Charles County Public Schools held its annual Winter Chess Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Thomas Stone High School. A total of 215 students competed in five grade-level divisions – kindergarten to second grade; third and fourth grades; fifth and sixth grades; seventh and eighth grades; and ninth through 12th grades.
The tournament follows a Swiss-style format in which each student plays four games. Trophies were awarded to first- and second-place winners. All other students who placed received a medal. Felix Cummings served as the tournament director.
The following students placed in their division:
Grades kindergarten through second:
- Logan Garcia, first place, second grade, Dr. James Craik Elementary School;
- James McDonald, second place, first grade, T.C. Martin Elementary School;
- Addison Kelly, tie for third place, second grade, Mary H. Matula Elementary School;
- Noah Sabol, tie for third place, kindergarten, Craik;
- Trey Tompkins, fourth place, second grade, Craik;
- Robert Mika, fifth place, second grade, Craik;
- Grady Hutchins, tie for sixth place, second grade, Matula;
- Isabella McFetridge, tie for sixth place, second grade, Arthur Middleton Elementary School;
- Joshua Spells, tie for sixth place, second grade, Grace Christian Academy; and
- Melissa Magno, seventh place, second grade, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School.
Grades three and four:
- Timothy Martinez, first place, fourth grade, William B. Wade Elementary School;
- Jacob Golder, second place, third grade, Matula;
- Erin Cooley, third place, fourth grade, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School;
- Chance Rodwell, fourth place, fourth grade, J.C. Parks Elementary School;
- Darius Curtis, fifth place, third grade, Middleton;
- Alfred Johann Cruz, sixth place, fourth grade, Wade;
- Journey Gardner, tie for seventh place, third grade, Matula;
- William Greathouse, tie for seventh place, fourth grade, Higdon;
- Dylan Villarouel, tie for seventh place, fourth grade, Craik;
- Ricardo Daniels, tie for eighth place, fourth grade, Matula;
- Isaac Graham, tie for eighth place, third grade, William A. Diggs Elementary School; and
- Manav Soni, tie for eighth place, fourth grade, Matula.
Grades five and six:
- Benjamin Moore, first place, sixth grade, Milton M. Somers Middle School;
- Asher Walters, second place, fifth grade, Martin;
- Alex Habron, tie for third place, fifth grade, Matula;
- Robert Shelton, tie for third place, sixth grade, Somers;
- Suki Aumavae, tie for fourth place, fifth grade, Wade;
- Jackson Bowler, tie for fourth place, sixth grade, Somers;
- Adrian Harada, tie for fourth place, fifth grade, Middleton;
- Lauren Kelly, tie for fourth place, fifth grade, Matula;
- Dominic Queen, tie for fourth place, fifth grade, Diggs; and
- Nicole Silbermann, tie for fourth place, sixth grade, General Smallwood Middle School.
Grades seven and eight:
- Jacob Stern, first place, eighth grade, John Hanson Middle School;
- Connor Cox, second place, eighth grade, Matthew Henson Middle School;
- Joseph Papagno, third place, eighth grade, Somers;
- Alyssa Gerhart, tie for fourth place, eighth grade, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School;
- Qi Yong Wu, tie for fourth place, eighth grade, Theodore G. Davis Middle School;
- Leann Asher, tie for fifth place, eighth grade, Piccowaxen Middle School;
- Arya Forohar, tie for fifth place, seventh grade, Somers;
- Benjamin Bleam, sixth place, eighth grade, Grace Christian Academy; and
- Rodney Harrison, seventh place, seventh grade, Somers.
Grades nine through twelve:
- Brandon Luton, first place, freshman, La Plata High School;
- Alexander Booth, second place, junior, North Point High School;
- Joshua Sokol, third place, sophomore, North Point;
- Christopher Rand-Crawford, fourth place, freshman, Stone; and
- DeAndre Winston, fifth place, junior, Henry E. Lackey High School.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.