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Burdick places tenth in national vocabulary competition

Team from Burdick earns high honorsStudents at MPS A.E. Burdick School are celebrating, exulting, jubilant, and exuberant after earning Highest Honors in the 2018–19 WordMasters Challenge™. This national vocabulary competition involves nearly 150,000 students annually.

The sixth-grade team scored an impressive 186 points out of a possible 200 points over three meets this year, placing tenth in the nation. The sixth-graders also placed tenth nationally in the overall competition with a cumulative score of 535 points out of a possible 600. The team is coached by Burdick teacher Joe Conti, with fellow 6th-grade teacher Carolynne Stanioch providing vocabulary reinforcement.

Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, sixth grader Ada Melendez earned a perfect score of 20 in a recent meet. Nationally, only 49 sixth graders achieved this result. Other Burdick students who achieved outstanding scores in the final meet of the year include sixth-graders Will Berger, Josi Estremera, Tyler Jung, and Brodie Stenseth.

The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that encourages students to become familiar with a set of new words (harder than grade level), and challenges participants 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. These competitions are particularly well suited for children who are motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.

A.E. Burdick School is located at 4348 S. Griffin Ave. in Milwaukee. To learn more, visit the school website. To schedule a tour or enroll your child, call (414) 294-1200.

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