A group of Upstate students came out on top in a national vocabulary competition.
The Spartanburg Day School's third-grade team took part in the WordMasters Challenge. They competed against nearly 150,000 students in three separate meets held during the school year.
The event is an exercise in critical thinking. It encourages students to become familiar with a set of words (considerably harder than grade level), and then put their new vocabulary to use in analogies.
Spartanburg Day School students tied for seventh place in this year's second meet, which took place in February. Part of their success was due to third grader Andrew Leonard. He received a perfect score in the February meet, something only 27 students achieved.
Emily Grace Cobourn, Adom Appiah and Ellie MacMullan also helped the team achieve its seventh place finish. The students were coached by Sonia LeCroy, Mary Steele, Camilla Wilson.