Quail Summit student Jonathan Chen beat first grade challengers from different states and won the title at the National K-12 Championship in Orlando.
By Walnut Valley Unified
A six-year-old from Quail Summit Elementary has garnered the title of national champion. Jonathan Chen, a first grade student, represented his school during the National K-12 Championship held in Orlando, Florida.
Chen won the first-grade division with a perfect 7-0 score.The contest was held December 12-14.
Players with the same scores were paired against each other during seven rounds of competition. Each grueling round could last more than three hours.
“I am very happy and very proud of the biggest trophy and national champion title for my school!” Chen exclaimed.
Chen hopes to start a chess club so that next year he can bring a team trophy back to the school! The youngster from Diamond Bar has been playing chess for about two years.
His father introduced the game to him at age 4. He’s had a coach since he was in kindergarten and earned the youngest champion award in the 2013 American Open.
Last June, he won the 3rd Place trophy in the International Youth Championship, under 14-year-old division, held in Las Vegas.
A classmate asked Chen how he won all the games.
“I think it’s because I have more patience and more focus,” Chen replied.
Students stepped out of their comfort zones to connect with other students during Mix It Up Day at Quail Summit Elementary.
By Walnut Valley Unified
Quail Summit Elementary students joined the national Mix It Up at Lunch Day on October 28. The event provides students with an opportunity to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new.
And that’s just what they did! As the youngsters came out for lunch recess they visited three stations where parent volunteers passed out conversation starter cards.
“The best thing about today is that they are making new friends!” said parent Vivian Liao.
The cards had prompts like “Find someone who likes to play handball” and “Find someone who has ridden Space Mountain at Disneyland.”
After the boys and girls met a new friend that matched their inquiry, they received a puzzle piece, and a new card. When they earned four pieces to solve the puzzle, the kids received a green Mix It Up Day wristband, frozen treat, and hand stamp. They could also join the Cupid Shuffle dance party hosted by teachers Jessica Cabral and Erin Ruhl.
Several 5th graders volunteered to help with younger students during the primary grade lunch.
“I remember doing this in 1st grade!” recalled Asha Longsworth. She buddied up with second grader Whitney who liked being with her new big friend.
The innovative activity helps to create a school environment where respect and inclusiveness are core values. Quail Summit was designated as a Mix It Up Model School in 2013.