We learned from Ms. Smith, Harmony’s UIL coordinator that “UIL was created at the University of Austin”. She also told us that “UIL provides educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests”. She also told us, “UIL competes once a year; there are lots of different types of teams. There are calculator applications, writing, social studies; current events etc…the number of students that enrolled are between30 or 40.”
UIL shows Students that teamwork is important and it also gives them the opportunity to represent one’s school. They learn to get self motivated and intellectual curiosity and learn to win and to loose and still be proud which is one of the things that is important for the students. It’s also for student to reach their goals in education and expands their horizons. To be a leader and a citizen are to prepare students for a bright future. So we thought we would interview the UIL students and a few teachers.
One of our very own seniors told us UIL stands for “University Interscholastic League. I’m in computer science, we practice once a week. It’s a little challenging. Yes UIL can be very fun. I’m not to sure how long the competitions last. I honestly don’t do anything to prepare.”
One of our junior friends said “I’m in Current Events, and Calculator Applications. For Current Events I practice every Monday and for Calculator Applications it’s not consistent. In Current Events I learn about current events that are happing in the world, in Calculator Applications I just learn how to do short cuts on calculators. It’s challenging, but very fun and I prepare by studying outside of practice.”
One of our Sophomore buddies said, “ I’m in Calculator Applications, we practice once a week, we learn about the calculators and how to use shortcuts, we learn a lot in UIL, yes UIL is challenging but it also can be fun, I don’t know how long the competitions will last. I prepare by studying on my own making sure I understand what we are learning.” A freshman said, “UIL stands for University Interscholastic League. We haven’t had any practices yet, a lot of stuff in UIL Calculator Applications is a lot more advanced, it can also be challenging at times, but it is fun. I’m not for sure but I think the competitions last a couple minutes. I prepare by studying on my own time.”
Our teacher Mr. Ocampo told us that his social studies UIL class practices once a week for about 30 to 45 minutes, it depends on the contests how long they last. They study by discussing the information they have read about.