Beaufort Co students earn perfect scores during national vocabulary competiton

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BEAUFORT, SC (WSAV)-  Students from the  Beaufort County School District earned perfect scores in the Word Masters challenge. The nation’s longest language arts competition is an exercise in critical thinking that encourages students to become familiar with new words then complete analogies that express logical relationships between grade levels fourth through seventh

Angeles Martinez, a student at Pritchardville Elementary, represented the fifth-graders. She was one out of 13 fifth-graders in the United States to earn a perfect score.

Ella Barry from Bluffton Elementary, Connie Taylor from Broad River Elementary, and Lydia Benson of River Ridge Academy were among 60 fourth graders to receive perfect scores.

Jack Campbell and Jada Jenkins who attend Lady’s Island Middle School were among 15 seventh graders nationally to earn perfect scores.

According to the release from Beaufort County School Board, Red Cedar Elementary fifth-grader Katie Ryan earned “Highest Honors” status, a WordMasters designation honoring students who finish among the top 10-15 students in the country at their grade level after all three 2015-16 meets.

“These are outstanding performances by outstanding students”. said Superintendent Jeff Moss. “Building a strong vocabulary is key to a well-rounded education, and these terrific results make us proud not only of the students but also of their teachers.”

By working to solve the analogies, it helps students learn to think analytically and metaphorically regardless of grade level.

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