Tivy Senior Awarded UIL Scholarship

March 25, 2024 – Tivy senior Clara Sumner was one of a select few seniors across the state to be awarded an H-E-B UIL Scholarship earlier this month.

For the sixth year, H-E-B awarded 15 high school seniors who participate in UIL competitions with a $2,000 scholarship in recognition of their community service and involvement. Five students each who competed in athletics, music and academic events were selected from the pool of applicants from across the state.

“It is an honor to be recognized alongside fourteen other Texas UIL competitors for leadership in community service,” Sumner said. “I’ve had amazing opportunities to serve in programs like Kerr County WyldLife (middle school YoungLife) and the Camp Champions Senior Leadership Program where I grow as a person while helping others. Also, singing the national anthem at community events is one of the most rewarding ways I serve my community because it is an honor to represent our country and share such an inspiring and treasured song.”

Recipients were spotlighted during the 2024 UIL Texas Girls and Boys Basketball State Championships earlier this month. Requirements for the scholarship included having a minimum 3.3 GPA, participation in a UIL competition as a high school student and be active in community service programs or events.

Sumner has participated in the Tivy Choir program three years and currently serves as President. She is a two-time state qualifier for UIL Solo and Ensemble.

“Clara served in multiple capacities on Antler Choir Leadership Team since her sophomore year,” said Seth Lafler, director of choral music. “During her time at Tivy, she has helped with recruiting, community outreach, and social media management. More importantly, she has helped strengthen the community within the choir program. She has been an integral part of the successes we've experienced together through her ability to lead and connect with her peers.”

In addition, Sumer is a co-founder of the Tivy Pickleball Club, which hosts tournaments to support youth-related non-profits; has served as a WyldLife leader for two years and has participated in service projects through National Honor Society, Student Council and Interact Club, all while maintaining a high GPA and ranking in the top 10 of her class.

Sumner said she will be attending the University of Texas at Austin in the fall where she has been accepted into the Red McCombs School of Business, and she looks forward to getting involved in her new community there.