A student representing Chaplin Elementary School recently received a perfect score in the last of three
meets in this year’s WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly
125,000 students annually.
Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, sixth grader Isabella
Dimmock earned a perfect score of 20 on the recent challenge. Nationally, only 48 sixth graders
achieved this result. Other students from Chaplin Elementary School who achieved outstanding results
in the meet include fifth grader Colin Durgy.
The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ beginning in fourth grade
by Miss Katie Forostoski and in fifth and sixth grade by their writing teacher, Miss Marissa Krayeski.
Miss Krayeski offered these words about Izzy. “She is a phenomenal student who shows great interest
and passion in learning complex topics. Izzy always challenges herself and never gives up when tasksare challenging. Her success is possible because of her hard work and determination to get back up, even
when she falls. Her true character is not defined by the result, but by the actions she took to get there.”
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.
The entire school is so proud of Izzy for her accomplishment!