Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) hosted its annual Fall Chess Tournament Oct. 26, at Thomas Stone High School. The tournament is sponsored by the school system’s gifted education department and is open to any county resident in grades kindergarten through 12. More than 120 students competed in five grade-level divisions.
The tournament follows a Swiss-style format in which each student plays four games. Trophies were awarded for first and second places, and medals were given to students placing in the division. The number of medals awarded in a division is determined by the number of participants in that group. Felix Cummings served as tournament director.
The following students received awards:
Kindergarten through second grade:
- Timothy Martinez, first place, William B. Wade Elementary School;
- Alan Sebastian, first place, Wade;
- Tarun Veeramarchnani, second place, Wade;
- Griffin Hayes, second place, William A. Diggs Elementary School;
- Manav Soni, third place, Wade; and
- Cara Green, third place, Wade.
Third and fourth grades:
- Benjamin Moore, first place, Malcolm Elementary School;
- Iniya Ravikumar, second place, Wade;
- Natalie Green, third place, Wade;
- Maci Mulloy, fourth place, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School;
- Rahul Mahato, fourth place, Arthur Middleton Elementary School;
- Matthew Sanchez, fourth place, Diggs;
- Rodney Harrison, fourth place, Mary H. Matula Elementary School;
- Benjamin Barker, fourth place, T.C. Martin Elementary School;
- Chyane Burns, fourth place, Higdon; and
- James Olmstead, fourth place, Dr. James Craik Elementary School.
Fifth and sixth grades:
- Nathaniel Lednum, first place, Piccowaxen Middle School;
- Brandon Luton, first place, Milton M. Somers Middle School;
- Joseph Papagno, second place, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School;
- Payton Green, third place, Theodore G. Davis Middle School;
- Mathew Padath, fourth place, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School;
- Kathleen Martinez, fourth place, Davis;
- Brenden Thompson, fourth place, Matthew Henson Middle School;
- Christopher Rand-Crawford, fourth place, John Hanson Middle School;
- John Glassman, fourth place, Matula;
- Ashton Gordon, fourth place, Somers;
- Francis Franch, fourth place, Middleton;
- Eric Maher, fourth place, Wade; and
- Bisech Acharya, fourth place, Wade.
Seventh and eighth grades:
- Joshua Sokol, first place, Stoddert;
- Kyle Batchelor, second place, Piccowaxen;
- Gabriel Dizon, third place, Mattawoman Middle School;
- Jarrett Mulloy, third place, Piccowaxen;
- Ryan Alicka, third place, Hanson;
- Naim Muhammad, third place, Henson;
- Paulo Bonilla, third place, Davis; and
- Alexander Booth, third place, Mattawoman.
Ninth through twelfth grades:
- Franklin Olmsted, first place, Maurice J. McDonough High School;
- Michael Tritt, second place, Westlake High School; and
- Nathaniel Dudley, third place, Henry E. Lackey High School.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 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, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Connie W. Armstead, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 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.