SUITLAND,MD— – The Drew-Freeman Middle School Chess Club placed fourth in its first national competition, the recent U.S. Chess Federation Junior High School Tournament in San Diego.
Led by principal Marla Dean and coach Bleu Colquitt from Omega Gold Development, Drew-Freeman teamed up with the Suitland Boys and Girls Chess Club of Greater Washington in partnership with Nycal Town from the Greater Washington Boys and Girls Club. Four students – Cyrus Miller, Djervai Mitchell, Tiffany Pope and Briannell Walker – finished in the top 40.
More than 300 public, private and chess clubs participated in this annual event. Drew-Freeman competed in the unrated division with 50 other schools. The top 10 schools received a trophy and plaque.
“Chess teaches students about visualizing, critical thinking, analytical thinking, and planning,” said Julius D. Ellington, dean of students at Drew-Freeman. “Chess teaches children about sportsmanship – how to win graciously and not give up when encountering defeat.”
Donations to support the chess club should be made payable to Drew-Freeman Middle School. Those who wish to volunteer with the club may contact Ellington at 301-817-0900 ext. 255.