UPLIFT Academy is pleased to announce the resounding success of its first-ever Chess Tournament, held on Sunday, April 21st, 2024, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Academy’s Center.

An Atmosphere of Intense Concentration permeated the halls as students engaged in riveting gameplay and strategic maneuvers throughout the afternoon. As the final matches concluded, a sense of quiet anticipation settled, culminating in the well-deserved recognition of our esteemed victors.

Announcing the Champions

The UPLIFT Academy community proudly extends its congratulations to the following champions:

  • First Place: Antonio Bravo, whose unparalleled skill and strategic foresight allowed him to navigate the intricate complexities of the chessboard with precision and finesse, ultimately claiming the coveted title.
  • Second Place: Javier Zitle, a beacon of tactical brilliance, emerged as the formidable runner-up. Javier’s astute maneuvers and strategic dexterity left a lasting impression on the tournament.
  • Third Place: Giovvani Tapia rounds out the podium of champions. His strategic ingenuity and unwavering tenacity propelled him to a well-earned third-place finish in this fiercely contested competition.

A Commitment to Intellectual Growth

UPLIFT Academy’s CEO, Dr. Koch, personally presented each champion with a certificate of achievement in recognition of their outstanding performance. Additionally, Amazon gift cards were awarded as follows:

  • 1st Place: $100
  • 2nd Place: $75
  • 3rd Place: $50 

Before presenting the awards, UPLIFT Academy’s CEO, Dr. Levent Koch, delivered a thought-provoking speech. He highlighted the Academy’s commitment to educational equity through its impactful programs for underserved communities, including the College Path Mentorship program, Math & Coding initiatives, and Summer Math Camps. 

Celebrating Sportsmanship and Excellence

As we conclude this successful inaugural tournament, UPLIFT Academy reaffirms its unwavering commitment to fostering intellectual growth and nurturing the minds of tomorrow’s leaders. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all participants for their exemplary display of skill, sportsmanship, and unwavering determination throughout the competition.