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Student Wins Highest Honors in
This Year's WordMasters Challenge

Mrs. Walker, Zach Baldwin, Aimee Van Varick, Lidia Pereira, Rachel Corlett, Josh Ainsley, Becky Kimball, Mrs. Kuyper

A student representing Rock Lake Middle School recently won highest honors in this year's WordMasters Challenge, a national language arts competition entered by over 225,000 students annually. It consists of three separate meets held at intervals during the school year.

Competing in the very difficult Gold Division of the Challenge, eighth grader Rebekah Kimball earned a perfect score in the year's first meet held in December. In the entire country only 86 eighth graders earned perfect scores.

Other students at Rock Lake Middle who also achieved outstanding results in the meet were seventh graders: Josh Ainsley, Rachel Corlett, and Lidia Pereira. Eighth graders: Zach Baldwin and Aimee Van Varick. The students were coached in preparation for the Challenge by teachers, Nancy Kuyper and Joyce Walker.

The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise in critical thinking which 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 Challenge analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically.

Local students will participate in one more meet in the coming months. Medals and certificates will be awarded in June to those who achieved and /or improved the most in the course of the year.