Zachary Zou Scores Perfect Score on 2016-2017 WordMasters Challenge

We are excited to announce that 4th grader, Zachary Zou, made a perfect score of 20 on the second meet of the 2016-17 WordMasters Challenge. Read the official press release below and please help us in congratulating Zachary on his incredible accomplishment!

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March 2017

A student representing The Guthrie School recently received a perfect score in the second of three meets in this year’s WordMasters ChallengeTM—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually.

Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters ChallengeTM, fourth grader Zachary Zou earned a perfect score of 20 on the challenge. Nationally, only 116 fourth graders achieved this result. Zachary was coached in preparation for the WordMasters ChallengeTM by Meredith Guthrie.

The WordMasters ChallengeTM 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 ChallengeTM 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.

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