Academic Achievements for AAUW and WordMasters
AAUW – 38th Creative Writing Contest
7th Grade Fiction
1st Place: Lainey Moore (Mrs. Cain) Lighthouses
2nd Place: Gabriel Lebowa (Mrs. Cain) Rick Harrison’s Secret Pawnshop
3rd Place: Joe Caltagirone (Ms. Christopher) The Director
Violet McCann (Mrs. Cain) Eliza and the Afterlife
8th Grade Fiction
1st Place: Madeline Conlon (Mrs. Schulz) A Home for a Stray
3rd Place: Elinor Hiller (Mrs. Schulz) Midnight Clear
Sarah Schroeder (Mrs. Schulz) Unsinkable
7th Grade Non-Fiction
3rd Place: Renee Forsyth (Mrs. Cain) My Canoe Trip
Fiona J. Maio (Ms. Christopher) Two Decades Unsolved
8th Grade Non-Fiction
1st Place: Elise Daley (Mr. Carlson) Piercing Hazel
3rd Place: Lauren Madden (Mrs. Schulz) The Impact of Strong Female Icons on Modern Society
7th Grade Poetry
2nd Place: Olivia Singer (Mrs. Cain) The Opposite of Sadness
8th Grade Poetry
3rd Place: Madeline Hamann (Mr. Holm and Mrs. Raitt) Listen
Word Masters Challenge
A team representing Rotolo Middle School achieved Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The sixth grade team scored an impressive 192 points out of a possible 200 in the second of three meets this year, placing third in the nation.
Competing in the Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, sixth graders Eli Balisi and Ben Pelech each earned a perfect score of 20 on the challenge. Nationally, only 39 sixth graders achieved this result. Other students from Rotolo Middle School who achieved outstanding results in the meet include sixth graders Brynne Albert, Abe Alley, Gemma Cohen, Julianna Cornwell, Anna Green, Braden Gutsch, Madelyn Hooper, Liam Kelly and John White. The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by the 6th Grade ELA Department.
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. Further information is available at the company’s website: http://www.wordmasterschallenge.com.