Category: UIL

RedWolves Advice: Dealing with academic stress

Students listening to a lecture Photo by: Ivan Silva

As the spring semester starts slow and shaky, the lure of mid-year exams and finals are still on people’s minds, not even to mention the added stress of other academic responsibilities. Whether that be UIL or just applying to different colleges and scholarships.

Junior class parliamentarian Dominique Brown is no stranger to this type of stress. Since around the second grade, she has been in UIL, only joining because coaches needed more people to participate in the spelling event. She decided to try out ready writing and journalism when she entered high school. “I’d say I’m pretty decent at it. There are things I can still improve on, but I still end up receiving 1st through 3rd place most of the time.” Brown said.

She says that while she will have to worry about writing college essays eventually, her experience from the events will help her format the papers properly. Writing those essays would become less complicated because she has already learned to make her writing fit well with each other. UIL meets naturally highly stressful. You have to sit in the same room with all the people who you’ll have to compete with. “The room is dead silent, so it’s you with all your thoughts, and it gets a little suffocating.”

To deal with this feeling, Brown says she’ll usually zone out and think about different books she has read in the past, thinking about whether she could use any of them as an example in her ready writing competition. During her journalism events, she’ll spend a little time staring at one specific word or sentence to see how she could change it to fit better with what she’s writing. But most importantly, she breathes calmly for a few minutes and then continues.

“I do feel like if I don’t do as good as I normally do, then I’ll disappoint myself,” Brown continued. “I tend to compare myself to past me and to others around me, so whenever I think I don’t do as good as how I’ve done before, I shut down and ‘face’ the truth. But then the results come back, and it’s not as bad as I made it out to be.”

To encourage others not to give in to this mindset, she says she’d tell others that their mistakes will not be the end of the world.

“They tried their best, and at the end of the day, their coaches are still proud of them for trying. It doesn’t determine whether or not you’re a failure.”

Carolina Amador, a proud volunteer

Carolina Amador with a pumpkin she made for JCECH autumn decorations.

Carolina Amador is involved in countless communities despite personal responsibilities, deadlines, college, and high school courses. These include UIL, FBLA, the Leo Club, and volunteering at the nonprofit organization Cancer Kids First. 

Amador joined the student council because she wanted to help her peers voice their concerns or opinions. Cancer Kids First and the Leo’s Club allow her to help her community. She feels a sense of attachment to the clubs because they allowed her to receive help from others. She wants to be able to repay the favor to her community.

UIL and FBLA give her a chance to ‘unleash my competitive side’ academically. She says they let her relax and gain skills she knows she can use in the future.

“My absolute favorite part of the student council, Leo’s Club, and the Cancer Kids First organization is the fact that I get to help out others,” Amador said. “My favorite part about UIL and FBLA is the competitive rush that I get.”

She said that she would encourage others to consider joining these organizations.

“I would say to them that by being in these organizations, they will not only get to relish the fact that they will make positive changes to their environment, but they will also be able to have lots of fun!”

Student Opinion: UIL Season Starts At JCECHS

Photo Taken by Yuridia Nava

As UIL season kicks off, students are “Eager to participate” in the events, according to a member of the Ready Writing team Mia ‘Onyx’ Mendoza. 

Each Monday and Tuesday, the school cafeteria holds a few dozen students waiting for their meetings to begin despite the first meet being weeks away.

Junior student Dominique Brown calls UIL a “Nice opportunity for children to get together and have a friendly competition between each other and also work on their skills.” She also said that because competitions won’t be face-to-face, students will be more relaxed when competing.

A Mission Veterans Memorial High School student says that the current pandemic should not keep people from enjoying a competition between schools. He also said that everything would be fine as long as students and faculty follow the rules set forward by school districts. 

Jesus Menchaca, a sophomore student, says that he hopes to accomplish the goal he set for himself. He also hopes to make his teachers proud with everything he does.

Member of the debate and science team Luis Martinez believes that the year is good. He also says he enjoys how the year is going. 

“I think that UIL is a different way for kids to learn sportsmanship,” Freshman student Janet Gomez said, “I’ve been doing science UIL all my middle school years, I was able to learn things that I would later acquire in the future.”

Carter Takes Top Win at UIL District 32-4A Meet

Jimmy Carter Early College High School makes a historic event winning U.I.L. Academics District 32-4A Champion title for the 2020-2021 year.

            Carter students have advanced to regionals and state in years prior, but this is the first district title as a campus.

            “As a campus, we are proud of this feat. Our RedWolves demonstrated true leadership and endurance as they persevered amid a global pandemic and kept to their commitment to themselves, coaches, team and the school,” said Ivan Silva campus U.I.L. Co-Coordinator.

JCECHS UIL Academics Team

2020-2021 District 32-4A Championship Winner

            Mathematics and calculators coach Agustin Arias reflected on earning the title of district champs as amazing and not being possible without the dedication of our students.

“They have set the bar for next year’s U.I.L. team; the students and coaches are up for the challenge,” said Arias.

