South Washington County Schools

District 833 students achieve highest honors in WordMasters Challenge™

A team representing South Washington County Schools achieved Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The third grade team scored an impressive 183 points out of a possible 200 in the first of three meets this year, placing eighth in the nation.

Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, students from South Washington County Schools who achieved outstanding results in the meet include third graders Addy Eng from Liberty Ridge Elementary, Anna Painter from Woodbury Elementary, and Bersy Yonas from Middleton Elementary, and fifth graders Will Glenz from Grey Cloud Elementary, Ryan Granlund from Crestview Elementary, Will Preimesberger from Liberty Ridge Elementary, Amelia Reckinger from Grey Cloud Elementary and Andrew Zhergera from Liberty Ridge Elementary.

The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships.  Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically.  Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters Challenge™ materials have been specifically created for younger students in grades three through eight.  They are particularly well suited for children who are motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.

For more information on the WordMasters Challenge™, click here.