Several teams representing Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston achieved Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The eighth grade team scored an impressive 188 points out of a possible 200 in the second of three meets this year, placing first in the nation. In addition, the sixth grade team (184 points) and the seventh grade team (189 points) each finished in fifth place nationwide.
Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, sixth grader Jonah Nathanson, seventh graders Yael Fraiman, Jacob Joseph and Sabrina Strapp, and eighth graders Yael Margolis and Jacob Zalis each earned a perfect score of 20 on the challenge. Nationally, only 20 sixth graders, 31 seventh graders and 17 eighth graders achieved this result. Other students from Solomon Schecter Day School of Greater Boston who achieved outstanding results in the meet include sixth graders Lily Commander, Eitan Leshem and Eli Schwartz, seventh graders Shira Levy, Alex Lincoln and Eli Williams, and eighth graders Miles Leitner, Eli Rabson, Jessica Weinfeld and Kayla Weissman. The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by Lauren Hollop, Rachel Katz and Pat Rigley.
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: .