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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Yeshivah of Flatbush Students Win High Honors in WordWright Challenge

Four students representing the Yeshivah of Flatbush recently won high honors in this year's WordWright Challenge, a competition for American high school students requiring close reading and analysis of many different kinds of prose and poetry.

In this year's first meet, held in October, junior Aliza Kantrowitz was one of the 23 highest-scoring eleventh graders on the entire country, while senior Daniel Shuster was one of the 104 highest-scoring twelfth graders nationwide. Freshman Lea Linfield and Albert Rahmey placed among the 159 highest-scoring ninth graders nationally at the same time. More than 58,000 students from 46 states (and four foreign nations) entered the meet. The school's participation was overseen by Shifra Hanon.

The premise behind the WordWright Challenge is that attentive reading and sensitivity to language are among the most important skills students acquire in school.