1. You think the prelims were crazy, check out hte pannels in elims. Random cubed for the most part. Clearing and advancing in UIL is a matter of avoiding the landmines in the back of the room.
2. The UIL scholarships are very punny. I know every little bit helps, but don't let the big money of debate disenchant you.
3. Learning about the topic is a nice side effect of debate, but much larger is learning the art of argument and persuasion. It will help you going through college, into your professional career, and beyond. Not to mention the relationships you develop.
4. I feel ya on wanting to do TFA and your coach saying no, but our event is subjective and there will always be a risk they don't judge us the way they want.
5. Debate in college - you can get a scholarship after competing on a college squad.
You can be mad at UIL all you want, but it is not the end of the world. I don't know what all you gave up on to focus on debate, but would you have landed in the top 40 or 30 in the state? That is where you are now in your division. Maybe you could have and you will have a "what could have been" moment, but advancing to the state tournament is an accomplishment in and of itself.