3rd Graders Compete at KISD Chess Tournament, ERES Student Crowned Champion
Second and third grade students at 11 Keller ISD campuses have been learning about chess throughout the year as part of the First Move Chess Program, now in its second year in the District. Plans are in place to offer the program at additional campuses for the 2015-16 school year. Strategies and skills learned through the program help improve critical thinking skills, and teach patience and thinking ahead.
Keller ISD’s First Move Chess Tournament brought the top 20 third-grade chess players from each of the participating campuses to compete for the title of KISD Chess Champion. The tournament grew from three campuses to eight in just one year and will continue to grow as the program expands. Campuses choosing to participate in this year’s tournament included Caprock, Eagle Ridge, Friendship, Independence, Lone Star, Park Glen, Ridgeview, and Willis Lane Elementary Schools.
Congratulations to the 2015 finalists:
Matthew Sanchez, Eagle Ridge Elementary (Champion)
Sydney Jackson, Willis Lane Elementary (Runner-Up)
Brayden Hawkins, Friendship Elementary
Garrett Hofer, Willis Lane Elementary
David Jennings, Lone Star Elementary
Alex Peterson, Willis Lane Elementary
Dalton Reddin, Eagle Ridge Elementary
Jensen Simmons, Eagle Ridge Elementary