• Why should you participate in UIL Academics?


    • UIL taught me one lesson that I hope to always remember: procrastination may get you through the initial stages but it will never work in the long run.
    • I learned that I might have been good in my event, but there were hundreds of others just like me. I had to go the extra mile to distinguish myself.
    • UIL competition taught me life lessons. It’s about working hard and being open and prepared to learn and grow.
    • UIL has helped me to deepen my level of knowledge, to set goals and to achieve them through hard work. UIL allowed me to discover new information that sparked a love for learning. My UIL experience kept me on track during high school and helped me to develop study skills.
    • Because of UIL academics, I know that hard work pays off and brings great rewards, no matter if or where you place when the competition is over. Winning isn’t just about medals but about getting something out of everything you do, and I have.  That reward gives you the strength to put forth the hard work to excel in other areas of your life.
    • I used to think of the UIL participants as nerds, but after spending a year with them, I learned that they are a fun group to be with.
    • UIL contests have taught me how to work together as a team to reach our ultimate goal of winning a state championship. The team bonded every time we had to.
    • The UIL academic experience is about much more than just competing. It’s about making new friends with similar interests, and traveling to places you otherwise may have never gone. My experiences in the UIL academic contests have taught me the value of preparation and practice that is necessary for success.
    • UIL experience helped me to understand that people never realize how much potential they have until they work hard toward a goal and achieve it. 
    • UIL challenged me as a human being. It had to look inside myself and find something I didn’t even know was there. UIL academics helped me realize my strengths and weaknesses. I learned that I do have talents and strong ones. I also found out that studying can be fun and exciting.
    • UIL gave me a chance to go above and beyond what is taught in regular class. Everyone learns algebra and geometry, but UIL takes those concepts and applies them to challenging problems.
    • UIL has allowed me to push myself in areas that class work does not normally include. This has allowed me to do and learn things most high school students never dream of.
    • I earned important test-taking strategies and leadership responsibilities. The knowledge I have obtained gives me an advantage over others, and this means better chances for scholarships and more of an insight as I prepare for college. I feel I am adequately prepared for the challenges ahead.
    • UIL academics represented an extraordinary experience for me. I gave me an education in itself because it exposed me to higher-level calculus and hard sciences. I knew that in order to be successful, it was necessary to improve my understanding of these concepts. My UIL experience will not only be remembered, it also gave me a foundation to begin college.
    • I always wanted to be an athlete. Through my involvement in UIL academics, I proved to myself that I possess those same characteristics that make an athlete successful: perseverance, dedication, sacrifice and poise. No gold medal could be more valuable than that. The State Meet was on the same day as my senior prom.
    • My UIL academic experience has challenged me to be better than just “average.” It made me strive to be the best, no matter how much I had to give up. It opened the door to many new opportunities and experiences, and for the most part, I learned how to have fun while studying.
    • In competition, the best may not always win, and if you find yourself in that position, you have to keep trying. Competitions and meets are a lot like life in that sometimes it’s hard, frustrating and requires lot of work, but in the end, it was worth it. Ultimately, UIL academics emphasizes “requires minimal talent and relentless dedication.
    • Being involved in UIL academics taught me that competition is important, not only on the football field and basketball court, but also in the classroom. Competition enriches students lives by giving them exciting goals and challenging them to work hard toward those goals.
    • Competing in UIL academics has given me the chance to prove our school can excel in anything. It’s just a matter of who is devoted enough and has the willpower to get up Saturday mornings, get on the bus and work toward a goal.
    • Throughout my four years in high school, I have had the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities and organizations. However, no other extracurricular activity has meant more to me or had a greater impact on my life than UIL. My participation in UIL has rewarded me with wonderful memories, special friendships, the development of valuable skills and a sense of self-worth.
    • All the commitment and studying proved to me that with a little self-motivation, that I can achieve anything I put my mind to. I feel secure in entering my first year of college and know that deep inside, I will succeed and do excellent.