CCSD has selected thirty students to represent the district in individual and team events at the NMAA State Elementary Chess Championship, which takes place in Albuquerque on March 8. They will form three teams of five students each, while the other fifteen students will compete individually.
The teams and individuals are chosen by averaging the scores from the Kirtland Elementary Invitational Chess Tournament that took place on November 15, 2018, and the CCSD Chess Tournament held on January 15, 2019.
“Playing chess has shown to have incredible benefits, from developing logical reasoning to problem-solving. It is also, great, great fun. Competing in these chess tournaments makes these students sharper, you can see how they improve after playing with their peers,” said Jeffrey Hammons, Mesa Elementary School teacher and long-time organizer of chess competitions at Central Schools.
“Every player has their own DNA, their own fingerprints. It feels really different to play with students from other districts and that experience at the state tournament is invaluable.”
Below are the students selected for the upcoming NMAA State Elementary Chess Championship.
|Student||School||Team Event/Individual Event|
|Paul Abergos||Judy Nelson Elementary||Team Judy Nelson|
|Ethan Billey||Judy Nelson Elementary||Team Judy Nelson|
|Jason Barber||Judy Nelson Elementary||Team Judy Nelson|
|Andrew Heslop||Judy Nelson Elementary||Team Judy Nelson|
|Henry Thomas||Judy Nelson Elementary||Team Judy Nelson|
|Shiloh Hobbs||Kirtland Elementary||Team Kirtland Elementary|
|Elliott Crooks||Mesa Elementary||Individual Event|
|Alijah Salas||Kirtland Elementary||Team Kirtland Elementary|
|Bryle Mathews||Kirtland Elementary||Team Kirtland Elementary|
|Logan Austin||Kirtland Elementary||Team Kirtland Elementary|
|Rudger Nichols||Judy Nelson Elementary||Individual Event|
|Shawndae Haungooah||Kirtland Elementary||Team Kirtland Elementary|
|Kyle Arbiso||Ojo Elementary||Team Ojo|
|David Gonzales||Judy Nelson Elementary||Individual Event|
|Ezra Jenks||Judy Nelson Elementary||Individual Event|
|Matthew Telkamp||Ojo Elementary||Team Ojo|
|Dax Jenks||Judy Nelson Elementary||Individual Event|
|Autumn Williams||Ojo Elementary||Team Ojo|
|Taliyaah Paul||Kirtland Elementary||Individual Event|
|Cuyler McDonald||Ojo Elementary||Team Ojo|
|Ely Lee||Ojo Elementary||Team Ojo|
|Andrew Smith||Judy Nelson Elementary||Individual Event|
|Wyatt Tucker||Judy Nelson Elementary||Individual Event|
|Taylor Charleston||Mesa Elementary||Individual Event|
|Tessa Hobbs||Kirtland Elementary||Individual Event|
|Amari Griffin||Kirtland Elementary||Individual Event|
|Lauryn Bileen||Ojo Elementary||Individual Event|
|Kylar James||Mesa Elementary||Individual Event|
|Jourdin Miller||Judy Nelson Elementary||Individual Event|
|Chase Wilson||Newcomb Elementary||Individual Event|
*Images are from the CCSD Chess Tournament held on January 15, 2019.