Long Beach LARC fifth graders placed fifth in the nation in this year’s WordMasters Challenge™, and two students received perfect scores in one of the meets. This national vocabulary competition involves nearly 150,000 students annually.
Competing in the very difficult Gold Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, fifth graders Ian Olivo and Jordan Soriano each earned a perfect score of 20 on one of the challenges. Nationally, only 1.7% of fifth graders taking the meet achieved this result.
WordMasters consists of three different meets, and WordMasters recognizes the top 2% of cumulative scorers in their grade level as High Honor recipients. Ian and Jordan, along with Hudson Cristine, James Long and Ronin Morita, earned that impressive distinction. Other students from Long Beach LARC who achieved nationally recognized results in the meets are third graders Nate Blau, Adrian Celis, Kylie Gorman, Jackson Kessler, and Sara Wisniewski; fourth graders Hudson Christine, Sara McCormack, Connor Sullivan, and Logan Voight; and fifth graders Jessica Bassett, Dylan Brennan, Magnolia Campbell. Gavin Corrigan, James Long, Ronin Morita, Charles Muskin, Caley O'Brien, Jordi Perez, Aaliyah Trichter and Kasper Yanowitch. They were all coached by Dr. Caitlin King and Mr. Justin Sulsky.
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.