Roeper Students Named State Champs in Chess

More than a dozen young players received medals for their performance during the Michigan Scholastic Team Championship earlier this month.

February was a good month for the young chess players at the Roeper School.

On Feb. 2, the Roeper chess team won multiple awards at the Michigan Scholastic Team Championship, most notably the K-3 team, which took home first place and was named state champions. In addition, the K-5 team finished second in the state while the K-5 reserve teams received trophies for finishing in fifth and seventh place.

The Roeper chess team is made up of 26 players from the Roeper Lower School, located on Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, and is coached by Diallo Smith.

This isn't the first big win for the Roeper chess team. In November, the K-3 team won first place at the 2012 Michigan Scholastic Club Championship, which featured students competing as a team and individually.

The following students also received medals for individual achievement during the tournament:

Silver medal

  • Blake Bottesi (West Bloomfield)
  • Bryce Bottesi (West Bloomfield)
  • Mack Burmeister (Bloomfield)
  • Sam Kramer (Bloomfield)
  • Kristian LaVeque (Bloomfield)
  • Avery Long (Bloomfield)
  • Max Morrow (Bloomfield)
  • Toby Morrow (Bloomfield)
  • Josiah Smith (Detroit)
  • Aiden Song (Novi)

Bronze medal

  • Kayden Pierre (Auburn Hills)
  • Dylan Stafeil (Huntington Woods)
  • Adam Levitt (Commerce Township)


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