Students competed in the following categories: Art, Calculator, Chess, Dictionary Skills, Impromptu Speaking, Listening Skills, Maps/Graphs/Charts, Math, Modern Oratory, Music Memory, Number Sense, One Act Play, Oral Reading, Science, Social Studies, Spelling, Editorial Writing, and Ready Writing.

Also part of UIL academics was the middle school 2018 UIL One Act Play competition, where the Melissa Middle School Performing Arts program won first place for the first time in school history.

Kathleen Fleck, a sixth and seventh-grade math teacher, served as the Melissa Middle School UIL A+ Academics sponsor.