News Release, Charles County Public Schools

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) held its annual fall chess tournament on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Thomas Stone High School. A total of 150 students participated in the event, which is open to any student in kindergarten through Grade 12.

The tournament follows a Swiss-style format in which each student plays four games. Students compete in eight grade-level divisions and trophies are given to division champions. Students who earn a top finisher award in their respective categories receive a medal, and all participants receive a performance certificate.

Felix Cummings served as the tournament director. The following students were recognized for placing in their division:

Kindergarten through First Grade

  • Luke McDonald, first grade, T.C. Martin Elementary School, division champion
  • Henry Blass, first grade, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, top finisher
  • Andrea Dudley, first grade, St. Mary’s Bryantown, top finisher
  • Deven Dudley, kindergarten, St. Mary’s Bryantown, top finisher
  • Derek Fletcher, first grade, Mary H. Matula Elementary School, top finisher
  • Marshall Fletcher, first grade, Matula, top finisher
  • Sophia McDonald, first grade, Martin, top finisher

Second-Grade Division

  • Dayten Moore, private school, division champion
  • Carlos Borders, William B. Wade Elementary School, top finisher
  • Ashley Golder, Matula, top finisher
  • Ujini Joshi, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School, top finisher
  • Neha Mahato, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School, top finisher
  • Justice Rodriguez, Wade, top finisher
  • Uriah Seger, Indian Head Elementary School, top finisher

Third-Grade Division

  • Orlando Rodriguez Jr., Wade, division champion
  • Luke Barrett, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, top finisher
  • Samuel Binsol, Wade, top finisher
  • Gideon Romero, Dr. James Craik Elementary School, top finisher
  • Lionel Saravia, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School, top finisher
  • Hrishi Soni, Matula, top finisher
  • Caden States, Berry Elementary School, top finisher

Fourth-Grade Division

  • James McDonald, Martin, division champion
  • Andrew Cook, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School, top finisher
  • Aundre Dudley, St. Mary’s Bryantown, top finisher
  • Gregory Fletcher, Matula, top finisher
  • Kendal Johnson, Mary B. Neal Elementary School, top finisher
  • Aurora Larkin, Billingsley Elementary School, top finisher
  • Rowan Leonard, Higdon, top finisher
  • JaKai Moore, Maryland International Day School, top finisher

Fifth-Grade Division

  • Destiny Dudley, St. Mary’s Bryantown, division champion
  • Christopher Ellison Jr., Craik, top finisher
  • Julius Fowlkes, Billingsley, top finisher
  • Zephaniah Greene, Wade, top finisher
  • Jesse Hodgson, Matula, top finisher
  • Sophia Hughes, Wade, top finisher
  • Gregory Lavender, Wade, top finisher
  • Ethan Phanthasy, Craik, top finisher

Sixth-Grade Division

  • Nathanael Jean-Gilles, Theodore G. Davis Middle School, division champion
  • Jacob Golder, Milton M. Somers Middle School, top finisher
  • Nicholas Pankowski, Somers, top finisher
  • Anthony Thwaites, Davis, top finisher

Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Division

  • Timothy Martinez, seventh grade, Davis, division champion
  • Cole Barrett, seventh grade, Piccowaxen Middle School, top finisher
  • Nathan Carter, seventh grade, Somers, top finisher
  • Alfred Johann Cruz, seventh grade, Mattawoman Middle School, top finisher
  • Joseph Miller, eighth grade, Somers, top finisher
  • Sean Robertson, seventh grade, Piccowaxen, top finisher

Ninth through 12th-Grade Division

  • Joseph Papagno, junior, North Point High School, division champion
  • Rahul Mahato, freshman, Stone, top finisher
  • Andrew Miller, freshman, St. Charles High School, top finisher
  • Jacob Miller, junior, St. Charles, top finisher
  • Jacob Stern, junior, North Point, top finisher

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