Students meet their matches at fall chess tournament

Students meet their matches at fall chess tournament


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) hosted its annual fall chess tournament Oct. 16 at Thomas Stone High School. To accommodate COVID-19 social distancing and safety guidelines, this year’s fall tournament was limited to students in Grades 4-12. CCPS students, as well as those who attend private schools and homeschools, were invited to compete.

A total of 50 students competed in four rounds of grade-level division play, and one champion was named per grade level. Champions received a trophy and all other participants received medals. Felix Cummings served as the tournament director.

The following students earned the champion award for their respective grade-level division.

  • Ujini Joshi, fourth grade, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School.
  • Lionel Saravia, fifth grade, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School.
  • James McDonald, sixth grade, John Hanson Middle School.
  • Christopher Ellison, seventh grade, Milton M. Somers Middle School.
  • Jean Rodriguez-Perez, eighth grade, Piccowaxen Middle School.
  • Alfred Johann Cruz, freshman, Westlake High School.
  • Matthew Mendoza, sophomore, North Point High School.
  • Andrew Miller, junior, St. Charles High School.
  • Caden Simpson, senior, St. Charles.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 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 Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, 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.

CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).

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