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MPS chess teams advance to state tournaments

Chess teams from six MPS schools qualified to compete at the state level this spring. High school teams from Milwaukee High School of the Arts, Milwaukee School of Languages, Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School, Rufus King International School, and Washington High School of Information Technology traveled to Oshkosh to square off against students from across the state. Middle school students from Morse Middle School journeyed to Wisconsin Dells to test their skills.

After multiple rounds of competition over two days, Morse Middle School took third place in their division! Congratulations to Dionna Addison, Charon Chang, Jonathan Evans, Arionna Harris, Alejandro Johnson, Leon Scott, ChaNon Chang, Justin Hart, Ethan Vang, and Coach Cathleen Pollock.

Dionna Addison was undefeated after her first three rounds playing against high school players and then competed for the title against two undefeated high schoolers. She received an honorable mention for placing in the top percentage of all competitors.

Charon Chang, a sixth grader, received 2nd place for Most Improved Player based on his score from his first meet through the state tournament. Coach Cathleen Pollock expressed her pride in her team. “Our team competed well against many higher-rated players,” she said. “They stepped up to the challenge and we should all be very proud of their results.”

At the high school level, players battled hard all weekend but did not land among the top six teams. Washington Chess Coach Micheal Moore was enthusiastic about their experiences. “All of our students represented MPS with great respect and sportsmanship,” he said. “They gained valuable experience in perseverance, concentration, problem solving, and critical thinking. I am truly proud of the way they fought hard for six rounds of chess, and this competition will impact their strategy for next year.”

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