Friday, February 22, 2013

The 'Wright' Stuff

Pottsgrove High School students once again won high honors in the most recent Word Wright Challenge, once known as "Word Masters."

During the December meet, senior Karly Moser earned a perfect score, placing her among the 19 highest-scoring seniors in the entire country.

Sophomores David Macartney, Austin Eaton and Austin Guyer all placed among the 51 highest-scoring 10th graders nationwide.

They earned this impressive score from among more than 58,000 students from 46 states and four foreign countries entering the meet.

The school's participation is overseen by Todd Kelly.

The idea behind the competition is to test students' skills in attentive reading and sensitivity to language.

Texts the students must analyze range from Shakespeare or E.B. White to Margaret Atwood or Eudora Welty.

The one common element in all is a skillful use of language and the ability to convey layers of meaning.

Text for the December meet were an essay by Peggy Orenstein (paired with a sonnet by William Wordsworth on a similar theme) for 9th and 10th graders.

For 11th and 12th graders, the analysis had to be done on an excerpt from "Little Dorrit" by Charles Dickens.

In the coming months, students will participate in two more meets, with final medals and certificates awarded in June to those who achieve and/or improve the most in the course of the year.

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