Summit Academy High School Chess Club is underway
WEST AKRON — The Summit Academy High School Chess Club, with social studies teacher counselor Justin Bruce, meets twice a week for practices aimed at helping students master the basics of chess as they ‘they are preparing to compete in Greater Akron Scholastic Chess League matches which begin in November and run through February.
Bruce said he started the club to temper stigma and provide a place for social interaction and confidence building. The club attracted up to 18 students at a time, school officials noted.
“The most important thing is [building] self-confidence – the ability to feel you can do something and achieve something that is academic in nature and pushes you to compete under pressure,” Bruce said. “Whether you win or lose, personal growth is positive.”
“It gives the students the chance to learn something different and they seem to really enjoy it,” said club principal Ralph Grant.
Above, left to right, Kareron Murray senior, Bruce, Grant and Jessica Moore sophomore as they discuss chess strategies during practice.
Summit Academy High School is located at 464 S. Hawkins Ave.
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