Stu­dents never short of a word

Melville Times - - News - Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

LO­CAL Year 7 stu­dents rock­eted Melville Se­nior High School to first place in Word Ma­nia, a com­pe­ti­tion fea­tur­ing 3000 Aus­tralian and New Zealand schools.

The con­test, run by Lit­er­a­cyPlanet, is based on a dig­i­tal word-build­ing ex­er­cise where play­ers have three min­utes to cre­ate as many words as they can from a board of ran­domly gen­er­ated let­ters.

Melville SHS topped their year group with a score of 276,306, fin­ish­ing ahead of South Aus­tralia’s Balaklava Pri­mary School (272,093) and Rock­ing­ham’s Kolbe Catholic Col­lege (226,294).

Melville SHS’s Year 8s also per­formed well, fin­ish­ing third be­hind New South Wales school Pen­rith Chris­tian Col­lege in first and Queens­land’s sec­ond-placed fin­isher Ferny Grove State High School.

The school’s prizes in­clude tro­phies, ed­u­ca­tional soft­ware li­cences, a 3D prin­ter, an EZ Robot and vouch­ers for school re­sources.

More than 400,000 stu­dents in Aus­tralia and New Zealand took part.

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Cel­e­brat­ing their suc­cess are (mid­dle, bot­tom, from left) Alex Wong, Sarika Aravin­dan, Ar­tun Mungekar, Lithika Senthil, Matthew Zhang, Christina Fedel­franco, Joshua Cabu­taje, Sadeed Ahmed and Jen­nie Wid­ing.

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