THMS gifted students pass along love of chess to classmates

Sherry Hamilton - Posted on May 04, 2011 - 04:42 PM

Photo: Students in Marlene Moore’s fifth grade class at Thomas Hunter Middle School play chess with Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Holleran. They are, clockwise from front left, Mason Fiscella, Sawyer Hutson, Emma Hudgins, Hunter Worley, Holleran, Addison Boyer, Justin Jenkins and Samantha Fravel. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Students in Marlene Moore’s fifth grade class at Thomas Hunter Middle School play chess with Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Holleran. They are, clockwise from front left, Mason Fiscella, Sawyer Hutson, Emma Hudgins, Hunter Worley, Holleran, Addison Boyer, Justin Jenkins and Samantha Fravel. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Marlene Moore’s fifth grade students at Thomas Hunter Middle School have become chess fans, with an enthusiasm that’s evident from the way they hover over the chessboard and discuss every move.

Last Thursday, they were all gathered in the library, and the conversations were lively.

"If you listen to them talking," said David Holleran, superintendent of Mathews schools, "they’ve got the strategies going on."

A chess player himself since the first or second grade, Holleran has played chess with some of the students since they were in elementary school, and he’s continued that tradition.