Collegiate students win local scrabble tournament

Norfolk Collegiate returned to the Literacy Partnership Scrabble® Tournament in February as reigning champions and took first place during this year’s tournament.

Reilly Flynn ’18 and Frankie White ’17 teamed together to compete in the tournament hosted by the Literacy Partnership, which helps to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of literacy resources throughout Hampton Roads. It also promotes awareness of literacy programs and advocates for economic growth in Coastal Virginia. 

Each year, the Literacy Partnership with support of  WHRO, Barnes and Noble, The Virginian-Pilot and other local sponsors invites schools throughout Hampton Roads to send a three-person team to play during the Scrabble® tournament.

Frankie and Reilly had to compete as a two-man team because their third team member fell ill the day of the event; however, our students didn’t let that detour their championship win.  

“I’ve competed in the tournament over the years because I enjoy strategy games,” said Frankie. “Competing as a two-man team was kind of like a double headed sword, on one end it was good to just have two people working together verse three because it’s harder to reach a consensus.”

Collegiate began participating in the event in 2012, shortly after Collegiate’s Carolyn S. Miller chapter of the National English Honor Society wanted to create teams to enter the tournament. Since then, students have participated each year. Collegiate also hosted the tournament in 2013 and 2014.

“Not only does the Scrabble® tournament give students a chance to compete with the best Scrabble players from other schools, but also the Literacy Partnership provides plenty of snacks and terrific prizes, so the event is both highly competitive and great fun,” said Judy Davis, director of curriculum and instruction and the English department chair.

While the Scrabble® tournament is fun for students, it also fits well with Collegiate’s curriculum.

“Word study is an important part of Norfolk Collegiate’s English curriculum, and the fact that all of our students also have studied at least a year of Latin makes Scrabble® a natural complement to our program,” Davis said. “Even though Scrabble® is a traditional board game, tournament play involves critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity—the Four Cs of 21st Century learning that we strive to develop in all of our students.”