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National School SCRABBLE Championship

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The National School SCRABBLE Championship is an annual tournament organized until 2013 by the National SCRABBLE Association (NSA) as a part of their School SCRABBLE Program.

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.


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


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.


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.