We produced a number of winners in 2018. The great thing is that we won in more than just athletics.
But we’ll start there. Our women’s basketball team began the year as the pre-season favorites. They won the regular season. They won the conference tournament, and went on to the national tournament. They ended the year ranked #19 nationally.
The two-time defending champion Dillard men entered the season ranked number one in the conference, like the women. And like the women they won both the regular season and conference tournament, making it a three-peat. They too competed in the national tournament and advanced to the second round. They ended the year ranked #18 nationally.
We began to compete in hack-a-thon competitions over the past few years. At the Google competition in Atlanta, one of our teams placed third in the contest. We should see more success here in the future.
Our new dynasty is the mock trial team. In just their second year, this spring they came in 5th in the regional mock trial tournament, which made them automatic qualifiers for the first round of the national tournament. Based on their performance last year they made the 2018–19 American Mock Trial Team Power Rankings. The top third of the 700+ teams in the nation are ranked so after 2 years this was a great accomplishment.
This fall the team came in second at the Jackson mock trial competition, and they won the Rice University invitational contest. They enter 2019 poised to improve upon their performance at the regional and national tournaments this year. They definitely may be the biggest story of 2019…