A team representing Fairmont Private Schools achieved Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge — a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The third grade team scored an impressive 171 points out of a possible 200 in the first of three meets this year, placing sixth in the nation.
Competing in the Gold Division of the WordMasters Challenge, Historic Anaheim Campus sixth grader Courtnie Bui earned a perfect score of 20 on the challenge. Nationally, only 18 sixth graders achieved this result. Other students from Fairmont Private Schools who achieved outstanding results in the meet include third grader Jaaniyah Dhillon, sixth grader Rahil Luthra, and seventh grader Amethyst Audon.
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. Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters Challenge materials have been specifically created for younger students in grades three through eight. They are particularly well suited for children who are motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.