Jonathon Randolph, Taylor Oliver and Alex Mignolet competed in the 2010 National Chess Championship in Atlanta, Ga., over Mother's Day weekend. The Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary School students were accompanied by their coach, Woman FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Échecs/World Chess Federation) Master Liulia Cardona of the Chess Emporium.
Randolph (third grade) tied for 14th place out of nearly 300 participants in the kindergarten to third grade under 800 division. Oliver (fifth grade) and Mignolet (fourth grade) tied for 17th and 27th place, respectively, out of nearly 400 participants in the kindergarten to fifth grade under 900 division.
Sierra is locally recognized for having one of the strongest chess teams in the valley, winning five first-place team trophies during the 2009/10 school year, including a first-place team trophy in the kindergarten to sixth grade section at the 2010 Arizona State Governor's Cup.