Three area folks who sponsor school music, sports and academic activities are among 16 Texans honored with the UILs Sponsor Excellence Award.
The award recognizes "outstanding sponsors who enable students to develop and refine their extracurricular talents to the highest degree possible within the educational system," according to an announcement on Thursday from the University Interscholastic League in Austin.
Winners get a trophy and $1,000.
2012 UIL Sponsor Excellence Award winners from greater Tarrant County and the write ups about them from UIL's Leaguer publication.
Leigh Ann McClure, Keller Central High School
"For the past 30 years, Leigh Ann McClure has been involved in UIL Solo Ensemble Contest and sight-reading contest. Over the past six years, McClure has lead eight Keller Central High students to a Texas State Solo-Ensemble “Outstanding Performers” rating."
Kay Owens, Arlington Martin High School
"Arlington Martin High School’s music department has reached success in many areas because of Kay Owens’ dedication as a UIL Music sponsor. Owens has been a concert & sight-reading contest and solo-ensemble festival sponsor for 20 years. Each year she directs seven choirs in UIL participation."
Tommy Brakel, North Crowley High School
"Tommy Brakel has served as a boys basketball coach for 19 years and an athletic coordinator for 12 years. Brakel coached North Crowley to a boys basketball state championship in 2008 and he has coached 54 student-athletes who went on to participate in collegiate athletics."