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Northeast Times | October 23, 2021

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First Class of de Zavala Karate Students Earn Black Belts

First Class of de Zavala Karate Students Earn Black Belts

After four years of hard work, the first class of students in the Kickstart Kids program at de Zavala Middle School received their black belts after testing on May 20. The momentous occasion celebrated high schoolers Minh Vu, Gabriel Sanchez, Claudia Lozano, Marquel Vincent and Carter Tanno for reaching one of the highest levels of martial arts achievement. Each started the program during their sixth or seventh grade year, when the program was implemented at de Zavala Middle School in 2013.

PHOTO CAPTION [Kickstart]: Students Minh Vu, Gabriel Sanchez, Claudia Lozano, Marquel Vincent and Carter Tanno celebrate as the first class to earn black belts through the Kickstart Kids program with de Zavala principal Anika Hogan (left) and instructor Kristin Savala (center).