Seabrook School District now has a number of chess champs in its classrooms — its chess team won a match against Hampton's Sacred Heart School on Monday.
Players from the winning Seabrook team are: John Greene, Savanna Greene, Bobby Evans, Anna Evans, Joe Marino, Robby Fowler, Adam Bourque and Joe King.
More than 20 students from grades 1 through 8 took part in the very close battle that ultimately resulted in a victory for Seabrook.
"It was great to see excited students from both schools," said Seabrook Middle School Principal Les Shepard. "All of the players seemed like they were having competitive matches. This could be the start of a great program,"
Elementary School Principal Teresa Morin Bailey said the town was happy to host the event.
"The students were so enthusiastic and anxious, but their level of play was proof of the time and effort they've put into learning the game and improving their chess skills," she said.
Parent Annette Marino was impressed with the show of sportsmanship during the game, and parent Kiki Evans, who with her husband, Robert, coaches the team, said the matchup between the schools was a good one. They both expressed their pride in how well all the children performed.
In chess, each player's skill level is the bridge between older and younger students. It is not dependent upon age. One's ability to reason, analyze and develop a strategy becomes the focal point, rather than the age of the player.
The Seabrook School District chess players are looking forward to matches with more students from other schools.
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The town's newest selectman, Ed Hess Jr., experienced his first board meeting Wednesday, when the board reorganized for the coming year after the recent election. Selectman Brendan Kelly will serve as chairman, Selectman Aboul Khan will be vice chairman, and Hess will act as the board's clerk.
Kelly will also represent the selectmen on the Budget Committee, Khan on the Planning Board and Hess on the Recreation Commission.
Former selectman Bob Moore retired after serving two three-year terms on the board. His last meeting was March 14.
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A reminder that the annual Comedy Show to benefit The Friends of Winnacunnet Foundation takes place tonight. Doors open at 7 p.m. at the Ashworth Hotel at 295 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach.
The cost is $20 per person, and the money raised will go to support the nonprofit group that awards grants for educational enrichment programming at Winnacunnet High School.
The comedy lineup includes Sal Votano, Steve Bjork and Brad Mastrangelo.
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The Ladies Aid Society will hold its monthly Bean Supper from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at 6 p.m. at Rand Memorial Church, 134 South Main St.
The menu will consist of hot dogs, ham and beans, potato salad and coleslaw, along with homemade desserts including Indian pudding.
The cost is $7 per adult and $4 per child.
For more information, contact Ellie Fowler at 978-465-5704.
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Angeljean Chiaramida covers Seabrook for The Daily News. She can be reached at 978-462-6666, ext. 3271 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.