10 year old Ian Whiton from Wedgwood just competed in the U.S. Pokémon National Championships this past Saturday in Indianapolis. What started as a hobby collecting the cards soon turned into serious competition. Ian ranks first in the state in the junior division, fourth in the country, and fifth globally. During this past Saturday’s national championships, Ian won his first round match before being knocked out in round two. Ian has already qualified for the world Pokémon championships in Hawaii, where $15,000 is on the line. Our partners at the Seattle Times profiled Ian last week in a story you can read here. Photo by Mark Harrison, Seattle Times.