The team finished 77th in the national championships, and tied for 3rd among Georgia teams in the tournament.
Teams must qualify to compete at HSNCT. This year the field included 272 teams, with 104 teams making the playoffs. In the first day of the tournament, teams must post a winning record in ten rounds in order to move on to the playoffs the next day. The tournament uses a Swiss pairing system: when you win a round, you play a tougher opponent the next round; when you lose a round, you play a weaker team the next round. Dunwoody started the first day 1-3, and faced the daunting task of winning 5 of its last 6 rounds or else being eliminated from the tournament. Captain Thomas Dellaert provided consistently high scoring all day and led teammates senior Jacky Zhu, juniors Zack Bloomberg and Varsha Narendra, and sophomore Ryan Polk to put together a string of wins that propelled the team into the playoffs. Dunwoody was defeated in the championship playoffs by Canfield, Ohio's South Range High School, resulting in the team finishing the tournament in 77th place. Captain Dellaert was ranked 64th (5th best among Georgia players) in scoring out of a field that included nearly 1400 players.
The team would like to thank everyone who supported us this year, especially those who helped us raise the funds for the trip to Chicago.
Photo courtesy of Bob Andres, AJC Many of you may have already read this article as John Heneghan posted on his blog yesterday, but I though I would re-post here. Make sure you have a hankie when reading - it is so inspiring and touching. With all the negativity we see and hear today it is so wonderful to read the good and positive stories. _____________________________________________________________ Six-year-old Ashton Jordan watched the daddies, one after another, file into his classroom at Chestnut Charter Elementary School in Dunwoody. His classmates jumped up from their desks, and off they went, hand-in-hand with their fathers, to the cafeteria for a “Donuts for Dads” event.
Dressed in his school uniform of khaki pants and red short-sleeve shirt, Ashton stood alone. His dad lived in another state. Embarrassed, he bolted out of the classroom and into a bathroom, where he plopped down on the hard floor, pulled up his knees and cried. In the distance he could hear applause and laughter echoing inside the cafeteria as fathers and their sons and daughters joked around and nibbled on doughnut holes. Click here to read the remainder of this amazing story.