The 12 finalists have beaten 50,000 other UK primary school children to the live Grand Final.
Now in its third year, The Bananagrams Challenge has tripled in size in terms of participants since its launch in 2015, with a record 1,500 schools taking part. Not only have the final 12 beaten their classmates in the first stage of the free-to-enter national tournament earlier this year to become ‘Best of the Bunch’, their impressive word skills in the online rounds have out-performed 50,000 other children to secure them a coveted place at the Final, which will see the UK’s Top Banana crowned on 29th April 2017.
Revealed in their leader board position, the 12 finalists are:
1. Ethan Saiprasad, 2. James Chapman, 3. Cara Dote, 4. Shanae Lee, 5. Solomon Kendrick, 6. Victor Redondo, 7. Zoe Nicholls, 8. Freya Woodward, 9. Izzy Maybury, 10. Kian Siadatan, 11. Anouska Wedrychowski, and 12. Lily Stuart.
The 2017 Bananagrams Challenge builds on the success of the previous two tournaments, which together saw more than 35,000 school children playing the game in classrooms all over the UK.
Bananagrams’ CEO Rena Nathanson commented: “Each year The Bananagrams Challenge gets bigger and better, and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to encourage 50,000 children to have fun with words. I’m really looking forward to meeting the finalists on 29th April.”
She added: “The Challenge is one of the highlights of our marketing calendar and is proving to be an incredibly effective way of reaching children and their families, creating new life-long fans of the game. At its heart, Bananagrams is fun yet ultimately the gameplay enhances a player’s appreciation of language, spelling and literacy, making it an ideal classroom tool. But more than that, the game is about having fun – and there’s going to be a lot of that at the Grand Final.”