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Chess Teams and Clubs Add to DPSCD Students Rise

DPSCD’s Whole Child Commitment priority provides opportunities for our students to rise in the classroom, on the court, on stage, as well as through leadership programming, garnished with consistent social-emotional support, so our students feel loved, challenged, and prepared. Another result of DPSCD’s whole child approach is the rise of DPSCD students who participate on their District chess teams and/or in chess clubs. 

“Playing chess develops critical thinking skills that include problem solving, patience and sportsmanship, along with becoming a strategic thinker,” said Kevin Fite, DPSCD’s Assistant Director of Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). He would know. Coach Fite is an ardent teacher and leader of chess. “We continue to see a growing interest in chess among children in our district and community, which is why we encourage our students to incorporate chess into their STEM related studies,” said Fite. “Our success as a district is getting noticed.” Indeed, it is. 

At the recent All- City Chess Team Awards, held at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), DPSCD chess players dominated the teams with 39 players making either the Dream team, (1st or 2nd team) high school, middle, elementary and primary teams.  The Dream Team captain was Cass Technical High School junior Charisse Woods, who said, “chess has made the most positive impact on my life. It has allowed me to travel to 12 states and five countries, including representing Detroit on the world chess stage in Greece and India.” 

Congratulations to all DPSCD students named to the 2022 All-City Chess Team. You make us #DPSCDProud! Visit for information on DPSCD schools with chess teams and/or chess clubs. We can’t wait to see your child become a DPSCD All-City Chess team member! 

Below is the list of DPSCD 2022 All-City Chess team members: 


Charisse Woods (Captain)             Cass Tech

Abdurrahman Bayi                         Cass Tech

Braylon Fields                                   Bates Academy

Brelen Wilkes                                  Cass Tech

Alexander Varner                            Renaissance High

Solmon Foster                                 Cass Tech

Jayson Woolfork                             Renaissance High

2022 High School 1st Team All-City Chess Team

Harper Jackson  (Captain)              Cass Tech

Chaka Bloodsaw                              The School at Marygrove

Opemipo Clement                           Renaissance High

Anthony Bowen                              Davis Aerospace Technical High School

Melvin Alston-Norman                  The School at Marygrove

2022 High School 2nd Team All-City Chess Team

Corey McKenzie (Captain)             The School at Marygrove

Devin Lott                                         Cass Tech

Jordan Dailey                                   Henry Ford

Corey Boyce                                     Renaissance High

2022 Jr. High School 1st Team All-City Chess Team

Jonathan Byrd                                  Bates Academy

2022 Jr. High School 2nd Team All-City Chess Team

Michael Davis (Captain)                 Bates Academy

Cierra Gee                                        Greenfield Union

Leah Galvan                                      Hutchinson

Daelyn Hill                                        Bates Academy

2022 Elementary School 1st Team All-City Chess Team

Caleb Benning                                  Bates Academy

Max Rogan                                       Edmonson Montessori

Delano Green                                  Bunche Academy

Mekhi Howard                                 Chrysler Elementary

2022 Elementary School 2nd Team All-City Chess Team

Dylan Key (Captain)                        Edmonson Montessori

Madison Walker                              Bates Academy

Love Haney                             Vernor Elementary

Travell Harrison                      Bunche Academy

Trintyn Chambers                      Dixon Educational Learning Academy

2022 Primary School 1st Team All-City Chess Team

Khari Williams (Captain)                Chrysler

Josh Robinson                                  Bunche Academy

Kymoni Brown                                 Edmonson Montessori

Edward “Eli” Palmer Jr.                Edmonson Montessori

Priest Price                                       Bates Academy

2022 Primary School 2nd Team All-City Chess Team

Kanaan Anam (Captain)              Priest

Sidney Moore                                  Edmonson Montessori

Janiya Green                                    Dixon

Jayden Moore                                  Edmonson Montessori




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