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    UIL has been the most meaningful and most challenging part of high school for me. My coaches pushed me to my creative limits and encouraged me to take risks. I have had to become assertive and go after things that are important to me, and work hard at them. I learned to follow someone else’s lead, be creative, and become a leader myself. Rebekah Peyton, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
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    Whether I was performing a solo for UIL solo and ensemble contest or competing in current issues and social studies events, competitive UIL allowed me to experience the value of preparation and hard work, the perseverance it takes to succeed, and the relationship between education and success. Austen Whaley, Tarleton State University
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    School always failed to challenge me, and every day I looked forward to UIL practice after school where I could learn and be challenged. UIL also put me in the society of other individuals that edified my learning and my character. I owe so much of who I am, where I’ve been, and what I’ve done to UIL; I wouldn’t be a sliver of the person that I am today without it. Michelle Alanis, The University of Texas at Austin
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    From early morning car rides to late nights waiting on results, I wouldn't trade these experiences for the world. I have learned to be a respectful, kind, and gracious competitor, all while learning to be a powerful speaker, actor, and communicator. The UIL has moved me to become an educator and help students achieve excellence. The impact UIL has had on my life is far greater than any medal I have received. Logan Allen, Ranger College
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    Above all, competition in UIL has taught me the true meaning of dedication. Not only did I dedicate more than a dozen hours each week to educating myself in regards to my event, but I also proved my competence and the sincerity of my efforts through my attendance of meets. Dedicating most of my high school career to my improvement in this event has given me the will to continue with my education and achieve my goals. Brianna Massey, Texas A&M-Commerce
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    The University Interscholastic League has inspired me to become a better performer, student, and human being. The values of competition and camaraderie I learned through my time with the UIL are lessons I will carry into my collegiate experience. Thank you UIL, for providing me with the opportunity to truly grow. Kevin King, The University of Texas at Austin
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03/03/2016

TILF Success Stories: Meet Lorri Ann Drazan

Arguably the most important aspect of any athletic event is the mascot. While the players, coaches, and the game may capture the interests of spectators, mascots are the ones who capture the hearts and spirits of all in attendance. For Lorri Ann Drazan, the chance to represent Texas State University by working as the mascot, Boko the Bobcat, was one full of opportunity and inspiration.

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05/05/2015

TILF Success Stories: Meet Logan DeBord

A three-time UIL Academic State champion in high school, Logan DeBord was an unstoppable force from the beginning of his involvement in UIL during elementary school. “I was involved in the precursors to high school academic events even in elementary school—things like Music Memory, Listening Skills, and Maps, Graphs, & Charts,“ he said.

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04/08/2015

TILF Success Stories: Meet Rebecca Roberts

Hailing from Gainesville, Rebecca Roberts became involved with UIL the first year she walked the halls of S&S Consolidated High School. “UIL was always a strongly encouraged extracurricular activity in my high school. S&S has a history of state qualifications in several events so our coaches were extremely experienced and proficient in the coaching process,” she said.

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02/03/2015

TILF Success Stories: Meet Morgan Wallace

Growing up, Morgan Wallace was surrounded by music. “My mom is a musician. When I was young music was always a part of my family, but was never pushed on me. I saw she played piano at church and sang and I wanted to do that.”

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01/13/2015

TILF Success Stories: Meet Jeremy Binagia

Breaking the mold is not out of the ordinary for Jeremy Binagia. So when he was chosen as a research fellow for Purdue University, he didn’t settle for just white coats and goggles. Alongside a team of researchers, he and his colleagues ran a series of simulations that depict how bacteria communicate as part of an 11-week program sponsored by Purdue.

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