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Local Middle School Earns Top Spot In WordMasters Challenge

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McCracken Middle Schoolers Place First in WordMasters Challenge McCracken Middle Schoolers Place First in WordMasters Challenge
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. -

Students from McCracken Middle School in Spartanburg District 7 won first place in the national WordMasters Challenge.

The language arts competition challenges students to learn interesting new words, beyond their grade level, and use them to complete analogies expressing various kinds of  relationships.

5,5000 students competed among 91 teams.

Twelve 7th grade students from McCracken Middle School won the highest honor in the WordMasters Challenge. The team was represented by Sophia Barry, Emma Cont, Shannon Dowling, Walker Gillespie, Caroline Layne, Samantha Manke, Seth Mathis, Georgia Price, Patricia Ryan, William Shelton, Jay Stevens, and Ashley Wade. These students were also awarded highest honors for earning perfect scores. The McCracken team is coached by Audrey Hailstock, Hayley Kennedy, Allison Millwood, and Ann Moore.

Fourth graders Sam Fried and Clara Maultsby, and sixth graders William Arrington, Justin Barron, Carson Hardigree, Wells Laney, Christopher Lathan, Alex Lonon, Heyward McPhail, Anna Morgan, Sarah Moss, and Severin Puckett also earned a perfect scores and received highest honors in the competition.

Cindy Henderson, Director of Gifted and Talented Programs, commented, "Without a doubt, this winning team is the best of the best. To have two teams this year place first in the nation is a testimony to our teachers, students, and our parents."

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