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“The journey is the reward”. – Chinese Proverb

A team representing Codington Elementary School recently earned Highest Honors in the 2017-18 WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The third grade team scored an impressive 188 points out of a possible 200 in the last of three meets this year, placing ninth in the nation. 

 The third graders also placed tenth nationally in the overall competition with a cumulative score of 541 points out of a possible 600.  The fifth grade team from Codington Elementary School earned sixth place nationwide with a cumulative score of 546 points.

 Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, third graders Max B. and Lila W., and fifth grader Ava M. each earned a perfect score of 20 in the recent meet.  Nationally, only 68 third graders and 60 fifth graders achieved this result.  Other students at Codington Elementary School who achieved outstanding results in the last meet of the year include third graders Olivia A., Charleigh M., Trevor T. and Jack T., and fifth graders Sylvia C. and Steuart R. 


Third grader Lila W. also earned individual Highest Honors in the overall competition with a cumulative score of 56 out of a possible 60 points.  Highest Honors are reserved for students who place among the top 10-15 students in their division.

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.