Chess has become a popular activity within the Leo student body, on a recreational level as well as a competitive one.
Coached by Otto Horton ’93, young Leo Men have embraced the game as an opportunity to engage their minds and enhance their ability to think strategically. It’s not uncommon to see three or more games taking place in the cafeteria at lunchtime, with fellow-student spectators paying close attention.
Many Leo football players would list track or wrestling as their second sport of choice, but it speaks to the popularity of Leo’s chess team that three of its top competitors are senior football players: Elijah Lamptey, Jokon Cousett and Devin Flakes.
A junior, Kaleb Drumgoole, is currently the Lions’ No. 1 player. A strong group of sophomores that includes Trajon Davis, Charles Morris and David Williams adds depth and potential.
The chess team is but one example of Leo’s well-rounded extracurricular program.