May 12, 2014

Some 110 young chess masters will meet in Wawa on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 for the first ever Franco-Nord-Ouest Chess Tournament. The competition, hosted by Wawa’s École Saint-Joseph, will attract francophone students from the following Northwestern Ontario French Catholic and Public schools: École Saint-Joseph (Wawa), École Saint Nom de Jésus (Hornepayne), École St-Joseph (Dubreuilville), É.s. l’Orée des bois (Dubreuilville), École Franco-Manitou (Manitowadge) and École l’Escalade (Wawa).

The Tournament will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wawa’s Municipal Centre. All participants will be entitled to five games. Competing players will be divided in four categories: grades 3 and 4, grades 5 and 6, grades 7 and 8, and secondary school (grades 9 to 12). Prizes will be awarded to winning teams and top students in each category.

Students from Wawa’s École Saint-Joseph have acquired a reputation for their passion for chess, a discipline that requires considerable strategizing in addition to memory and problem-solving skills. By hosting this friendly francophone tournament, the school is seeking to promote the game and help Northwestern Ontario youth to discover both this discipline and develop their chess skills.

The Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario offers a French Catholic Educational Program that is widely recognized for its excellence. The CSCNO provides a quality learning environment and academic program that runs from early childhood to adult education, with some 7,000 students in 27 elementary and 10 secondary schools.

 For more information, please contact École Saint-Joseph (Wawa) teacher René-Guy Nobert at 705-856-2003 or .



Paul de la Riva
Communications and Community Development Coordinator
Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario
(705) 673-5626, ext. 294
(705) 677-8195 – cell phone