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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.
 
Five schools participated in both tournaments: Judy Nelson Elementary, Kirtland Elementary, Ojo Amarillo Elementary, Newcomb Elementary, and Mesa Elementary.
 
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“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.