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Peterson WordMasters Teams Rank Top 10 in the Nation

May 2022

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. 

Peterson Wordmasters Team

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

Individually, Peterson also ranked nationally. Two 8th graders, Nisha N, and Andrew W were flawless, and ended the season with a 7-way tie for 1st place, with 60/60 point scores. Also receiving Highest Honors ranking, which is given to those students who place in the top 10-15 students nationally in their grade were 8th graders Jiwoo L, Samarth S, and Alan W and 6th graders Patrick W, Keven M, Annika M, and Karissa S. 
 
Peterson Wordmaster team
Left to right - 8th grade students:  Andrew Wang and Nisha Naveen.

Congratulations to all of the WordMasters students, their teachers, and advisor Lisa Johnson — all of your hard work paid off. We are #SCUSD proud!