|For Immediate Release
March 12, 2010
|For Information, Call:
Katherine Schloemer, 502-368-8506
(Louisville, KY) Mason Johnston, a student representing Saint Nicholas Academy (4333 Hazelwood Road and 5501 New Cut Road), won highest honors in this year’s WordMasters Challenge—a national language arts competition entered by approximately 220,000 students annually. This competition includes three separate meets held at intervals during the school year.
Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the Challenge, third-grader Mason Johnston earned a perfect score in this year’s second meet, held in February. Only 93 third-graders in the United States achieved perfect results. Other St. Nicholas students who earned outstanding results include third-graders Taylor Hall and Noah Ruzanka and eighth-grader Karly Kindoll.
The WordMasters Challenge exercises students’ critical thinking skills by first encouraging students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level) and then challenging them to use those words to complete analogies that express various kinds of logical relationships. Working to solve the Challenge analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically. Though most vocabulary-boosting and analogy-solving activities serve high school students, WordMasters materials benefit younger students in grades three through eight. These materials particularly suit able and interested children who rise to the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.
Dedicated to inspiring high achievement in American schools for 23 years, the WordMasters Challenge concludes its annual meets this April and awards certificates in June to those who achieved and/or improved the most during the school year.
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