On January 26 and 27, PECO and After School Activities Partnerships hosted the 12th year of “Checkmate Violence”. The event took place at the University of the Sciences and congregated 350 students of which 22 were from the Esperanza Academy Charter Schools.
“It’s really brain over brawn here, practicing problem-solving skills, about pushing themselves. But it’s also a community activity,” shared Justin Ennis, Executive Director of After School Activities Partnerships with 6ABC.
For the Esperanza Academy chess team, it was not only a community activity after school hours but a weekend full of victories. The EA Middle School took 1st place team in the k-8 section, Jose Velazquez took top U6player, Moises Hernandez took 4th place individual, and Mateo Ruiz took top U1000 player. Watch the Inspiring story of Mateo Ruiz and the Esperanza Academy Chess Team.
“Our kids did a fantastic job and showed huge progress. They are ready now for the State Championships the first weekend in March!”, said Ms. Moshier, Esperanza Academy Teacher and Chess Coach.
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