Seven Lindale High School students have been named to the 2017-18 University Interscholastic League All State Journalism staff, officials announced.
Seniors Adrienne Parks and Tyra Rodden, juniors Bailey Spencer, Claudia Moore and Carter Colvin and sophomores Colleen Starkey and Emma Cox were all named as recipients from Lindale, along with select students from around the state.
“I am so proud of all my UIL journalism competitors,” journalism coach Neda Morrow said. “They are a wonderful group of kids who work very hard all year. I am so happy they made the all-state staff.”
To become a member of the All-State Journalism Staff, students must accrue 50 points throughout the year. The points are based on their achievements in UIL Journalism competitions that they attend.
“All-State staff members show initiative and a real desire to improve their journalistic skills,” Jeanne Acton, UIL State Director of Journalism, said. “The skills students learn from journalism are life-long.”
Spencer was appreciative of the statewide recognition.
“I am really proud of myself for being committed to UIL and reaching that level of academic achievement,” Spencer said. “It is an honor to be a part of the staff, and I am excited to compete again.
Cox feels the honor recognizes the hard work of she and her fellow honorees.
“It feels great to be part of the staff,” sophomore Emma Cox said. “It was really nice to finally get a certificate for all the hard work last year. It paid off for going to each event I got to go to, and it is really fun and rewarding to do it.”
The University Interscholastic League was created in 1913 and has flourished into the largest inter-school organization of its kind.
The league’s goal is to provide healthy, character building and educational activities for good sportsmanship for all the students participating.
The All-State Staff was created by former UIL director Randy Vonderheid. Texas is one of the few states to recognize high school journalists in this way.