Chess teacher Bonnie Waitzkin reported that at the New Jersey Chess Championship on Sunday November 19 at Brookdale College in Lincroft, Eric Wu '24 won all five games to win the sixth grade championship title for the fourth year in a row. In the fourth grade competition, Rowan Field won four out of five games for the second place trophy, and fifth grader Adrien Cristian won four games for fourth place.
The PDS second grade team of Anya Jha, Elias Nicozisis, Elijah Morris, Gio Juarez, Mihir Karande and William Broeker won first place school team, and the first grade team of Aditya Pillai, Akshay Pillai, Sloane Schwendinger and Isabel Takeuchi took home second place. Kindergartener Jamie Wu took home the 7th place trophy.
Also competing were eighth graders Dodge Martinson and Kai Shah, seventh grader Arjun Kumar and third grader Harkiran Sandhu.
Ms. Waitzkin noted, "As more and more New Jersey schools invest in chess programs to challenge their students, PDS has more competition at state and national events. This year our players once again demonstrated that the early introduction of chess in the curriculum allows many talented students to excel in this intellectual sport."