The winners were selected by a panel of judges in the areas of music, athletics and academics from nominations submitted by school principals and superintendents across the state.
The award, now in its 19th 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 educational system.
“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 Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “On behalf of the UIL, I commend these outstanding educators.”
Each winner will receive $1,000 and a distinctive trophy from the UIL in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the pursuit of educational excellence through interscholastic competition. The University Interscholastic League continually strives to strengthen and promote the role of extracurricular activities in Texas through programs like the UIL Sponsor Excellence Award.
Among the UIL Sponsor Excellence Award winners for 2009 is Eastland High School’s Marsha Vermillion
For more than 20 years, Marsha Vermillion has served as coach, coordinator, presenter, grader and workshop organizer for UIL academic competition. Her literary criticism teams have won eight district championships in her 10-year tenure as Eastland’s academic coordinator and placed third at the 2008 and 2009 UIL Academic State Meets.
“The brightest students often cherish the challenge that UIL competition offers,” said Vermillion. “Allowing very intelligent students to reach beyond normal academic expectations and strive for excellence broadens their perspective of their world, offers them challenges for which they must become committed to, and allows them the camaraderie of a team of very intelligent peers with whom they are comfortable and with whom they can relate.”