Big Winners in Wordmasters Challenge

Schools and Libraries

June 20, 2014


            Two students representing Long Beach Public Schools LARC program achieved individual Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. Competing in the Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge, Lido School third-grader Jared Tate and West School fifth-grader Maia Perez achieved a perfect score of 20 on the third of three challenges held this school year. Nationally, only 164 third-graders and 110 fifth-graders achieved this outstanding result.

            Jared and Long Beach Catholic Regional School third-grader John Chigounis also achieved individual Highest Honors in the overall competition with cumulative scores of 57 points, placing them among the top 10 students nationwide in their division.

            Other Long Beach LARC students who achieved outstanding results in the third meet were Hailey Brandt, John Chigounis, Sophia Chigounis, Jordan Collinson, Delphine Esformes, Jacob LoCascio, Alexandra Mackenzie, Francesca Macchia, Skyler Oberlander, William Pagan, Julianne Robinson, Hayden Sofield and Jasmine Soriano.

            All students prepared for the competition under the guidance of LARC teachers Beverlee Bertinetti and Caitlin Fuentes.

            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.