FHS speech, debate coach presented UIL Sponsor Excellence Award

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By Karolyn Gephart
Cheryl Ryne, Speech and Debate Coach and teacher at Friendswood High School is the recipient of the 2016 University Interscholastic League (UIL) Sponsor Excellence Award.

Ryne has coached many teams over the years at UIL Academic competitions with a high percentage of awards and medals from the different levels of participation.

The Sponsor Excellence Award winners receive a $1,000 cash award and a symbolic memento.

The University Interscholastic League seeks to highlight the contributions of sponsors of UIL scholastic competition.

This award is created to identify and recognize outstanding sponsors who assist students in developing and refining their extracurricular talents to the highest degree possible within the educational system while helping them to keep their personal worth separate from their success or failure in competition.

“The benefits of interscholastic competition and student performance are only possible through the commitment and dedication of sponsors, coaches, and directors like these award winners. The UIL is proud to recognize these individuals through this award,” UIL Executive Director, Dr. Charles Breithaupt said.

Nominations for the award are made in one of three categories: academic contest coaches (including One-Act Play), athletic coaches and music directors. Nominees must have sponsored high school activities for five years or more.

Criteria considered in the selection process included the following: Accomplishments of UIL participants as a result of sponsor leadership (a five-year minimum); indication that the sponsor made maximum use of existing resources and student aptitude; principal recommendation of the sponsor as a effective teacher in non-UIL classroom activities; a statement regarding the relative importance of competitive activities in the sponsor’s personal educational philosophy; and the desire to recognize sponsors from each of the three categories of UIL activities.

Pictured are FHS Principal Mark Griffon and Cheryl Ryne.