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Tigard student headed to Pokemon World Championships

SUBMITTED - Carson St. Denis, right, shakes hands with an opponent during the 2013 National Championships. St. Denis is a phenom in the game of competitiion Pokemon battles. He has been to the World Championships in the Pokemon card game division, and is ranked in the top 25 in the country for the video game.Carson St. Denis wants to be the very best. Like no one ever was.

St. Denis, a student at Twality Middle School, is a master in the world of Pokemon, a strategy video game pits imaginary monsters against one another in battle, and like any good trainer, he's just scored another victory.

St. Denis won the winter regional championships earlier this year and in May came home the champion in the Spring Regional Championships, held in Seattle, Wash.

He’s one of only eight players in the country to claim the title, according to Kersa Leichner, a spokeswoman for Pokemon.

It’s a feeling St. Denis is familiar with.

In 2013, St. Denis won the National Championships, winning a $5,000 college scholarship, in addition to his trip to the World Championships, where he was eliminated in the quarter finals

There are two types of Pokemon tournaments, a video game and a card game. St. Dennis is a master at both.

The video game allows players to catch and collect monsters, training them to become more and more powerful, then pitting those monsters against one another in battle.

The card game is similar, with players collecting trading cards of their favorite monsters, each of which holds special powers and abilities.

A fifth grader at Templeton Elementary School when he went to the World Champioships, St. Dennis was ranked No. 3 in the world at the card-version of the game.

After winning the National Championships, St. Denis took a break from the game.

A year ago, St. Denis switched to the video game. He is currently ranked in the top 25 in the world in the video game rankings.

Carson first started collecting Pokemon cards for fun before learning how to play the game online. He soon began competing in local competitions and earning points.

Players accrue points with each competition, and St. Denis has already secured enough points to make it to the World Championships in Boston this summer. He will also be attending the National Championships next month.

It normally takes all year to collect the necessary points to head to the National Championships.

“The Spring Regional Championships is a critical tournament for players leading up to this summer’s national and international events, so a big congratulations to all of the players that earned a top spot and a special thank you to everyone that participated,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “We’re looking forward to seeing many of these players at the largest events of the season, including the 2015 Pokémon National and World Championships.”

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