RA STUDENTS EARN HIGHEST HONORS IN WORDMASTERS CHALLENGE
Two teams representing Ridgefield Academy achieved Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 125,000 students annually. The seventh grade team scored an impressive 179 points out of a possible 200 in the first of three meets this year, placing sixth in the nation. In addition, the fourth grade team scored 168 points to finish tenth nationwide.
Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, fourth grader Minho C., fifth graders Leo N. and Arya S. and seventh grader Charlotte C. each earned a perfect score of 20 on the challenge. Nationally, only 16 fourth graders, 55 fifth graders, 10 sixth graders, 19 seventh graders and 44 eighth graders achieved this result.
Other students from Ridgefield Academy who achieved outstanding results in the meet include fifth grader Gray S., sixth grader Livy M., seventh grader Annabel O., and eighth graders Nate B., Ava C., Finley G. and Rylee S. The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by Stacy Hynes, Jenna Rubin, and Patricia Carrington.
What is 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.