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“The journey is the reward”. – Chinese Proverb

In the Blue Division of the WordMasters competition for Meet #2 (taken in February), the following are the results:

A team representing Codington Elementary School 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 196 points out of a possible 200 in the third of three meets this year, placing FIRST in the nation.


Competing in the Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, students from Codington Elementary School who achieved PERFECT scores in the meet include third graders Kelsey W., Sejal E., Kelsten H., Julia M., Evelyn T., and Margot W. The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by the Third Grade Team at Codington.

For the overall year (all 3 meets cumulative), Codington's Third Grade Team Score placed them 3rd in the nation.


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.