Prep pupil is top banana

An Essex schoolboy is one of 12 finalists who’ll be competing in the inaugural national finals of a Bananagrams competition

Brentwood Prep pupil Harshil Gadikoppula has won through to the first ever Bananagrams Challenge Grand Final where he will battle it out to become the UK’s Top Banana for 2015. More than 16,000 pupils from 500 schools up and down the country have been competing in the challenge and 11-year-old Harshil is one of the 12 finalists who made it to the top of the Bananagrams Challenge leader board.

Bananagrams is a competitive word game in which each player races to build their own word grid at the same time as their opponent using a random selection of letter tiles. The winner is the first person who uses all of their tiles. The national finals will be held at the HQ of the Magic Circle in London on 21 March.

Preparatory school headmaster Jason Whiskerd said: “To have a finalist in a nationwide competition which attracted thousands of entrants is great news for the school. Harshil is a lovely boy and we are delighted that his hard work has paid off. We are keeping our eyes peeled on Harshil and wishing him the best of luck in the final. Fingers crossed there are no slip-ups!”

Head of English Jane Long said: “Our Bananagrams Challenge has been a fantastic experience for everyone. We have had over a hundred children taking part and many children have continued to play at lunchtimes in our library. I am looking forward to seeing how much playing Bananagrams has improved the children’s spelling. What a fantastic legacy from such a simple concept.”

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