Despite the very chilly morning, Longview ISD parents, students, principals, teachers and volunteers gathered at JL Everhart elementary school for the annual district-wide UIL competition.

JL Everhart the hosting school, had all sorts of delectable breakfast and snack items in the library to keep adults focused and nutritious food and snacks for students to recharge.

While adults visited the library for a well-deserved snack break, students made their

way to the cafeteria to quench their thirst, grab a slice of pizza to strengthen them for the next round of competition.

Donned in UIL t-shirts, every student was eager to win. They competed in several areas including number sense, music memory, listening, spelling, creative writing, chess, story-telling, oral reading and more.

However, Harley Gallant a 4th grader from Johnston McQueen was a little disappointed because she was ready to compete but did not. You see, Harley was an alternate and every student showed up for UIL competition. Harley said. “But everyone came.” Nonetheless, this is not the end for Harley, she plans to compete next year. “I will be in spelling next year and will not be an alternate,” she said.

By the time the competition was over, the sun was peeking out with its warmth.

Congratulations to all students who competed on Saturday. And thanks to faithful alternates who stood by incase a student did not show up. Finally, many thanks to parents who drove and made sure students arrived on time to compete.

Congratulations to the Longview ISD middle schools for their successful performances of their one-act plays at the UIL middle school contest held at Pine Tree High School on January 16, 2016. Schools participating were Forest Park Magnet School, Foster Middle School, Judson Middle School, Hallsville Jr. High, Pine Tree Middle School, Sulphur Springs Middle School, Mt. Pleasant Middle School, and Texas Middle School.

School performances selected for team awards were:

1st Place – Sulphur Springs Middle School

2nd Place – Foster Middle School

3rd Place – Hallsville Junior High

Acting awards include:

All-Star Cast

Carolina Olivas (Angel) Foster MS

Izzi Breaux – (Young Angel) Foster MS

Tessa Fried – (Macbeth) Judson MS

Honorable Mention All-Star Cast

Kayden Turner – (Lady Macbeth) Judson MS

Noah Green – (The Young Man) Forest Park MS

Rebecca Glasco (The Prima Donna) Forest Park MS