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Finalists to Battle for Special Prize

at the 2012 Pokémon World Championships


Bellevue, WA - July 2, 2012 - Three days of intense Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) and video game competition at the 2012 Pokémon U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana culminated in the crowning of six U.S. National Champions and the formation of an elite group of finalists ready to battle against the world's best this August at the 2012 Pokémon World Championships in Hawaii. From a group of thousands, only 36 American Pokémon TCG and video game players will travel to the Big Island of Hawaii with one goal in mind, becoming a Pokémon World Champion.


As a special incentive for the Pokémon video game players advancing to Hawaii, The Pokémon Company International will choose a select number of top players and their Pokémon teams who are participating at the 2012 Pokémon Video Game World Championships and distribute them via the Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection service into the upcoming Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 [1] video games (launching in the U.S. October 7). Once distributed, players can battle these elite Pokémon World Championships participants and the Pokémon they trained in the Pokémon World Tournament, a new battle arena debuting in the Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 games. More information about the Pokémon World Tournament is coming soon, and the 2012 Pokémon Video Game World Champion player distribution details will be announced later this fall.  


Below is a complete list of U.S. Pokémon TCG and video game finalists that earned invitations to the 2012 Pokémon World Championships taking place August 11-12 in Waikoloa, Hawaii. For more information, news, and images from the 2012 Pokémon U.S. National Championships visit www.pokemon.com.


MASTERS DIVISION - Born 1996 or Earlier

Pokémon Video Game Finalists

1st place - Wolfe Glick (16) - McLean, Virginia

2nd place - Joe Pulkowski (20) - Stockton, California

3rd place - Danny Zollner (24) - Edgewater Park, New Jersey

4th place - Manoj Sunny (16) - Des Plaines, Illinois


Pokémon Trading Card Game Finalists

1st place - John Roberts II (23) - St. Louis, Missouri

2nd place - Kevin Nance (22) - Trinity, North Carolina

3rd place - Jay Hornung (23) - Madrid, Iowa

4th place - Christopher Murray (23) - Woodbridge, VA

5th place - Ashon Haswell (22) - Fayetteville, North Carolina

6th place - Tom Dolezal (24) - Akron, Ohio

7th place - Breton Brander (19) - Colorado Springs, Colorado

8th place - Carl Scheu IV (17) - Middleburg Heights, Ohio 


SENIOR DIVISION - Born 1997 to 2000

Pokémon Video Game Finalists

1st place - Aaron Zheng (14) - New York City, New York

2nd place - Jonathan Hiller (13) - Parkesburg, Pennsylvania

3rd place - Toler Webb (14) - Apex, North Carolina

4th place - Paul Chua (13) - Union, New Jersey


Pokémon Trading Card Game Finalists

1st place - Ty Wheeler (15) - Dayton, Ohio

2nd place - Jason Martinez (13) - Glendale, California

3rd place - Brandon Smiley (15) - Dallas, Texas

4th place - Sean Hipp (15) - Mesquite, Texas

5th place - Jeremy Gibson (13) - Morris Plains, New Jersey

6th place - Alan-Luc Nguyen (14) - Renton, Washington

7th place - Seth Hanslik (12) - Uhrichsville, Ohio

8th place - Kaitlin Young (15) - Greenwood, Indiana


JUNIOR DIVISION - Born 2001 or Later
Pokémon Video Game Finalists

1st place - Abram Burrows (11) - Santee, California

2nd place - Brian Hough (11) - Ann Arbor, Michigan

3rd place - Devon Roth (10) - New Hyde Park, New York

4th place - Gerardo Gonzalez (11) - Fremont, California


Pokémon Trading Card Game Finalists

1st place - Ian Robb (9) - Warwick, Rhode Island

2nd place - Jonathan Croxton (11) - Charlottesville, Virginia

3rd place - Daniel Sargent (11) - Roy, Utah

4th place - Natalia Routhier (11) - Coppell, Texas

5th place - Morgan Davies (11) - North Olmsted, Ohio

6th place - Michael Catron (11) - Frederick, Maryland

7th place - Shane Kittelson-Burke (10) - Monticello, Minnesota

8th place - Anthony Menchaca (10) - Frisco, Texas


About Pokémon

The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children's entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit www.pokemon.com.


[1] Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 will be playable in 2D on the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS systems

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