Welcome to Polk Scholastic Chess and the final tournament for the academic year 2015-16!
We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization offering an extracurricular activity open to all students of Polk County, Florida enrolled in Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, including home-schooled students. We exist to encourage academic growth through the game of chess. PSC has been committed since over 25
years to encouraging academic growth through the game of chess
chess tournaments for all Polk County public schools and is supported by the
Polk County School Board. Every year, around 600 kids participate in the
tournaments from the entire Polk County, Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade, making
it the largest scholastic chess tournament in the State of Florida.
At our January 2016 tournament, we were honored to have Polk County School Board Member Mrs. Hazel Sellers as our Chief Guest. Mrs. Sellers is currently serving her fourth four-year term on the School Board of Polk County. Mrs. Sellers is retired from the Polk County school system where she worked as a classroom teacher and at the district office as a Gifted Facilitator in the ESE Department. She earned her BS Degree in Elementary Education from Florida State University and holds Masters’ Degrees in Reading Education and Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida.
She appreciated the efforts of all school boardcoaches, parent coaches and student volunteers at making such a platform successful. Winners of the previous tournament proudly received their medals and certificates from her.
Mrs. Sellers also graciously spent her time with the Board Members and extended a deeper support from the Polk County School Board to Polk Scholastic Chess.
We are proud to have her as our supporter!
SENIOR AWARDS: Apart from trophies to the winners, PSC awards
participation trophies to all qualifying players in this Championship
Tournament, so every child walks out with a trophy and a smile. Additionally,
PSC recognizes two graduating seniors who have had an extended length of
participation with Polk Scholastic Chess and who have made active contributions
to their school and community. As part of this encouragement for academic
growth, scholarships are awarded towards their continuing education.