May 2022
ACADEMICS
TILF Scholarships Applications Deadline May 13
Deadline to submit a Texas Interscholastic League Foundation (TILF) Scholarship Application for UIL State Academic Qualifiers is May 13. A graduating senior who has attended a state meet in a UIL academic event anytime while in grades 9-12 and plans to attend college in Texas should apply. Details are listed on the TILF Website.

Capital Conference
Registration is open for the UIL Capital Conference on June 20-21 at the Thompson Conference Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Early registration is $95 and ends on June 6. Onsite registration will be $125. There are a wide array of sessions geared for academic coordinators and coaches of grades 2-12. A tentative schedule will be posted by June 1. Sessions will be offered in all academic areas taught by test writers and the very best educators in Texas.

Essay Contests
Final results for the essay contests are available UIL Essay Contest webpage. Congratulations to all the students who participated!  All students who entered the competitions who met the contest guidelines will receive feedback from a judge.

Student Activity Conferences for Fall
Student Activity Conferences in the fall are free with no pre-registration required. Bring staff and students to instructional sessions designed for beginning to advanced students, academic coordinators and coaches. The Conferences are held 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on a Saturday. Tentative schedules will be posted for each site about a month prior to the conference.
   ·  September 10    Tyler Junior College, Tyler
   ·  October 1 - Texas Tech, Lubbock
   ·  October 29 - University of Texas, Austin
   ·  November 5 - UTRGV, Edinburg

State Academic Meet
Thanks to all the state academic meet participants and coaches. It was good to be back and doing our thing. We could not make it through the meet without all the volunteers judging, grading or assisting in countless ways. Overall Academic Sweepstakes Championship trophies will be shipped following Speech State Meet the last week of May.

Planning for Next Year
It is never too early to have planning meetings to set dates and locations for next year’s contests. With new classifications and alignments, be the coordinator to take the initiative to start planning. Please review the 2022-2023 UIL Tentative Calendar for dates. It is important that academic coordinators, theatre directors and speech coaches coordinate so events do not conflict, particularly at the district/area OAP levels. Note that the state meet dates for academics, one-act play and speech are all tentative. It is highly likely that those dates will change from where they are currently posted to avoid testing conflicts and facilities needs.

JOURNALISM
ILPC will hold an in-person, intensive Summer Journalism Workshop at the University of Texas June 17-19. We will have classes in — UIL prep, yearbook, newspaper, digital media, photojournalism and more. For more information, click here. To register, click here. Classes are filling, so register soon!

SPEECH, DEBATE & CONGRESS NEWS
Speech State Meet 2022 will be held Monday, May 23 - Wednesday, May 25 at the University of Texas – Austin. The information hub where all details for the Speech State Meet are posted can be accessed here.

Important Reminders
   ·  Mandatory Virtual Check-in Monday, May 23 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
       o  Virtual check-in is mandatory, in lieu of an in-person registration. Go to the state tournament webpage (not SpeechWire) to check in for each contest you have students qualified. Confirmation your contestants are here to compete is required.
   ·  Coaches Conference Monday, May 23 will begin at 6:30 pm. 
       o  Important information and procedures will be presented by each contest director. The meeting is not mandatory but highly recommended for all coaches, especially for coaches/schools that have never qualified for state previously or have only competed in virtual state last season. The meeting will be held on the UT-Austin campus in University Teaching Center (UTC) 2.112A.
   ·  State Meet Honor Crew training will occur at 6:00 pm, Monday, May 23. 
       o  Attendance is mandatory. There are still spots open for the honor crew so if you have an outstanding speech competitor you would like to nominate, submit the online application immediately. Full details and applications are posted on website.
   ·  Tournament Schedule is posted.
       o  Preliminary rounds are held on Tuesday, Day 1. Verification follows. Final rounds (elim rounds for Lincoln Douglas Debate) are scheduled on Day 2, Wednesday.
   ·  SpeechWire will be used as our state tournament management system.
       o  If you have state qualifiers but have not set up your school account in the system, you must do it now in order for your students to compete. Detailed instructions are provided on the state tournament webpage and instructional videos are posted at SpeechWire.com.
   ·  Review the UIL Contest Rules with your qualifiers in advance of the tournament.
       o  It is also wise to access the specific Contest Information pages posted on the state tournament webpage that provide details about state meet procedures.
   ·  Speech State Awards will be presented in the LBJ Auditorium on the UT-Austin campus the afternoon of May 25. Parking information is available on the state tournament webpage.

Questions? Review thoroughly all the information provided on the state tournament webpage. If questions remain, email your State Speech & Debate Director Jana Riggins.

A+ ACADEMICS
Thousands of UIL A+ Academic students will have participated in over 400 district competitions this school year! Thank you to the passionate and dedicated coaches, coordinators, administrators, and community members who made this a possibility.

UIL A+ Academic registration will open for next school year towards the end of this month on this page.