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Holy Trinity School Chess Team Competes in Nationals

2nd grader, Chris Spencer, placed 19th out of 222 players during recent Supernational Chess Tournament.

The Holy Trinity Chess Team competed in the Supernationals Chess Tournament held from  May 12-14, in Nashville, Tennessee. Over 5500 K-12 players attended the event, representing over 1500 school teams from across the country. Players played in one of 25 sections based on their age and ability.  Four players from Holy Trinity competed in the seven round tournament. 

Chris Spencer, a 2nd grader, finished in 19th place out of 222 players in the K-5 Under 1200 section.  Angelika Demetrick, a 7th grader, finished with 4 wins in the K-8 Under 750 section. 8th grader Sebastian Agasino ended with 3.5 points for the tournament in the K-9 Under 1250 section. Andrew Demetrick, a 2nd grader, ended with 3 wins in the K-3 Under 700 section.  This was the second straight year that Holy Trinity School has competed in the U.S. National Chess Championships. 

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

 

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