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March 30, 2012

School chess team wins its first match

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.

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