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Kirksey, Casey Winners of 2017 Chess Tournament

More than 130 JPS gifted students competed in the Open Doors Chess Tournament held February 24, 2017. Competitors in grades 3–5 took part in the daylong event at the JSU Mississippi e-Center. The winners were announced at the end of the five rounds of play.

Kirksey team with trophies Casey team with trophies
1st Place Elementary – Casey 1st Place – Kirksey
Photo Gallery: 2017 Chess Tournament Winners

Chess has long been used to support learning in JPS gifted classrooms. The skills that students learn playing chess, like concentration and decision-making strategies, may transfer to academic subjects like mathematics. Chess can provide an alternative educational teaching strategy to assist students in becoming familiar with mathematical concepts and practices. Those benefits boost confidence and improve academic performance.

2017 JPS Open Doors Chess Tournament Results

School Winners

Place School Division

1

Kirksey Middle

1

Casey Elementary

2

Power APAC Elementary

3

Davis IB Elementary

Grade 3 Top 10

Place Name School

1

Christopher Dishmon

Casey

2

Elijah Dortch

Casey

3

Harrison Martin

McWillie

4

Nicholas Sivak

McWillie

5

Jaiden Lov 

North Jackson

6

Judy Yamani

McWillie

7

Coby Palmer

Davis

8

Laeyla Walters

Smith

9

Navon Cavett

Lake

10

August Bondi

Casey

Grade 4 Top 10

Place Name School

1

Edward Chaney

Power           

2

Cohen Siwisa

Davis

3

Asia Brown

Casey

4

Tacarra Shelton

Casey

5

Jordan Oatis

Davis

6

Kendra Quarterman

Power

7

Khadarius Johnson

Davis

8

Gregory VanBuren

Casey

9

Katelyn Hawkins

North Jackson

10

Nia Wilson

McWillie

Grade 5 Top 10

Place Name School

1

Braylon Jackson

Casey

2

Alexander Krause

Power

3

JaJa Sanders

Casey

4

Janay Perkins

North Jackson

5

Tobias Barnes

Power

6

Takarra Champ

North Jackson

7

William Merritt

Davis

8

Joshua Bennett

Davis

9

Terrell Sutton

Lake

10

Grahm Torrey

McWillie

 Grade 6 Top 10          

Place Name School

1

Jitarious Jones

Kirksey

2

Trevon Washington

Kirksey

3

Jalyn Christian

Bailey

4

Lemuel Rowland

Hardy

5

Million Kelly

Whitten

6

Zoie Chambers

Northwest

7

Bradley Taylor

Chastain

8

Ryan Lazard

Kirksey

9

Thad Taylor

Northwest

10

Kondarius Honer

Cardozo

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