EDINBURG – The chess team of South Texas Preparatory Academy (STPA) in Edinburg received multiple high rankings at the 2011 U.S. Chess Federation National Junior High Chess Championship, held in Columbus, Ohio, in mid-April.

The STPA Chess Team, made up of nine eighth-graders, qualified to compete at the national competition after earning enough points at the 2011 Texas Scholastic Championship in March. It was one of 326 teams from 36 states to compete at the national level.

As a team, the students earned eighth place in the Blitz K-9 category, ninth place in the K-8 Under 750 category, 23rd place in the K-8 Championships and 28th place in the K-8 Under 1000 category.

In individual rankings, Kade Cantergiani of Edinburg took third place in the 1000 to 1199 Rating in the Blitz K-9 Competition, James Hwang of McAllen received first place in the 1000 to 1099 Rating in the K-8 Championship and Hari Movva of Harlingen earned 38th place in the K-8 Below 750 category.

In the Bughouse category, in which team members were paired up and competed against one another, Rohit Bhatta of Edinburg paired with Hwang and received 12th place. Arjan Lubana of Mission paired with Cantergiani and earned 22nd place, and twins Hari and Giri Movva of Harlingen took 35th place. William Koh of McAllen and Leslie Maldonado of Mission received 38th place in this category.

Alex Comple, an STPA history instructor and sponsor of the STPA Chess Club, teamed with Giri Movva, and the pair won first place in the Coach & Student division of the Parent & Friend Combined category.

Calvin Ramirez of Mercedes also competed at nationals with the STPA Chess Team.

STPA is the sole middle school within South Texas Independent School District (STISD), serving seventh and eighth-grade students from Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy counties. For more information, visit  www.stisd.net.