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2015-08-27

Bandera HS journalists snag UIL spots

Special to the Courier

Pictured: Bandera High School senior Ashley Skinner was named to the UIL All-State Journalism staff for the 2014-2015 school year.

Brady Keane, a 2015 BHS graduate, was also named to the UIL All-State Journalism staff. While in high school, he covered sports for the Bandera County Courier.

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) recently announced that Bandera High School senior Ashley Skinner and 2015 graduate Brady Keane have been named to the 2014-2015 All-State Journalism staff.
"The staff was recreated to recognize those journalism students who have gone above and beyond to improve their writing and reporting abilities," said Jeanne Acton, UIL director of journalism.
To become a member of the All-State Journalism Staff, students must accumulate points over the year based on their achievements at UIL journalism competitions and other writing and publication contests - both statewide and nationwide. Then students can apply to UIL to become a member of the staff. Any student who is involved in scholastic journalism in Texas is eligible for the staff.
"High school journalism students spend many nights and weekends preparing the school publications for distribution as well as preparing for writing competitions," Acton said. "Through scholastic journalism, students learn not only writing skills, but also communication and organizational skills."
Texas is one of the first states to recognize student journalists in this way. The staff was created by the former UIL journalism director, Randy Vonderheid. "I 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.
Created in 1913, the University Interscholastic League has grown into the largest inter-school organization of its kind in the world. The league organizes and supervises contests that assist in preparing students for good citizenship. It also provides healthy character building and educational activities carried out under rules providing good sportsmanship and fair play for all participants.