2007-01-12 / Community

Beach Channel High School Students Excel In Vocab Game Show

Two Beach Channel High School students recently competed in a game show vocabulary championship, where they put their verbal skills to the test.

Naima Johnson and Gaelle Napoleon scored the highest on a qualifying exam, beating out other BCHS students to advance to the New York Citywide Vocabulary championship.

The championship was held at the Brooklyn Museum on December 13, where 100 students from 30 high schools competed against each other. The first place winner earned a $5,000 college scholarship as well as advancement to the National Vocabulary Championship final, where a $40,000 college scholarship will be awarded.

A large audience of parents, teachers, coaches and students attended the high-pressure event that was filmed by Time Warner. The students participated in multiple elimination rounds where they had to rapidly respond to vocabulary questions. Johnson advanced to the last round, where only seven students of the original 100 remained.

The BCHS coaches, librarians Ms. Zapolsky and Ms. Moskowitz, accompanied the students to the city finals. "Our students, Naima and Gaelle, work hard to excel in their studies and it is our pleasure to coach the students and make this exciting educational opportunity available to them."

The National Vocabulary Championship (NVC), in its first year, is a Game Show Network (GSN) initiative sponsored by Time Warner Cable, Cablevision's Power to Learn and many other corporate sponsors. The competition makes use of wordplay to engage and reward students, teaching them the value of a strong vocabulary and advanced verbal skills.

The finals will be aired on GSN on April 15 from 8-9 p.m. For more information on the National Vocabulary Championship, visit www.winwithwords.com.

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