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Charlotte, NC -  Katya Lezin has no qualms about calling herself a Scrabble nerd. 

"I played scrabble on Saturday nights with my dad. You know, it was my favorite pastime, so when i learned that there was a competitive scrabble world out there i just jumped in with both feet," said Lezin.

Now Lezin plays in tournaments with her children, who are also Scrabble enthusiasts. She also coaches at Randolph Middle School.

"I've actually coached the kids here at Randolph since my son, who is now 20, was in sixth grade," she said.

The Randolph team just returned from Rhode Island where they competed in the National School Scrabble Competition. 

Brothers Jack and Nicholas Miklaucic made it to the finals, ultimately placing 2nd in all of North America. They credit their coach with their increased interest in Scrabble.

"I guess I just like Scrabble, and I like winning stuff and even though I only came 2nd it still feels like a win to me," said Nicholas.

Lezin agrees that the whole tournament was a win. She says the kids got to meet other students from all over the country and had the unique opportunity to bond with their teammates over the course of the tournament,

Next year, Lezin would love to see more Charlotte faces competing for the national title, but in order for that to happen, she says it's essential to get the word out.

"I think a lot of it is that schools don’t know that this can be both a club that you can run and something that you can field teams in to compete in."

Between now and next year's competition, Lezin will compete on the adult circuit with her family. She says tournaments give her and her kids an opportunity to travel together while enjoying something they're both very passionate about.

 
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