Okatie Elementary student earns perfect score in national language arts competition

An Okatie Elementary School student has been announced as one of only 113 third-graders in the nation to earn a perfect score in a national language arts competition involving more than 220,000 students across the country.

The WordMasters Challenge consists of three separate meets held during the school year, and Okatie student Adeline Rios earned her perfect score in the year's third meet, held in April. Okatie Elementary students were coached in preparation for the competition by teachers Elizabeth D'Angelo and Christine Pope.

"This is quite an accomplishment for Adeline, and also for her teachers," said Superintendent Valerie Truesdale. "A national academic recognition like this one is something that the entire community should be proud of."

WordMasters is the nation's longest-running language arts competition for elementary and middle school students.

The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise in critical thinking that encourages students to become familiar with a set of new words considerably harder than grade level, then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies that express various kinds of logical relationships. While most vocabulary-boosting and analogy-solving activities are aimed at high school students, WordMasters materials are designed for students in grades three through eight. 

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