SCHAKOWSKY HAILS ETHS CHESS TEAM VICTORY IN ILLINOIS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

June 7, 2001
Press Release

June 7, 2001

SCHAKOWSKY HAILS ETHS CHESS TEAM VICTORY 
IN ILLINOIS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

WASHINGTON, D.C. - I wish to congratulate the Evanston Township High School Chess Team for winning its 3rd state championship in four years.  

This year's state meet was held on March 23-24 and the Wildkits team scored 396.5 out of a possible 475 points.  Juniors Yahshua Hosch (6-0-1) and Ben Yarnoff earned first-place individuals records, freshman Jusuf Pekovic placed third, sophomores Daniel Summerhays and Mark Aburano-Meister both took fourth place, and senior David Summerhays placed eighth.  Other members of the championship team include junior Gershon Bialer, senior Aaron Walsman, sophomore Tyler Drendel and freshman Amelia Townsend.  Science Teacher Ken Lewandowski is the ETHS team coach and he is assisted by ETHS teachers Paul Kash and Sam Sibley (retired).  

Adding to the success of this season, the ETHS team also placed at the national chess championship in April coming in 8th (just 4 points away from 1st place) at the championship level and first-place at the intermediate level of play.  Gershon Bialer is the national Champion at the Intermediate level and Yuhshua Hosch placed 16th at the championship level.  

Once again, I am proud to congratulate the Evanston chess players on their continued success this year.  I appreciate the Chess team's efforts in maintaining the great tradition of competitive excellence that is associated with the Wildkit name.  They have made their school, their families, and the city of Evanston proud.