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Speech & Debate Director:
Jana Riggins

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State Champions

Documentation Ruling: IMDb.COM

The UIL State Office has made an official ruling that the online site,, will not be accepted as proper documentation for oral interpretation contests due to the following:

  • The site allows anyone with a login to submit information to be edited.
  • When the site staff is verifying the edits, they state they prefer Internet sources (i.e., Wikipedia, which is another ineligible source for UIL).
  • The site is for and by movie fans, and is not meant to be an academic record.
  • The site provides no citation of the biographical information posted.
  • The site does not meet the “Quality of Documentation on the Internet” standards set forth in the official UIL Prose & Poetry Handbook, page 64.
  • The site does not meet the Internet Documentation standards prescribed on page 56 of the official UIL Prose & Poetry Handbook.