Photo by Jessica Mladineo

More than 200 Evanston school kids showed up at Oakton Elementary School for the Winter Chess Tournament. The crowd was buzzing with excitement as kids representing most District 65 elementary schools, plus pupils from Chiaravalle Montessori, St. Athanasius, and St. Joan of Arc Schools, took their places in Oakton’s sun-filled auditorium.
More than 50 parent volunteers were on hand to sell refreshments and shepherd chess players from classrooms to long tables, where they faced their opponents.

Thanks to the Evanston Scholastic Chess Association, pupils were able to participate in the tournament for the low cost of $4 per child, as opposed to the more typical $20-$40 charged by other districts.

Superintendent Paul Goren was on hand to cheer the students, and said “I could not be more proud” of the chess players and of Oakton, where his three children attended, participating  in the Two-Way Immersion Program.

 Oakton Principal Wayne Williams summed it up: “This weekend was amazing!”