Sixty-three students from Hunter Elementary School in Raleigh competed in the Triangle K-12 Chess Championship at the Raleigh Convention Center.
More than 60 schools entered the event, making it one of the biggest local chess tournaments in recent history. All five Hunter teams finished in the top three in their grades.
▪ The kindergarten and first-grade team won third place and includes Madeline Schaefer, Stephen Willett, Griffin Burchell, Tiffany Ye, Sam Rubenstein, Manoj Nithianandarajah, Moksha Bookahalli, Rory McHugh, Audrey Lewis, Akshaya Rajkumar, Aathu Sutharshan, Anvitha Ranganna, Matthew Rosenfield and Sunil Poonamallee.
▪ The second-grade team won first place and included Nicholas McCalla, Sumedh Kotrannavar, Shubhan Bhattacharya, Stephen Heagarty, Cyrus Philips, Anusha Kamath, Chike Chukwurah, Leslie Roussell, Anjalee Rasathurai, Laila Boufedji and Austin Vogt. Nicholas tied for third place individually.
▪ The third grade team won second place and included Conor Kruger, Ankita Karuturi, Anurag Barua, Maurya Bookahalli, Arthur Soong, Bryce Morse, Sam Rozansky, Griffin McHugh, Tristan Meyers, Darcy Watts, Snehit Gogineni, Zachary Ventura, Lexi Etienne, Tatiana Barnes, Shaivi Ramisetti and Pracheth Sanka.
▪ The fourth-grade team won first place and included Sam Indermaur, Riddhik Basu, Abhinav Rajkumar, Archit Tamboli, Jakai Dickerson, Adam Burchell, David Giang, Daniel Yu, Evan Yun, Max Steffey, Connor Lewis, Frank Chung, Tobi White, Chi Chi Chukwurah and Elaney Steed. Sam won first place and Riddhik tied for second place individually.
▪ The fifth-grade team won third place and included Bhargava Nandura, James McCalla, Tessa Philips, Bryn McHugh, Camden Davis, Kaeleigh Kruger and Varsha Karuturi. Bhargava tied for second place individually.