The first Robotics State Championship was held at Austin Convention Center in July.
The first Robotics State Championship was held at Austin Convention Center in July.
Photo by Photo by Chris Schmidt, Public Affairs Representative

Robotics State Championship in July ‘Exceeds’ Expectations

By Lauren Kelley, UIL Intern | Tuesday, August 23, 2016 9:57 AM

Robots have not taken over the world yet — but they have entered UIL competition.

UIL hosted its first pilot Robotics State Championship in July at the Austin Convention Center.

“I expected we would have a good event, but it really exceeded my expectations in terms of how smoothly everything ran and just being a great experience for the participants,” STEM Activities Director David Trussell said. “I had a number of students and coaches tell me that they really appreciated what UIL is doing with the robotics program to help put a spotlight on the activity and encourage more schools to participate.”

UIL teamed up with FIRST robotics to provide two competitions for the meet: the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC).

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School Year Begins with Many C&CR Changes

By Lauren Kelley, UIL Intern | Wednesday, August 24, 2016 12:57 PM

Every summer UIL releases the new Constitution and Contest Rules, and every year schools see changes in rules and procedures. This year is no different.

The Legislative Council (the governing body of UIL) and the Texas Commissioner of Education approved a multitude of rule changes for the upcoming school year.

ACADEMICS
The academic section looks quite a bit different this year, and it is quite a bit thinner than last year.

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State Spirit Pilot Recognizes ‘Full Spectrum’ of Friday Night Lights

By Lauren Kelley, UIL Intern | Wednesday, August 24, 2016 1:10 PM

UIL is the first state to hold a “Game-Day” style state competition where squads are given game scenarios and expected to choose and perform the right cheer for the scenario.
UIL is the first state to hold a “Game-Day” style state competition where squads are given game scenarios and expected to choose and perform the right cheer for the scenario.
Photo by Photo courtesy of Action Moments

350 schools. 4,000 students. Bigger than the UIL State Track Meet, and one of the biggest  UIL events so far. And it wasn’t just the size of the event — no meet could match the amount of school spirit at the inaugural UIL State Spirit Pilot this past spring.

“Coaches and teams were just over the top,” Assistant Athletic Director Traci Neely said. “They never really realized what it would feel like to compete and get a medal and how their communities would treat them when they returned from competition.”

UIL is the first state to hold a “Game-Day” style state competition where squads are given game scenarios and expected to choose and perform the right cheer for the scenario.

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55 Schools Competed at State Mariachi Festival Pilot

By Lauren Kelley, UIL Intern | Tuesday, August 23, 2016 10:27 AM

The State Mariachi Festival pilot was held at Southwest High School in San Antonio.
The State Mariachi Festival pilot was held at Southwest High School in San Antonio.

This past spring the UIL Music Department brought together students from across the state to celebrate the rich history and culture of Mexico through the UIL State Mariachi competition.

“In 2007, UIL began offering mariachi as a medium ensemble on the region level, but there was no advancement to a state event,” Director of Music Dr. Brad Kent said. “We felt like the next step was to create a state event to help continue the growth and development of mariachi programs in our schools.”

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