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Across OCS, more and more students at the elementary, middle and high school level are getting involved in chess clubs.  They’ve heard of the Ruy Lopez opening as well as the Giuoco Piano. 

Chess is all about strategy, critical thinking and problem-solving, also key elements in learning.  Chess also teaches other crucial lessons like sportsmanship. Studies show students who play chess have improved school work, grades and test scores and they obtain higher reading and math levels. OCS encourages chess playing beginning in first grade, since it is an activity all can play.

Chess tournaments boost student enthusiasm for the sport.  As part of tournament rules, students are required to work as a team and to interact with each other following a specific code of conduct.  Annually OCS holds chess tournaments between elementary teams and middle school teams, but this year a tournament was also held between high school chess teams.  The week of April 24, 76 middle school chess players from across all eight middle schools competed and 220 second through fifth grade students competed.  On Saturday, May 6, high schoolers vied for checkmate.  Students competed for individual and team awards.

The following are the results of the individual and team winners from this year’s competition:

High School


First Place, Lance Siler, White Oak

Second Place, Ryan Mcllhenny, White Oak

Third Place, Scott Siler, White Oak


First Place, White Oak High School

Middle School Grades 6 – 8


First Place, Josh Rojas, Jacksonville Commons Middle

Second Place, Kaylub Zamora, Jacksonville Commons Middle


First Place, Jacksonville Commons Middle

Second Place, Northwoods Park Middle

Third Place, New Bridge Middle

Grades 4 - 5


First Place, Nyree Irving, Clyde Erwin

Second Place, Owen Whiteman, Stateside

Third Place, Kamar Brown, Bell Fork


First Place, Jacksonville Commons Ele.

Second Place, Morton

Third Place, Bell Fork

Grades 2 -3


First Place, Luke Vandeweert, Queens Creek

Second Place, Connor Mansir, Queens Creek

Third Place, Mason Roush, Stateside


Schools or students interested in joining upcoming high school events should email Elizabeth Klompstra at Elizabeth.klompstra@onslow.k12.nc.us, or Michael Elder at Michael.elder@onslow.k12.nc.us.





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