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UIL recognizes outstanding academic sponsors

The University Interscholastic League recognized 15 of the best UIL sponsors in Texas as the 2021 UIL Sponsor Excellence Award winners, which included Princeton High School’s Heather Stringer.

The winners were selected by a panel of judges in the areas of academics, athletics and music from nominations submitted by school principals and superintendents across the state.

The award, now in its 31st year, was created to identify and recognize outstanding sponsors who enable students to develop and refine their extracurricular talents to the highest degree possible within the education system.

“Coaches and teachers have such a difficult job, and they go beyond the call of duty to serve as UIL sponsors, coaches and directors,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “UIL events function and thrive on the dedication and immense effort from sponsors like these. On behalf of the UIL, I commend these outstanding educators.”

Each winner will receive $1,000 and a symbolic memento from the UIL in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the pursuit of educational excellence through interscholastic competition. The League continually strives to strengthen and promote the role of extracurricular activities in Texas through programs like the UIL Sponsor Excellence Award.

Ms. Stringer has been the Policy Debate Coach for the past six years at Princeton High School and the UIL Academic Coordinator for the past five years. She has led her teams to state championships in Congress and Interpretation. Stringer has been a District Academic Meet host, Regional Academic Meet host, and a member of the Regional Academic Committee. She has also been a Debate Camp Clinic host and speaker at the UIL Student Activities Conference.

Ms. Stringer is a product of the PHS debate program and earned her way to state in 1998 and 1999. After college, she returned to PISD to teach and coach.

“The mission of Princeton High School is to inspire and enable each student to achieve his or her potential,” Stringer said. “This educational philosophy heavily inspires my own philosophy of competition within the speech and debate community. The foremost obligation of any educator is to help students identify their goals, obstacles and potential within a given subject area.”