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  • Mustangs win 5th at National Scholastic Chess Tournament

    Mustangs win 5th at National Scholastic Chess Tournament

    The Ben Milam Elementary Mustangs made a splash on a big stage, finishing no. 5 in the National Scholastic Chess Tournament this past weekend in Nashville, Tenn.

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  • Mustang chess player ready for Nashville

    Mustang chess player ready for Nashville

    Despite the crowd of hundreds of players, teachers, parents and coaches in the giant conference halls that host big chess tournaments, Savanna Mendoza has been able to keep her eyes and attention firmly on the board. On Tuesday, the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the Ben Milam and Sam Houston elementary teams for the trip to the National Scholastic Chess Championship in Nashville, Tenn. next month. Savanna, a motivated student who likes her math and science classes, is thrilled for the opportunity to compete against students from across the country, she said.

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    Former state chess champion aspires to be teacher

    When he grows up, Ben Milam Elementary fifth grade student Omar Arizpe wants to be like his chess team coach, Jesse Saldivar, he said. “When I grow up, I want to let other kids know what it’s like to be a leader,” Omar said. “He taught us that you need to believe, and if you always believe, then you’ll be able to reach your goal.”

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    Student reflects on chess team experience, leadership lessons

    Two weeks after her chess team earned its fourth consecutive trip to the National Scholastic Chess Championship, Stephanie Torres, an insightful, smart fifth grade student from Ben Milam Elementary, reflected about how the ultimate strategy game has prepared her for life. “I don’t just play because I get to go places and because I get to win trophies,” Stephanie said. “I play because it helps me to become a leader.”

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    Chess teams placed 2nd, 3rd at state tournament to advance to nationals

    The Ben Milam Elementary chess team will make its fourth consecutive appearance at the national chess tournament after placing 2nd in Elementary JV and 3rd in Primary JV divisions during last weekend’s state tournament in Dallas.

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