WASHINGTON, May 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Washington, DC student Thomas Draper and his NJ-based partner Sam Masling lead the field of 200 4th-8th graders competing for the $10,000 top prize at the 2013 National School SCRABBLE Championship. Masling and Draper are 3-0 with a +488 point spread. They are followed by Calvin Wagner and Sam Radack from Deal Middle School in DC. Rounding out the top three, also 3-0 with a +389 point spread, are North Carolina brothers Eric and Kenny Hoang. The event is at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.
Some of the more unusual words played were WAUR (worse), HAJI (one who as made a pilgrimage), OORIE (shivering with cold), EME (an uncle) and OREIDE (an alloy used to imitate gold).
Competition starts tomorrow at 9:15am with a final round starting approximately at 3:00pm. An awards ceremony will follow. Check out the live coverage at www.schoolscrabble.com. For more information about the School SCRABBLE Program check out this three-minute video produced by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, creators of the controversial documentary CATFISH and MTV hit show by the same name. You'll see this is definitely not your grandmother's SCRABBLE.
SOURCE National SCRABBLE Association