POTTSTOWN PA – In a reading comprehension contest that involved 596 teams from across the country, competitors from Pottsgrove High School were among those who won highest honors, the Pottsgrove School District announced Monday (March 17, 2014).
The Pottsgrove readers tied for 15th place in the nation among seniors in this year’s third WordWright Challenge, district Communications Director Michael Wagman reported. Additionally, Pottsgrove senior Abby Hudock was one of only four 12th graders across the country to earn a perfect score in the competition, during which students are asked questions about the emotion, logic and style of specific readings of prose and poetry.
Making up Pottsgrove’s team besides Hudock were seniors Chris Haslam, Anthony Pond and Jay Young, and sophomore Janine Faust. They were supervised by teacher Todd Kelly. More than 69,000 other students were involved in the competition.
The texts for the latest challenge, held during February, were a poem by Alastair Reed for 9th and 10th graders, and a Robert Frost sonnet for 11th and 12th graders. A final contest of the year will be held in June.
The Wordwright Challenge is created by a New Jersey-based organization whose efforts help students prepare for the vocabulary portion of the national SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) Reasoning Tests, which are a requirement for attending many colleges. Its contests are held four times a year at the students’ home school.
The premise behind the challenge is that attentive reading and sensitivity to language are among the most important skills students acquire in school.
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