Dear Students and Parents,
Humble ISD is joining the world of THe University Interscholastic League (UIL) literary and academic competitions at the middle school level! These activities, which exist to complement the academic curriculum, are designed to motivate students as they acquire higher levels of knowledge, challenge students to confront issues of importance, and provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of specific skills.
TMS is proud to offer students the opportunity to compete in their choice of a variety of academic or literary subjects. As this is the inaugural school year that there will be a district meet, not all events can be offered but it will be expanded in future years. For the 2021-2022 school year, the following events will be offered:
Impromptu Speaking: In Impromptu Speaking, students get a prompt and prepare a speech on it. No notes are allowed. This event involves quick thinking, organizing ideas, and delivering those thoughts to a small audience effectively. If you're capable of choosing any topic and preparing a short speech without any notes, then this is for you! Coach Karen Adams
Dictionary Skills: How good are your Dictionary skills? In this event, contestants use dictionaries during the competition, which may be tabbed. Contest questions cover word origins and histories, parts of speech, pronunciation, variant spellings, plurals, alphabetizing, and other such elements. Coach Taylor White
Maps, Charts, & Graphs: This contest will measure skills such as using an atlas as a reference book to locate information, making comparisons, estimating and approximating, using a scale, and interpreting grid systems, legends and keys. Coach Mark Willrodt
Oral Reading: Love Poetry? In this contest, the contestant shall perform a published poem. The student will learn to recite a poem using different tones of voice. They will build their vocabulary of feeling, train their emotional intelligence, and prepare themselves to speak more accurately and confidently about any piece of writing. Coach Taylor White
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, & culture. If your interest lies in wars, history, and politics, this contest will give you more than enough material to explore. Coach Mark Willrodt
Spelling: Contestants in this event will be tested on the ability to spell proficiently, write clearly, and capitalize properly. Students will write down words given by the pronouncer at a rate of approximately five words per minute. Coach Karen Adams
For more information, please contact the UIL coaches.