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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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.
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.
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.”
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.