Resolution J4136-2013

Honoring United States Chess Master Joshua Colas for his outstanding national and international accomplishments in the realm of chess

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  • Mar 25, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Mar 25, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 20, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION honoring United States Chess Master Joshua Colas
for his outstanding national and international  accomplishments  in  the
realm of chess

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to act, in accord with
its  long-standing  traditions, honoring the youth of today, and leaders
of tomorrow, whose character and achievements best exemplify the  ideals
and values cherished by this great State and Nation; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body  is  justly  proud  to  honor
United States Chess Master Joshua Colas for his outstanding national and
international accomplishments in the realm of chess; in December 2013 he
won  the National Scholastic Chess Championships in the 10th Grade Divi-
sion in Orlando, Florida, capturing his sixth national title; and
  WHEREAS, The middle son of Guy and Yanick Colas,  Joshua  Colas  is  a
sophomore at White Plains High School; he is currently the New York City
and New York State Chess Champion; and
  WHEREAS,  Joshua  Colas became interested in chess at the age of seven
when his father took him to the World Open chess  tournament  in  Phila-
delphia,  Pennsylvania, and he saw many young children playing the game;
he soon got involved with "Chess-In-The-Schools"; and
  WHEREAS, Joshua Colas participated in his first  chess  tournament  in
October  2005  where  the second-grade student finished 10 out of 23; by
the end of November 2006, he had completed his 100th recorded rated win;
and
  WHEREAS, This impressive young man continued on his winning  path;  in
December 2008 he lead his elementary school team in winning the National
Team Championship in the 5th Grade Division, and tied for first place in
the K6 National Blitz Championships at Disney World; and
  WHEREAS, In March 2009, Joshua Colas went undefeated and won the West-
chester County Chess Championship; he became a certified Chess Expert in
May of the same year when his rating surpassed 2000; and
  WHEREAS,  Joshua Colas's exceptional abilities led him to win the 2009
National Youth Championship in both the K9 section  and  the  K12  Blitz
section;  since  2009  he  has been named to the All-American Scholastic
Chess Team annually; and
  WHEREAS, Joshua Colas became a  certified  Chess  Master  in  December
2010, the youngest African American Chess Master in history; and
  WHEREAS,  Upon winning the prestigious 2012 Susan Polgar World Open in
Chicago, Illinois, Joshua  Colas  was  awarded  a  full  scholarship  to
Webster  University  in  St.  Louis,  Missouri,  the  nation's top chess
college; and
  WHEREAS, Joshua Colas has competed on the world  stage,  participating
in  chess tournaments in Trinidad and Tobago, and Canada, and represent-
ing the United States as part of Team USA in Greece, Brazil, and  Slove-
nia;  in  2013, he qualified for the 2013 World Youth Chess Championship
in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and
  WHEREAS, Joshua Colas's commitment to excellence is without  parallel;
awarded  the  title of Life Master by the United States Chess Federation
in 2012, he is determined to become the first American-born Black  Chess
Grandmaster before he graduates from college; and
  WHEREAS, Poised eagerly with enthusiasm and determined purpose, Joshua
Colas  now  stands honorably, with just pride in his accomplishments and
in eager anticipation of future challenges, understanding and appreciat-
ing the caring counsel and support provided by his teachers, coaches and
parents; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  United  States  Chess  Master  Joshua  Colas  for his outstanding
national and international accomplishments in the realm of chess, and to
wish him continued success throughout his school years and  beyond;  and
be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Joshua Colas.

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