Perfect scores and top honors for district students and teams

2019 WordMasters Challenge
Posted on 03/29/2019
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Friday, March 29, 2019

Students earn perfect scores in national
competition; teams earn Top 10 finishes

BEAUFORT – Five district students earned perfect scores in the winter edition of a national vocabulary competition, and three school teams earned Top 10 national finishes.

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 2019 winter meet, three Bluffton Middle School sixth-graders were among only 21 sixth-graders in the nation to earn perfect scores.  They were Warren Facenda, Cydney Leon and Alexandria Larionova.  

Two district fifth-graders – Angela Estrada of Broad River Elementary and Katie Gutierrez of Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts – were among only 68 fifth-graders in the nation to earn perfect scores.

Three school teams finished in the Top 10 nationally.  Bluffton Middle School’s sixth-grade team ranked No. 3 in the nation, Bluffton Middle School’s seventh-grade team ranked No. 9 in the nation and Red Cedar Elementary’s fourth-grade team ranked No. 9.

“Having command of an extensive vocabulary is a key component of being an effective communicator, and these students are obviously off to a strong start,” said Interim Superintendent Herb Berg.  “We’re proud of them and their teachers, too.”

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.