June 2012, Volume 16, Number 3



Students playing chess
Miami-Dade high school students competed in MDC's Eighth Annual Dr. Armando J. Bucelo Sr. Chess Tournament at Wolfson Campus.

MDC once again put the budding intellects of area high schoolers to the test this spring with its eighth annual Dr. Armando J. Bucelo Sr. Chess Tournament at Wolfson Campus. The battle of the brains gave Miami-Dade County’s top young chess players and school teams the chance to prove their supremacy – and win valuable MDC scholarships – in what has become one of the region’s most prestigious chess competitions.

More than 60 students from 17 high schools took part, joining the ranks of the more than 800 students who have competed since its inception.

With funding in decline for public schools’ chess programs, the MDC tournament provides a rare and important outlet for young chess players to exercise their skills.

“Our aim is to support and reward good students,” said Dr. René García, MDC director of enrollment and advisor to the College’s chess team.

The tournament has also provided excellent scholarship opportunities for many talented students to later continue their intellectual pursuits at MDC. The overall winner wins a $2,000 MDC scholarship, above and beyond any other financial aid.

— MR

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