Grade 2 chess enthusiast Vyom Vidyarthi has been very busy the past few months. On Feb. 8, he took first place out of 84 competitors in his age group at the 2015 CalNorth Youth Chess Championship, winning all five of his matches. In November, he was ranked No. 66 among the top 100 chess players in the country in the Age 7 and Under category. He ranked at No. 94 in the same category in September.
In November, Bhavya Srinivasan, grade 2, received a letter from the White House after writing to President Barack Obama to express her concerns about smoking. The letter, which included a signed photo of the Obama family, thanked Bhavya for writing and told her about some of the recent initiatives to improve and maintain the health of America’s youth.