By Elsa Maxey
Scott Ramirtha, an incoming 4th grader at Southminster School will be representing Texas. Right before school starts, this Sugar Land resident will be packing his bags heading for Southern California to play in the world finals of the Pokémon Video Game Championship in San Diego on Aug. 12-14. Eight-year old Ramirtha will face rival competitors from Japan, England, Spain and other countries in a junior division. He recently wrapped up three days of battling in a national round this month in Indianapolis, Indiana, and became part of the new Team U.S.A. for the 2011 Pokemon Championship Series.
His 5th place win among the eight division winners qualified him for the world competitive play. He’s the only Texas among the winners in all the divisions from the U.S. representing America in the world finals.
So, what’s this all about, anyway? Pokémon is a game of skill and strategies with entertaining characters, and friendly competition. A game described to be enjoyable, Ramirtha has learned fairness and honesty by abiding to rules, respect with regard to opponents, sportsmanship, learning from constructive critiques about decisions, and he’s had just plain fun.
Ramirtha is the son of Shawn and Selvi Ramirtha and he has an older brother and sister, Stephen, 20 and Sarah, 21. Although the family lives in a Sugar Land Sweetwater neighborhood where they recently moved, Ramirtha’s mom said they lived in Brightwater for the past 20 years. They all plan to be at the world championship free admission event that is open to the public, and even Grandpa is going.