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Ridgefield Academy students participate annually in the WordMasters Challenge™, a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 125,000 students annually, and several teams achieved Highest Honors in the recent competition. RA’s fifth grade team scored an impressive 191 points out of a possible 200 in the first of three meets this year, placing sixth in the nation. In addition, the seventh grade team scored 184 points to finish sixth nationwide, and the sixth grade team claimed ninth place with 174 points.

Grade 5 students Ada G. and Minho C. each earned a perfect score of 20 on the challenge.

Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, fifth graders Minho C. and Ada G. each earned a perfect score of 20 on the challenge. Nationally, only 43 fifth graders achieved this result. Other students from Ridgefield Academy who achieved outstanding results in the meet include fourth grader Catherine F.; fifth graders Eddie B., Andrew G., Trey N., Jonathan P., Simon S., Grace S., and Aliya W.; and seventh graders Ash D., Livy M., Austin S., and Sasha S. The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by English teachers Stacy Hynes, Jenna Rubin, and Patricia Carrington.
About the WordMasters Challenge
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.