, there's pressure there. Everybody knows what the expectations are."
"We always stress doing our best," said Tupman. "If that happens to make us win, then that's fine, if we lose and one year we lost, we figured out a way to win next year, but we always want to do it as good sports."
Now the winning team will have to learn to compete without their lucky charm.
Seven schools are in Hudson's district.
Crenshaw said with area schools putting more emphasis on UIL, the competition gets more difficult every year.