            The pandemic led U.I.L. academics to make extensive changes to practices and meets throughout the year. The LJISD UIL department hosted virtual practice meets throughout the fall term to allow students to participate and practice to prepare them for a district meet that was still in the planning until two weeks before its occurrence.

            Students competed in a localized pod at their home campuses while being proctored remotely.

            “Competing in U.I.L. virtually was a challenge as I had to find ways to motivate myself without the direct support of my coach and in-person practices,” said senior Michael Del Angel.

            12 Carter students advanced to compete at the Regional 4-4A meet, and three students have advanced to compete at the state level and earned second place in team journalism at the regional meet.

State Qualifiers

Editorial Writing

Michael del Angel, First Place

Feature Writing

Marissa Llamas, Third Place

Michael del Angel, Sixth Place

News Writing

Michael del Angel, Third Place

“Our students have shown they commit to working hard to be successful in their U.I.L. events.  They will carry this dedication to excellence past their high school careers, and I have no doubt they will be successful in any endeavor they pursue,” said Arias.

Students will attend the state hub in Sharyland for competition May 1.

Valley View UIL Invitation Meet Results

Not Pictured:

Jhazeel Martinez, Current Issues and Events, 8th Place

Frida Beltran, Science, 8th Place

Ruby Lopez, LD Debate, 4th Place

Janie Cruz, Ready Writing, 8th Place

Itza Rodriguez, Mathematics, 9th Place



Kayla De Leon Mathematics, 2nd Place

Calculators, Fourth Place

Copy Editing Leslie Perez, 4th Place

Jade Cruz Copy Editing, 5th Place

Michael Del Angel Headline Writing, 5th Place News Writing, 3rd Place Feature Writing, 2nd Place

Leann Lopez Copy Editing, 6th Place

Kenia Martinez
Informative Speaking, 6th Place

Juliana Mendez Prose, 4th Poetry, 3rd

Evelyn Treviño
Mathematics, 5th Place

Carter UIL Beginning …

Carter UIL season will begin next week, and many students lack information on the program benefits.

\"\\"\\"\"As posted on their website, UIL (University Interscholastic League) is an extracurricular competition program that covers a wide selection of academic areas against students from other schools within their district.

Students and coaches involved in UIL agree that confidence and learning are enhanced.

Placing in UIL helps with scholarship applications and gives students experience with real-life use of their school work.

“I know that it is a sort of competition between schools, but not much else,” said junior Joshua Cordonnier.

Cordonnier, like other students, was not aware that scholarships and academic development are benefits of being involved in these programs.

“I don’t know what I would get from joining UIL,” said junior Briana Martinez.

UIL Coordinator Claudia Camarillo wants to encourage students to join because she believes that Carter students have the potential to do well in competitions, once they find the subject that they are passionate about.

“We have a variety of topics ranging from math, science, writing, and speaking,” said Camarillo.

Camarillo believes that once students take the first step and try competing, they are opening up themselves to advantages over others.

“There was a senior last year which was awarded a scholarship in the amount $3,500 for a large part due to advancing to the state level competition. It wasn’t easy, but at the end of the day that’s money that the other kids don’t have access to,” said Camarillo.

There are also other benefits according to participants that cannot be learned or gained anywhere else.

“When I’m at a competition, I\\\’m surrounded by intelligent people, and it has such a positive effect on me because it reminds me of the type of people I should be friends with. That’s one of the main reasons I like UIL,” said junior Kenia Martinez.

Joining UIL may bring you new friendships, challenge you to be the best you can be, and teach you that practice eventually pays off.




University Interscholastic League (UIL) is an organization that organizes competitions between schools. UIL allows students to show their knowledge and be recognized.

Mrs. Camarillo, UIL coordinator, said,“ UIL is an organization that gives the students a lot of motivation, and it focuses on what they want to be later in life; as a team we also make students find their strength and what they like the most.”

Some activities that students can participate in UIL are:
  • Math
  • Number Sense
  • Science
  • Current Events
  • Calculators
  • Computer science
  • Ready Writing
  • Spelling
  • Informative and Persuasive Speaking
  • Journalism
  • Debate
  • Prose Poetry
  • Film Theatrical Design
  • Robotics

UIL is a tremendous opportunity for students to get a scholarships.

Andrea Olmedo said, “UIL for me is important because it helps me in my education, and it gives me more knowledge for life.”


Athlete of the Month

celso.pngCelso Garcia, Junior at Jimmy Carter Early College High School, has been elected Athlete of the Month by the Red Gold News publication.

Celso plays defense in the varsity soccer team at Juarez Lincoln High School, his designated high school. Not only does he practice in the mornings for Juarez Lincoln High School, but he also plays for FC Dallas RGV Youth Academy. He is part of the 2002 Red Boys (winners of various championships) such as; 2017 State Champs, 2017 Regional Champs, 2017 National Champs, 2018 Affiliations International Tournament Champs, 2018 State Champs, and 2018 Regional Runner-up.

Our organization recognizes Celso Garcia for balancing his academic obligations and his extracurricular activities.

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