Jefferson Chess Team Places Third in State

Published on Apr 21, 2023
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The Jefferson chess team placed third in the State High School Chess Championship, closely finishing behind the first and second place teams. Three students placed in the top 20 statewide: National Master Troy Cavanah, (2nd), Jack Bellinger (15th), and Joseph Gaul (17th).

Team members include: Ryan Alfred, Noah Bachman, Praseed Balaji, team captain Bellinger, Cavanah, Andrew Davies, Joseph Gaul, William Greenfield, Suwani Hernandez, An-Khang Nguyen and coach Dane Zagar. 

The chess team received a Student Group Mini-Grant to help offset costs for coaching and travel. The competitive chess team and extra-curricular chess club are open to new or experienced players.