Two students representing Memorial Middle School achieved individual Highest
Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge – a national vocabulary competition
involving nearly 150,000 students annually.
Competing in the Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge, fifth graders Liya
Simon (left) and Nina Mattison (right) achieved a perfect score of 20 on the third of three
challenges held this school year. Nationally, only 110 fifth graders achieved this
The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge by their
respective fifth grade Integrated Day teachers.
The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise in critical thinking that challenges students to use harder than grade level words to complete
analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships.
Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed
for use by high school students, WordMaster 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. (Submitted photo)