May Vocabulary Challenge

May Vocabulary Challenge

Congratulations to Sophia, Samuel and Adam, who imbued their entries with personality and style while adhering to our stringent guidelines. Many of the pieces we read were jam-packed with vocabulary words, but these stood out for their fluid incorporation of words from our word list into three coherent stories.

In our first two months judging this challenge, we have found that our favorite entries are not bogged down by vocabulary words, but rather, they are animated by them. This month’s winners provide fine examples.

Sophia Mensching, age 13, Christa McAuliffe Middle School, Boynton Beach, Fla.

Princess Rosalyn GRIMACED as she stepped into the SQUALID hovel. It was HITHERTO unheard of for someone of her station — a PARADIGM of royalty — to go near a place so UNBECOMING — a house for peasants and their ILK. However, her HUBRIS had caused her to be exiled, so this was her new home.

Samuel Iribe, age 16, Coon Rapids High School, Coon Rapids, Minn.

My NASCENT idea started with a twist of lime,
To stray from the STRINGENT PARADIGM.
This Starbucks drink would be a unique ILK;
The drinkable MANIFESTATION of silk.
Upon testing, my manager GRIMACED.
My HUBRIS obliterated, I whimpered.
The creativity inside me had withered.

Adam Namkung, age 16, Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, Ill.

My coach’s VEHEMENT voice roared across the track. Students GRIMACED as the one kid, whose HUBRIS was HITHERTO unshakable, was carried off the field. The MANIFESTATION of every runner’s fear presented before us. A freshman’s laugh at the sight was UNBECOMING, and others QUELLED his laughter with glares.

Thank you to all who entered.