Allegheny East Conference

Photo of Kayla Dehm during a jiu-jitsu class session. by Brian Tagalog

Story by V. Michelle Bernard

Standing on the podium to receive the 2018 International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Adult Female Blue Medium-Heavy World title this spring, Kayla Dehm was able to be “present in the moment and enjoy how far God had taken her,” she says—a much different place than where she was last year.

Nia Burton, BJA kindergartener, concentrates before she makes her next move at the chess tournament.

Story by LaTasha Hewitt

A group of Baltimore Junior Academy (BJA) students from the Allegheny East Conference recently hosted and participated in their first annual Baraka Shabazz Junior Chess Tournament. The tournament is named after Shabazz, a 12-year-old black female chess player, who in the late ’70s became known as one of the youngest chess champions.