Westfield, NJ — The Holy Trinity School Chess Team brought home the fifth place trophy in the Junior High Division and third place in the Primary Division at the annual New Jersey Elementary and Junior High Championships held in Lincroft, Feb. 26. This is the second straight year in which the school's team has won two team trophies in this competition.

In this statewide competition for children in kindergarten through ninth grade, 250 participants competed in the three divisions.

Sebastian Agasino, eighth grade, claimed an individual trophy, finishing in 11th place overall in the Junior High Division. Other members competing on the junior high team, which is open to students in kindergarten through ninth grade, were Angelika Demetrick, Daniel Fannick, and Conleth Gorham.

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Members of Holy Trinity School’s Primary Division team, for students in kindergarten through third grade, included Kevin Aby, Andrew Demetrick, Ansel Shambharkar, and Chris Spencer. Spencer finished in fourth place overall as an individual in the Primary Division and Demetrick received a third place trophy for the second grade level.

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. 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.

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.