A New Record of Triumph at World Youth Scrabble Championship
 
Indian High School's 14 year old pupil, Navya Zaveri, made history at the annual World Youth Scrabble Championship, held from December 7th to 9th, 2012, in Birmingham, UK. Zaveri not only brought laurels to the school but also finished 4th in the overall competition (under 18 category). Zaveri also, stood 1st in the under 16 category of the tournament.

He has not only set a new record at the 7th annual championship but has also made a whopping record of being the first in UAE's history to win the prestigious competition. The participation came from 13 countries for a strict 25 minute match to qualify for the top 10. It is indeed a remarkable achievement considering the auspices of the World English-language Scrabble Players Association (WESPA), along with participation of 60 best young players from the world, for the sought-after title.

Of course Zaveri isn't new to the competition circuit as was the first UAE delegate to be sent for the championship last year, where he ranked 53rd. When asked how does it feel to have won, Zaveri says, "It is indeed a very good feeling; I had practiced a lot for the completion, since last year." He also mentioned that he spent considerable number of hours, each day, to grasp new words and practice scrabble.

Even after winning the significant title, with sheer humility Zaveri says, "All the matches were really tough but I got lucky in the last match, a little more lucky, because I got both the blank tiles." It was during the final match that Zaveri won over his 17-year-old opponent with the words; "seeping", "relator" and "troelies", thereby allowing him earn 50 points each.

Even after winning the significant title, with sheer humility Zaveri says, "All the matches were really tough but I got lucky in the last match, a little more lucky, because I got both the blank tiles." It was during the final match that Zaveri won over his 17-year-old opponent with the words; "seeping", "relator" and "troelies", thereby allowing him earn 50 points each.

Delighted and happy Mr. N. F. D'Souza, Supervisor of grade 9 & 10 boys section, mentions, "focus and detmination, helps us achieve our goal and this is what Navya has followed."

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