_________ GRADES 7-12 DIVISION ________ Ryan Pickard is a grade 12 student of Gonzaga High School in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He has played in every sanctioned chess tournament in Newfoundland and Labrador since 2006 – never missing one for any reason. In the 2018-2019 year, prior to this year’s Canadian Chess Challenge, his record was 18 wins, 1 loss and 5 draws. At this year’s CCC National Championship, he scored an impressive 6 wins and 3 losses (his best result ever in his 5 national championships), and was awarded the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award, garnering 26% of his team’s points. Finally, Ryan is the assistant coach at two school chess clubs and is a private tutor to three junior players (all of whom became provincial champions in 2019).