By Nez Savala
Two sixth-grade students from Academy of the Sacred Heart earned perfect scores in a vocabulary competition involving students from across the country. There were only 18 perfect scores nationally.
Competing in the second of three meets in the Gold Division – for students who have ‘clearly superior language skills’ – sixth-graders Jaye McNeil and Christine Mwangi each earned a perfect score of 20. Marian Cooley, sixth grade, earned a score of 19. Laura Craig, a sixth-grade teacher, coaches the students to prepare them for competition.
WordMasters Challenge is a vocabulary competition based on completing analogies. It is explained as an exercise in critical thinking that helps students learn to think analytically and metaphorically. Meets are held three times a year at participating schools. WordMasters Challenge is for students in 3rd though 8th grades enrolled in public or private schools. The challenge started 30 years ago and involves nearly 250,000 students annually.