SAN ANGELO, Texas — San Angelo Central High School junior, Cade Campbell won the gold at the 2019 UIL Academic State Champion in physics.

A press release from the San Angelo Independent School District said Campbell placed first in the state in physics at the 2019 UIL Conference 6A State Academic Meet held earlier this month at the University of Texas in Austin.

Prior to winning state in physics, Campbell won the overall science championship at the UIL regional competition. At regionals, he won first place in physics and chemistry, and second place in science team. Additionally, he was named Overall Science Champion at the UIL district competition, where he won first place in physics, chemistry, and science team, and second place in biology.

The release said 1,140 students took the district level science test across 32 districts in UIL Academic Region 1. One hundred eighty-seven of those students advanced to regional competitions across four Conference 6A regions. Only 31 of those students qualified to advance to the state competition.

Campbell's teacher and UIL coach Carly Stephens said he is hungry to learn everything he can about physics, chemistry, biology, and math.

"He began studying calculus based physics independently through multiple textbooks and online collegiate courseware. He would come to me to ask for additional materials and additional problems to practice with when he exhausted the materials he had. Cade also excels at chemistry and has been learning biology independently," she said in the release.

Stephens said Campbell is one of the best physics teachers she has ever witnessed.

"He helps other students when they struggle with a topic, both in class and during UIL practices."

The SAISD said in the statement that it is extremely proud of Campbell, not only for his academic success, but also because he lifts learners around him and truly exemplifies what it means to learn at high levels in SAISD.