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Paris ISD Team Earned Highest Honors

Pictured above left to right: Seth Loza, Anniston Bray, and Everett Hernandez

A team representing Paris ISD earned the highest honors in the 2022-2023 WordMasters ChallengeTM—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 125,000 students annually. The fourth-grade team scored an impressive 180 points out of a possible 200 in the last three meets this year, placing ninth in the nation.

Competing in the rugged Blue Division of the WordMasters ChallengeTM, third grader Seth Loza and fourth graders Anniston Bray and Everett Hernandez earned a perfect score of 20 in the recent meet. Nationally, only 20 third graders and 40 fourth graders achieved this result. Other students at Paris ISD who completed outstanding results in the last meet of the year include fourth grader Onas Bridges and sixth grader Reed Hartman.

Third grader Seth Loza also earned Individual Highest Honors in the overall competition with a cumulative score of 57 out of 60 points. They reserved the highest honors for students among their division’s top 10-15 students.

The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters ChallengeTM by Tammy King-3rd / 4th Socrates, and Romy Zimmerman-5th / 6th Socrates.

The WordMasters ChallengeTM is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of fascinating new words, considerably more complicated than grade level, and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various logical relationships. Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically. Although they designed most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs for use by high school students, they created WordMasters ChallengeTM materials for younger students in grades three through eight. They are particularly well suited for children motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoying the logical puzzles posed by analogies.

A company based in Indianapolis, Indiana, dedicated to inspiring high achievement in American schools, administered the WordMasters CchallengeTM program. Further information is available at the company’s website: http://www.wordmasterschallenge.com.