School duo take home $10,000 in Hasbro Scrabble Competition

Student team of Jem Burch and Zach Ansell, from Los Angeles, took home the grand prize at the North American Scrabble Championships.
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A student duo from Los Angeles, California took home the grand prize of $10,000 at Hasbro's North American Scrabble Championships, after beating out over 150 top School Scrabble players in grades 4 through 12.

“The number of bright and talented Scrabble players we see every year never fails to impress me,” said Jonathan Berkowitz, senior vice president of marketing, Hasbro Gaming. “The competition in the 15th annual North American School Scrabble Championship was fierce – but fun – and we want to thank all of the participants, coaches, families, and friends who joined Hasbro for a weekend filled with extraordinary SCRABBLE gameplay.”

Eighth-grader Jem Burch and seventh-grader Zach Ansell, also known by their Scrabble team name Random Word Generators are both former School Scrabble Champions. The duo played eight tournament rounds throughout the weekend, out-spelling their final opponents 374-349 with high-scoring words such as EUGENIA, INFARES, ENTRESOL and STEEPING.

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