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Third Grade Team Takes 7th in National WordMasters Vocabulary Competition

Friday, June 8, 2018

A team representing Breck School recently earned Highest Honors in the 2017-18 WordMasters Challenge™ — a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. Breck's third-grade team scored an impressive 189 points out of a possible 200 in the last of three meets this year, placing seventh in the nation.  
The third graders also placed fourth nationally in the overall competition with a cumulative score of 551 points out of a possible 600.

Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, third graders Emi Colianni and Ellorie Lampe and fourth grader Pearl Perry each earned a perfect score of 20 in the recent meet.  Nationally, only 68 third graders and 42 fourth graders achieved this result. Other students at Breck School who achieved outstanding results in the last meet of the year include third graders Addie Detor, Grace O’Brien, Taylor Olson, Ellis Preissing, and Julia Rosenman, and fourth graders Winona Ettawageshik and Greta Wilson.  

Third grader Addie Detor also earned individual Highest Honors in the overall competition with a cumulative score of 56 out of a possible 60 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 third- and fourth-grade teachers. 

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: