Chess for success
June 10, 2019 By:Lauren Murphy
By Zahvia Stokes
Some annual events can become traditions, like the annual event at Lewis and Clark College in Portland called the Isaac Clark Memorial Chess Tournament. The tournament is for K-8th graders in the Portland area. This year they had 40 students.
Isaac Clark was a mathematics and physics student at Lewis and Clark, but most importantly the son of McNary English teacher and chess club ad visor Mrs. Linda Olson. Clark died in a skateboard accident in his senior year of college. He loved chess and because of his love for chess, the math club hosts the annual tournament in his memory.
The Isaac Clark Endowed Memorial Fund for Physics and Mathematical Sciences was established in 2011 by Olson and her husband. They wanted to honor their son’s life by supporting students in physics and mathematical sciences. The fund gives grants for multiple educational opportunities.