Gwinnett students stand strong in chess tournament

Hundreds competed but only a few were left standing when the Georgia Chess Association hosted the 2005 chess championship March 12 in DeKalb County.

Three Gwinnett County teams posted high results - Mason Elementary came in first in the primary region and in the middle school region, Greater Atlanta Christian finished second and Trickum Middle tied for fourth.

More than 500 elementary school students from around the state have competed in the tourney throughout the years. Forty-nine teams, consisting of 250 players competed at the finals at Shamrock Middle School.

There are five players per team and if at least three of the five players win their game, the team wins that match and receives one point.

In addition to Mason, the other 2005 State Champions are Pace Academy at the elementary level, Taylor Road, Shamrock and River Trail at the middle school level.

And in other competition news . .

Three Gwinnett County students from Old Suwanee Christian School in Gwinnett County nabbed first place honors at the annual academic, Bible and fine arts competition.

Almost 1,300 students from schools that are members of the Georgia Association of Christian Schools competed in the event, held March 7 and 8 at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton.

Nicole Gershman won first place in sacred piano solo, Andrea White won first place in Bible teaching and Lauren Alexander won first place Bible memory.

The students compete in the American Association of Christian Schools National Fine Arts Competition at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. on April 12 - 14.



Tricia Harris, Knight Elementary art teacher, will host an art show for grades third through fifth. Student art work will be displayed in the main, entrance and hallways. For more information, call 770-921-2400.

Knight Elementary third-grade students will present "Rockin' Rock Eagle." The classes of Linda Jones, Kristen Napolitano, and Lynn Sisler will perform. Students of Christina Albury, Karen Rossi and Carol Trail will perform Tuesday. For more information, call 770-921-2400.

Jaime Sarrio is the education reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. Good News From Schools appears Sundays in the Post.