Outstanding performances by students at Broad River, Hilton Head Island and Red Cedar Elementary and Bluffton Middle

Perfect scores for six students at the spring WordMasters Challenge
Posted on 05/20/2019
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Monday, May 20, 2019

Students are ‘perfect’ in national vocabulary
contest; school team places third nationally

BEAUFORT – Seven district students earned perfect scores in the spring edition of a national vocabulary competition, while a team from a district elementary school placed third in the nation.

The WordMasters Challenge, the nation’s longest-running language arts competition for elementary and middle school students, holds three meets for nearly 150,000 students during each school year.  In the 2018-19 academic year’s third competition in the Blue Division:

  • Four Broad River Elementary School students earned perfect scores – third-grader Maddox Adcox and fifth-graders Kylee Douglas, Angela Estrada and Jaime Maldonado Najera.  The students were coached by Patricia Horton.

  • One Hilton Head Island Elementary student – Anna Williams – earned a perfect score.  She was coached by Sharon Politi.

  • One Red Cedar Elementary student – a fourth-grader Kensley Kaney – earned a perfect score.  She was coached by Virginia Pratt.

  • One Bluffton Middle student – sixth-grader Sosie Spires – earned a perfect score.  She was coached by Erin Morgan.

“Perfect means just what it says, and that obviously represents an outstanding performance on a national stage,” said Interim Superintendent Herb Berg.  “To have these students build such strong vocabularies at such young ages is wonderful.”

Nationally, only 15 third-graders, 29 fourth-graders, 59 fifth-graders and 49 sixth-graders earned perfect scores.

Hilton Head Island Elementary’s third-grade team, largely led by students in Sharon Politi’s class, earned fourth place in the nation for the third WordMasters meet as well as third in the nation for all three of the year’s competitions cumulatively.

The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise in critical thinking that encourages students to become familiar with new words that are considerably harder than grade level, then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies that express various kinds of logical relationships. 

Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters materials are created for younger students in grades 3-8.  Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically.