District 161 recognizes students for chess, geography, spelling achievements

Parker Junior High Assistant
Principal Bruce Nieminski with
(from left) Deon Davis, Arjun
Patel and Perry Hoag, who
were recognized for their
performance at the state chess
(Photo by Tom
Houlihan/The Chronicle)

Flossmoor School District 161 this week honored students who excelled at chess, geography and spelling. The students were recognized for their achievements during Monday’s Board of Education meeting.

Deon Davis, Arjun Patel and Perry Hoag were recognized for their performance at the recent Illinois Elementary School Association chess tournament in Normal. Perry won a bronze medal in the eighth grade state tournament and Deon and Arjun won individual matches.

Out of 40 teams at the state chess tournament, Parker Junior High School tied for 10th place in the eighth grade division, with a total score of 21 points. The seventh grade team tied for ninth place, with a total score of 17.5 points.

Nieminski with Barbara Burns,
who was recognized as one
of 100 Illinois students
qualifying for the National
Geographic State Bee. 

(Photo by Tom Houlihan/
The Chronicle)

During competition this year, Parker Assistant Principal Bruce Nieminski, said the chess team had only lost one previous match.

Parker student Barbara Burns was recognized for having qualified for the National Geographic State Bee at the College of DuPage. Barbara was one of 100 students across the state to qualify for the State Bee.

Myles Walker was honored for his excellence at school, district and regional spelling bees. Instructional Coach Karen Cramer said Myles, an eighth grader, has excelled at spelling since winning the school bee at Heather Hill School in fifth grade. Since then, she said, he has qualified for the district spelling bee all three years at Parker Junior High.

Instructional Coach Karen
Cramer with Myles Walker,
who was recognized for his
participation in the
Regional Spelling Bee.

(Photo by Tom Houlihan/
The Chronicle)

This year, she said, Myles won first place at the district bee and came in second at the regional bee, narrowly missing a chance to go the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Even in defeat though, Myles represented Parker and District 161 “with dignity and class,” Cramer said. 

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