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Several teams representing Northbrook Middle School recently earned Highest Honors in the 2019-2020 WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 125,000 students annually. The 6th grade team scored an impressive 173 points out of a possible 200 in the last of three meets this year, placing 3rd in the nation. In addition, the 8th grade team scored 184 in the recent meet to place 6th nationwide, and the 7th grade team finished in 9th place with 181 points.
The 6th graders also placed 4th nationally in the overall competition with a cumulative score of 534 points out of a possible 600. Additionally, the 8th grade team from Northbrook Middle School finished the year-long competition in 10th place with a total score of 542 points.
Competing in the very difficult Gold Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, students at Northbrook Middle School who achieved outstanding results in the last meet of the year include sixth graders Kyle Huang and Andrew Pickard, seventh grader Devin Raglin, and eighth graders Hakyung Chae, Lena Ho, Ishika Narsingani and Justin Vargas-Reyes.
The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by the following: 6th Grade = Sharon Black and Jamie Savoie; 7th Grade = Sheryl Croy and Jason McNeely; 8th Grade = Delbra Crenshaw and Stacie Humphreys.
The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them 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. Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters Challenge™ materials have been specifically created for younger students in grades three through eight. They are particularly well suited for children who are motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.
The WordMasters Challenge™ program is administered by a company based in New Jersey, which is dedicated to inspiring high achievement in American schools. Further information is available at the company’s website: http://www.wordmasterschallenge.com
Huyen Pham, a Northbrook Middle School Student and 2019 National School Bus Safety Poster second-place finisher, poses for a photo next to Principal Keith D. Thompson and teacher Tricia Boston.
A Gwinnett middle school student’s art may get national exposure and impact school bus safety on a large scale.
Northbrook Middle School student Huyen Pham’s poster design placed second at the National School Bus Safety Poster Contest. She was accompanied by Keith D. Thompson, Northbrook Principal, and her teacher Tricia Boston. GCPS Director of Fine Arts David DuBose presented the award.
“Huyen is a top-notch and very talented student with a passion and skill for visual arts,” DuBose said.
Pham’s entry won multiple competitions before competing in the U.S. contest. Students from across Gwinnett County Public Schools submitted works for this year's School Bus Safety Poster Contest in September with the theme, "Red Lights Mean Stop!" In September, members of the GCPS Transportation department and fine arts office selected Pham to move onto state. Following state, Pham’s award was sent to compete on the national level.
In December of 2019, the National Association for Pupil Transportation selected the national winners. Pham received a $100 cash prize and the poster has the possibility to be used in materials for the National Association for Pupil Transportation.
“We are certainly proud of this young artist,” Dubose said to members of the Gwinnett County Board of Education.