COLUMBUS—State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) recognized three individual State Chess Champions and the State Championship 2017 Solon High School 11th-Grade Chess Team with resolutions during House session last week.

Solon High School students Jasen Lai (12th-grade) and Alan Liu (11th-grade) were recognized individually as 2017 Ohio Grade Level State Chess Champions. Max Luo, a third-grade student at Parkside Elementary was recognized for his grade level championship. He is the youngest Solon School District student to become a state champion. Additionally, the Solon High School 11th-grade chess team, comprised of Malcolm Golias, Alan Liu, Neel Mehta, Rodger Poduska and Allison Waligora, were recognized for their 2017 Ohio 11th-Grade Level State Chess Championship win. Since 2000, Solon School District students have won a total of 41 state chess championships.

“I am extremely proud of the dedication and skill that these students displayed,” said Rep. Anielski. “They have demonstrated their own masterful abilities and have continued the traditions of the Solon Chess team. I look forward to seeing their future performances at the 2018 state championships!”

“The success of organizations, programs and teams can be contributed to the components that form them,” said Coach Tony Dunlap. “In Solon the students, families, school and government administrators have created a community that facilitates a strong support system for its residents. The community support has been very instrumental in the championship success of our chess teams and programs. O H I O, go comets!”


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