What did you do?
I was at the 2019 USANKF National Karate Competition in Chicago From July 9-14 where I competed against the nation’s top karate competitors from their state. I won the Gold Medal for Short Weapons in my division. This is the second Gold Medal I received in this division.
I also received a Silver in this division two years ago and a Bronze in kata the first year I began competing. I have been a student of Ciraco’s Okinawan Karate and Kobudo in Surfside Beach, SC for 51/2 years and competing for 4 of those years.
What organization recognized the achievement?
The USANKF is the organization that recognizes my achievements at state and national levels.
How did homeschooling help you achieve your goal?
Homeschooling has allowed me to have a flexible schedule so I can train and be on the tournament team.
What are your interests?
I love karate and reading.
What are you inspired to do with your life?
After watching NCIS, I became inspired to be an NCIS agent. Last summer I met Dodi Hodges who tutored me during the summer. Her nephew is Jonathan Greenert, Supervisory Special Agent at Naval Criminal Investigative Service in San Diego.
I was able to ask him many questions about how to become an NCIS agent in real life. His answers further inspired me.
What are your favorite subjects and why?
My favorite subject is history because there are a lot of interesting shows about it.
This photo was taken at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel after I received my medal. Joshua Dunn, one of the coaches from Ciraco’s Okinawan Karate and Kobudo, is on the right.