ST. JOHN | Students from Lake Central schools recently received accolades for their academic prowess and their giving spirits.

The Lake Central School Board and administration recognized students from Bibich Elementary, Watson Elementary and Grimmer Middle School.

Third grade students from Bibich Elementary in Dyer and Watson Elementary in Schererville were honored for competing in the WordMasters Challenge.

Both Bibich student Emily Meseberg of Dyer and Watson third-grader Hailey Palomo of St. John achieved a perfect score of 20 in this year’s WordMasters Challenge.

Nationally, only 27 third-graders achieved a perfect score, according to Kristen Proffitt, Watson third-grade high ability teacher.

Abby Burton of St. John and a Watson third-grade student also achieved “outstanding results” during the WordMasters Challenge.

This national vocabulary competition for third through eighth grades involves nearly 250,000 students annually. It is an exercise in critical thinking that involves analogies and critical thinking, Proffitt said.

The Grimmer Middle School Student Council was also applauded by the School Board and administration for raising $6,441 for Riley’s Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

The money was raised during a talent show and gift raffle in April held at Andorra Banquets in Schererville.

Teachers who serve as student council sponsors at the Schererville middle school were also recognized during the board meeting. They include Kristen Cane, Jen Howe, Kristen Marsh and Laura Waszak.