Note: This story was updated at 6:05 p.m.
Three Oak Ridge High School students have qualified for the state chess championship on February 16 at Tennessee Tech University.
The three ORHS students took home trophies and qualified for the state championship during the Region 1 scholastic at Oak Ridge High School on Saturday, January 26, a press release said. More than 109 students from across East Tennessee attended that event.
ORHS juniors Justin Blanchard and Bear Moran took third and seventh, respectively, in the high school division, the press release said. Freshman Henri Scott also qualified for the K-9 championship by taking sixth in that division.
Other Oak Ridge students who participated in the tournament were Domenic Grove, Leo Ehlers, William McNab, Daisy Kercher, and Brandon Bonamarte of Robertsville Middle School; Jonas Tilson, Benjamin Bell, Gabriel Hadid-McCallum, and Kevin Lozada-Gonzales of St. Mary’s School; Graham Thompson of Jefferson Middle School; William Hetrick and Isabella Hickey of Linden Elementary School; and Simon Weston of Woodland Elementary School, the press release said. Renji Hua and Yasmin Miller of Willow Brook Elementary School were also at the chess tournament.
Tournament results may be found at the Tennessee Chess Association website at http://tnchess.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2019-Region-1-Ind.pdf.
This press release and photos were submitted by Gilbert Chan.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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