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UIL Academics

Every great journey begins with a first step, and the visionaries who built the League recognized that the first steps toward educational excellence must begin early. Academic competition for younger students was a part of the UIL program almost from the beginning, with the first junior division Declamation contest for students aged 10-14 in 1913. The first competition for students under age 10 was Spelling, which began a sub-junior division in 1921.
The program of academic competition for elementary, middle school and junior high officially became "A+ Academics" in 2008. A+ Academics includes 20 different events for grades 2-8. These events span the curriculum - they are designed to complement and expand upon what students learn in the classroom, both through learning specific subject knowledge, and through learning skills that are valuable in many disciplines. Approximately 3,000 Texas schools participate in A+ Academics, competing in more than 300 district meets each year.

UIL Coordinator M. Mittelstadt
Editorial Writing R. Bradley
Impromptu Speaking L. Lively
Poetry T. Henslee
Prose C. Goff
Ready Writing TBD
Art J. Smith
Calculator Apps M. Mittelstadt
Chess J. Smith
Dictionary Skills JKovanda
Listening Skills L. Olson
Maps, Charts and Graphs D. Warren
Math T. Henslee
Number Sense S. Wheeler
Science R. Bradley
Social Studies D. Warren
Spelling S. Wheeler
One Act Play C. Wilson