Cornerstone Charter School-Washington Parks Campus Wins National Chess Competition

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    Proving that all the news coming out of metro Detroit isn’t bad, the Cornerstone Charter School-Washington Parks chess team won the 2010 Jr. High Chess Nationals in Minneapolis, Minn., which was held April 9-11. A week later, the team’s girls competed in the 2010 All-Girls Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, and took second place. It was the first time they competed in the event.

    Chess coach Kevin Fite is thankful for the community’s support.

    “We couldn’t make it to any of the Nationals if it weren’t for dedicated parents and business sponsors like the Rory Gamble and Jimmy Settles of the UAW, McDonalds, Del Taco, Grand Valley State University and the Boyce Foundation,” said Fite.

    On Wednesday, May 5, the group will head to Atlanta, Ga. for the Elementary Chess Nationals, along with assistant coach, Glenn Smith.

    “Before chess, I wasn’t exposed to traveling to other states,” said Curtis Kennedy Jr., 14. “I was only used to traveling around the city. There’s no better feeling than being on a bus filled with trophies coming back from a national chess tournament.”

    “The nationals was a new experience for me, being around individuals and teammates who share the same passion and desires for chess as I do,” said Marc Clayton, 13. “I never knew chess was this big.”

    “It was harder than I thought it was going to be,” said eighth-grader Miesha Wilson of the All-Girls Nationals. “A lot of the girls were very tough at Nationals. I played girls from New York, Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania.”
    Fite is proud of his team and their accomplishments.

    “Our kids worked very hard all year long,” Fite said. “They were very focused and determined this season. They were very upset last season when they came in third place at the Nationals in Nashville. They knew it wasn’t going to be easy to get to number one. I’m very proud of all our kids.”

    Cornerstone Charter School-Washington Parks chess team roster

    Christian Yanish
    Xabria Nelson
    Ashley Mitchell
    Bria Cross
    Elayja Mack
    Fredcina Kitchen
    Hallie Webster
    Jaylen Peoples
    Donald Dameron
    Brenae Smith
    Jovaun Rogers
    Tredal Latham
    Tony Jones Jr.
    Serenity Harper
    Deja Kennedy
    Dywon Lever
    Dekia Thompson
    Bria Herrick
    Randal Bevelle
    Ravyn Gardner
    Kiera Nettles
    Jordan Sweet
    Michael Brown
    Kyle Pierce
    Sidnei Austin
    Taylor Cogshell
    Jordan Reeves
    Micah Gooden
    Alexis Clements
    Kenice Freeman
    Joshua Matthews
    Brittany Herrick
    Nicole Sutton
    Gu-woin Ingram
    Marc Clayton
    Miesha Wilson
    Etana Wilson
    Niani Johnson
    Curtis Kennedy Jr.
    Courey Anderson
    James Davenport
    Elijah Martinez
    Gabriel Colston
    Carla Gibson
    Jalen Jackson
    Brandy Copeland
    Darian Williams
    Joshua Harper
    Charles Boyce
    Ahlon Mitchell
    Ahvon Mitchell
    Megan Anthony
    Heaven Anthony
    Ricardo Chokengboan
    Bryce Smith
    Niyah Stinson
    Gabriel Sturdivant
    Anthony Castone
    John Webster
    Shyra Northington
    Zaria Nelson
    Brandon Blevins
    Brian Cross II
    Nolun Epps
    Coach Kevin Fite
    Coach Glenn Smith

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