Wednesday, December 08, 2010

WordMaster Competitors of McIntosh Earn National Honors

The WordMasters Challenge team at McIntosh High is ranked 10th in the nation after the first meet held in October.

A total of 83 students from Andrea Lakly and Jane Edwards’ Advanced Placement (AP) Literature classes were among the 15,285 seniors and 146 teams participating in the challenge, a national competition for students in grades 9-12 that encourages close reading of many different kinds of prose and poetry.

Not only is McIntosh ranked 10th nationally, but senior Ashley Gibson also earned a perfect score in the meet and placed among the 85 highest scoring 12th graders in the country.

The Challenge’s reading material uses language skillfully to convey layers and shades of meaning not always apparent to students on a first or casual reading. Reading materials and questions are similar to those on AP exams. Challenges are done at school; students compete with others in their grade level.

There are four challenges a year, October, December, February, and April. After all four meets, the 25 most outstanding high schools and approximately 100 individual student winners are recognized.

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