Stephen F. Austin High School's Newspaper "The Maroon"

The Maroon

Stephen F. Austin High School's Newspaper "The Maroon"

The Maroon

Stephen F. Austin High School's Newspaper "The Maroon"

The Maroon

The University Interscholastic League

Fostering Excellence, Inspiring Achievement in Texas Education and Athletics

The University Interscholastic League (UIL), is a statewide organization that offers competitions for students across the Lone Star State. Established in the year 1910 by the University of Texas at Austin, and since 1910 the UIL has become the (largest inter-school organization) of its sort in the world. “The UIL exists to provide educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests. The initials UIL have come to represent quality educational competition administered by school people on an equitable basis,” UIL website

The UIL is committed to the organization and oversight of contests that contribute to students’ preparation for citizenship through educational competition. Its primary goal is to facilitate healthy, character-building activities with an emphasis on good sportsmanship and fair play. While not offering contests for every student, the UIL addresses the needs of those with the capacity to excel beyond the classroom. With widespread support from school executives, teachers, and citizens in Texas, the UIL believes that extracurricular participation motivates students to prioritize attendance and academic performance. The organization emphasizes the pursuit of excellence, providing opportunities for students to challenge themselves and enrich the classroom through competitive activities. Affirming that students are the focal point, the UIL aims to nurture various skills, instill self-confidence, promote teamwork, develop leadership abilities, and instill a sense of fair play. The ultimate objective is for students to experience the joy of achieving their potential in a wholesome environment, recognizing that true winning lies in doing one’s best.

The Stephen F. Austin High School Academic UIL Club is a great way students can become involved in  UIL. The club meets each Tuesday before school, and each Wednesday after school, in Ms. Margaret “Mardi” Nott’s room 256. In meets students have a chance to showcase interests, passions, and talents. Each topic that SFA competes in has a student captain leading the team and a teacher sponsor. Meetings hold the opportunity for current members to practice the material, and new members to learn more about the tests. Additionally, information about upcoming meets and competitions is presented. The atmosphere is supportive with limited pressure and to join just show up to one of the meetings and or email Ms. Nott. 

Specialized fields of academics provide a way for students who are primarily interested in specific topics to fine-tune their specialty with others. Those who are interested in complex equations and geometry can compete in a calculator applications competition. Journalism enthusiasts can showcase their writing skills in headline, feature, and editorial writing competitions. With a wide array of options to choose from UIL club has a place for anyone.

Joining groups based on interests increases the likeliness of making friends who are into the same subjects as you. Being a part of UIL helps individuals develop abilities to better connect with other people who have different beliefs, opinions, beliefs, or interests. UIL provides an environment for developing meaningful relationships with teammates and allows people to participate in fun and beneficial meets. UIL allows students to make friends with those interested in the same academic topic and leads to a positive time in UIL.

  “Making friends has been easy because you make a small friend group based on the subject you are all interested in and work together on,” said Sophomore Grant Mings. Working in a group and making connections can benefit you academically and socially. 

The academic UIL club proves to be commitment-free, with no real consequences. Students can compete to win and succeed, however, if they fail to perform, no negative impacts can occur. Members of the club can put as much or as little time and effort into the club as they wish. “We let everybody bring themselves and leave whenever they want, so some kids are there for ten minutes, some kids are there for half an hour, and some kids are there for three hours depending on how much time they want to devote,” said Teacher and Academic Coordinator Ms. Mardi.

Ultimately, the main benefit of academic UIL is the opportunity to earn accolades, from awards to scholarships. In UIL you can use your abilities to gain scholarships. Scholarships are available for the most talented students who beat out thousands of others.

Academic UIL proves to be an easy and fun way to make friends and develop new skills in the school community. With excellent leaders and friendly teammates, the club continues to boost the success of students over the years. Overall, academic UIL is more than just a safe space for students to show off their academic skills. The University Interscholastic League is a state-wide phenomenon, offering students across Texas opportunities to earn accolades based on individuals own skills.

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