By Maddie Evans
Maddie Evans, is a 6th grade student
at LCISD’s Wertheimer Middle School
As we begin the month of December, preparation for Wertheimer’s participation in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) competition is in full swing! The academic competition, created by The University of Texas at Austin, aims to promote leadership, teamwork, self-motivation and intellect amongst its student competitors in categories such as Art, Calculator Applications, Listening Number Sense, Oral Reading, Ready Writing, Social Studies and Spelling. As stated on the UIL website, “Interscholastic competition is a fine way to encourage youngsters to enrich their education and expand their horizons. Leadership and citizenship experiences through interschool activities help prepare students for a more useful and wholesome life.”
Wertheimer has participated in the UIL competition since its opening in 2008. Our campus coordinator, Michele Broom, helps to prepare our competitors for the competition by matching teachers with subjects in which they have expertise, and making sure that they have proper study materials for the students. Student competitors volunteer for categories based on an interest or are selected by their teachers based on aptitude. “Wertheimer students always give 110% when it comes to competition,” says Mrs. Broom. This year, Wertheimer is the defending champion! The whole Wertheimer family will be rooting for them as they take part in the competition at Reading Junior High School on January 26.
I had the opportunity to speak with some students in the competition and ask them exactly how they are preparing. “I study the composers and listen to the music attentively, and try to remember every part of the song,” says Brock Howard, who is competing in the Music Memory category and new to UIL. Masyn McCool, who is part of the Dictionary Skills team, says that her preparation involves looking up words in the dictionary to find matching definitions based on context clues in the practice questions.
Haley Etzler, a veteran UIL competitor, completes and studies practice tests as part of her preparation for the Mathematics competition. When asked if she thought that the UIL competition was fairly matched, she told me, “the competitions are fair and I hope that that they will be good this year.” She went on to tell me that having prepared well for the UIL competition makes her and her teammates feel ready. “[And the] coaches are good,” she adds with a smile.
Good luck to our Wertheimer UIL teams! We know that you will make us proud!