Students Excel in WordMasters Challenge

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Two teams representing Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School recently competed and scored top spots in the WordMasters Challenge, a national vocabulary competition for students in grades 3-8.

Approximately 150,000 students compete annually in the WordMasters Challenge. The competition encourages students to become familiar with new sets of words and challenges them to use those words to compete in analogies.

Harborfields third-grade team scored an impressive 184 points out of a possible 200 in the first of three meets this year, placing sixth in the nation from among 279 teams. In addition, the fourth-grade team also placed sixth in the nation with a score of 166 points. The national median score was 116 in fourth-grade and 148 in third.

Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge, third-grader Rhys Walter achieved an individual perfect score of 20 on the challenge. Only 25 out of 5,000 third-graders who participated in the test achieved this accomplishment. Fourth-grader Leah Vapnyar also earned a 20. Vapnyar was 1 of 12 students out of over 6,000 fourth-graders who took the test to earn a perfect score.

Other students who achieved outstanding results in the meet included third-graders Jackson Dunham, Abigail Durham, Jack Durham, Anderson Howe, Jack MacInnes, Norene Miraglia, Talia Steinberg, Julian Tchinnis and Ava Vandor and fourth-graders Fiona Calderon, Molly Diskin, Alexis Ebanks, Amelia Freiberger, Eliza Michalopoulos, Lila Porzio, Hartley Semmes, Delilah Shapiro, Aidan Smith, McKena Sung and Samantha Urmaza.

A number of fifth-graders competed at the individual level. Those who achieved impressive results included Allison Blosser, Clarissa Bues, McKenzie Coleman, Liza McPherson, Brendan O’Connor and Andre Tavitan.

The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge by Lahey Enrichment Academic Program (LEAD) teachers Patricia Bacchi, Donna Robson and Christine Mayr.