University Interscholastic League announced recently that Ivan Diaz from
Princeton High School has been named to the 2016-2017 All-State Journalism
staff members show initiative and a real desire to improve their journalistic
skills,” said Jeanne Acton, UIL Director of Journalism.
become a member of the All-State Journalism staff, students must accumulate
points over the year based on their achievements at UIL journalism competition
and other writing and publication contests, both statewide and national. Then
students apply to UIL to become a member of the staff.
student who is involved in scholastic journalism in Texas is eligible for the
any other extracurricular, journalism students put enormous amounts of time
into their school publications and writing competitions,” Acton said. “These students
need to be recognized for their commitment and passion to high school
journalism. These skills students learn from journalism are life-long.”
is one of the first states to recognize student journalists in this way.
staff was created by former UIL journalism director, Randy Vonderheid.
saw a need to recognize these students for their work and success in writing
and presentation, and this should be a successful way,” Vonderheid said.
UIL was created in 1913 and has grown into the largest interschool organization
of its kind in the world. UIL works to organize and properly supervise contests
that assist in preparing students for citizenship by providing healthy,
character-building and educational activities carried out under rules providing
good sportsmanship and fair play for all participants.