Hudson Valley Student Wins National Scrabble Championship
A 13-year-old New Paltz student is part of the team that just won the 13th annual North American Scrabble Championship.
The Times Herald Record is reporting New Paltz Middle School student Noah Kalus and his team Zach Ansell of California won Sunday and will split the $10,000 prize. The two have only met in person twice, while practicing extensively by playing online.
Hasbro headquarters is located in Pawtucket, RI was the site of the tournament and is the 'home of Scrabble'. More than 100 students competed from all over the United States and Canada.
Scrabble has a local connection to the Hudson Valley as Scrabble inventor Alfred Butts was born in Poughkeepsie in 1899 and actually graduated from Poughkeepsie High School. He lived in Rhinebeck until he passed away at the ripe old age of 93.
Up next for the duo, an appearance on late night TV with Jimmy Kimmel.