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"Charter North" Chess Team gets Trophy at National Tournament

2009_national_chess_resizedThe ASPIRA Charter North Chess Team participated in the IV Supernational Chess Tournament held in Nashville, Tennessee from April 2-5, 2009. The team obtained the fifth place in the K-9 Unrated Category bringing back a beautiful trophy for the ASPIRA of Florida organization. We are very proud of this accomplishment and hope to see more participation in the future. ASPIRA was also commended for being the third charter school in the nation to participate in this important event.

More than 5000 students from all over The United States participated in this event. They were able to hear, watch playing and meet important individuals from the world of chess such as Gary Kasparov and Greg Chamitoff, the austronaut who played chess from the International space station with a team of kindergarten trough third grade chess players of Stevenson Elementary School in Bellevue, Washington.

The names of the players who attended the competition are: Jemaxon Adrien, Alexander Barnes, Luis de la Cruz, Alexis Herrera, Daniel Julien, Hector Peña, Dominick Pierre, David Remilien, Jonathan Trujillo, and Steven Valera. The event was an exciting experience for the ASPIRANTES who participated, at one point during the tournament the team was in second place but ended up in 5th place tied with third and fourth place winners with 15.5 games won. The principal, Iliana Peña and the chess coaches, Mr. Núñez and Mr. Trujillo are very proud of the players. They tried very hard and did their best and got good results.

Everyone at ASPIRA North, parents, teachers, students and the rest of the staff is very excited about the team's performance and looking forward to more wins. The Charter North chess team is now looking forward to participating in the Miami-Dade School District Title I Chess tournament being held on May 2, 2009. Once again, we wish them the best.