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Sleepy Hollow Students Create Word Search Puzzle With World Famous Puzzle Maker

As sixth-graders in Kirk Dietz class sat in their classroom with a Smartboard on June 14,  David L. Hoyt, the “World’s Most Syndicated Puzzle Maker,” collaborated with them 800 miles away from Chicago.

The Sleepy Hollow Middle School students and Hoyt developed a puzzle that will be featured in Hoyt’s Word Search World Traveler app this Monday, June 17. The game is played in more than 100 countries around the world.

“The students had a great time making the puzzles and they can’t wait to open the app and see the creation,” said Dietz.

The new game represents the culmination of a year-long partnership between students in the FLEX class and Hoyt, who is famous for inventing puzzles and revitalizing the  Jumble word game. Hoyt and the students already created a Word Roundup and Up and Down Words puzzle that will be published in USA Today on July 1.

Hoyt shared his spare time with the class in Google Hangouts and this venture could be the first of its kind.

“The students did an awesome job collaborating and it was great working with them," said Hoyt. "I love that technology allows the game to be seen and played by so many people around the world so soon after making it."

The Word Search World Traveler app transforms the traditional Word Search puzzle with different puzzles and games.

Dietz, a long-time fan of the Jumble puzzles contacted Hoyt last year who visited SHMS with a floor-sized Giant Word-Winder Game. “We are grateful to David for providing our students with opportunities that they would never have encountered elsewhere.”

Hoyt looks forward to partnering with SHMS students in the future.