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Quavis Tate, 9, right, challenges Hunter Kaminskas, 8, at Canterbury High School’s chess camp.
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Playing with bishops and knights

Students learn chess skills at summer camp

During a friendly match, Beale Hughes, 9, gave his opponent Sean Lugakingira, 5, some pointers after Sean attempted to make several moves in one turn.

They were playing a match during some free play time Thursday as part of a weeklong chess camp at Canterbury High School last week.

“It’s an unusual thing and a really neat opportunity to learn and acquire skills most children don’t get to develop until later on,” James Dean, Canterbury’s chess teacher, said.

Canterbury offers chess as a part of its curriculum, but the summer camp, held in July each summer, is open to all students in the area. The morning session is for beginners and an afternoon session is for more advanced, tournament players. This year about 20 kids signed up for the camp, Dean said.

The camp and the game of chess help kids with decision making, weighing options and solving problems, Dean said. There’s also an opportunity for kids to spend some time outside, “to blow off some steam,” he said. Dean also goes through lessons with the group, and students have a chance to play different opponents during free play time.


•The Ball State University Alumni Association and the Northeastern Indiana Alumni Chapter recently named recipients of the Northeastern Indiana Alumni Chapter Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year: Caroline Martin, Lori Stanfield and Madison Wilson, all of Homestead High School. The Northeastern Indiana Alumni Chapter Scholarship is offered to high school seniors who plan to attend Ball State University full-time and live in one of the following counties: Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, Noble, and Whitley.

Andrew Whirrett, an eighth-grade English and history teacher and athletic director at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Fort Wayne, was among several educators honored by the Indiana Department of the American Legion during its 95th Annual State Convention in July. Each year, the Indiana Department of the American Legion honors educators who are recognized by their communities and their peers as exemplifying the qualities of a premier educator. The awards are broken into two categories: kindergarten through sixth grade and grades seven through 12. Whirrett was the overall winner in the latter category.

Grace College

•The TCU Foundation has provided Grace College with a $5,000 Financial Freedom Grant Award for a local student. This year, Marissa Rico was given the award. Rico lives in Warsaw with her parents and sister and will be attending Grace in the fall as a biology major, with long-term-term goals of pursuing a career as a cosmetic dermatologist.

Kevin Roberts, counseling professor and chairman of the Behavioral Science Department at Grace College and Seminary, received the Alva J. McClain Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award is given every two years to the full-time teacher who not only exhibits excellent academic quality in the classroom but also inspires and infuses students with a passion to learn and grow. Professors given this award are nominated by students and faculty and must exemplify quality teaching in the classroom, pursue excellence in scholarship, demonstrate leadership and service, give meaningful contributions to the academic climate, and enhance teaching as a profession.


Ellen Cutter will join the university as the new director for the Community Research Institute. Cutter replaces John Stafford who announced his retirement in May. Cutter previously served as a principal and the director of research for Market Street Services, a community, economic, and workforce development consulting firm in Atlanta.

Ivy Tech

•Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will be offering an Enrollment Express Lane on Wednesday with walk-in assistance from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. at the Student Life Center on the College’s North Campus, 3701 Dean Drive. The purpose of the event is to help prospective students with busy schedules to enroll in one visit to campus. Students should bring their high school transcript for an on-the-spot evaluation for a possible assessment waiver. For assessment, individuals must have a valid ID.

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