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Exceeding Expectations

Mater Lakes Academy’s chess club sponsor, Michael Saunders, expresses the team’s achievements from over the past four years through his perspective.

In 2013, my son asked me to help with the chess club at Mater Lakes Academy. With him knowing how much his father enjoyed the game, I'm sure he was confident of my response. Little did I realize at the time, what a wonderful experience this would be. The young players I have had the opportunity to motivate and guide through chess has also helped me become a better player since accepting the role of chess coach. I can also say they have helped me become a better person.

During the past four years, the chess teams have won over sixteen trophies participating in scholastic tourneys in Dade and Broward counties. This is quite an accomplishment which makes me very proud of them. Just as important, they are good ambassadors when competing, always being respectful and courteous when playing the "Royal Game".

Finally, many thanks to our principal, Mr. Rovirosa, and staff for their unwavering support while we strive to continue exceeding expectations in future challenges.

Wishing you all good moves, on & off the board........... Go Bears!

J. Michael Saunders

Mater Lakes Academy is a Miami-Dade County Public Charter School, with students enrolled in 6th – 12th grade. Mater Lakes Academy has been open since the 2006-2007 academic school year, and is currently in its 13th year under the direction of Principal Rene F. Rovirosa, and is a high performing school for over 10 years. For more information, visit the school’s website at www.materlakes.org.