Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, Sayville Lincoln Avenue Fifth-grader James Kretz was one in only sixty-seven Fifth-graders nationwide to have earned a perfect score of 20 on the challenge.
“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. Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically. Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters Challenge™ materials have been specifically created for younger students in grades three through eight. They are particularly well suited for children who are motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.” Source: WordMasters Challenge™ Press Release.
At Lincoln Avenue, WordMasters Challenge™ Coach and Fifth-grade teacher Mr. John Bombara was thrilled by James’ accomplishment. “I knew James did well, but I didn’t realize how big of an achievement this was until I read the stats!”