Over 500 Alvin ISD junior high students competed in the District UIL Academic Meet on Saturday, February 21 at Fairview Junior High School.
Overall school sweepstakes, as well as individual awards, were given. Students represented their schools in the following competitions: Art, Calculator Applications, Chess, Dictionary Skills, Editorial Writing, Impromptu Speaking, Listening, Maps, Graphs & Charts, Mathematics, Modern Oratory, Number Sense, Oral Reading, Ready Writing, Science, Social Studies, and Spelling.
270 awards were given out and three grade level trophies were awarded to the campuses with the highest point totals earned by the students’ participation. Nolan Ryan Junior High was the overall winner for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade.
“I value Academic UIL because it is a way for students to showcase their strengths in various academic areas ranging from math to speaking skills and get rewarded for their efforts. Students also get to choose the events for which they would like to participate. Anytime we can give students’ choices, their education is enhanced,” said Stacey Hughes, UIL District Coordinator.
The junior high school students spent hours of their time preparing for the competition and worked diligently with academic coaches on each campus in daily preparation.
“UIL is a great opportunity for students to meet different people, compete, and try new things. It definitely enriches their education. I wish we had even more kids participate,” Hughes said.