The WordMasters Challenge™ is a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words, 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.
Two teams representing TJ recently earned Highest Honors in the 2017-18 WordMasters Challenge™. The fourth grade team scored an impressive 192 points out of a possible 200 in the last of three meets this year, placing ninth in the nation. In addition, the fifth grade team scored 188 in the recent meet, also placing ninth nationwide.
The fourth graders also placed eighth nationally in the overall competition with a cumulative score of 566 points out of a possible 600.
Competing in the very difficult Gold Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, third grader Charlotte Secrist, fourth graders Brooks Beck, Jack Callan, Corinne Levitt, Mia Sabo and Claire Weatherly, and fifth graders Anand Colby, Ashwin Colby and Mercer Colby each earned a perfect score of 20 in the final round of competition. Nationally, only 46 third graders, 111 fourth graders and 65 fifth graders achieved this result. Other students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School who achieved outstanding results in the last meet of the year include third graders Xavier Smith and Edan Thornton, fourth graders Atticus Kim and Alec Mahini, and fifth graders Christopher Draper and Abby Fred.
Third grader Charlotte Secrist and fourth graders Jack Callan and Mia Sabo each earned individual Highest Honors in the overall competition with a cumulative score of 59 out of a possible 60 points. Highest Honors are reserved for students who place among the top 10-15 students in their division.