Two teams representing Ladue Schools achieved Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The third grade team scored an impressive 183 points out of a possible 200 in the second of three meets this year, placing seventh in the nation. In addition, the fourth grade team scored 189 points, finishing 10th in the nation.
Competing in the Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, fourth graders Ritwik Ashok and Bella Soyfer each earned a perfect score of 20 on the challenge. Nationally, only 116 fourth graders achieved this result. Other students from Ladue Schools who achieved outstanding results in the meet include third graders William Burrus, Ihenna Eke-Okoro, Sylvia Hanes, Harry Margraf and Anthony Zho, and fourth graders Amanda Armbruster, Gage Galati, Jake Oberman, Ben Stephenson and Braeden Wallace. The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by their classroom teacher.
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.