Gail Herman among top UIL sponsors in state
From Staff Reports

Jan. 23, 2006 - A long-time Sulphur Springs High School English teacher was named one of the top 15 University Interscholastic League sponsors in the state recently.

Gail Herman’s efforts as a UIL sponsor have not gone unnoticed, nor have her students’ accomplishments over the last 24 years. She recently joined only 14 other teachers in the state to be honored as recipients of 2005 UIL Sponsor Excellence Awards.

This school year marks the 25th Herman has been a UIL spelling and vocabulary sponsor. The 2005-2006 years will also be her first as a ready writing sponsor.

Herman’s students have advanced to UIL Academic State Meets in 20 of the last 24 school years, winning three team state championships, four individual state championships and numerous second through sixth place awards.

�The lessons students learn from competition are the lessons of life,� said Herman. �Students learn to prepare themselves, to challenge themselves, to believe in themselves. Students who can do these things are more likely to lead happy, productive lives.��

The UIL excellence award was created 15 years ago to identify and recognize outstanding sponsors who enable students to develop and refine their extracurricular talents to the highest degree possible within the educational system. A panel of judges in music, athletics and academics selected recipients from nominations submitted by school principals and superintendents across the state.

Herman and the following 14 sponsors will receive $1,000 and a symbolic keepsake from the UIL” in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the pursuit of educational excellence through interscholastic competition:

n Linda Coates, 15 years, Medina High School cross examination debate, prose interpretation, poetry interpretation, informative and persuasive speaking, ready writing, and dictionary skills sponsors sponsor

n Greg Dick, Friendswood High School, 26 years involvement with UIL music competitions

n Susan Duncan, Longview Pine Tree HS, journalism sponsor, 18 years

n Russell Holcombe,  marching and symphonic band director at Cypress Springs High School 9 years, assistant director 4 years

n Denise Johnson, Tarkington HS, 25 years coaching UIL sports including 20 years tennis, 19 years volleyball and 10 years basketball

n William Kelly, 10 years UIL speaking sponsor, 6 years One Act Play assistant director, UIL Academic Coordinator 10 years, Caney Creek High School

n Hector Limon,  coached UIL baseball for 25 years, the last five at Estacado High School

n Steven Nelms, UIL choir sponsor 22 years and Texas State Solo & Ensemble sponsor 18 years, McKinney North High School

n Marilyn Rollins, Grandview High School, 17 years accounting sponsor and 13 UIL coordinator

n Wanda Sessions, Arlington High School, UIL One Act Play and speech and debate events sponsor several years

n Sally Squibb, Lewisville High School, UIL speaking events sponsor 27 years and UIL Academic coordinator 31 years

n Dr. Max Thompson, Redwater High School,  UIL debate and speaking competitions sponsor 17 years and prose and poetry interpretation three years

n Rob Toups, Canton High School, UIL marching band, concert band and solo & ensemble sponsor 15 years

n Donna Wallace, Van High School, UIL ready writing and literary criticism 17 years and spelling and vocabulary 10 years.

�The benefits of interscholastic competition and student performance are only possible through the hard work and dedication of sponsors, coaches and directors like these,� said UIL Director Dr. Bill Farney.� �On behalf of the UIL, I commend these outstanding educators.�

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