FDL HS Chess Team Takes First Place

Fond du Lac High School’s Chess Club team of John Drehmel, Max Gilles, Oliver Kuphal, Karan Singh, and Ben Vandermolen took first place at the Wisconsin Scholastic State Chess Championship on April 22 in the K-12 U800 division with a nearly perfect score of 19 out of 20 points. Coach Pedro Arellano said, “This exceptional team also swept first, second, third, and fourth place individual trophies.” Three of the students (John Drehmel, Max Gilles, and Ben Vandermolen) tied for the first through third place spots with perfect scores of 5-0 and Oliver Kuphal scored 4-1 for fourth place. 


Chess team members pictured here (L-R) are: Oliver Kuphal, John Drehmel, Karan Singh, Ben Vandermolen and Max Gilles.