Philly chess players return with 78 awards (and counting) from PA State Scholastic Chess Championships

A.S. Jenks Chess TeamView from State Chess Champs

After weathering the storm on Friday, March 2nd, ASAP Chess made it to Gettysburg, PA to compete in the PA Scholastic Chess Championship! Not only did more than 115 students from Philadelphia attend, but students had to make room for more than 78 awards on the bus trip back! The trip also included a lot of new faces, including first time states competitors, A.S. Jenks, Lincoln and Community Academy! 

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Thanks to the support of Lindy Communities, ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships was able to sponsor these students from Philadelphia School District-run and public charters to an event that paves the way each year to Nationals. As ratings are being updated, below is an overview of a few noteworthy individual and team awards from different traditional neighborhood public, citywide admission, and special admission schools:


Individual Awards:

  • Srisa Changlokar (4th Place Overall K-12 Open) from J. R. Masterman School
  • Amy Huang (2nd Place U1100) from Academy at Palumbo
  • Kayla Cooke (2nd Place U1000 and the 2nd Place U900) from Mitchell Elementary  
  • Nerissa Kuan (1st place U800) and Mario Marchetti (1st Place U600)  from Bregy Elementary
  • Ricardo Lugardo Jr. (7th place 7-12 U1000) from Lincoln High School
  • Delano Kirton (5th place 7-12 Unrated) from Dobbins Career & Technical High School

Amy Huang 
Amy Huang, Academy at Palumbo placing 2nd 

Team Awards:

  • Jr. Mastmeran School (1st place school K-6 Open; 1st place school K-8 Open; 1st place school K-12 Open)
  • Mitchell Elementary ( 2nd place school K-8 Open)
  • A.S. Jenks (5th place school K-6 Open)
  • Central High School (2nd place school K-12 Open)
  • Academy at Palumbo (2nd place school 7-12 U1300)
  • Carver High School for Engineering & Science (3rd place school 7-12 U1000)

    Central High School team placed 2nd in (K-12) open!

    This trip has become such an important milestone for our chess community, especially since many of them are utilizing their experience to prepare for Nationals! If you have team, school or individual stories from PA State Chess Championships, please submit to Communications and Development Coordinator, Victoria Bakey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Chess Coordinator, Caroline Henley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

    This article was written by Chess Director, Martin Collette in collaboration with the Communications and Development Coordinator, Tori Bakey
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