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Parkway students deemed wordsmiths

Mason Ridge Elementary achieved the highest honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge – a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 125,000 students annually. 

The fifth-grade team scored an impressive 197 points out of a possible 200 in the first of three meets this year, placing second in the nation.

Competing in the very difficult Gold Division of the WordMasters Challenge, fourth graders Kate Reuter and Harrison Steiner, and fifth graders Jonah Kim, Anna Mason, Jay Rengachary, Madeline Reuter, Nick Schroeder, Wyatt Schuckman and Scottie Stanec each earned a perfect score of 20 on the challenge. Nationally, only 37 fourth graders and 57 fifth graders achieved this result.

Other students from Mason Ridge Elementary who achieved outstanding results in the meet include third grader Andrew Qin, fourth graders Sam Swiezynski and Rosalind Zhu, and fifth graders Julia Adams, Cason Johnson, Darsh Mahapatra, Anika Moolsintong and Nathan Singer. The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge by Abby Webb.

The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships. 

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