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The W. Arthur Cullman Rookie Chess Tournament took place last Tuesday, May 16, at the Columbus Museum of Art. Eighteen elementary schools sent 110 students to compete in four rounds of chess, resulting in a trophy winner from each table. High school chess club students from Northland, CAHS and Centennial monitored the competition. Special guests included Dr. Dan Good (Superintendent of Columbus City Schools), Matt Barnes (NBC4 News Anchor), Gregg Dodd (Director of Marketing for the Columbus Metropolitan Library), Michael Stinziano (Columbus City Council Member), and Francie Nolan (former Columbus City Schools educator and founder of the district chess program). Participating schools were Avondale, Berwick, Clinton, Colerain, CGA, Devonshire, East Linden, Ecole Kenwood, Gables, Huy, Indian Springs, Indianola, Innis, Liberty, Maize, Parkmoor, Weinland Park and Westgate.

Table winners included the following young scholars: Nikhil Arunchalam (Ecole Kenwood), Oumar Cisse (Ecole Kenwood), Rikito Deanda (Devonshire), Ayana Hussein (Huy), Jennifer Johnson (Parkmoor), Sotto Lai (Columbus Gifted Academy), Ahnaf Mamun (Gables), Joshua Martin Jr. (Avondale), Carter McCabe (Columbus Gifted Academy), Samaury McKinley (Colerain), Keegan Milungi (Indianola), Kshitiz Niroula (Innis), Benjamin Rider-Blitzer (Clinton), America Sanchez (Gables), Shane Sylvester (Maize), Arthur Trittman (Clinton), Aviv White (Columbus Gifted Academy).

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Posted Monday, May 22, 2017

The annual Nolan’s Knights Elementary Chess Tournament was held at the Columbus Metropolitan Library on Friday, May 19. Forty-five students from the following schools competed in four three rounds of official tournament play: Berwick, Clinton, Colerain, Columbus Gifted Academy, Ecole Kenwood, East Linden, Gables, Huy, Indian Springs, Indianola, Maize, East Linden, and Westgate. Community volunteers from Ohio State University and Columbus Chess Academy assisted with judging and scoring, and the tournament’s namesake, former Columbus City Schools educator, Francie Nolan, was on hand to welcome students and assist with awards.

Top finishers included:

  • James Oram (Columbus Gifted Academy, 1st place)
  • Isaac Meske (Columbus Gifted Academy, 2nd place)
  • Evander Hazelwood (Huy Elementary, 3rd place)
  • Thaddeus Burton (Berwick, 4th place)

Five additional students were honored with the prestigious Nolan’s Knights award baed on nominations by their chess coaches as a result of their sportsmanship, persistence, and dedication to the game:
  • Yanai Woodward (Gables)
  • Zaniah Gibson (East Linden)
  • Noah Shingler (East Linden)
  • Joseline Castaneda Cardona (East Linden)
  • Evander Hazelwood (Huy Elementary)

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Posted Monday, May 22, 2017
12-month Practical Nursing Program: Enroll now for the October 2, 2017 class. NO STNA REQUIRED! Click on the nursing link on the left for more information. [...click for more]

Posted Thursday, May 18, 2017
Poetry Month just ended. The Poetry Out Loud national finals were last week, The District Slam happened on Saturday. Want to keep the momentum going? Have your students enter the ThinkCerca Poetry Slam. You can find the guidelines, permission slips, and teaching tools HERE. The deadline is May 19th and there are three ways students can enter:
  • An original, written poem
  • An audio or video performance of an original poem
  • An audio or video performance of a previously published poem.
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Posted Sunday, May 7, 2017

Ready Magazine, a quarterly publication that is designed with the beautiful diversity of women

and girls around the world in mind, is set to host its first mentoring workshop with junior and senior high school girls in Central Ohio.

-On June 27 & 28, 2017, Ready will kick off their first READY Publication Mentorship Initiative held at the Lincoln Theatre at 771 E. Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203. This initiative will begin with the READYHigh School Two-Day Writers Summit in Central Ohio, which will include eight (8) hours of content, and four (4) hours of READY Action Circles with READY regular contributors and mentors, marketing experts, literary professionals, and READY publishers.It will conclude with a:

--READY Special Edition print publication featuring every high school junior and senior girl participant of this two day writers summit (publication to release in September 2017), and

--READY to Mentor partnering a READY contributor with high school participants cultivating mentoring

relationships to enhance writing, and a

--READY internship for two high school students.

Interested junior and senior high school girls as of fall 2017 with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher may copy and paste this link into your browser to complete application:


~ 30 spaces available ~ Application Deadline is May 25, 2017 ~

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Posted Sunday, May 7, 2017
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