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WMS Chess Team Brings Home Wins

The WMS Chess Team fared well at this year’s Gateway Chess League Board Tournament. All four WMS students who participated finished in the top ten overall. In the sixth grade section, Charlie Balestra, Thomas Wei and Yijia Mao finished 1st overall, 3rd overall and 9th overall respectively. Finishing 1st overall in the eighth grade division, Prakash Ramakrishnan took the honors.


In the team competition, the WMS seventh and eighth grade teams finished a strong second, despite being short handed while the sixth grade team finished third, while also being short handed. 


On Saturday, Jan. 11 WMS sixth grader Dante Zou captured the top trophy by finishing 1st overall in the Gateway Chess League Annual Team Tournament, individual section, held at Belleville West High School. Please congratulate these students on a job well done!

  • Charlie Balestra 
  • Thomas Wei 
  • Yijia Mao 
  • Dante Zou
  • Prakash Ramakrishnan - Team Captain