Third Annual Middle School Academic UIL Meet

Houston, Texas: 230 GPISD middle school students chose to spend the majority of their Saturday thinking, competing, and cheering at North Shore Senior High School during the 3rd Annual UIL Academic Meet.  

This year's event featured 24 separate events in ten academic categories such as:  Calculator Applications, Ready Writing, Modern Oratory, Maps, Charts and Graphs, Math, Social Studies, and Science. According to Raff Saeed, Assistant Principal at Galena Park Middle School, “This is the Super Bowl for academics, the culmination of a year’s worth of preparation.” 

73 individual students earned medals and three grade level trophies were awarded to the campuses with the highest point totals earned by the students’ participation.  Cobb Sixth Grade Campus took the overall prize for sixth grade, and North Shore Middle School earned the top trophies for both seventh and eighth grade. 

“We think it is important to win, to put yourself in the best position of reaching your fullest potential. Participating in these events also teaches our kids pride, honor, dignity, poise, and good sportsmanship, and it also encourages everybody to be better, which in itself is a life lesson,” stated Paul Drexler, Principal, North Shore Middle School, and he is not alone in his attitude towards winning; all these students and their coaches take this competition very seriously. 

The 230 motivated middle school students spent countless hours of their time preparing for the strenuous competition and worked diligently with academic coaches on each campus in daily preparation. While the students participate for the enjoyment of engaging their minds, the challenge to compete with other students makes the contest exciting. 

“Our students often divide their time and training between two or more events. They may spend time with a particular coach in the morning, studying for one area, and a different coach in the afternoon, centered on another area,” said Woodland Acres Middle School teacher, Claudia Garza. 

The students who perform at this yearly event have developed strong relationships with their coaches.  The coaches involved with the UIL Academic Meet build a sense of belonging for the individual; at the same time they create and develop a team while embracing a sense of school spirit. The students rooted for themselves, applauded their peers, and represented each school with pride.

“We just want to celebrate academics. We are laying down ground work that will help these students as they feed into the high school level UIL Academic competitions,” said Pam Johnson, Galena Park ISD Coordinator for Advanced Academics. 

The District is also pleased to announce it will host the Elementary UIL Academic Meet on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at North Shore Senior High School. This event will include fourth and fifth grade students who are actively preparing with their coaches to compete for the top district academic honors.


Academic UIL Team

Pictured: Cobb Sixth Grade Campus Academic UIL Team


Academic UIL Team

Pictured: NSMS Seventh Grade Academic UIL Team


Academic UIL Team

Pictured: NSMS Eighth Grade Academic UIL Team





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