In celebration of its centennial anniversary, the UIL will host the Elite 100 Conference on June 14-16.
It will be an opportunity for the best and brightest students across Texas to come together and set the tone for interscholastic activities in the next century.The Elite 100 is a three-day leadership conference, held on the University of Texas campus, for 100 students who participate in interscholastic activities and programs through the UIL.
Two juniors from Calallen High School have been selected to attend the UIL Elite 100 Conference in Austin, Texas. They are Collin Simpson, son of Mark and Janet Simpson, and Sean Ponce, son of Mike and Becky Ponce.
These outstanding leaders will not only attend workshops about communication, citizenship, decision making and conflict resolution, but they will also participate in a community service project. These students will also be involved in developing the new marketing campaign for the University Interscholastic League. UIL is the largest interschool organization of its kind in the world, and provides educational extracurricular academic, athletic and music contests from grade school to high school.
Both Collin and Sean were selected from many applications which required students to submit a resume detailing their qualifications to attend this prestigious event, as well as submit an essay on the topic, "My Most Influential UIL Experience."
Collin Simpson is a three-year letterman in track and football and a two-year letterman in baseball. He was named First Team All District, and Second Team All Metro Safety in football.
He qualified for Regionals in track for three years both individually and on relays. He was a member of the 2008 State Championship Baseball Team participating throughout the playoffs as a Courtesy Runner. Collin has been named by Shuman's National Underclassmen Combine as one of the Elite 100 athletes in the nation. Collin was also Academic All-District in football.
Academically, Collin competes in UIL as part of the award winning Calallen Publications program. He is a reporter for The Wildcatter the school newspaper, and a photographer for "Wildcat," the school yearbook.
He has been active in Student Council for three years and next year will be the Student Council President.
Collin's leadership involves being his Class President for both ninth grade and eleventh grade. He also competes in Mock Trial and will be one of the attorneys for next year. He was named the Most Outstanding Junior Communication Student this year.
Sean is currently in the top five percent of his junior class. He is a member of the National Honor Society, varsity swim team and Student Council Treasurer. Sean is also active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is the Teens in the Driver's Seat President.
He is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. Sean is also an Eagle Scout.
Academically, Sean competes in UIL as part of the award winning Calallen Publications program. He was the Managing Editor of the The Wildcatter, the school newspaper and next year will be the Editor-in-Chief.
Sean also competes in UIL Journalism. He was the UIL District Champion and the UIL Regional Champion in News Writing and won sixth place in that event at the UIL Academic State Meet.
Sean was Journalism Student of the Year for the past two years.