Brandon Stubblefield - Brown Belt

Brandon Stubblefield is a 10 year old Brown Belt who attends classes at the Main School with Mr. Wesley and classes in Sebastian with Mr. Giessert. He is a fine young man, who recently won the Student Excellence Award, which comes with a $100 Award Prize.

 
These pictures are of Brandon's bedroom, which is obviously a Karate motif. It was a project done by Brandon's grandmother, Mrs. Joyce Reamer, who spent months in the planning stage and completion of the project. We thought it was very unique and professionally done and gets an A+ from the Vero Beach Karate Association.
               
John Howell Wins First Place in DARE Essay Contest
 

John Howell
Imagine of South Vero
Teacher: Mrs. Brown
Dare Essay

When I grow up I want to be a meteorologist, and I learned in D.A.R.E that drugs, tobacco, and alcohol can keep me from my dreams. That’s why I’ve chosen not to use drugs, tobacco or alcohol. It can keep you from your dreams too. Here’s how, first let’s talk about alcohol. Beer, wine and liquor all have about the same amount of alcohol so it doesn’t matter what you drink it will still affect you the same. Alcohol can affect you in many different ways, and is especially bad for anyone under eighteen. In addition, it’s illegal to sell alcohol to anyone under eighteen.


Here are some additional ways it can affect you, loss of self control, you walk funny, you can’t talk well, it impairs judgment and decreases motor skills and reflexes it can also damage every organ in your body.

Next, lets discuss tobacco and marijuana. Tobacco and marijuana are just as bad as alcohol here’s how it can harm you.  Tobacco is the number one cause of lung cancer and a leading cause of all other cancers. Marijuana is much worse than tobacco it can make you have short term  memory loss and users have a much higher chance of getting cancer. In addition, it is illegal in in the United States.

Lastly, lets discuss drugs and their affects. Drugs are dangerous in some ways and deadly in others. Here is how and what it can do to you, first of all its only dangerous if you use it wrong like if you over use a drug or use someone else’s drug. It can harm you in so many ways . Using drugs can even give you or cause an incurable disease like hepatitis, or cause a seizure, coma or stroke.

After discussing all of these dangers of using drugs, alcohol and tobacco or marijuana its clear to see that it would be a bad choice to use them and that’s why I will remain drug free. In addition, I will try to influence my family and friends to stay drug free and I hope you will do the same.

Bronze Level 1 in Ballroom Dancing
On Friday, May 18, 2012, VBKA held its first official Ballroom Dancing Test.  These students were awarded Bronze Level 1 in Ballroom Dancing.  From left to right: Mr. Willis, Hugo Martell, Nicole Nixon, Tiffany Nixon, Dance Instructor Mr. Scott, Liam Carroll, Megan Nixon, Shannon Fitzgerald, Jason Wesley, and (not pictured) Mrs. Watkins.
Marlene Flescher's Senior Essay
3rd Degree Black Belt

These guys are huge!! That is was what was going through my mind as a six year-old on my first day of martial arts class. I was the youngest and smallest in the class – and intimidated! I started out in the back of the class behind the older students. Bobbing and weaving my head around the teenager in line in front of me, I watched as my sensei taught us our katas. I set my goal to be in the front line along with the brown belts and black belts.

During my transition from white to black belt, moving through the ranks over nine years, I have learned many essential assets. One asset is leadership, which has allowed me to take high-ranking positions, not only in martial arts, but in clubs and activities in school. Another asset is service. At the Vero Beach Karate School, I’ve participated in Kicks for Kids, have done three black belt service projects, have volunteered as a camp counselor and have been on the demonstration team, performing for others. I am in the Interact Club at Sebastian River High School where we do our best to help out others in our community who are less fortunate. We have collected canned goods

for Thanksgiving and Toys for Tots at Christmas. I am a member of the National Honor Society and through the IB Programme at SRHS, we are currently supplying “Backpack Buddies” to families in Fellsmere Elementary; that is, filling backpacks with food for some of the children to take home for the weekend.

Because of the service experience I’ve learned through martial arts, I am more confident doing service projects on my own and I am also able to talk many friends who may be interested in helping out, but may not know how to begin.

Discipline is another asset I’ve learned. There are so many excessive temptations as a teen it is imperative that I use discipline during school and personal time to remain successful. It isn't always easy to resist the things I see my peers indulging in, but it would be much more difficult if I had not learned discipline through martial arts.

The third asset, balance, is one of the most important. In martial arts, balance is fundamental to stay on your feet to defend yourself. It may be difficult to believe that balance learned through martial arts can apply to life.

However, learning how to balance my studies, sports, religious, social, and volunteer time was the most important attribute that my martial arts training has instilled in me. I have been able to participate in high school swimming for four years, qualifying at the State level, be a member of the weightlifting team and the track and field team, all while maintaining a GPA of 3.8 or above. I am proud to be a 3rd Degree black belt. With my martial arts training, I feel I am ready to move on to college and a new chapter in my life. It has taught me much more than I would ever have believed on that first day.

Megan Nixon - 2nd Degree Black Belt
"Best of Show" in the Bachelors division of the 12th Annual
Digital Media Student Exhibition at IRSC

Megan was awarded "Best of Show" in the Bachelors division in the 12th Annual Digital Media Student Exhibition at IRSC. This award comes with a scholarship that will cover her for the rest of her college degree at IRSC. She created a 3D model in Maya*, a 3D modeling program, and used picture references of a Shelby Mustang as inspiration.

*Maya® 3D animation software delivers a comprehensive creative feature set with tools for animation, modeling, simulation, rendering, matchmoving, and compositing on a highly extensible production platform. For visual effects, game development, post production, or other 3D animation projects, Maya offers toolsets to help meet demanding production requirements.

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Nicole Nixon - 2nd Degree Black Belt and Tiny Tots Instructor
2nd Place in State • Top 15 in Nation

Nicole Nixon is a member of Collegiate DECA, Delta Epsilon Chi Association, with her school, Indian River State College. This club is for business students and presents them with real life challenges in the business world and asks them to find a solution. The competition requires the students to present their solutions to judges from the industry. This past March 2012, Nicole competed in the State Conference and won Second place for her presentation in Retail Management. Placing Second in the Sate, qualified Nicole to compete in the International Competition.

On Thursday, April 19, 2012, Nicole traveled with her team to Salt Lake City, Utah for the International Career Development Conference. There was some sight-seeing and taking pictures of lovely tulips, but Nicole's primary focus  was on this next level of competition.
 
She competed against the top 48 students in the country in her event and she placed in the top 15! This is a great accomplishment in her life, and she looks forward to more opportunities for growth.
 
 
     

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