Eagle Point Elementary's 2017 Dads and Male Role Models Annual Breakfast a huge success!
EAGLE POINT UNICEF KID POWER!
Eagle Point Basketball team comes in 2nd place!!!
The game was held on Tue., April 4th at the PAL Gym - Final Score 23-21
EPES Skating Party, Science Night, and Book Fair!
2017 Black History Month Celebration
Eagle Point Elementary School Blaze Pizza Fundraiser!
The Path to the Presidency!
Annual Dad's and Male Role Models "Take your child to school" breakfast
Eagle Point Elementary School End of Year Celebration Video!
City of Albany Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin visits Eagle Point Elementary!
The Hon. Carolyn McLaughlin, President of the City of Albany Common Council visited Eagle Point Elementary school to read to our 5th graders! She read poems out of a book from our school library entitled "Good Rhymes, Good Times" by Lee Bennett Hopkins. She also had an amazing Q&A session with our inquisitive students who asked her about everything from what she does as Council President to where she was from, to which she proudly proclaimed, the City of Albany! She encouraged all of our students to always keep reading and to follow their dreams! Thank you President McLaughlin for visiting Eagle Point Elementary School !
Ronald McDonald Visits Eagle Point Elementary!
Black History Month Celebration!
Tri-City Valley Cats visit EPES!
NED Visits Eagle Point Elementary!
Eagle Point chess prodigy at the top of her game
In two years, Martha Samadashvili went from learning the game of chess to being one of world’s best players in her age group.
Not bad for a 9-year-old.
In December, the Eagle Point Elementary School student traveled to the United Arab Emirates to compete in the World Youth Chess Championships. She was one of nine girls from the United States who made the journey.
Her performance placed her in the top five 9-year old finishers and 22nd overall in the “girls under 10” section.
In the world.
Her competitors were 134 girls from all parts of the globe.
Chess is a love Martha learned during a visit from her grandmother, who lives in the family’s native country of Georgia.
“I started playing when I was 7 years old, when my grandmother taught me how to set up the chess pieces and taught me some opening moves,” Martha said.
Pretty soon she was beating her grandmother.
Then she joined the Eagle Point Chess Club and beat everyone there, too. She joined the East Greenbush Chess Club soon after and started taking lessons. There, she competed against older and more experienced players.
And she kept winning.
She admits to liking the notoriety that comes with being among the world’s best.
“People recognize you, you’re more popular and famous. It feels really good,” she said.
Not surprisingly, chess takes up a lot of Martha’s time. Most of her weekends are spent traveling to chess tournaments around the region and the northeast. Her weekdays are pretty filled with it, too – 4-5 hours daily, including lessons via Skype with a Georgian chess coach.
All that work continues to pay off. Martha recently received a scholarship to attend this summer’s Pan American Youth Chess Festival in Mexico.
But life isn’t all chess. She plays piano. She swims. She loves anything involving art. She’s an honor student at Eagle Point, where her favorite subjects are science, social studies and math.
And when she grows up?
“I want to become a doctor, to work at a hospital and do surgery,” she said. “And of course I want to be a world-champion chess player.”
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