Word masters: Laguna Elementary team earns highest honors

The Laguna Elementary fifth grade WordMasters team. (submitted photo)

The Laguna Elementary fifth grade WordMasters team. (submitted photo)

A team representing Laguna Elementary School from the Scottsdale Unified School District recently competed against 150,000 other students to earn Highest Honors in the 2015-16 WordMasters Challenge, a national vocabulary competition.

The fifth grade Laguna team scored 173 points out of a possible 200 points in the last three meets of the year, placing sixth in the nation, according to a press release.

The fifth grade team also placed ninth nationally in the overall competition. The team earned a cumulative score of 523 points out of a possible 600.

Laguna fifth-grade student, Kate Farrell, earned a perfect score of 20 in a recent meet. Miss Farrell competed in the difficult Blue Division and earned a score shared with only 13 fifth graders nationwide.

Other students at Laguna Elementary who achieved outstanding results in the last meet of the year include Youssef Nasef, fourth-grader, and Jordan Wolff, fifth-grader.

WordMasters Challenge materials are designed for students in grades three through eight. The program provides an exercise in critical thinking that encourage students to become familiar with a set of above grade level words and then challenges students to use the words to complete analogies expressing logical relationships. The analogies help students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically.

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