ORLANDO, Fla., April 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A pair of 7th graders from Apex, NC are currently at the top of 200 5th-8th graders competing for the $10,000 grand prize at the 2011 National School SCRABBLE® Championship at the Royal Pacific Resort. Suhas Roa and Kenny Hoang are 3-0 with a +424 point spread. They are followed by the Texas School SCRABBLE® Champions, Amanda Sass and Emily Ward, 8th graders from Magnolia, TX. Sass and Ward are 3-0 with a +371 point spread. Rounding out the top three are 2009 National School SCRABBLE® Champions Erik Salgado and Andy Hoang, 7th graders also from Apex, NC, 3-0 with a +290 point spread.
An impressive 636 point game by the Toronto School SCRABBLE® Champions was the highlight of the day along with an 80 point bonus play FRIENDED. Among the unusual words played were ZARF (a coffee cup holder for a card dashboard), QANTAR (a unit of Albanian currency) and VAIR (a fur used in medieval garments). Competition starts at 9:15am tomorrow and continues until 2:45pm with a final round starting approximately at 3:00pm. Follow along with the championship at www.schoolscrabble.com.
SOURCE National Scrabble Association