A team representing Fairmont’s Historic Anaheim Campus achieved Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge, a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students. The 7th grade team scored an impressive 182 points out of a possible 200 in the second of three meets this year, placing fourth in the nation. Competing in the rigorous Gold Division of the WordMasters Challenge, Historic Anaheim students achieved outstanding results in the meet, include 6th grader Kendrik Nguyen and 7th graders Dean Alamy, Natalie Bui, Justin Lee, and William Sung.
The WordMasters Challenge exercises critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of new, difficult words, 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 3rd-8th grade. Congratulations to Kendrick, Dean, Natalie Justin, and William!