For starters, what exactly is UIL? “UIL (academics) is a program designed for students to compete in various academic areas.” says Ms. Belle, UIL Academic Coach. “It is basically the athletics of academics, so in other words students go and compete in various academic activities in order to advance to regionals, and if they do well they go to state.”
UIL is an organization that creates rules for and administers almost all athletic, music, and academic contests for public primary and secondary schools in the state of Texas. Founded in 1910, UIL is the largest organization of its type in the world.
“It’s a great way for them to meet new people and to develop the relationships that they need in order to be successful. In life you have to learn how to meet new people and communicate effectively. It gives them an academic edge that other students don’t have. It help them to do better academically in all their other classes as well. So when you become a senior and you’re trying to compete for scholarships, those opportunities that you received in UIL academics gives you the better opportunity to get accepted, in comparison to the kids who do not compete.” said Ms. Bell, on what is the most important thing you want students to know about UIL.
The UIL Academic Coaches for 2014-2015
Karla Lee/Naomi Bell – Accounting
Stephen McCellen – Calculator, Math, Number Sense
Karla Lee – Computer Applications
Wanda Burgin – Computer Science
David Howard – Current Events
Naomi Bell – Debate, Prose, Poetry
Charles Coursey – Journalism
Rachel Haley – Literary Crit.
Allred-Collins – OAP
Lydia Croupe – Ready Writing
D. Williams – Science
Cameron Carter – Social Studies
Kathleen Hamilton – Spelling