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Winners of the JPS Open Doors Scrabble Tournament

November 7, 2018

Casey Elementary Scrabble players and teachers
Overall Elementary Winner – Casey Elementary. Casey Open Doors teachers are (back row, from left) Jessica Weems and Rosalind McCreary.
Northwest Middle team and coach
Overall Middle School Winner – Northwest Jackson Middle. The Open Doors teacher at Northwest is Karen Googe (far right).
Photo Gallery: 2018 Open Doors Scrabble Winners

The JPS Open Doors Scrabble winners were announced following the Districtwide tournament held at Galloway Elementary School on November 2. Casey Elementary was the first place overall winner for the elementary division, and Northwest Jackson Middle School won first place overall for the middle school division. See the individual winners by grade below.

Nearly 70 of the District's best Scrabble players competed in the day-long tournament. The competitors were fourth through seventh-grade students in the gifted education program known as Open Doors. Gifted educators use Scrabble as an instructional tool to build vocabulary skills. The popular board game fosters student learning by helping students to learn new words and definitions, to improve their memory, and to enhance their language and thinking skills.

Scrabble Winners by Grade

Grade 4

  • 1st Place – Elmer Gordon, Casey Elementary
  • 2nd Place – Miles Hansen, Power APAC Elementary
  • 3rd Place – James Davis, Key Elementary

Grade 5

  • 1st Place – Reagan Huddleston, Casey Elementary
  • 2nd Place – Georgia Mason, Power APAC Elementary
  • 3rd Place – Harrison Martin, Power APAC Elementary

Grade 6

  • 1st Place – Cohen Siwisa, Northwest Middle
  • 2nd Place – Evan Holmes, Bailey APAC Middle
  • 3rd Place – Khadarius Johnson, Northwest Middle

Grade 7

  • 1st Place – Joshua Bennett, Northwest Middle
  • 2nd Place – Jamira Handy, Northwest Middle

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