Several teams representing Kennedy Junior High 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 189 points out of a possible 200 in the first of three meets this year, placing second in the nation. In addition, the seventh-grade team scored 196 points out of 200 on the first meet, placing third in the nation. Finally, the team of sixth graders finished in sixth place nationwide with a score of 194 points.
Kennedy had 11 students earn a perfect score of 20 in the very difficult Gold Division of the WordMasters Challenge™. Nationally, only 98 sixth graders, 57 seventh graders and 21 eighth graders achieved this result. Additionally, there were 40 other students from Kennedy Junior High who achieved outstanding results in the meet.
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. Further information is available at the company’s website: http://www.wordmasterschallenge.com