Chess Club News


     March 18th, 2017

Rock Canyon Chess Club Excels at State

State Elementary Chess Tournament - Report

It was great hanging out with all of you at the tournament today. Our kids did such a great job! We've never had so many team members; and we've never had a team with so many first time players! Playing 6 games is a big accomplishment, and your children worked hard, learned a lot and, most importantly, had fun! Lots of great individual performances too.

We had a great finish for our team as well. Out of 96 teams there, we tied for 14th place overall! Great job all of you chess-playing Roadrunners!

Thanks for a fun day,
Mary Elizabeth

P.S. We need a team photo! Please have your kids wear their shirts and bring their medals and trophies to chess club on Wednesday so we can take a group photo. I'll have the medals and trophies there for those who weren't able to pick them up.


Tournament Recap
On March 18th Rock Canyon sent its biggest team ever to the State Elementary Chess Championships with 27 students playing for our school! They competed against hundreds of other students from schools across Utah. This year, out of 96 schools represented, our team tied for 14th place!

      Our top finishers were:

  • Joseph Christensen, 18th place in 5th grade
  • Dallin Jenkins, 19th place in 5th grade
  • Jacob Schonlau. 20th place in 4th grade
  • Hyun Jang, 22nd place in 3rd grade
  • Andrew Lund, 25th place in 4th grade

      Our outstanding performance winners were:

  • Joseph Christensen, 18th place in 5th grade
  • 6th grade--Koki Cabrinha, Xander Escobedo and Atticus Hydrick
  • 1st grade--Ian Koeven and Leon Hawk
  • Kindergarten--Andrew Hartley

      Our medal winners contributing to Rock Canyon's victory were:

  • 6th grade--Brennan Callahan, Herman Dolder, Hwangho Jang, and Joey Whitney
  • 5th grade--Melissa Johnson, Josephine Liau, Ryan Nabrotzky, and Avery Webb
  • 4th grade--Ariana Hartley and Solomon Smith
  • 3rd grade--Quentin Jenkins and Elisha Smith
  • 2nd grade--Brielle Hartley, Karissa Liau, Taylee Payne and Heath Webb

Congratulations to our Rock Canyon chess team for their outstanding performance at State!

Club Coodinator & Instructor: Mary Elizabeth Christensen -
Chess Coach: Milt Moody -