For the second time in three years, the Christian Brothers Academy chess program is the state’s 12th grade champion.
In an all-day event on Sunday, the CBA senior team of Daniel Draganoff, John-Gabriel Bermudez, Brendan Fitzgerald, Marc Sorrentino, Michael Gilbride, Kenny Skelton, Matt Notaro, Thomas Greenwald and Andrew Mullaghy emerged victorious after five rounds of matches at Brookdale Community College.
Draganoff, who recently garnered the ranking of expert, went 5-0 on the day to win the 12th grade individual championship.
More impressively, CBA was the only high school at the event to place in the top three of each grade level. The sophomore and freshmen teams finished as the runner-up, while the junior team took third place.
As for individual honors, Bermudez took sixth and Fitzgerald finished 10th in the senior division. Junior Luke Rogers was 10th in his grade class. Alan Mayeregger took ninth in the freshmen division.
CBA last won the 12th grade championship in 2015, the same school year that the chess team secured the under-1900 national title.
About Christian Brothers Academy:
Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) is a private, Catholic, academic preparatory school for boys located in Lincroft, New Jersey. Founded in 1959 and taught in the Lasallian tradition, CBA is dedicated to helping students become intellectually mature and morally responsible leaders for society. Through the combined efforts of the Office of Advancement and friends of the Academy, CBA awards over $1.3 million in scholarships and financial aid to current students. Experience the Academy at www.CBALincroftNJ.org.