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At the All-Girls National Championships, the Chess Queens of Success Academy Triumph
Success Academy – April 27, 2018
At the 15th Annual All-Girls National Chess Championships, Success Academy scholars knocked it out of the park! Twenty-seven scholars from seven schools travelled to Chicago to compete this past weekend, and they dominated the tournament. The SA High School of the Liberal Arts team placed first in the U18 division, beating out acclaimed Stuyvesant High School. SA Hudson Yards sixth-grader Nura Baalla became the national champion in the Under 12 division, winning 5.5 out of six games, with her team tying for first place.
In total, Success Academy scholars and teams took home seven trophies, including five in the top three spots!
- National Champions, Under 18: SA High School of the Liberal Arts
- 2nd place team, Under 16: SA Bed Stuy 1 Middle School
- National Champion, Under 12: Nura Baalla, SA Hudson Yards Middle School
- Co-National Champions (placed 2nd in tie breaks), Under 12: SA Hudson Yards Middle School
- 4th place team, Under 12: SA Midtown West Middle School
- 6th place team, Under 12: SA Myrtle Middle School
- 3rd place team (tie break for 2nd) Under 10: SA Hudson Yards Middle School
This tremendous accomplishment is a testimony to the hard work of our chess players, as well as the dedication or our amazing chess coaches. Congratulations to all!
SA Bed Stuy 1 Middle School: Jessica Hyatt, Tabia Davis, Layla Crippen, Geah Jean Baptiste, Coach: Tyrell Harriott
SA High School of the Liberal Arts: Ka-Nefer Petersen, Reanna Philips, Kadidia Sylla, Ramla Mohammed. Coach: Jonathan Munnell
SA Hudson Yards Middle School: U12 team: Nura Baalla, Ann Goldey, Emily Booncharoen; U10 team: Pari Patni, Maya Mukherji, Rachel Prizant. Coach: Christopher Johnson
SA Midtown West Middle School: Noni Hardaway, Ava Trujillo, Taise Martinez. Coach: David Campbell
SA Myrtle Middle School: Annika Parsia, Nicole Leonardo, Sabrina Addo, Delilah Tavarez. Coach: Alexander Beltre
SA Union Square: Anya Omer, Minal Omer, Helen Best. Coach: Nicholas Norman
SA Washington Heights: Milana Ward, Almes Ahmia, Subi Bencosme-Lee. Coach: Liam Murphy
SA High School of the Liberal Arts (Ka-Nefer Petersen, Reanna Philips, Ramla Mohammed, Kadidia Sylla) placed 1st in the U18 division, ahead of Stuyvesant High School
SA Hudson Yards scholar Nura Baalla (left) took home the first place trophy for the Under 12 championship.
SA Hudson Yards tied for first (placing second in tie breaks) in U12 (Nura Baalla, Ann Goldey, Emily Booncharoen) and tied for 2nd (placing third in tie breaks) in U10 (Pari Patni, Maya Mukherji, Rachel Prizant).
SA Bed Stuy 1 Middle School (Jessica Hyatt, Tabia Davis, Layla Crippen, Geah Jean Baptiste) placed 2nd in the U16 division.
21 Success Academy players, from seven schools, travelled to Chicago to compete and took home seven trophies.