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Bergenfield Roy W. Brown Student Earns Perfect Score In National Challenge

Bergenfield middle schooler Amal Yazeji achieved a perfect score of 20 in the first round of the national vocabulary competition, WordMasters Challenge.
Bergenfield middle schooler Amal Yazeji achieved a perfect score of 20 in the first round of the national vocabulary competition, WordMasters Challenge. Photo Credit: Roy W. Brown Middle School

BERGENFIELD, N.J. -- A Roy W. Brown Middle School seventh grader Amal Yazeji received a perfect score of 20 in the first of three meets for this year’s WordMaster Challenge, the national vocabulary competition.

Other students who got outstanding results in the first meet are Justin Fernandez nd Keno Luga, who got 19.

The Brown School students were coached for the WordMasters Challenge by seventh grade Language Arts Teacher Gerry Pehush.

Only 33 seventh graders nationwide achieve a perfect score of 20.

WordMasters Challenge is an academic exercise that encourages students to become familiar with a interesting new words above their grade level, and challenges them to use the words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships.

Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically.

Most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for high school students.

WordMasters Challenge materials have been specifically created for younger students in grades three through eight and are well suited for children motivated by learning new words who enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.

More than 150,000 students nationwide compete in the challenge.

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