The Chaya Mushka Children’s House Middle School chess team finished second in the state in the Georgia Independent School Association tournament Thursday, April 20, missing first place by half a point.

The team of Levi Kornfeld, Aaron Linder, Dovi Lipskier and Sivan Livnat was led by math teacher Alison Earle, who helped coordinate CMCH’s participation in the statewide tournament.

Under the guidance of teacher Malki Field, the school participated in the GISA spelling bee earlier this school year.

A group of students went to New York in March to represent CMCH in the International Chidon, a program that encourages children to master knowledge of the 613 mitzvot and brings together thousands of students worldwide for a weekend of learning and testing. Middle-schooler Aaron Linder represented CMCH in the final stage.