St. Mary School in Oak Ridge competed in the Secret City Chess Tournament on Nov. 5 at Oak Ridge High School.
The tournament hosted 42 teams composed of 76 students. Both unrated and rated levels included teams from grades K-3, 4-6, and 7-12. St. Mary’s Genevieve Robinson, Elliot Barnes, and Miko Zolnierczuk competed in the unrated 7-12 division and brought home a first-place team victory for the second year in a row. Individually, Genevieve won first place, Elliot earned second place, and Miko finished fourth competing against seventh-12th-graders in their division. Luke Cheadle competed in the unrated 4-6 and won first place.
St. Mary chess club members continued to demonstrate their skill when they competed in the Winter Scholastic Open in Lenoir City on Dec. 3. Elliot and Genevieve competed in the rated 7-12 division. Luke competed in the unrated 4-6 level and placed first overall.
St. Mary students showcased their problem-solving, visualization, and critical-thinking skills in these tournaments. The school congratulated club members and thanked coach Teri Wiest for teaching and refining their skills.