By Lauren E. Prince
Student at Wertheimer MS
“U.I.L. stands for University Interscholastic League,” says Mrs. Michele Broom, the U.I.L. coordinator at Wertheimer Middle School. “[Students] get to volunteer for what they’re good at.” She went on to inform me that U.I.L. is a great activity for any student who has a sport or class in which they excel. WMS recently took part in a U.I.L. competition against many other middle and junior high schools in the area.
Mrs. Broom went on to explain to me that there are many different competitions that students can sign up for in sixth grade. They consist of: Calculator Applications, Dictionary Skills, Maps, Graphs, and Charts, Mathematics, Ready Writing, Number Sense, Listening, Oral Reading, Social Studies, and Spelling. Many Wertheimer students participated in U.I.L. this year and were in it to win it! When speaking with Mrs. Broom, she was very excited about Wertheimer’s success at the competition. “In 1st place for Listening was Sal Quaid, in 4th Cody Dickinson, and as a team Sal Quaid, Cody Dickinson, and Andres Espinoza got 1st place,” she proudly said. “In 3rd place for Maps, Graphs and Charts was Patrick Rosier and as a team Shane Sheridan, Dalton Hines and Patrick Rosier got 1st place. In 1st place for Mathematics was Yusef Haikal and as a team winning 3rd place was William Koelzer, Xavier Davis, and Yusef Haikal,” she continued. “For Number Sense Bruce Jopio got 2nd place. In Spelling there was a tie between Sean Richard and Rachel Mgbeike getting 4th place and as a team Sean Richard, Rachel Mgbeike, and Keeny Ndoudi got 1st place,” Mrs. Broom went on to tell me. “In Oral Reading, William Thomas Pierce got 2nd place. For Calculator Applications, Natalie Bachir got 1st place, Nancy Bachir got 4th place, Bunmi Adekola got 6th place, and altogether they got 1st place as a team.”
Due to the many victories of each of the Wertheimer students and their teams, Wertheimer won 1st place overall! Mrs. Broom also shared with me how she felt about being the coordinator and getting first place. “Well, [U.I.L.] is based on points and because we got the most points…we won! I’m very competitive and I wanted to win. Wertheimer has a lot of smart kids and a lot of people helped out. It was definitely a team effort or ‘family ‘effort.”
As a family, we are proud of all of our U.I.L. competitors, and celebrated their victories at award ceremony last week. I also had the opportunity to interview three of those winners: Dalton Hines, Sean Richard, and Yusef Haikal.
Dalton Hines told me, “I participated in Maps, Graphs, and Charts. I prepared for my event since I didn’t have a study packet, [but] I got to look at the atlas and I got to know the atlas. I took the map skills that we have memorized and so it was easy. You have to be able to know and read the map. You either know or you don’t. I think I did it by just by doing it by how my friend told me to do: to do map questions then atlas questions. It was my first year doing U.I.L. and I’m going to do it again. I think it was a great experience”.
Yusef Haikal also shared his experience. “I participated in Mathematics. I study a lot and I had some math packets to help me improve myself and I turned out well. It’s not just something you can just randomly do, you have to be good and read questions carefully. You have to be very good at math and very fast. You have to be very and smart and good at math. I just went through all the questions I knew and didn’t go to the ones to advanced. It was extremely fun and you learn lots of new stuff. It was very fun”.
Sean Richard added, “I participated in Spelling. I had a packet of words to study. I looked over about twenty a day and checked the definitions to the words I didn’t know. You have to be good at listening, be a really good speller, and be good at E.L.A. and reading. My parents pushed me real hard to do this well and helped me want to study. I enjoyed this competition because it gave me a chance to learn new words”.
After conducting those interviews, I learned how much U.I.L. means to those students who are participating, how teamwork is so important and how great it is to recognize and encourage students’ strengths and accomplishments.