National School SCRABBLE Championship

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The National School SCRABBLE Championship is the annual highlight of the School SCRABBLE Program. In 2015, it was renamed the North American School SCRABBLE Championship.

The tournament typically draws over 50 teams of two players each, representing schools and certain other youth organizations. Competitors must be in grades 4–8 and resident in the United States or Canada.

2016

See our unofficial page about the 2016 North American School SCRABBLE Championship.

2015

See our unofficial page about the 2015 North American School SCRABBLE Championship.

Date May 16–17
Place Pawtucket, RI
Winners Noah Kalus & Zach Ansell
Runners-Up Matias Shundi & Javier Conteras
Winner’s Prize $10,000
Prize Pool $20,500
On Jimmy Kimmel Live May 23, 2015
Teams 58
Format 7 rounds followed by 1-round final
Organizer MSI
Director John Chew

2014

See our unofficial page about the 2014 National School SCRABBLE Championship.

Date April 26–27
Place One Hasbro Place, Providence, RI
Winners Thomas Draper (NJ) and Jacob Sass (TX)
Runners-Up Jack and Nicholas Miklaucic
Winner’s Prize $10,000
Prize Pool $20,000
On Jimmy Kimmel Live May 23, 2014
Teams 69
Format 7 rounds followed by 1-round final
Organizer MSI
Director John Chew
  • This was the first NSSC organized by MSI.
  • Thomas Draper appeared in his third finals

2013

photo of 2013 NSSC champions

Date May 3–4
Place Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC
Winners Kevin Bowerman and Raymond Gao (NC)
Runners-Up Thomas Draper (NJ) and Sam Masling (DC)
Winner’s Prize $10,000
Prize Pool $20,000
On Jimmy Kimmel Live May 23
Teams 89
Format 7 rounds followed by 1-round final
Organizer NSA
Director John Chew
  • This was the last NSSC organized by the NSA prior to their dissolution.
  • With this event, North Carolina became the first state to have winning

students in three Nationals, in 2009, 2012 and 2013.

  • This was the first event since 2009 in which no previous champions were competing.
  • Thomas Draper became the third person known to have been a runner-up twice.

2012

photo of 2012 NSSC champions

Date April 13–14
Place Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando, FL
Winners Andy Hoang and Erik Salgado (NC)
Runners-Up Thomas Draper and Nicholas Vasquez (NJ)
Winner’s Prize $10,000
Prize Pool $20,000
On Jimmy Kimmel Live April 23
Teams 72
Format 7 rounds followed by 1-round final
Organizer NSA
Director John Chew
  • Andy Hoang and Erik Salgado became the first team to win two NSSC titles.
  • Beginning with this event, rules were normalized to more closely match NASPA rules, including the use of a 25- rather than 22-minute clock, and an explicit reference to NASPA rules for situations not covered in the event rules.
  • This was the first year in which fourth-graders were permitted to compete.

2011

photo of 2011 NSSC champions

Date April 15–16
Place Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando, FL
Winners Alex Li and Jackson Smylie (ON)
Runners-Up Evan McCarthy and Bradley Robbins (NH)
Winner’s Prize $10,000
Prize Pool $20,000
On Jimmy Kimmel Live May 4
Teams 98
Format 7 rounds followed by 1-round final
Organizer NSA
Director John Chew
  • Alex Li and Jackson Smylie were the first Canadians to win the title.
  • The event expanded from 6+1 to 7+1 rounds this year.

2010

photo of 2010 NSSC champions

Date April 15–16
Place Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando, FL
Winners Evan McCarthy and Bradley Robbins (NH)
Runners-Up Timothy Bryant and Kevin Rosenberg (NY)
Winner’s Prize $10,000
Prize Pool $20,000
On Jimmy Kimmel Live April 26
Teams 95
Format 6 rounds followed by 1-round final
Organizer NSA
Director Ben Greenwood
  • McCarthy and Robbins were the first NSSC winners to beat Jimmy Kimmel on his show.

2009

photo of 2009 NSSC champions

Date April 24–25
Place Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
Winners Andy Hoang and Erik Salgado (NC)
Runners-Up Paolo Federico O'Murchu and Nicholas Vasquez (NJ)
Winner’s Prize $10,000
Prize Pool $20,000
On Jimmy Kimmel Live May 5
Teams 102
Format 6 rounds followed by 1-round final
Organizer NSA
Director Ben Greenwood
  • Hoang and Salgado were the first fifth-graders to win the NSSC.

2008

photo of 2008 NSSC champions

Date May 9–10
Place Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
Winners Logan Rosen and Matthew Silver (CT)
Runners-Up Dorian Hill and Joey Krafchick (GA)
Winner’s Prize $5,000
Prize Pool $10,000
Teams 104
Format 6 rounds followed by 1-round final
Organizer NSA
Director Ben Greenwood

2007

photo of 2007 NSSC champions

Date May 4–5
Place Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
Winners Aune Mitchell and Matthew Silver (CT)
Runners-Up Dorian Hill and Joey Krafchick (GA)
Winner’s Prize $5,000
Teams 100
Format 6 rounds followed by 1-round final
Organizer NSA
Director Ben Greenwood

2006

Date April 21–22
Place Boston, MA
Winners Aaron Jacobs and Nathan Mendelsohn (MA)
Runners-Up Quentin Babb and Matt Canik (TX)
Winner’s Prize $5,000
Prize Pool $9,250
Teams 98
Organizer NSA
Director Ben Greenwood

2005

Place Boston, MA
Winners Scott Cardone and Asif Rahman (OH)
Winner’s Prize $5,000
Organizer NSA
Director Ben (Loiterstein) Greenwood

2004

Place Boston, MA
Winners Thomas Bao and Eric Johnston (CA)
Winner’s Prize $5,000
Organizer NSA
Director Ben Greenwood and Joe Edley

2003

Date April 26
Place Boston, MA
Winners Nick Amphlett and John Ezekowitz
Winner’s Prize $5,000
Organizer NSA
Director Ben Greenwood and Joe Edley