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Lots of people contributed to success of student chess tourney

To the editor,
On Friday night, March 15th, the 12th Annual City-Wide Chess Tournament was held at Laconia High School. There were 28 players in the completion, from elementary, middle and high school. With over 50 spectators cheering them on the event was a wonderful success.
I would like to take a moment to thank all the people that made this event such a success. The Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region donated funds to purchase trophies for the three first place winners that were laser designed by Ken Martin, Huot Career Tech Center Manufacturing teacher. The donated funds were also used to purchase Skate Escape passes that were given to each participant. Janine and Erica of Skate Escape generously matched our purchase of passes. Sandra Lawton from Funspot also donated gift cards for the three 2nd place winners. Special thanks to Project EXTRA! who donated pizzas and water for players and their families. Mayor Michael Seymour wished all the participants good luck and kicked off the tournament. These players start a few months before the tournament practicing weekly to hone their skills. This would not be possible without the coaches who volunteer their time each week. I would like to extend a special thank you to coaches Ramsay Eliason, Greg Schneberger, Bretmarie Witt, Betsy Damon, Ernie Bownes and Ed Emond. Ed Emond was also instrumental in helping with the coordination of setting up the brackets and helping with the rules of the tournament during playing. I would also like to especially thank Andrea Condodematraky and Deb and Taylor Williams for all their help for their help during the tournament. Deb Williams has assisted in the planning of this tournament for all of the 12 years. This event would not be possible without her help.
The winning players were Susan Ross, High School; Garrett Pitt, Middle School and Gavin Pitt, Elementary School. They will be presented with their trophies by the Laconia School Board at their next meeting.
Janet Brough
Administrative Assistant
Laconia School District
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