January 2021
ACADEMICS

Preparing for the Spring

Details are being worked out at this time in regards to a plan for safely conducting our spring Academic events. Our intent is to allow flexibility for districts, provide fair competition for students, and determine a workable format for post-district contests. At this time, we are asking districts to plan for events as they would be held in a regular year. Working from that baseline we can adjust as needed in how events can be administered, with the goals of allowing as much flexibility as possible and preserving as much student participation as possible. 

Zoom Session: Hosting an invitational meet in a pandemic

January 13, 4 p.m. join us for a zoom workshop. Hosting a High School Invitational Academic Meet During a Pandemic will be a panel discussion with those who have already hosted in-person or virtually this year. Lee Branson, Pine Tree ISD; Ofelia Garza, Sharyland ISD; Rory McKenzie, Lindale ISD; Kimberly Sloane, Chireno ISD; Juan Salinas and Jose Villagomez, Weslaco ISD. Registration is required. A recording will be available.

Invitational Meets

A list of Academic Invitational Meets and Tournaments, with registration and contact information for the host, is posted on the Invitational Meet webpage.

Essay Competitions

The deadline for the essay competitions is Wednesday, February 17. Students will find essay requirements and the entry form through this page.

SPEECH

Reminders

If Speech/Debate/Congress coaches did not complete UIL Speech Coach registration at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, please do so to receive communication and updates from the League office concerning these contests.

Spring Meet Directors, District CX Debate Contest Directors, and CX Debate Coaches should review the CX Debate temporary modifications, rule waivers and altered procedures for the 2020-21 UIL season.

THEATRE

Reminders

February 1- Deadline to set up One Act Play District contest in Spring Meet Entry System.

February- 5- Film Contest Submission Deadline has CHANGED. See Instructions

February 13-Theatrical Design Contest Submission Deadline. See Prompt

February 14- One Act Play Title entry Deadline- See Instructions

Reminder: Directors should confirm with district contest manager on deadline to enter contestants in the spring meet system and district contestant entry form.

STEM

Robotics

Congratulations to our 2020 UIL Robotics BEST Division State Champions - Martin’s Mill HS and Arlington Martin HS! Kudos to our other award winners, and to all the teams who persevered and competed in this uniquely challenging season. See the UIL Robotics BEST Division page for complete results and a link to the virtual awards ceremony.

Planning continues for the Spring 2021 FIRST Division Championships, with FTC remote format invitationals already underway and the FRC Virtual Kickoff coming up on Jan. 9. See the UIL Robotics page for additional information and links.

OTHER NEWS

H-E-B Scholarship Opportunity

H-E-B is a Corporate Sponsor of the UIL and has its annual H-E-B Scholarship Program for Community Service Excellence opportunity.   Nominees must have the following submitted to sportsinaction.com/scholarship by no later than Feb. 3, 2021:

  • Minimum 3.3 GPA
  • Number of Community Service Hours completed in the last 12 months
  • Community Service Verification Letters to document the number of hours submitted
  • A Letter of Recommendation
  • A Short Essay (500 words or less) on the topic: “What does Community mean to you?”

There will be 15 total winners – 5 each in music, academics and athletics – and each will be awarded $2,000 from H-E-B. An announcement of the winners will be March 9, 2021.  Please make your students and/or support staff aware of this opportunity.