D.C. Student on 2nd-Place Team at National Scrabble Championship 


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Scrabble-mania ran wild in D.C. on Saturday, the second and final day of the 11th annual National School Scrabble competition.

Eighty-nine two-member teams of fourth- through eighth-graders from across the county and Canada battled for a $10,000 first prize at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. It's the first time the competition has been held in Washington, and Sam Masling, an eighth-grader from Alice Deal Middle School, in the District, was half of the second-place team.

The team of eighth-graders Kevin Bowerman and Raymond Gao, of North Carolina, won the event and the $10,000 first prize. Masling's teammate was Thomas Draper, a seventh-grader from New Jersey.

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