Nine-year-old Anna Bauss has been crowned the champion at this year’s Bananagrams Challenge, beating 25,000 other primary school kids in the process.
Bauss was named Top Banana at the live Grand Final on April 30th, and was awarded with a Top Banana Trophy and a £1,000 cheque for her school from the game’s inventor Rena Nathanson.
“It feels really exciting, I actually can’t believe it,’ said Bauss.
“I came here today for a fun day out, not thinking I would win, but I did and it’s amazing. I’d never played the game before my school started running the Bananagrams Challenge at lunchtimes but I really love it and I prepared for the final by learning lots of two-letter words.
“All my friends have been really supportive, and I can’t wait to get back to school to tell them all about it.”
The youngest of the 12 finalists, Bauss got through three rounds of the game, before she took to the main theatre stage where she went up against two other children and won.
During a live Q&A at the challenge, Nathanson added: “For someone so young, and who’s only been playing Bananagrams for such a short period of time, Anna is quite the expert. She’s definitely been doing her homework and played some great words in her final winning grid. It’s hard to believe she’s only nine.
“I’m thrilled with how the Bananagrams Challenge continues to gather momentum and it’s exciting to see it being rolled out to other countries around the world now too.
“Our objective is to get more kids playing Bananagarams in the classroom, using it as a fun tool to help their understanding of words and language. Registration for the 2017 Challenge is open now and we can’t wait to see more young children going wild with words next year.”