Parker Kline, Okatie Elementary

Okatie Elementary School fourth-grader has earned a perfect score in a national vocabulary competition involving 150,000 students across the country.  The WordMasters Challenge consists of three separate meets held during the school year, and Okatie student Parker Kline earned his perfect score in the year’s third meet, held in April.  Only 55 fourth-graders in the entire nation had perfect scores.  Over the three meets, Parker finished among the top 10-15 students in his division.  “We’re really excited for Parker,” said Principal Jamie Pinckney.  “He’s a super-smart kid and a terrific representative for our school.”  Other Okatie students who achieved outstanding results in the recent meet included fourth-graders Ethan Lancaster and Jaxon Beebe.  The students were coached by Nancy Edwards.


WordMasters is the nation’s longest-running language arts competition for elementary and middle school students.  The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise in critical thinking that encourages students to become familiar with a set of new words considerably harder than grade level, then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies that express various kinds of logical relationships.  While most vocabulary-boosting and analogy-solving activities are aimed at high school students, WordMasters materials are designed for students in grades 3-8.