Cary boys win national Scrabble tournament

Posted April 26, 2009 12:10 p.m. EDT

— A pair of 11-year-old boys from Salem Elementary School won the seventh annual National School SCRABBLE Championship in Providence, R.I., this weekend.

Fifth-graders Andy Hoang and Erik Salgado beat out more than 200 students from 22 states and Washington, D.C., to take home the $10,000 first-place prize.

They won their final match 342 to 301. Among the words played were 'earners;' 'qi,' which is a Chinese life force; and 'gie,' listed by Merriam-Webster's dictionary as a Scottish variant for 'give.'

The annual tournament for students is organized by the National Scrabble Association, the official North American fan club for the Hasbro-manufactured word game.