More than 200 students from a dozen local schools took part in the St. Clair District Catholic School Board’s 34th annual chess tournament this week, held at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Sarnia.
“Chess is a tremendous learning tool, which helps students to develop many skills, most especially how to focus on a task before them,” convenor and French teacher Chris Vaillant said, adding that students from area French language Catholic schools also participated.
A girls’ category was also added to help encourage more female students to pick up the game, with both team and individual awards handed out – Gregory Hogan won top honours for the Overall Girls’ Team, while École St-Thomas d’Aquin’s Keira Hagan was named the Overall Girls’ Individual winner.
The tournament has become so popular that a second event was added in Chatham, where about 90 students were expected to participate.
Here is a list of the winners:
Primary (Grades 1-3): École St-Thomas d’Aquin
Junior (Grades 4-6): St. Philip, Petrolia
Intermediate (Grades 7-8): St. Matthew, Sarnia
Overall Girls’ Team: Gregory A. Hogan, Sarnia
1st place, Rowan Spiller (École St-Thomas d’Aquin)
2nd place, Maitland Aarts (St. Peter Canisius)
3rd place, Luke Atkin-McGill (Holy Trinity)
1st place, Wesley Bouck (École St-Thomas d’Aquin)
2nd place, Keira Hagan (École St-Thomas d’Aquin)
3rd place, Brayden Dumont (Holy Trinity)
1st place, Jake Van Gorp (St. Peter Canisius)
2nd place, Gary Ethier-Verberne (St. Philip) & Nico Crombeen (Sacred Heart, Sarnia)
1st place, Yaroslav Volodin (St. Matthew)
2nd place, Tomi O. (St. Michael)
3rd place, Marcus Lazcano (Holy Trinity)
1st place, Josh Irving (Sacred Heart, Sarnia)
2nd place, Ace Zanoria (St. Matthew)
3rd place, Parker French (Saint-François-Xavier)
Overall Girls’ Individual: Keira Hagan