A local student won her way to a weekend competition in Rhode Island where Bananagram fans are ready to spell their way into the record books.
Eleven-year-old Julia Pulley from Perry Hill School in Shelton is a sixth-grader, who creates words like a wizard.
Bananagrams is a game that challenges players to form words using tiles until they're all gone.
Pulley just started playing through a program at school and she got so good, she beat 10,000 other students in New England for a spot in a National Bananagrams Challenge on Saturday.
"It was just like Scrabble and I like spelling because I was previously in the spelling bee last year,” Pulley said. “And I like moving tiles quickly."
Most of the fifth and sixth graders were on board with Bananagrams from the beginning at Perry Hill School. Cara Foley is a reading consultant.
"It's fun, they're learning but yet it's still fun,” Foley said. “They're working on their spelling, their vocabulary, areas that we need to improve all the time - and the kids are having fun."
No matter how the weekend competition goes, Pulley has already proven she's the top banana. But she won't take all the credit for her success.
"I feel like my dad has helped me a lot, the whole way,” Pulley said. “He's been really supportive and my family and my friends and my teachers, they've been supportive of me."
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