NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Eighteen students won a total of 12 awards at the National Scholastic Chess Foundation Winter Classic recently at Columbus Elementary School in New Rochelle.
The students captured the 100th first-place team win (Booster section) and a second-place team win (Reserve section) for the Columbus Chess Club.
The seven individual Booster section awards were: first place, Darren Chen; second place, Deven Coulanges; third place, Steven Ramos; fifth place, Luis Jimenez; second place unrated, Mia Torres; third place unrated, May Dooley.
Ronny Perez also secured a medal.
Other Booster section team members were Sophia Maldonado, Cynthya Vilcapoma, Maria Chavez, Nicholas Hernandez and Alex Ciriaco.
Awards in the Reserve section were Leo Liu, first place and Kenneth Concha, second place.
The other Reserve section team member was Julian Magana.
In addition, Evelyn Valencia and Leandra Evangelista placed third as a team in the Primary Novice section.
Jason Zheng played in the Championship section for chess players rated over 1,000.
Adviser Mark Hegenaur leads the team, which continues its fundraising efforts to enable a trip to the K-6 Scholastic Chess Nationals in Nashville, Tenn. in May.
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