ORLANDO, Fla., March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- At first glance they seem like any other students. And they are—with one amazing difference. At just 9-14 years-old, they are some of North America's youngest and best SCRABBLE® players. These students will put their SCRABBLE skills to the test as they compete against some of their most skillful peers for the $10,000 top prize at the annual National School SCRABBLE® Championship (NSSC). This year's event takes place at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, FL April 13-14.
Many of these 4th-8th graders will go on to play—and often defeat—adults in rated SCRABBLE® tournaments and the annual National SCRABBLE® Championship. At this year's NSSC there will be 29 students with official North American SCRABBLE® Players Association (NASPA) ratings. The field also includes NSSC champs, 12 sets of siblings and numerous School SCRABBLE® tournament newbies.
"These competitors represent the cream of the crop from our National School SCRABBLE® Program," says National SCRABBLE® Association Executive Director, John D. Williams Jr. Praised by parents and educators alike, the School SCRABBLE® Program is an innovative teaching tool that has helped over a million kids in over 20,000 schools nationwide with spelling, vocabulary, math, dictionary use and more. "Kids are learning, and they don't even know it!" Williams adds.
Play begins at 2:00 PM with 3 rounds on Friday, April 13th and all day Saturday, April 14th. Finals will be approximately 3:00 PM on Saturday, followed by the awards ceremony.
To learn more and watch a fun 4-minute video about the National School SCRABBLE® Championship, go to www.schoolscrabble.com.
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