Louise Archer ES Students Excel at WordMasters Challenge™

School News
June 04, 2020

Several teams representing Louise Archer Elementary recently earned Highest Honors in the 2019-20 WordMasters Challenge™, a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 125,000 students annually. The fourth grade team scored 195 points out of a possible 200 in the last of three meets this year, placing first in the nation. In addition, the third grade team scored 189 in the recent meet to place second nationwide, and the fifth grade team finished in fourth place with 191 points. The third and fourth grade teams from Louise Archer each placed third nationally in the overall competition with cumulative scores of 563 and 568 points out of a possible 600, respectively.  Additionally, the fifth graders finished in third place with a total of 561 points.

Competing in the very difficult Gold Division and scoring a perfect 20 in the recent meet were: 

  • third graders Keira Dunne, Mathew George, and Ayyaan Ghala
  • fourth graders Auden Alvarez, Luke Caldwell, Avi Dhanjal, Sanjeev Galigutta, and Kallipe Gonos
  • fifth grader Alex Lu

Nationally, only 32 third graders, 39 fourth graders, and 39 fifth graders achieved this result.  

Other students at Louise Archer who achieved outstanding results in the last meet of the year include

  • third graders Ela Altug, Benjamin Plowgian, and Alaina Price
  • fourth graders Zeynep Anaz, August Bhatt, Max Collins, Tiger Deng, Ryan Guiseppe, and Acacia Wright
  • fifth graders Xavier Allen, Adrian Banihashemi, Shubh Bhattacharya, Kirin Clark, Namish Gupta, Stella Hong, Nate Jurutka, Max Mutersbaugh, and Ananya Schwartzkopf

Third graders Benjamin Plowgian and Zyla Smith also earned individual highest honors in the overall competition, each achieving a cumulative score of 57 out of a possible 60 points. Highest honors are reserved for students who place among the top 10-15 students in their division.

The students were coached by third grade teachers Jo Ann Smith and Meghan McGrath; fourth grade teachers Anne Marie Harris, Meredith Everett, and Christine Fish; and fifth grade teachers Diane Choi, Tracy Resnick, and Kristen Toth.

The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that 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, and are specifically created for younger students in grades three through eight.  

Contact Connie Bucci at cjbucci@fcps.edu.