Tyler ISD elementary students from across the district recently competed in the Tyler ISD Citywide UIL Invitational Meet. Competing students were invited to the citywide meet based on their individual and school performances at district level meets held in February.
“In elementary UIL, there is not a pathway to advance to regionals or state,” Rice Elementary School Principal Shelly Bosley said. “This year, we decided to offer the opportunity to be invited to a Citywide UIL Invitational Meet after the TISD Elementary Area 1 and Area 2 district meets were held back on Feb. 9.”
The top three schools accumulating the most UIL points at their district meet were invited to have all of their contestants compete and those six schools were vying for a Citywide Champion trophy. These six schools included Birdwell, Caldwell, Griffin, Jack, Owens, and Rice. Of these six schools, Owens Elementary accumulated the most points claiming the championship. Additionally, each student from any of the schools that placed first or second in their event was also invited to compete.
Students competed in the categories of art, creative writing, dictionary skills, maps-charts-graphs, music memory, number sense, oral reading, ready writing, spelling, and storytelling.
“There was a high level of competition on Saturday in all of the events and it was obvious students had worked hard to prepare,” Mrs. Bosley said. “Academic competitions, such as UIL, provide an additional way for students to grow beyond the regular school day and to enhance each student’s ability to have successful student outcomes.”