Seeing off stiff competition in a tense and nerve-wracking word game grand final at London’s Magic Circle on Saturday (30 April), eleven-year-old Solomon Kendrick of Aldrington CE Primary School in Hove, has beaten 50,000 other children to be crowned Top Banana at the 2017 Bananagrams Challenge.
This was Solomon’s second attempt at being crowned Top Banana, as he also made the final in 2016. This year, he sailed through three rounds of the addictive anagram game, Bananagrams, before taking to the main theatre stage in a nail-biting last game against two other children.
“I can’t believe it,” said Solomon, having scooped the trophy and £1,000 for his school. “I was so relieved just to get through the semi final so it was amazing to win. My letters at the start of the final were quite easy. I had a lot of vowels, so I kept using them up. Then I just kept going and going. I couldn’t stop. I was in control."
“I came here thinking I wanted to play as I normally play and just have fun playing Bananagrams," added Kendrick, "It’s been a really great day and I’m so happy I won.”
The Bananagrams Challenge is a tournament for primary schools, which sees children from Key Stage 2 compete at Bananagrams – a seriously challenging yet fun anagram game which combines speed, intellect and vocabulary skills. Once each school finds its ‘Best of the Bunch’, that child heads to an online elimination round where the final 12 is decided through a series of different word games. This year, it attracted almost 50,000 children in 1,500 primary schools throughout the UK.