Battle Scrabble

Wizards, sexy playmates and secret agents have a way with words to advance literacy

Sexy playmates & secret agents have way with words to advance literacy

News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Pat Gutierrez, Robin Dickehuth, Kathy Stockton, Jacqueline Yee
Bunnies Pat Gutierrez, from left, Robin Dickehuth, Kathy Stockton and Jacqueline Yee. Photo by Matthew Crowley
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Debra Shniderson, Leslie Rainwater, Debra Ford, DeeDee Dochen
Debra Shniderson, from left, Leslie Rainwater, Debra Ford and DeeDee Dochen. Photo by Matthew Crowley
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Roseann Rogers, Lara Bell
Roseann Rogers, left, and Lara Bell. Photo by Matthew Crowley
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Lori Vorwerk, Diane Gonzales, Beth Garrett, and Ruth Whitlock
 Lori Vorwerk, from left, Diane Gonzales, Beth Garrett and Ruth Whitlock. Photo by Matthew Crowley
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Brian Moroni, Carra Moroni, Mike Krantz, Haley Jackson
Brian Moroni, from left, Carra Moroni, Mike Krantz and Haley Jackson. Photo by Matthew Crowley
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Brenda Schroeder, Christine Holland, Joycelyn Morris, Diane Anderson
Brenda Schroeder, from left, Christine Holland, Joycelyn Morris and Diane Anderson. Photo by Matthew Crowley
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Alex Garcia, Tony Lopez, Larry Dierker, Sarah Van Beck, Piper Garcia, and Scott Van Beck
Alex Garcia, from left, Tony Lopez, Larry Dierker, Sarah Van Beck, Piper Garcia and Scott Van Beck. Photo by Matthew Crowley
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015Morgan Relyea, Sarah Scully, Thomas Burk, Angela Scioli
Morgan Relyea, from left, Sarah Scully, Thomas Burk and  Angela Scioli. Photo by Matthew Crowley
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Kirby Hatchett, Kristen Stubbs, Julie Baker Finck, Ron Finck
irby Hatchett, from left, Kristen Stubbs, Julie Baker Finck and Ron Finck. Photo by Matthew Crowley
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Savannah Dorsett, Carrie Toombs, Monica Quintanille, Brad Dobos
Savannah Dorsett, from left, Carrie Toombs, Monica Quintanille and Brad Dobos. Photo by Matthew Crowley
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Ashley Bennett, Kalen Phillips, Tiffany Washington, Jolea Bryant
Ashley Bennett, from left, Kalen Phillips, Tiffany Washington and Jolea Bryant. Photo by Matthew Crowley
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Tori Johnson and Ellen Johnson, standing: Ben Johnson and Bud Johnson
Tori and Ben Johnson, left, with Ellen and Bud Johnson. Photo by Matthew Crowley
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Angelique Bernhard, Gwen Parks, Amanda Tenzer, Katie Bispeck
Angelique Bernhard, from left, Gwen Parks, Amanda Tenzer and Katie Bispeck. Photo by Matthew Crowley
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Mandy Graesele, Laura Pettitt, Chip Ranking and Carey Kirkpatrick
Mandy Graesele, from left, Laura Pettitt, Chip Rankin and Carey Kirkpatrick. Photo by Matthew Crowley
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Morgan Stautzenberger, Cameron Stubbs, Austin Boatwright and Eric Rasch
Morgan Stautzenberger, from left, Cameron Stubbs, Austin Boatwright and Eric Rasch. Photo by Matthew Crowley
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Rita Layton-Aramburo, Karina Romero, Melanie Fisk, Sarah Aramburo
 Rita Layton-Aramburo, from left, Karina Romero, Melanie Fisk and Sarah Aramburo. Photo by Matthew Crowley
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Pat Gutierrez, Robin Dickehuth, Kathy Stockton, Jacqueline Yee
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Debra Shniderson, Leslie Rainwater, Debra Ford, DeeDee Dochen
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Roseann Rogers, Lara Bell
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Lori Vorwerk, Diane Gonzales, Beth Garrett, and Ruth Whitlock
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Brian Moroni, Carra Moroni, Mike Krantz, Haley Jackson
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Brenda Schroeder, Christine Holland, Joycelyn Morris, Diane Anderson
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Alex Garcia, Tony Lopez, Larry Dierker, Sarah Van Beck, Piper Garcia, and Scott Van Beck
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015Morgan Relyea, Sarah Scully, Thomas Burk, Angela Scioli
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Kirby Hatchett, Kristen Stubbs, Julie Baker Finck, Ron Finck
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Savannah Dorsett, Carrie Toombs, Monica Quintanille, Brad Dobos
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Ashley Bennett, Kalen Phillips, Tiffany Washington, Jolea Bryant
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Tori Johnson and Ellen Johnson, standing: Ben Johnson and Bud Johnson
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Angelique Bernhard, Gwen Parks, Amanda Tenzer, Katie Bispeck
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Mandy Graesele, Laura Pettitt, Chip Ranking and Carey Kirkpatrick
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Morgan Stautzenberger, Cameron Stubbs, Austin Boatwright and Eric Rasch
News, Shelby, Scrabble in the City, May 2015, Rita Layton-Aramburo, Karina Romero, Melanie Fisk, Sarah Aramburo

With Halloween in a land far, far away, anyone not in the know of Literacy Advance of Houston's shenanigans may have concluded that some 150 folks dressed as wizards, sexy playmates, secret agents, city cowgirls and a mishmash of anything goes had gone haywire.

But take it from this serious board game contestant. While the Saint Arnold Brewing Co. mess hall was festive for the organization's sixth annual "Scrabble in the City" tournament Thursday, the competitive tension was fierce as wordsmiths gave it their all — bribes to the vigilant judges included — to emerge victorious.

Lara Bell and Roseann​ Rogers emceed the fundraiser that kicked off with an emotional testimonial from a Literacy Advance student, Gerard, who told the story of how he explained to his son about why he returned to the books.

 "I told him that learning was the key to being free, and I wanted to have more choices in life."

"I told him that learning was the key to being free, and I wanted to have more choices in life," Gerard said. "Now there's no looking back."

The "Word Wizards" from Morgan Stanley won first place, Christine Holland's "Urban Cowgirls" scooped second and "How Do You Spell That?" from the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation came in third. Melanie Fisk's troupe, "The Wigged-Out Word Wizards," was recognized for Best Team Costume and Jolea Bryant's "Two Snaps and a Twist" was singled out for Best Team Name.

In the words with friends crowd were Julie Baker Finck, Kristen Oesch Stubbs, Craig Klaasmeyer, Carey Kirkpatrick, Judy and Larry Dierker, Lindsey Duhon, DeeDee Dochen, Ellen Elam, Irene and Currie Evans, Debra Ford, Tony Lopez, Bud Johnson, Brad Spalding and Bill St. Clair, Mary Beth Mosley, Charles and Pat Prewitt, Elise Rodriguez, Andréa Shiloh and Kathy Stockton.

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