Louise Archer ES Students Excel at WordMasters Challenge™

School News
May 23, 2019

Several teams representing Louise Archer Elementary recently earned Highest Honors in the 2018-19 WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The third grade team scored 190 points out of a possible 200 in the last of three meets this year, placing second in the nation.  In addition, the fourth and fifth grade teams placed fifth nationwide, with scores of 186 and 197 points, respectively. The third graders also placed first nationally in the overall competition with a cumulative score of 557 points out of a possible 600.  In addition, the fifth grade team finished fifth nationwide with 584 points, and the fourth grade teams earned a seventh place finish with 560 cumulative points. Competing in the Gold Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, the following students each earned a perfect score of 20 in the recent meet: third graders Claire Dorney, Nolan Maffeo, and Joe Perry; fourth graders Alex Lu and Oliver Tabbal; and fifth graders Madeleine Connelly, Sina Farchtchi, Muahid Mir, Eva Santos, Liam Walsh, Surin Wettimuny, and Eric Yang.  Nationally, only 15 third graders, 55 fourth graders and 134 fifth graders achieved this result.  Other students at Louise Archer Elementary who achieved outstanding results in the last meet of the year include third graders Jude Bishop, Tiger Deng, Sam Himmel and Noah Nam; fourth graders Adrian Banihashemi and Julia Blinde; and fifth graders Sahana Aravind, Adian Bishop, Mary Cae Callender, Laylah Graves, Hunter Guthrie, Matthew Han, Cormac Kaplan, Valerie Lai, Meara McCulloch, Alma Moya Llinas, Eileen Nguyen, Thomas Santonicola, Sophia Tzvetanov, Mark Uchitel, and Ramsey Warner.  Third graders Claire Dorney (58 points out of a possible 60), Jude Bishop (56 points) and Peyton Reed (56 points), and fifth grader Cormac Kaplan (59 points) also earned individual Highest Honors in the overall competition.  Highest Honors are reserved for students who place among the top 10-15 students in their division. The students were coached by teachers Jo Ann Smith, Katie Savage, Meghan McGrath, Meredith Everett, Christine Fish, Anne Marie Harris, Sue Rutherford, Alysa Ruminski, Anna Marie Franks, Tracy Resnick, and Kristen Toth. 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.  Contact news liaison Kathy Cutri at kjcutri@fcps.edu.