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Top 6 Ranking in Nation a Comfortable Spot for Granby Word Warriors

Granby junior Brian Landrum and seniors Rita Carr, Adam Pivirotto and Molly Stevens all clenched perfect scores in the WordMasters meet—something only 45 other 11th graders and 85 other 12th graders nationwide could claim.

Sophomore Jazlyn Williams placed among the 116 highest-scoring tenth graders nationwide, while freshman Alexander Hokett, juniors Sarah Davis and Angelica Pagan, and juniors Sharon Din, Michael Hall, Emily Kirk, Sean O’Connor, Alexander Robinson, and Samuel Sacks all earned honorable mentions.

A classroom activity competition for high school students, the national WordMasters Challenge requires close reading and analysis of many different kinds of prose and poetry. All Honors, AP, and IB English classes at Granby participated under the leadership of Angela Castiglioni, Granby’s gifted resource teacher. More than 52,000 students from 46 states and three foreign countries entered the meet.

Like the questions on the verbal SAT I, the SAT II in English Literature, and the Advanced Placement exams in both English Language and English Literature, the questions posed by the WordMasters Challenge ask students to recognize the emotional
and/or rational logic of a piece of writing and to notice the ways in which a writer's style shapes and shades his meaning.

Granby students will participate in two more WordMasters meets during the coming months, and certificates will be awarded in June to those who have achieved and/or progressed the most throughout the school year.

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