Veronica Johnny shows off her prize after beating David Lyon to earn a Charlie Cup checkers point at the Gwa'sala-Nakwaxda'xw School Fun Fair last week. The PHSS student's point ties her school with Avalon in the cup standings with an iPhone featured among this year's prizes.

Veronica Johnny shows off her prize after beating David Lyon to earn a Charlie Cup checkers point at the Gwa'sala-Nakwaxda'xw School Fun Fair last week. The PHSS student's point ties her school with Avalon in the cup standings with an iPhone featured among this year's prizes.

PHSS student tops Checkers King

PORT HARDY—Veronica Johnny claims point, prize in annual Charlie Cup Checkers Championship.

PORT HARDY—Veronica Johnny, a Grade 11 student at Port Hardy Secondary School, outdueled David Lyon to claim a point in the 2013-14 Charlie Cup Checkers championship during the recent Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw School Fun Fair.

PHSS is now tied atop the school standings with Avalon Adventist Junior Academy, each with one point. Lyon, the contest host, also appeared at the Alert Bay T’Lisalagi’lakw School basketball tournament and has drawn 290 entries from North Island schoolchildren.

Students challenge Lyon to a five-game checkers series, and earn points and prizes by sweeping the series.

The contest will continue through Father’s Day weekend, wrapping up at Alert Bay’s June Sports festival.