The Vela Middle School Chess Team captured the Region VIII middle school title at the regional chess tournament held at Veterans Memorial High School on January 29-30, 2011. A total of 1,367 participants made this the largest chess tournament in Texas history. Pictured, left to right, are Tony Meza, Sponsor; Elizabeth Vasquez, Douglas Alford, Steven Barroso-Ingle, Edgar Santoyo, Yamile Sandoval, Nicholas Marroquin, and Christopher Cardenas.