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Abbie Fischer and Will Rast, Bailey Intermediate 5thgraders, have been ranked among the top 2% of the National WordMasters Challenge for the Blue Division Challenge where almost 40,000 fifth graders competed. Trailing closely in the top 10% and receiving honorable mention is Kylie Jackson.
The WordMasters Challenge is a national competition for students in grades 3-8 that encourages growth in vocabulary and verbal reasoning. Each year, nearly 250,000 students from some of the best public and private schools throughout the United States participate in the WordMasters Challenge.
Unlike other language arts competitions for this age group – which focus on grammar, punctuation, spelling and other language mechanics – the WordMasters Challenge helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically. The contest addresses higher-level word comprehension and verbal reasoning in two ways:
Excellence in the competition requires both a mastery of the meanings of the vocabulary words (of a difficulty appropriate to each grade level) and thoughtful reasoning about the relationships between these words and more familiar language used in the competition’s analogies.
“G.T. students at Bailey have been participating in the WordMasters Challenge for many years,” said Bailey Gifted and Talented teacher Drethia Parson’s. “I believe this gives students a leg-up on college entrance exams where the vocabulary test is analogy based.” Bailey students participated individually and as a team.
“Bailey teams are always well above the median average,” said Parsons.
Others recognized for their participation in the WordMasters Challenge are Madelyn Clark, Desiree Fendley, Laura Carl, Jayden Franklin, Logan Liles, Madison Herron, and Peyton Wheeler.