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February 4-- Vidalia Heritage Academy's High School and Middle School Scholastic Chess Teams qualified and competed for the GICAA Chess State title in Greensboro.

The Middle School won the state title and the high school team placed third. Three middle school players, Anna Beall, Drake Menard, and Gaige Brantley and one high school player, Devein Burrell, were undefeated for the day! All four were awarded individual medals! Alexandria Lee(MS), Grace Mixon(HS), Jacob Mixon(HS), and James Hagan(HS) had great contributions to their team’s effort.

vhschesschamps(L-R) Gaige Brantley, Drake Menard, Alexandria Lee, Coach Jim Beall, and Anna Beall.

Both chess teams had to promote up a player to fill in for players out with the flu. The high school team was one game away from advancing to the title match. The middle school team did not lose a single game in the final match – going 4-0 defeating King’s Academy from Woodstock. “I am very proud of the concentration and mental fortitude all players demonstrated today competing throughout the day in back to back matches!” exclaimed Coach Jim Beall.

The Scholastic Chess Program at Vidalia Heritage was implemented and supported as part of an East Georgia State College Scholastic Chess initiative in area schools. Assistant Professor Jim Beall leads this effort and has assisted chess programs in Emanuel, Montgomery, Toombs, and Candler counties. For information about this initiative please contact Professor Beall at jbeall

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