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Oxbow Creek Elementary fifth-graders achieve high status in national vocabulary competition

During the 2017-18 school year, fifth-grade students from Oxbow Elementary School in Champlin participated in an annual national vocabulary competition called WordMasters Challenge, and achieved Highest Honors.

The team’s incredible score of 191 out of 200 possible points during the last of three meets have placed them fourth in the nation, and 10th in the nation for their overall cumulative score of 536 out of 600 points.

In addition, students Kieren Anderson, Cam Dreifke, Dominic Jesop, and Noah Johnson each earned a perfect score of 20. Only 60 fifth graders nationwide have achieved this amazing result.

Also noteworthy of accomplishing outstanding results at the last competition are students Anja Bork,Trevor Hunerberg, and Autumn McNevin.

The coaches this year were Oxbow Creek fifth-grade teachers Dan Dreifke, Nancy Asp, and Keith Rose.

WordMasters Challenge, created for students in grades three through eight, engages students with learning difficult and challenging new words that are above their current grade level. Students learn to use the words in various ways, working toward thinking more analytically and metaphorically. For more information, visit