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Jack Miron 

Derryfield School to host Rock-Paper-Scissors tourney

MANCHESTER — May the best hands win.

The rules are simple, but the competition will be fierce Dec. 14 when the Derryfield School hosts the first statewide Rock-Paper-Scissors (RPS) tournament. Each of the state's 350-plus public and private schools serving middle and high school students have been invited to send a school champion to the tourney. The entire event was organized by Derryfield freshman Jack Miron, 14, of Bedford.

"I think it's going to be awesome," said Miron. "I'm very excited with the reaction I've had. It's been a lot of work putting this together, but I think it's going to be a lot of fun."

The tournament is open to all middle and high school students in the Granite State. Standard Rock-Paper-Scissors rules will apply (i.e., rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper, paper beats rock).

Miron said throws other than rock, paper or scissors are disqualified and counted as a loss. Mistimed throws are subject to referees' discretion as to whether to disqualify the throw (i.e. a loss) or to redo the throw.

Individual schools must select their own champion to send to the event. Schools must submit via email the name of their champion to by Nov. 30. Champions are not required to be present to compete in the tournament.

If they can't attend, Morin said they can compete by proxy by emailing a list of up to 100 RPS throws in advance. A stand-in player will play the throws in the order listed during the actual competition. The proxy list must be emailed in advance and will be kept confidential until the stand-in is scheduled.

Homeschooled youth in middle or high school grades are also encouraged to participate.

The tournament champion will receive a $500 cash prize, a trophy and the coveted title of "New Hampshire's 2013 Rock-Paper-Scissors Champion." The second- and third-place winners will each receive $250 and $100 cash prizes, respectively.

12 competitors so far

Miron said as of last weekend, 12 schools had indicated they would like to send a champion to compete.

"There's still time to get involved, so I'm hoping news about the tourney will spread," said Miron. "I'm hoping we'll have about 15 schools involved."

Miron said he tried to organize a similar tourney at his middle school, but didn't find much support. Staff at the school said they are impressed with the work he has put in on this event at Derryfield.

"This was his idea, and he has been 100 percent responsible for putting it together," said Chris McNeil, dean of School Activities at the Derryfield School. "He has put so much work into it. We think it's a great way for many different students to get involved in an activity, while also showing anyone who attends what Derryfield School has to offer. Realizing that this is the first year for an event like this, I think we're sitting pretty with the response we've had."

Miron said he hopes to make the RPS tourney an annual event.

Details on the tournament can be found at the website, and a YouTube video advertising the event can be viewed at

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