IT WAS word power all the way for students who took part in the recently-held Taylor’s College Subang Jaya (TCSJ) Scrabble Championship. Although held during the exam season, the response was encouraging.
Many of the students were taking part in a Scrabble competition for the first time.
“It was an eye-opening experience and I learned new words,” said Cambridge A Levels student Maryam Pauzi.
Another participant, Akram Akmal, from the same programme, described Scrabble as a mind game.
“Any person who loves a good challenge should not miss it,” he said.
Low Chong Ee was all smiles when he emerged the champion by winning all his games.
Chong Ee has been competing in Scrabble competitions since his school days in SMK St. Francis, Malacca.
Veteran Albert Khor, who ranked number six in the recent under-18 National Scrabble competition, dropped a game to finish second.
Newcomer Ko Mezhen came close to defeating the two experienced players in the championship and managed to clinch the second runner-up title. She was, however, the top scorer for a bingo word – unrobes - that garnered 87 points in one of her games.
“It was a bonus for me as I did not expect to do well,” said Mezhen.
This battle of words brought together Scrabble enthusiasts from a range of programmes including Cambridge A-levels, South Australian Matriculation, Biomedical Sciences, Engineering and Law.
Taylor’s principal and chief operating officer Anucia Jeganathan congratulated the winners and encouraged all students to play the game.
“The game improves vocabulary and spelling. It is a perfect balance of intensity and fun,” she added.
Taylor’s College counsellor and ECA co-ordinator Megan Ng said they were planning to host the first inter-college Scrabble competition next year for the Klang Valley.