WIM Jennifer Shahade, a coach at the Chess-in-Schools program, is currently working on a book on women's chess and has shared her enthusiasm with Parrilla's "awesome" progress. Perhaps no person is more proud (apart from Medina's family) than Fritz Gaspard, one of Parrilla's coaches. Maliq Soter, another coach at the Chess-in-Schools program described the joy.Congratulations to Medina Parrilla and MS 118!!
"Young Medina continues to make me and all around her very proud, and her progress is a testament to the hard work that she and her coaches have put in. I just spoke to Fritz Gaspard and he is overwhelmed with joy, yet feeling the humbling calm that comes over a person who has accomplished what they just did."
Certainly this is an unprecedented event in the history of chess accomplishments in the Black community. No other girl has scored such success in national scholastic tournaments. Perhaps Medina's scholastic career will rival that of the well-known Shearwood "Woody" McClelland. Nevertheless, Medina has a bright future and her quest to become the first female African-American Grandmaster is on course… and she will get plenty of help.
Final Standings (Individual and Team)
The Chess Drum, "Medina Parrilla at World Championships in Greece," January 2004.
The Chess Drum, "Girl Power: Ballom and Parrilla on the rise!" 6 November 2003.
The Chess Drum, "Medina Parrilla, 12, definitely got game!!" 14 October 2003.