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PSJA North Early College High School Thespians named UIL 5A State Champions

PSJA North Early College High School Thespians named UIL 5A State Champions

PHARR – Making campus history, the PSJA North Early College High School (PSJA North ECHS) thespians were recently named the University Interscholastic Leagues (UIL) 2024 5A Theatre Team State Champions during the UIL State Theatre Competition held in Austin, Texas.


The UIL State Champion Theatre Team award combines the results from all PSJA North ECHS students who advanced to the second level of competition in UIL State One-Act Play, UIL State Film, and UIL State Theatrical Design. Being named State Champions is the highest honor a high school student theatre team can receive.

This prestigious win marks a significant achievement for the talented students and dedicated directors of PSJA North ECHS, showcasing their excellence in theatre arts.

The judges witnessed PSJA North’s thespians compete against top high schools from across the state. Their outstanding performances and creativity in numerous categories captivated the judges and audiences.

“We are so proud of our PSJA North UIL State Champion Theatre Team! Their talent, dedication, and hard work led them to this highest of honors,” said PSJA Fine Arts Director Jon Taylor. “They are a credit to their families, their school, their community and PSJA ISD. Congratulations theatre students and directors!”

Under the guidance of Theatre Director Jaqueline Zepeda, the team has spent countless hours perfecting their craft. The following students played a significant role in earning the prestigious award:


  • Jayce Arredondo – State Medal Winner
  • Rene Badillo – 4 medals
  • Ashley Bocanegra
  • Christian Chavez
  • Megan Flores
  • Aaden Gomez – 3 medals
  • Camila Gonzalez – 2 medals
  • Isaac Gonzalaez
  • Miah Mendaoza
  • Benito Montemayor
  • Ailema Reyes – 2 medals
  • Paola Salazar
  • Sophia Salazar
  • Nyomai Sauceda
  • Matthew Suarez
  • Isabella Tagle

The Theatre Team’s victory at the UIL 5A State Championship is a proud moment for the school and program. The award is a shining example of the exceptional capabilities of the students and the quality of education and fine arts programs at PSJA ISD.

To learn more about the award-winning PSJA Fine Arts Program, visit