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Leman student earns perfect score in WordMasters Challenge

Published: Monday, June 23, 2014 1:40 p.m. CDT

WEST CHICAGO – A Leman Middle School student recently received a perfect score at a WordMasters Challenge meet in May, according to a District 33 news release.

Eighth-grader Brandon Morss earned a perfect individual score of 20 in the Gold Division of the challenge. Nationally, only 46 eighth-graders achieved a perfect score.

The May meet was the third of three meets for this year's WordMasters Challenge, which is a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually.

It is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of new words that are considerably harder than grade level and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships.

Other Leman students who performed well at the May meet include sixth-grader Kurt Leano, seventh-grader Kaleigh O’Brien and eighth-graders Seth Kiel, Emily Pietura, Britney Prebis, Sean Renwick and Madysen Simanonis.

Students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge by Bob Rising, Keith Johnson, Amanda Osmanski, Tisha Macko and Karen Apostoli.

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