UIL can bring out the competitor in everyone, and this is especially true with Isabella Sarabia, who placed 1st in Calculators at this past UIL meet. UIL allows students to meet new people while engaging in an event they find interesting.
Sarabia has been competing in UIL Calculators for three years. She started in Middle School and is now competing as a freshman. She got into Calulators because of a math teacher who offered extra credit, and she liked the event.
“I do calculators, and I enjoy it because it’s a fun way to relieve stress,” Sarabia said. “I feel that’s how I show how good I am because I like competing.” “
Sarabia has qualified for state the past two years and said it was an enjoyable experience. She went to compete in San Antonio and tour the University of Texas at San Antonio. Even though the transition from middle to high school has proven to be different, she hasn’t let that stop her from dominating UIL Calculators in the freshman category.
“The past two years, I’ve qualified for state, so I’ve liked doing it,” Sarabia said. This year has been different because high school calculators are a lot different than middle school calculators.” “
UIL allows every student to excel in an event while having fun engaging in competition. Isabella Sarabia puts time and effort into her event and encourages others to try UIL since it’s a great way to compete.
“I think it is important for students to compete because UIL has events for everyone, not just math. There are multiple events, and you can find a hobby and a club you enjoy and make new friends.”

I am a 16-year-old reporter at Jimmy Carter Early College High School. I am a part of the La Joya High School Jewelette Drill Team. Dancing has always been something that I am passionate about. My favorite subject is math, and I hope to become an engineer when I am older. Go RedWolves!!