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Woodside students successful at state chess tournament


Woodside Elementary School chess team members took first place April 13 in the grade K-3 division of the Wisconsin Eighth Annual All Girls State Championship Chess Tournament.

Five members of the Woodside Chess Club competed at the event held at Cardinal Stritch University. Four of them – first-graders Sujaya Drover, Elizabeth Ostdick, Sage Osesek and third-grader Soumaya Drover – were awarded a first place team trophy.

In addition to the team success, individual honors went to:

  • Elizabeth Ostdick – fourth place trophy;
  • Sage Osesek – 8th place;
  • Sujaya Drover – 9th place;
  • Soumaya Drover – 15th place; and
  • Cassidy Osesek, fifth grader – 16th place.

Dena Osesek, Woodside Chess Team parent coordinator, said the day was exciting for all the girls.

“It was so wonderful seeing the girls’ faces when they found out they won the first place trophy – so proud,” Dena Osesek said.

“Although chess club is finished at Woodside for the year, we are looking forward to the next school year and lots of chess playing,” she said.

The Woodside Chess Club consists of 35 students and is coached by Bob Patterson-Sumwalt, who is also the Wisconsin Scholastic Chess Federation executive director.


From left (front): Sujaya Drover, Sage Osesek, Soumaya Drover, Elizabeth Ostdick (back) Cassidy Osesek and Bob Patterson-Sumwalt.