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TJL fourth and fifth graders are ‘Word Masters’

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Two teams representing Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School recently achieved highest honors in the Word Masters Challenge – a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 125,000 students annually. 
The challenge encourages students to use critical thinking skills to expand their vocabulary and use new words, considerably harder than grade level, to complete analogies. Working to solve the scenarios helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically.  
Competing in the challenge’s Blue Division, fourth graders – Michael Palermo, Lorelei Tripp and Elke Walter – and fifth graders – Luke Hasher, Samantha Plosky, Zachary Pusateri and Zoe Seelig – each earned a perfect score. Nationally, only 52 fourth graders and 83 fifth graders achieved this result.
The fourth grade team, which competed against more than 200 schools, scored an impressive 190 points out of a possible 200 in the first of three meets this year, placing fourth in the nation. In addition, the fifth-grade team placed third nationwide, with a team score of 193 points. 
Other students from Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School who achieved outstanding results in the meet include fourth graders Ellie Almstrom, Julia Barish, Pat Buffolino, MaryKate Fitzsimmons, Lucy Meindel, Rebecca Pashman and Nora Ruddy; and fifth graders K.C. Almstrom, Gavin Baron, Aileen Collins, Paul DiPaola, Alec Gerde, Brynn Gerde, Piper Greenberg, Matthew Porr, Calvin Posillico, Carolyn Powers and Grace Wingert. The students were coached in preparation for the Word Masters Challenge by the school’s enrichment teacher, Christine Mayr.