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UPDATED: Eastern Greene claims state Scrabble championship for ninth time

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Eastern Middle School Scrabble team members include: Back row, from left - Casey Fizer, Dakota Abell, James Jenness, Abe Piedmont, Riley Taylor, Emma Morguson, Reed Hudson and Tucker Piedmont. Front row, from left - Wyatt Birch, Shane Sparks, Holly Fizer, Bailey Caswell, Isaac Abrams, Isaac Hudson, Lukas Hamm and Tristan Vincz
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Eastern Greene Middle School is making a habit of emerging as state Scrabble champions.

The student wordmaster know a thing or two about putting together double-and triple-word scores in the board game of Scrabble.

The rural Greene County school won the 2014 state crown on Saturday in Indianapolis -- the ninth time Eastern has claimed the title.

The group will now travel to the National School Scabble Championship Tournment in Providence, RI. April 25-26.

Three teams are registered for the national event ---- Tucker Piedmont and Tristan Vincz; Dakota Abell and Casey Fizer; Reed Hudson and Abe Piedmont.

"Our plans include an evening flight on April 23 so we can hop on the Amtrak and spend a day in Boston, MA on Friday. The kids have not yet decided on what we will see and do, but they have mentioned wanting going to Fenway Park, walk a portion of the Freedom Trail, see the U.S.S. Constitution, take a Duck Tour, and go to the Boston Commons. They have also heard about the fine pastries in the Little Italy and their tongues have already begun to salivate," sponsor Dinah Fuller told the Greene County Daily World.

Fuller said she has a hard working group that enjoys the competition.

"I am so proud of our club. It is an honor to be able to work with such dedicated studen," she cmmented.

Fuller, who has groomed the young wordsmiths since the club began, said it was great to again win the state championship, but the day did have some emotional up and down swings.

"Our day began with an eventful and frightening beginning, to say the least. One of my students was in a traffic accident on the way to school - their vehicle actually rolled off the road! Tristan (Vincz ) arrived as I was explaining to the teams that we would need to take off in order to make it on time. Little did we know what he had endured on his way to school," Fuller explained. "A friend of the family pulled into the parking lot with a trembling but determined boy. He was bruised but "okay" and "going to compete. I thank God that my anxiety and impatience did not take over. What would it have been like if we would have been gone? I can't even imagine."

Fuller said the traffic mishap didn't bother the competitors once things got underway.

"Once the competition began, Tristan and Tucker were in sync. They were amazing! Tristan managed to collect himself and do more than just play - he and Tucker won the whole tournament," Fuller stated. "This year, our (team) shirts read "STAY CALM AND PLAY SCRABBLE" in big bold letters with a cursive Indiana underneath the slogan. At the top of the shirt is the SCRABBLE tile "V" which we were calling our victory blessing. Little did we know that our blessing would be far greater than winning a game - Tristan Vincz and his mother were not seriously harmed in their accident."

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Congratulations! It is so nice to see academic excellence in our Greene County schools.

-- Posted by Center Citizen on Fri, Mar 7, 2014, at 10:56 AM

Congratulations team and good luck at the national competition! Very proud of you all! Thank you Mrs Fuller for working with the kids :)

-- Posted by JWN on Fri, Mar 7, 2014, at 4:36 PM

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