Cheryl Ryne, Speech and Debate Coach at Friendswood High School has been chosen as one of fifteen recipients to win the prestigious 2016 UIL Sponsor Excellence Award. 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.
“Cheryl’s commitment to excellence over many years to our Speech and Debate program has made her a huge asset to our school,” said Mark Griffon principal of Friendswood High School. “I know the FHS staff, students and parents join me in a true appreciation of the gifts Ms. Ryne has brought to our school’s Forensic Program, and we take great pride in her accomplishments.”
Ryne began coaching UIL speech events in the fall of 1976. She has dedicated a total of 40 years to coaching and judging UIL events. Ryne was selected to serve as the UIL Regional Meet Representative over 15 times, totaling 50 UIL District meets. Over the years she has led her students to 8 UIL State Championships and has medaled 15 times.
“I am enjoying sharing this award with my students, who are the ones that made it possible,” said Cheryl Ryne, Competition Speech and Debate Coach and Professional Communications teacher at FHS. “Working with my students gives me a fulfilling sense of purpose and real joy. Acknowledgment from UIL that I have been successful guiding my students all these years gives me great pride.”
The award, now in its 25th 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.
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.
When asked why Ryne continues to coach after all of these years she said, “I continue to coach because I believe that the skills and knowledge my students gain through participation in Speech and Debate will serve them the rest of their life both professionally and personally.”