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Nicole Duke headed to state in UIL Student Congress

Competition begins on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at The University of Texas in Austin.

JANUARY 13, 2020–Silsbee High School junior Nicole Duke is headed to Austin for the UIL Student Congress state competition to be held in the University Teacher Center at the University of Texas beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Duke is no stranger to Student Congress as she participates in her second-year.

“My sister was in Student Congress when she was in school,” she said. “I really wanted to follow in her footsteps.”

Duke qualified for the state meet after she finished in third place at the UIL 4A Regional Student Congress Debate Meet held on Nov. 6 in Beaumont.

“My goal is to be a part of the U.S. Congress when I get older,” she said. “I feel like I’m getting an idea of what it would be like in Congress, and I’m definitely gaining the skills to prepare for my future.”

Duke said she has been preparing for the state meet since December after the conclusion of the regional meet.

Student Congress debate involves students discussing legislation on real-world topic assignments.

Duke has future plans to study law. She is also a member of the Silsbee High School Girls Soccer team, Junior Editor of the school magazine, and class officer in student council.

Nicole Duke