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The Student News Site of West Delaware High School


The Student News Site of West Delaware High School


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Wordle or Connections?

Teacher Max Stoltz and Izzy Barrett (10) play Connections and Wordle.


Students and teachers debate on which “New York Times” game, Wordle or Connections, is a better game.

English Teacher Abigail Goldsmith loves Wordle. 

“It is a word puzzle, and I love it,” said Goldsmith. “I pick fun words until I see a pattern or enough green or yellow letters, and then I pick a sacrifice word to end the game and win.” 

She came across Wordle on Facebook.

“I was scrolling one day and came upon someone else’s post about winning the game,” Goldsmith said. “I just knew I needed to play.”

Math teacher Max Stoltz sees Wordle as a math problem. 

From the 26 letters of the alphabet, he chooses three words that contain 15 different letters, leaving 11 remaining letters of the alphabet. 

“If there are only a few that are green, you know there is a repeat. It is just like a math problem,” Stoltz said. 

He makes his next move after learning which letters are gray, yellow, and green. 

Although Stoltz enjoys Wordle, he prefers Connections. “I think Connections is more challenging. I came up with a system for Wordle, and so far Connection doesn’t have a system,” Stoltz said.

Sophomore Izzy Barrett said she saw the game and knew it would be addicting. Barrett said her favorite thing about Wordle is that there is a new one every day. 

Barrett, who has played Wordle every day since eighth grade, said, “I tend to become frustrated with Wordle and connections when I don’t win,” Barrett says. “I have to giggle when I catch myself getting irritated with a simple online game.” 

As much as LaRosa enjoys creating these games, she loves playing them. “I think Connections takes more critical thinking because in Wordle you can use the same starting words every day,” LaRosa said. 


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Lili Shappell
Lili Shappell, Staff
Hi! My name is Lili Shappell, and I am a junior at West Delaware. This is my first year in journalism. Other than journalism, I am in Large Group Speech, Play, Soccer, and Choir. Outside of doing extracurricular activities, I work at the Good Neighbor Society. In my free time, I love hanging out with my friends and family.

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