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Top row: (from left), Joseph Slattery, Nicholas Hemphill, Nicholas Scott

Bottom row: (from left), Logan Rosenboom, Liam Crimmins, Thomas Scott

With a combined experience of over 50 years of karate training, 6 students at Lincoln Karate Clinic were promoted to 1st degree black belt Aug. 8.

Students were required to perform both a physical phase of the promotion test as well as a written/project phase of their testing. In addition, the students also completed three different camps this summer to further hone their skills culminating with their final testing Aug. 8. Lincoln Karate Clinic chief instructor Scott Walls, staff, fellow students, parents and other family members are proud of these students that have earned this difficult rank to obtain.

1. Joseph Slattery is a 7th grade student at Schoo Middle School and is also a member of the Excellence Club at LKC. The Excellence Club is for students that have earned a 4.0 grade point average and demonstrate high standards of character. Joseph is quite strong and also has tremendous leadership skills. Joseph’s project for his black belt was to create a guide for the names of the katas (forms) and their definitions. Joseph’s parents are Ron and Kathy Slattery.

2. Nicholas Hemphill is a 9th grade student at Lincoln East High School. Nicholas is also a member of Boy Scouts, and in addition to his karate skills is also a skilled baseball player. Nicholas is a talented athlete with great potential in several areas. Nicholas’ project for his test was to create a poster board for dojo jobs and responsibilities. Nicholas’ parents are Taryn Long and Jack Hemphill.

3. Nicholas Scott is an 8th grade student at Lux Middle School and is also a member of the Excellence Club at LKC. The Excellence Club is for students that have earned a 4.0 grade point average and demonstrate high standards of character. Nicholas is very bright and has very high level analytical skills. Nicholas’ project was to create a guide that outlines the different types of child predators that the school teaches students to avoid. Nicholas’ parents are Stephen and Andrea Scott.

4. Logan Rosenboom is a 6th grade student at Mickle Middle School. Logan has terrific charisma and excellent leadership skills. Logan is the school expert on dojo games and loves to have fun. Logan has worked hard to become strong and is very confident in his abilities. Logan’s project was to update the game poster used in classes throughout the week. His parents are Jay and Heidi Rosenboom.

5. Liam Crimmins is a 6th grade student at Lux Middle School. Liam has very powerful technique and is very well-mannered and polite. Liam is talented in multiple areas besides karate and has enjoyed practicing karate with his two brothers; they are also black belts at the school. Liam’s project was to create a poster that highlights components of the Anti-Bullying program exclusively used at the school. Liam’s parents are Eric and Annie Crimmins.

6. Thomas Scott is a 6th grade student at Lux Middle School. Thomas is very smart and talented and began karate at a very young age. Thomas does very well at setting and achieving his goals and does very well in school. He has sharp technique and is very knowledgeable about the karate style he studies. Thomas’ project was to create a guide based on the self-defense awareness program used at LKC. His parents are Stephen and Andrea Scott.

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