The Holy Trinity School Chess Club brought home the second place trophy for the second grade competition at the annual New Jersey Grade School Championships held in Lincroft. This is the highest place any Holy Trinity School grade has finished at the Grade School Championship during the history of the school’s chess program.

The event is a statewide grade-level competition. There were nearly 400 participants at the event from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Members of Holy Trinity School’s Second Grade team include Kevin Aby, Andrew Demetrick and Chris Spencer. Spencer also finished in second place as an individual in the second grade level.

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Sebastian Agasino also claimed an individual trophy, finishing in fifth place overall at the eighth grade level. Other team members participating at the tournament were Daniel Fannick and Angelika Demetrick.

There are more than 30 students on Holy Trinity’s team this year, many of whom are just learning the game. Last year, members of the team participated in national competitions in Nashville and Indianapolis. As some of the most experienced players moved on to other schools, 2016 became a rebuilding year for the team. Joseph Demetrick, who is in his sixth year of coaching the team, said this year’s showing in second grade demonstrates the strength of the up-and-coming younger players.

The next state-level tournament the team will participate in is the Elementary and Junior High Championships in February.

Since 1916, Holy Trinity has provided a quality Catholic education to Westfield and the surrounding communities. A 2011 National Blue Ribbon School, its mission is to educate students to actualize their full, individual potential both spiritually and academically.