A Saint Catherine of Siena School student recently received a perfect score in the first of three meets for this year’s WordMasters Challenge, a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships.

Competing in the Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge, eighth grader Bridget Murphy earned a perfect score of 20 in the December meet. Nationally, only 27 eighth graders achieved a perfect score. Other students at Saint Catherine of Siena who achieved outstanding results in the meet include 8th graders Thomas Montelli, Abigail Kelly, Frances Morrisey, Julia Bacarella, Jillian Hurley, and Mary Grace Held.