Students from three Fairfax County public schools won team championships in all four K-12 divisions at the Virginia Scholastic Chess Championships held recently in Roanoke. Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students also won individual championships in the K-3 and K-5 divisions.
The K-3 individual champion was Pranav Prem of Hutchison Elementary School. The K-3 team from Greenbriar West Elementary School won the team title in its age group; team members are Siddhaarth Balamuthaiya, Alice Cao-Dao, Richa Misra, Kaavya Karthik, Jason Seo, Aditya Vasantharao, Rakendu Malladi, Ganesh Rayavarapu, Nikhil Vallikat, James Tress, and Vasudha Koneru. McNair Elementary School won second place in the K-3 team competition, and Floris Elementary School captured third place.
In the K-5 category, Andy Huang of Colvin Run Elementary School won the individual championship. The Greenbriar West Elementary School K-5 team won the team championship; team members are Aasa Dommalapati, Andrew Wang, Aashray Manchanda, Vedanth Ramachandra, Aarav Bajaj, Pranav Kanapuram, Anoop Nallanagulagari, Siddharth Krishnan, Om Girase, Rithik Sarraff, Milan Manjunath, Rhea Voddhi, Aryan Kumawat, Neha Konduru, Michael Tress, Rishi Sarraff, and Samhita Vinay. Haycock Elementary School won second place in the K-5 team competition, and Oak Hill Elementary School captured third place.
In the K-8 category, the team from Kilmer Middle School won the team championship. Team members are Andrew Song, Camden Wiseman, Grant Li, Bennett Jackins, Maxwell Lee, Shreeyas Satishkumar, Yash Shekar, Christian Aliferis, and Nathan Moskowitz. Finishing second was the team from Greenbriar West Elementary School, followed by Rocky Run Middle School in third place.
The team from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) won the K-12 championship. Team members are Isuru Attanagoda, Brian Li, Jeevan Karamsetty, Ashley Xue, Perry Feng, Shicheng Zhao, Benjamin Lyons, Roshan Sajjad, Aaryan Balu, Gavin Moore, Joseph Chen, Saroja Erabelli, Aditya Ponukumat, Arun Kannan, Meredith Lee, Nandan Srinivasa, Joie Wang, Nihar Gudiseva, Jonathan Cao, and Kalyan Madanapalli. FCPS swept the top prizes in the blitz competition. The team from Greenbriar West Elementary School won the K-5 title and Pranav Prem of Hutchison Elementary School won the individual title. In the K-12 blitz, the team from TJHSST won the top prize and Jeevan Karamsetty of TJHSST won the individual title.