Lake Bluff Elementary School fourth grader Anita Bendre recently participated in the first of three meets in this year’s WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually—and received a perfect score of "20."
Nationally, only 31 fourth graders achieved this result. Other students from Lake Bluff Elementary School who achieved outstanding results in the meet included Lukas Pluckhahn (fifth grader) and Ana Pheister (sixth grader).This is a very notable accomplishment for the students, who were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by the District's advanced learning aide, Rachel Drzewicki.
More about the WordMasters Challenge:
Each year, over 150,000 students in grades 3-8 from some of the best public and private schools across the country participate in the WordMasters Challenge™.
Unlike other language arts competitions for this age group – which focus on grammar, punctuation, spelling and other language mechanics – the WordMasters Challenge™ helps students to think both analytically and metaphorically.
The contest addresses higher-level word comprehension and verbal reasoning in two ways:
It bases the analogies on special vocabulary lists, developed for each grade and difficulty level by experienced teachers, which participants study before each meet.
It challenges students to complete analogies based on relationships among words they have learned.