Students compete in academic meet

HARLINGEN — A voice filled with jittery excitement rang through the crowd of children in the gym.

“I got first place in Music Memory,” said Layla Salas, 11, a girl with an eager smile.

Some results yesterday morning from the UIL District Meet at MemorialMiddle School had just been posted. The JeffersonElementary School fifth grader had made the top score not only in Music Memory but also in Dictionary Skills.

More than 500 elementary school children had gathered to compete, said Santiago Villanueva, director of advanced academic skills for the Harlingen school district.

Villanueva said the district has plenty of athletic UIL events and wanted to offer more diversity.

“This competition is strictly academic,” Villanueva said. “We want them to have some sense of competition.”

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