Charles County Public Schools held the annual Fall Chess Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 31 at Westlake High School. More than 100 students participated in the event, which is open to any student in grades kindergarten through 12.
The tournament follows a Swiss-style format in which each student plays four games. Students competed in five grade-level divisions and trophies were awarded to first- and second-place winners. Other students that place among their division receive medals, and all participants received a certificate for their performance. Felix Cummings served as the tournament director.
The following students were winners in their division:
Grades kindergarten through second:
- Jacob Golder, first place, second grade, Mary H. Matula Elementary School;
- Ryan Hughes, second place, second grade, Matula; and
- Jaylah Stephenson, third place, second grade, William B. Wade Elementary School.
Grades three and four:
- Samidha Nageshwar, first place, fourth grade, Berry Elementary School;
- Sameera Nageshwar, second place, fourth grade, Berry;
- Timothy Martinez, third place, third grade, Wade;
- Manav Soni, tie for third place, third grade, Matula; and
- Javier Iwanow, tie for third place, fourth grade, Wade.
Grades five and six:
- Robert Shelton, IV, first place, fifth grade, T.C. Martin Elementary School;
- Benjamin Moore, second place, fifth grade, Malcolm Elementary School;
- Liu Aumavae, third place, sixth grade, Theodore G. Davis Middle School;
- Rodney Harrison, tie for third place, sixth grade, Milton M. Somers Middle School;
- Blake Bowie, tie for third place, sixth grade, Somers;
- Thomas Addison, tie for third place, sixth grade, General Smallwood Middle School;
- Caleb Jenkins, tie for third place, fifth grade, J.C. Parks Elementary School;
- Nicole Silbermann, tie for third place, fifth grade, Indian Head Elementary School; and
- Blake Franchi, tie for third place, sixth grade, Somers.
Grades seven and eight:
- Jacob Stern, first place, seventh grade, John Hanson Middle School;
- Christopher Rand-Crawford, second place, eighth grade, Hanson;
- Matthew Coccaro, third place, seventh grade, Hanson;
- Brandon Luton, tie for third place, eighth grade, Somers;
- Eric Fotang, tie for third place, eighth grade, Somers;
- Leann Asher, tie for third place, seventh grade, Piccowaxen Middle School; and
- Jacob Embrey, tie for third place, eighth grade, Somers.
Grades nine through twelve:
- Franklin Olmsted, first place, senior, Maurice J. McDonough High School; and
- Alexander Booth, second place, sophomore, North Point High School.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 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.