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Students and Adults Mix It Up

By Kathy Rolfe

Twelve students at Cedar Creek Elementary School in Lee’s Summit MO finished their Bidding in the 21st Century course work by playing in a mini tournament on Nov. 2. I was their bridge teacher, and decided to mix it up a little this time. Twelve adult volunteers from Unit 131 partnered with the students to play in a tournament. Well, actually it turned out to be 11 volunteers and the classroom teacher, Patricia Schwartz, pairing up with the kids. Ms. Schwartz was more of a draftee than a volunteer, but she gave it her best shot, apologizing to her partner, Daniel, before they even started playing!

The tournament was a six-board Howell with one board played per round. Each of the students sat in either the North or East position with adults sitting South and West. It was a tight race for the trophy, but Taylor, a fifth grader, and her partner, Karen Sturgeon, finished in first place with a 62.22% game.

In second place were Alex Wood, sixth grader, and his partner Dan Breeding, only a half board behind with a 61.11% score. Sixth grader Ryan Kallenberger and his partner, Phil Wolff, finished third with 57.78%. There was a tie for the fourth position with a 53.33% game. Claire Phillips, sixth grader, and her partner, Jean Graeff, shared that spot with sixth grader Mackenzie Hill and her partner Krisi Mertz.

Photos by Kathy Rolfe.