Seven clusters showed off their vast vocabulary and word workmanship as they competed for this year’s Palarong Atenista Scrabble Men’s and Women’s tournament held at J301 last Tuesday.
Players from the Accountancy cluster dominated the top spot: Gentner Iman and Andr’e Denize Calledo were declared as champions for the Men’s and Women’s Division, respectively.
Following behind in Men’s Division were Mark Samodal of the Computer Studies cluster and Rowhollah Gandaruza of the Social Sciences cluster, securing 1st and 2nd runners-up, respectively.
Meanwhile, following behind in Women’s Division were Ermily Derecho of the School of Engineering & Architecture and Ira Ybiernas of the CS cluster, securing 1st and 2nd runners-up, respectively.
The champion wordsmiths noted their two-week preparation which began after their cluster’s sportsfest.
Calledo chuckled as she remembered downloading a scrabble app for her to practice.
“Wala jud ko nag-expect na ma-champion ko kay maka-intimidate dyud gud kay ‘di ba first year lang ko tapos ang mga ate didtoa kay grabe nila ka-isog kaayog mga nawong, kanang fierce dyud gud kayo [tapos] ako kay all-smiles lang kay wala lagi ko’y gi-expect,” she recalled, adding she is very happy since it is her first time to join and represent her cluster in a university-wide competition.
In the end, both expressed their gratitude to the key people in their success.
“Pasalamat ko sa akong Ate Grace na nagasuporta sa koa kay naa sya didto sa event and sa among mentor, Kuya Sam ug Ate Lindy na wala mi gibiyaan, grabe ilang support,” Iman said.