WASHINGTON, April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- These kids will spell it out for you: it's cool – and lucrative – to be smart. That's the theme as young SCRABBLE word wizards from all over the U.S. and Canada compete for the $10,000 top prize at the annual National School SCRABBLE Championship (NSSC). The event will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. May 3-4. All contestants are 4th-8th graders and will play in teams of two.
The contestants may look like any other elementary or middle school students, but there's one big difference: the contestants, who range from 9-14 years old are some of North America's youngest and best SCRABBLE players. Many go on to play—and win—against adults in rated SCRABBLE tournaments and the annual National SCRABBLE Championship. This year's championship will have more than 15 students with an official North American SCRABBLE Players Association (NASPA) rating.
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.
Play begins at 2:00pm with 3 rounds on Friday, May 3 and will continue all day Saturday, May 4. Finals will begin at approximately 3:00pm on Saturday, and will be 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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SOURCE National SCRABBLE Association