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UIL Event Descriptions

UIL Event Descriptions

Note:  Descriptions are quoted directly from the UIL A+ Handbook 2017-18


The art contest involves the study of 40 paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and from Texas art galleries and museums.  Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of art history and interpret ideas and moods in original art works.


The calculator applications contest is designed to stimulate the development of mathematical and calculator skills.  Students will solve problems using a calculator.


Chess teaches problem solving, hones concentration and encourages analytical and strategic thinking.  Chess puzzle solving introduces students to the study of chess in a format that can easily be implemented in A+ school programs and district meets.


Thorough knowledge of the dictionary is a way to increase a student’s ability to find the information that is needed for classwork as well as everyday living.  The subject matter of all tests is taken from Merriam-Webster’s Intermediate Dictionary.  Contestants may use other dictionaries in the contest, but the correct test answers will be found in the official dictionary.

Editorial Writing

Texas teachers have always looked for ways to improve their students’ writing skills.  The editorial writing contest will build those skills as well as refine the students’ ability to prepare a well-balanced persuasive paper.

Impromptu Speaking

Impromptu speaking provides opportunities for students to explore the use of the voice and body in speaking situations, to examine the different purposes for speaking, to organize ideas, to prepare and deliver various speeches and to develop self-confidence.


The listening contest is designed to help students recognize the imprtance of effective listening skills and to identify problems they may have in listening effectively.  The contest provides a challenging format to test the improvement of their listening abilities.  The contest includes some short answer and fill-in-the-blank questions.

Maps, Charts, and Graphs

The maps, charts, and graphs contest is designed to help students learn to obtain information from a variety of maps, graphs, and charts including world maps, pie charts, bar graphs, and local area maps.  The objective test will measure skills such as using a reference book to locate information, making comparisons, estimating and approximating, using scale and interpreting legends and keys.


This contest provides opportunities for students to further develop and then apply their math knowledge and skills.

Modern Oratory

In modern oratory, contestants will select one of the topics, determine the critical issues in the topic, and acknowledge both pro and con points citing support discovered through their research.  Students will choose a side to defend and support that side with additional evidence.

Music Memory

The focus of the music memory contest is an in-depth study of fine pieces of music literature taken from a wide spectrum of music genres to expose students to great composers, their lives and their music. 

Number Sense

Every day, individuals are called upon to use their ability to make quick mental calculations to make decisions.  The development of such abilities is an integral part of the math curriculum.


Poetry is part of the Oral Reading UIL contest.  Reading literature out loud provides opportunities for students to analyze the text, to grow and develop as a performer, to communicate a message to an audience, and to perform an artistic creation. 


Prose is part of the Oral Reading UIL contest.  Reading literature out loud provides opportunities for students to analyze the text, to grow and develop as a performer, to communicate a message to an audience, and to perform an artistic creation. 

Ready Writing

Texas puts great emphasis on writing skills at all levels of school and all levels of state-wide testing.  Ready Writing builds those skills and helps students refine their writing abilities.  In particular, this contest helps them learn to write a clear and correct paper that is interesting and original.


Emphasis for the science contest will be placed on knowledge of scientific fact, understanding of scientific principles and the ability to think through scientific problems.  The contest is designed to test not only memory but the ability to think critically about science and science concepts.

Social Studies

This contest is designed to encourage students to expand their knowledge of social studies, particularly in the areas of history, government systems, economics, citizenship, and culture.


The spelling contest is designed to expose students to a wide variety of vocabulary words.  It is not a contest of memorization.  For the most educational value, preparation for this contest should include instruction in the rules of the English language, meanings and definitions, and root words.


Please see the event coach, Mrs. McDow, or Coach Sensat with questions or further explanations of events.


Homework due every Tuesday- Friday

Tutorials by appointment every morning before school and during Advisory.  Sign up during class.

Sarah McDow

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