Eighty-five students from Homer area schools in grades three through eight competed in a chess tournament at West Homer Elementary School on Friday.
Schools represented at the tournament included Chapman School, Connections, Fireweed Academy, McNeil Canyon Elementary, West Homer Elementary and Homer Middle School.
Charley Ringer was one of the teachers at the event. The 2023-2024 school year is his first year teaching seventh grade P.E. and the Quest program at Homer Middle School. He took on coaching the chess club this year, also. Homer Middle School had 24 students participating in the tournament this year.
The tournament was orchestrated by local volunteer Andy Haas, with approximately 20 volunteers and several teachers from the various schools assisting with monitoring students at the event.
Haas described how the tournament functions. Each student plays just within their own grade level with a maximum of 20 students per grade. The HMS seventh grade had 20 participants this year and four eighth grade students.
“The kids are really just great,” Haas said. “They’re all really into it and there are some exceptionally good players.”
Haas noted that there will be another chess tournament taking place at the Chapman school in Anchor Point on March 3 for students in grades three and up, including space for adult participants.
First place: Emma Field
Second place: Tanner de Creeft
Third place: Jack Partidge
First place: Max Fefelov
Second place: Dylan Waltenbaugh
Third place: Ashton Wilson
First place: Daxton Kuipers
Second place: Sadie Gibson
Third place: Halsey Turner
First place: Liam Robinson
Second place: Graysen Oster
Third place: Dawson Wolfe
First place: Elijah Williams
Second place: Brandon Alexander
Third place: Jackson Parsons
First place: Kingston Longpre
Second place: Robbie Wilson
Third place: Teddy Nevzoroff-Maly