Louise Archer ES Students Earn Honors in WordMasters Challenge™

School News
January 11, 2021

Several teams representing Louise Archer Elementary achieved highest honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge™, a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 125,000 students annually. The fifth-grade team scored 193 points out of a possible 200 in the first of three meets this year, placing third in the nation. In addition, Louise Archer’s fourth-grade team scored 184 points to finish sixth nationwide, and the third-grade team earned an eighth place finish with 185 points. Competing in the difficult gold division, fourth graders Audrey Ban and Ayyaan Ghala and fifth graders Gabriella Modine, Peyton Reed, and Acacia Wright 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 Louise Archer Elementary who achieved outstanding results in the meet include: third graders Bryce Blinstrub, Charlotte Floyd, Megan Lai, Jack Ryan, and Elias Yoo; fourth graders Zouli Alexandratos and Jack Kang; and fifth graders August Bhatt, Annabelle Cho, Max Collins, Jack Couchman, Tiger Deng, Kalliope Gonos, Nolan Maffeo, Noah Nam, Areli Peralta, and Carly Schweers. In the blue division, sixth grader Meaghan McLaughlin received an outstanding score. The students were coached by third grade teachers Meghan McGrath and Rebekah Skousen, fourth grade teachers Christine Fish and Anne Marie Harris, fifth grade teachers Tracy Resnick and Kristen Toth, and sixth grade teacher Julianne Kass. The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships. WordMasters Challenge™ materials have been specifically created for younger students in grades 3-8. Contact news liaison Kathy Cutri at kjcutri@fcps.edu