South Washington County Schools

District 833 students successful in WordMasters Challenge™

Two teams representing South Washington County Schools achieved Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. A third-grade team scored an impressive 184 points out of a possible 200 in the first of three meets this year, placing fourth in the nation in the Blue Division. A sixth-grade team scored an impressive 165 points in the Gold Division, finishing ninth nationwide.

Students from South Washington County Schools who achieved outstanding results in the meet in the Blue Division include third graders Ryan Brabec (Bailey Elementary), Allie Kaufenberg (Grey Cloud Elementary), Nicole Kim and Khandra Wahlquist (Liberty Ridge Elementary), and fourth graders include Reina Casi, Carson Gan, Michael Jungbauer, Tyler Klimpel and Vincent Sommers (Liberty Ridge Elementary).

Competing in the very difficult Gold Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, Valley Crossing Elementary fourth grader Iris Meyer earned a perfect score of 20 in the recent meet. Nationwide, only 95 fourth graders achieved this result. Students with an outstanding score in the Gold Division include Valley Crossing fourth graders Eamonn Brett, Emily Roseth, Juliana Vlcek and Vaughn Weber, and fifth graders Nathan Kinney and Ivy Lin.

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.

The WordMasters Challenge™ program is administered by a company based in Indianapolis, Indiana, which is dedicated to inspiring high achievement in American schools. Further information is available at the company’s website:  http://www.wordmasterschallenge.com.