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Valley Crossing Elementary School student earns perfect score at WordMasters Challenge

South Washington County Schools is proud to announce that Nathan Kinney, a fifth-grade student enrolled in the Gateway Program at Valley Crossing Elementary School, recently earned a perfect score in the third of three meets in this year’s WordMasters Challenge—a national vocabulary competition. Of the nearly 150,000 students involved in the competition, only 65 fifth-graders earned a perfect score.

Iris Meyer, a fourth-grade student also enrolled in the Gateway Program, earned Individual Highest Honors in the overall competition with a cumulative score of 58 out of a possible 60 points. Highest Honors are reserved for students who place among the top 10-15 students in their division.

Both Kinney and Meyer were competing in the very difficult Gold Division of the WordMasters Challenge. Other students from District 833 who achieved outstanding results in the meet include the following students from the Gateway Program Luke Burton (fourth grade), David Ellis (fourth grade), Lucas Peake (fourth grade), Daniel Song (fourth grade), Lucy Stratton (fourth grade) and Jacob Wicke (fourth grade), Eliza Kubicek (fifth grade), as well as Lake Middle School students Riley Park (sixth grade) and Arul Banerjea (seventh grade).

The WordMasters Challenge was created for students in grades three through eight. It 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. 

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