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Friday, April 15, 2005

Carlisle students compete in national Scrabble Tournament

Brendan Nunan (left) and Erik Dinardo ponder their next move at the National School Scrabble Tournament. (Photo by Sherrie Saint John)

Carlisle School sixth grader Erik Dinardo of Palmer Way and fifth-grader Brendan Nunan of Maple Street played together as a Scrabble team for only four months before competing in the National School Scrabble Competition at the Boston Marriott Copley Square on April 9. Erik and Brendan won two out of six games, a good showing for this novice team competing against seasoned seventh- and eighth-grade players returning for the second or third year. Perhaps the highlight of the boys' day was being interviewed on camera by one of the many media crews covering the event, including the TV program "60 Minutes," which was preparing a segment on Scrabble.

About 100 students in grades five through eight from all over the U.S. were eligible to play in this tournament. Winning first place and $5,000 were two eighth-graders from Indian Hill Middle School in Cincinatti, Ohio, who were undefeated in the six-game competition.

Erik and Brendan joined the Scrabble Club through the Carlisle Recreation Department and were coached by Becky Konkle and Ellen Miller.

Carlisle students named to honor roll

Phillips Academy, Andover

Laura A. Ferraro of Spencer Brook, Alexander V. Green of Hartwell Road and Sarah X. Guo of Laurelwood Drive were named to the honor roll for the winter term.

Choate Rosemary Hall

Justin Michael Murphy of Nickles Lane was named to the winter term 2005 Dean's List.

Fay School

Bradley Bero of Hartwell Road has achieved High Honors and Honors over the past two terms. Bero is a seventh grader.

Carlisle students named to Dean's List

University of Massachusetts— Amherst

Elizabeth S. Daltas of Westford Street, Dante I. Falcone of North Road, Christopher W. Risso of Wolf Rock Road, Chung S. Wong of Lowell Street and Ning Zhang of Virginia Farme Lane were named to the Dean's List for the fall semester.

Bates College

Julian D. Felch of Stearns Street was named to the Dean's List at Bates College.

2005 The Carlisle Mosquito