Parsley students place seventh nationally in WordMasters Challenge

Published: Jan. 26, 2016 at 4:02 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 30, 2016 at 4:02 PM EST
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A team of Parsley Elementary School students placed seventh in the nation in the recent WordMasters Challenge.

The WordMasters Challenge is a national vocabulary competition that involves nearly 150,000 students each year.

The fifth grade team from Parsley scored 186 points out of a possible 200 in the first three meets of the year to place seventh.

Competing in the Blue Division, Parsley fifth graders Giovanni Martucci and Jake Persuit and fourth grader Ryden Read each scored a perfect score of 20. Nationally, only 50 fourth graders and 52 fifth graders reached a perfect score.

Also turning in outstanding results for Parsley were fourth grader Pierson Guerrant and fifth graders Nikolai Khorokhorin, Bradley Bush and Benjamin Usher.

The students were coached by gifted education specialist Kristi Youmans and fourth grade teachers Shari Postemski and Deb Butler.

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