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Chexagon Thanksgiving Classic set for Friday

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Local students Clay Degraffenried and Chelsea Elizabeth Turnbo face off in the championship game of the 2011 Chexagon Thanksgiving Classic.
Dyersburg's own George Lanier will return to the West Tennessee area this weekend to host the second annual Chexagon Thanksgiving Classic for students in middle and high school.

Lanier, known as The Inventor by students and teachers in his metro-Atlanta home, is a Dyersburg native and a member of the Dyersburg High School Class of 1977. His creation, the Chexagon board, is being hailed as the 21st-century checkerboard. The game enriches math skills in the early learning years in the classroom with several variations of play available.

The Chexagon game used for the competition is Connection. Students adept at playing Connect Four will love the challenge of competing in the 2012 Chexagon Connection Competition on Friday, Nov. 23. The competition will take place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Dyersburg Community Center, located at 1010 Recreation Drive in Dyersburg.

Students wishing to enter the local tournament may visit www.chexagon.com to register.

The competition is open to students in the West Tennessee, southwest Kentucky, northeastern Arkansas and southeastern Missouri areas. The competition is limited to 120 middle and high school students. Early registration guarantees a place in the competition.

Dyersburg native George P. Lanier, creator and inventor of the Chexagon board, poses with the game at the American and International Toy Fair at the Jacob Javitt Center in New York City. The second annual Chexagon Thanksgiving Classic is set for Friday, Nov. 23. The tournament will take place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Dyersburg Community Center, located at 1010 Recreation Drive in Dyersburg.
After graduating from DHS, Lanier went on to graduate from Lambuth College in 1981 and the Duke Divinity School at Duke University in 1985. He is a United Methodist minister who pastors a church in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.

A husband and father of three, Lanier revamped the game of choice from his childhood into a versatile gameboard offering variations of checkers, backgammon and Connect Four. Chexagon games reinforce skills in addition, multiplication and strategy.

An entrepreneur managing Foster-Johnson, LLC, Lanier is on the board of directors with the Janet & James Hill Jr. Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit 501(3)c that supports math education in public, private and home schools. Foster-Johnson is self-publishing Chexagon, which is offered through online sales and is under supplier contract with selected Walmart stores in Stockbridge and Metro-Atlanta stores and four school-supply stores.

Lanier hopes that 2013 will be the breakout year for a national marketing campaign to have Chexagon in every home school, and community center.

"The Chexagon game is already proving its worth in education, being used in more than seven metro county schools," said Lanier. "It truly is 'math made fun with Chexagon.'"

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Way to go George...... Gr8 family..... Gr8 people...

-- Posted by DMASE on Mon, Nov 19, 2012, at 12:19 AM

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