TJL student places nationally in WordMasters Challenge

TJL student places nationally in WordMasters Challenge photo

Liam Wingert, a fourth-grader at Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School in the Harborfields Central School District, received a perfect score in the national WordMasters Challenge. Nationally, only 24 fourth-graders, from a pool of over 17,000 students, achieved this result. The WordMasters Challenge, a national critical thinking and vocabulary competition, involves nearly 150,000 students each year.

In addition, the fourth-grade team scored an impressive 183 points out of a possible 200 in the second of three meets this year, placing fourth in the nation among 293 schools. The fifth-grade team scored 180 points, finishing eighth in the nation among 316 schools.

The WordMasters Challenge is built into the school’s ELA LEAP program, and students work hard daily to build their vocabularies and to learn to understand complex analogies and metaphors.

Other students from Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School who achieved outstanding results in the meet include third graders Aidan Greco and Piper Greenberg, fourth graders Anna Clayton, Porter Coleman, Olive Olson-Effman, Christopher Palermo, Brendan Schmitt, Elijah Asaro, Connor Capobianco, Jackson Dunham, Tara Greco, Julian Tchinnis and Rhys Walter, and fifth graders Amelia Freiberger, Hartley Semmes, Fiona Calderon, Francis DeGregorio, Delilah Shapiro, Noah Tognon, Samantha Urmaza, Leah Vapynar, Quinn Johnson-Weymss and Emily Xie. Grade three students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge by Patricia Bacchi and Donna Robson. Fourth and fifth graders were coached by Christine Mayr.

“I am always proud of the effort the students put into preparing for WordMasters,” said Christine Mayr, the fourth and fifth grade WordMasters coach, “but it’s incredible to their hard work paying off and propelling them forward to finish so well nationally.”