Skyline student in Solana Beach earns rare perfect score

(L-R) Zachary Borthwick, Finley Mallery, Chloë Boyd, Natalie Feldman, Amy Flather, Sofia Rodgers

A student representing Skyline Elementary School recently received a perfect score in the second of three meets for this year’s WordMasters Challenge — a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually.

Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge, fifth grader Sofia Rodgers earned a perfect score of 20 in the February meet. Nationally, only 75 fifth graders achieved a perfect score. Other students at Skyline Elementary School who achieved outstanding results in the meet include fifth graders Zack Borthwick, Natalie Feldman, Finn Sullivan, Chloe Boyd, and Amy Flather. The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge by Skyline School.

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 Indianapolis, Indiana, which is dedicated to inspiring high achievement in American schools. More information is available at the company’s website: