Category: UIL

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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