By Chuck Davidson
CHESTER – Chester ISD was the UIL A+ Academic Champion for District 28 A at the event held in Chester on Jan. 28.
Teams of students (grades 2 through 8) from Brookeland, Burkeville, Chester, Goodrich, High Island, Spurger and Zavalla) competed all day in more than 50 categories such as Chess, Dictionary Skills, Editorial Writing, Music Memory, Number Sense, Science, Social Studies and Spelling with Chester coming out as overall team champion based upon points earned.
More than 200 students participated, with more than 50 from Chester ISD, of whom 30 won or placed in the top three.
Librarian Betty Ann Whitworth is the school’s UIL coordinator for this event, and this year was the first time she had hosted the event. With full support from the school staff and teachers, the PTO and the community, she thanks all who assisted in providing good food and hospitality, judging, rooms, and a positive atmosphere. Students were recognized at the school board meeting on Feb. 16 with Superintendent Dr. Paul Drake commending those who participated and placed. This annual event will be held at Spurger in 2024.