Two teams representing Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School recently earned Highest Honors in the 2019-2020 WordMasters Challenge — a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 125,000 students annually. The fifth grade team scored an impressive 195 points out of a possible 200 in the last of three meets this year, placing second in the nation. Additionally, the fourth grade team scored 171 in the most recent meet to place sixth nationwide.

The fifth graders also placed fifth nationally in the overall competition with a cumulative score of 564 points out of a possible 600. The school’s fourth grade team finished the competition in fifth place nationwide, with a total score of 535 points.

Competing in the highly-competitive “Blue Division” of the WordMasters Challenge, fifth graders — Brynn Gerde, Aidan Greco, Will Mohtashemi, Samantha Plosky and Gabe Sweeney-Gladen—each earned a perfect score of 20 in the recent meet. Nationally, only 86 fifth graders have achieved this result.

Fourth grader, Peyton McQuade, and fifth graders, Alexander Alessio, K.C. Almstrom, Caelan Bues, Sayla Fives, Piper Greenberg, Lucas Johnson, Alexis Porzio, Zachary Pusateri and Zoe Seelig, also achieved outstanding results in the last meet of the year.

The students were coached in preparation for the challenge, which encourages analytical thinking skills and logistics, by enrichment teacher, Christine Mayr.

Additionally, fifth and fourth grade Lahey Enrichment Academic Program, or LEAP, students recently participated in a "Battle of the Books." As part of the enrichment program, students read books and completed projects in relation to what they read. On June 9, they met in teams with Ms. Mayr to collaborate and answer questions about the books.