- Santa Clara Unified School District
Peterson WordMasters Teams Rank Top 10 in the Nation
Congratulations to the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade WordMasters teams at Peterson Middle School, which ended the year with great national rankings. In the 3rd WordMasters Challenge, the 6th and 7th grade teams both placed fourth, and the 8th grade team placed first, with a perfect 200 points.
The WordMasters Challenge is a national competition for students in grades 3-8 that encourages growth in vocabulary and verbal reasoning. Each year, over 125,000 students from some of the best public and private schools throughout the United States participate in the WordMasters Challenge.
In the year-end rankings that were published this month, Peterson excelled. The 6th grade team finished first in the nation out of 91 teams with a cumulative score of 577/600. The 7th grade team finished in 9th place nationally, out of 63 teams, with a cumulative score of 551/600. The 8th grade team finished with the #1 national ranking out of 59 teams, and did it with great style, dropping only 1 point over 3 challenges for an impressive cumulative score of 599/600 — beating the 2nd place team by 2 points.
Front row, left to right: - 6th graders: Annika Mauldin, Kevin Matthew, Patrick Wang, and Karissa Sargunaraj
Back row, left to right: - 8th graders: Jiwoo Lee, Andrew Wang, Nisha Naveen, Alan Weinberg, Samarth Suresh
Congratulations to all of the WordMasters students, their teachers, and advisor Lisa Johnson — all of your hard work paid off. We are #SCUSD proud!