For two talented young Scrabble players from New Jersey and Texas, victory is worth more than just a triple-word score; $10,000 more, to be exact. It was announced Sunday.
Jacob Sass and Thomas Draper of Magnolia, Texas and Skillman, New Jersey, respectively, surpassed more than 65 teams to win the 12th annual National School Scrabble Championship.
It is a competitive event for school aged Scrabble players in the United States and Canada, hosted by the leading entertainment company Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS).
The two-day event took place at One Hasbro Place in downtown Providence, Rhode Island.
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“We want to congratulate our champions and runners-up, as well as all the competitors who turned out for this year’s event that showcased not only their incredible Scrabble skills but also their great teamwork,” said Karen Davis, VP of Community Relations at Hasbro.
Jacob Sass and Thomas Draper won six of the seven preliminary games played during the two-day tournament, racking up a combined total of 3524 points to qualify for Sunday’s final match, which they went on to win 378 to 320.
Their highest scoring word during that game was delaine, which is a type of fabric, which they played for 76 points.
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More than 140 Scrabble players in grades 4 through 8 competed in the National School Scrabble Championship including more than 50 returning players, playing words like insider, refract and calzones.
In addition to the coveted Champion’s Trophy, Jacob Sass and Thomas Draper will split a grand prize of $10,000. Runner-up prizes were also awarded including Hasbro games and a necklace from the Scrabble Brand jewelry line from World Trade Jewelers.
Hasbro’s School Scrabble Program and the National School Scrabble Championship provide kids a fun and worthwhile extension of the classroom.