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Young Detroit Chess Team Wins Big at National Tournament – Atlanta Black Star Detroit’s University Prep Elementary and Middle School chess teams are flying high after winning big at the SuperNationals VI Chess Tournament in Nashville, Tenn.

Students and teachers lined the hallways and cheered Tuesday, May 16, when the team returned with first-place titles in the K6 Under 1,400 and the K8 Under 750 sections of the tournament, making them among the best in the nation.

“We are extremely proud of our UPSM elementary and middle school chess teams,” said Mark Ornstein, CEO of University Prep Schools. “These amazing students are a shining example of what is possible with hard work and a passion for the game of chess.”

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A K-12 University Prep Schools district, University Prep Science and Math (UPSM) is dedicated to preparing its students for the world around them. Through a combination of the Expeditionary Learning model and a science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) curriculum, our students are uniquely positioned to be competitive in the classroom and beyond. From early elementary through high school, UPSM provides academic excellence through rigorous, age-appropriate math and science courses, along with personalized learning plans, and hands-on, community-based experiences. (Website).