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.
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.'"