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Two teams representing Ridgefield Academy recently earned Highest Honors in the 2021-2022 WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 125,000 students annually. The eighth grade team scored an impressive 181 points out of a possible 200 in the last of three meets this year, placing eighth in the nation. In addition, the seventh grade team from Ridgefield Academy scored 181 points to finish in ninth place.
The eighth graders also placed ninth nationally in the overall competition with a cumulative score of 552 points out of a possible 600. Both the fourth grade team (514 points) and the seventh grade team (550 points) finished in tenth place nationwide. Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, seventh graders Rylee S. and Marilyn S. and eighth graders William K.and Lachlan M. each earned a perfect score of 20 in the recent meet. Nationally, only 16 seventh graders and 44 eighth graders achieved this result.
Other RA students who achieved outstanding results in the last meet of the year include fourth grader Adam O., fifth grader Darwin Y., sixth grader Abby B., seventh graders Nate B. and Olivia Y., and eighth grader Penelope T.  Eighth grader William K. also earned Individual Highest Honors in the overall competition with a perfect cumulative score of 60 out of a possible 60 points. Seventh graders Rylee S. and Marilyn S. also achieved Individual Highest Honors with cumulative scores of 58 points. Highest Honors are reserved for students who place among the top 10-15 students in their division.
The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by RA faculty Stacy Hynes, Teresa Ghelman, Margaret Fitzpatrick, and Patricia Carrington. The students' achievements were celebrated during an all-school assembly on Monday morning. 


During Monday morning assembly, students in Grades 4-8 were awarded certificates, medals, and honorable mentions for their performances on the WordMasters challenge - with Lower School students enthusiastically cheering them on! 

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.