Fourth-grader is Wordmaster

LILBURN -- Arcado Elementary fourth-grade student Ryan Tay took top honors in the WordMasters Challenge with a perfect score. Tay is one of three students in the state and one of only 108 students in the nation to achieve the score. Dawson Williams, Peter Fitzsimons and Jackie Pham also achieved outstanding results.

The students were coached by Dr. Kathy Dean. The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise in critical thinking that encourages students to become familiar with a set of new words and challenges them to use the words to complete analogies.

For more information, visit www.wordmasterschallenge.com.Lundy serves as 'senator'DACULA -- Morgan Lundy of Dacula High School was selected to represent the state as a "senator" in the Girls Nation program over the summer.

The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors Girls Nation in Washington, D.C. The program teaches about government and democracy on a national level.

Participants toured the White House and Capitol Hill. Appointments with U.S. representatives and senators were also a part of the experience.

For more information, visit www.alaforveterans.org.Foreign language teachers recognizedLAWRENCEVILLE -- A group of modern and classical language teachers were recently recognized with PEAK Awards for professionalism, experience, achievement and knowledge.

Stevens Learning Systems sponsored the awards, which included payment of teacher dues to the Foreign Language Association of Georgia and a gift certificate for teachers who have won multiple times.

Four-time recipients: Christy Belbey, French, Dacula High; Alexandra (Sandy) Boyle, French, Parkview High; Jaime Claymore, Latin, Mountain View High; Ingrid Crook, French, German and Spanish, Collins Hill High; Donna R. Johnson, French, Parkview High; and Keith Toda, Latin, Brookwood High.

Three-time recipients: Holly Brodnax, Spanish, Grayson High; Muriel Davison, French, Collins Hill High; Laura Droms, Spanish, Mountain View High; Anne Hawkins, French, Grayson High; Marcia Littlefield, Spanish, Crews Middle; Joe Frank Uriz, Spanish, Parsons Elementary; Kathy Wheeler, French, Pinckneyville Middle; and Patrick Yaggy, Latin, North Gwinnett High.

Two-time recipients: Sanja Knezovic, German, Parkview High and Julie Smith, Latin, Collins Hill High.

First-time recipients: Rhonda Archer, French, North Gwinnett High; Yvonne Boone, Latin, Berkmar High; Lindsey Campbell, Latin, Dacula High; Nicole D'Antonio, Spanish, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Mary Meyer, Spanish, Brookwood High; Kris Muir, Spanish, Brookwood High; Ashley Newman, Latin, Brookwood High; and Sergio Parra, Spanish, Osborne Middle.

Frank Reddy covers education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Daily Post.