Advait Patel, 11, won The Challengers Chess Club July Open. The tournament was held at Kamp’s 1910 Cafe. Patel recently moved to Oklahoma from West Virginia. Since then he has also won the Oklahoma Open Championship held in Tulsa in June. Patel is a member of the Challengers Chess Club and is a candidate master level player with a rating of 2,251 from the U.S. Chess Federation. He is ranked second nationally in his age group. Another Challengers Chess Club tournament is expected to be held in September.
Norman resident Kaylee Young, 17, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship as part of the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program. The scholarships are given by the department store chain to 200 volunteers across the United States, picked from more than 37,000 nominees. Young started the Cool Relief Team in the aftermath of the May 20, 2013, tornadoes that devastated Moore. She provided water and cooling supplies to volunteers helping with relief efforts, making more than 1,900 cool ties, which are strips that can be wrapped around a person’s neck to help reduce body temperatures.
Brandon Scott Wakely, 18, of Edmond, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. For his project, he developed a solution to improve drainage around a horse arena and repaired a foot bridge at the Coffee Creek Riding Center, a nonprofit therapeutic horsemanship facility. He is a member of Troop 479, chartered at First Christian Church of Edmond. The son of Sheila Wakely, of Edmond, and Steven Wakely, of Chandler, he graduated in May from Edmond Santa Fe High School.
FROM STAFF REPORTS