Reader's Digest National Word Power Challenge
Competition begins at a school level. Typically, teachers give students 25-question multiple-choice tests. Classroom winners then compete with other classroom winners from the same grade to determine the school-wide grade-level champion. The school champion then takes a multiple-choice test which determines the top 100 students in the state.
The top 100 students are invited to state competition. There they are given 25 multiple-choice questions to determine the top ten. The top ten then go through a few rounds of questions to determine the state champion. The state champion gets to advance to National competition.
Students from every state, Washington, D.C., and one student from a Department of Defense school get to compete at the national level. The students take a 25-question multiple-choice test, with the top ten scorers going on to compete in a nationally televised event. The moderator is a celebrity and in the past has usually been Al Roker.
- All students at the state level are given treat bags.
- The top 10 students at the state level are given Reader's Digest books.
- All students at the national level are given treat bags.
- All state winners are given free trips to the location of the national competition (usually Florida).
- Scholarships are given at the national level:
- First place: $25,000
- Second place: $15,000
- Third place: $10,000
In 2007, the RDNWPC website stated that the competition would not be held for the 2007-2008 year. The Reader's Digest website no longer mentions the RDNWPC.
Past winners and top finishers
| Installment of competition
|First place (state represented, grade level)||Second place (state represented, grade level)||Third place (state represented, grade level)|
|1 (2002-03)||William Brannon (Virginia, 8)||Gordon Bourjaily (Iowa, 8)||Richard Lyford (New York, 8)|
|2 (2003-04)||Spencer Gill (Michigan, 7)||Jeffrey Seigal (Maryland, 8)||Ajay Ravichandran (North Carolina, 8)|
|3 (2004-05)||Ming-Ming Tran (New Jersey, 6)||Billy Dorminy (Georgia, 8)||Levi Foster (Arkansas, 8)|
|4 (2005-06)||Joe Shepherd (Georgia, 8)||William Johnson (Virginia, 8)||Christopher Molini (Oklahoma, 8)|
|5 (2006-07)|| Matthew Evans (New Mexico,
12-year-old home-schooler at seventh-grade level)
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- National Vocabulary Championship (now defunct; held only in competition years 2006-07 and 2007-08)
- Scripps National Spelling Bee