Long Beach Students Earn Perfect Scores in WordMasters Challenge

Schools and Libraries

January 13, 2014

Two Long Beach Public School students earned perfect scores in the national WordMasters Challenge. Fourth-graders Tyler Fales of West School and Elle Kanganis of Lindell School both scored 20 out of 20 in the most difficult blue level division at the first meet of the school year. There were 411 fourth-grade teams participating at this level throughout the nation, and only 50 out of approximately 8,200 students received perfect scores. They participated in the WordMasters competition through the district's Learning Activities for Raising Creativity program, based this year at Lindell School. Students worked under the direction of teacher Beverlee Bertinetti.


The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise in critical thinking that challenges students to learn new words and then use them to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships. Solving the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically.