A student representing The Wesley School recently won highest honors in this year’s WordMasters Challenge — a national language arts competition entered by approximately 220,000 students annually, which consists of three separate meets held at intervals during the school year.

Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the Challenge, sixth grader Jake R. earned a perfect score in the year’s first meet, held in December. In the entire country only 120 sixth graders earned perfect scores. Other students at the school who also achieved outstanding results in the meet included sixth graders Nina C., Greg G., Aidan G., Ben K., Noah M., Ann N., Samantha R., Penelope M., Caroline M., and Jeffrey P. The school’s students were coached in preparation for the Challenge by Chelsea Marshall.

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 Challenge analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically.

The WordMasters Challenge has been administered for the past 25 years by a company based in Allendale, New Jersey, which is dedicated to inspiring high achievement in American schools. The students will participate in two more WordMasters meets during the coming months, and medals and certificates will be awarded in June to those who achieve and/or improve the most in the course of the year.

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