Category Archives: Up & Coming Students

Caden Ketchman

Red Belt

Caden is currently a red belt, having studied and practiced martial arts at The MTA Karate Academy under the direction of Master Garris since the age of 5. In his four years of training, he has qualified for two AAU National Championships, and has placed within the top ten in each for kata and top five for sparring. He has also competed in several local and regional AAU competitions, in nearly all of which he has earned gold for his performance of kata, and medaled in point sparring. In addition to his karate endeavors, Caden has been a straight-A student throughout his academic career, and qualified for Academically/ Intellectually Gifted (AIG) classes in all subject areas tested in 2014. Caden also has an artistic side, having been selected for the lead role as Mowgli in Cape Fear Regional Theater’s summer camp presentation of the Jungle Book, and had his first professional appearance in the theater’s 2013 play, Fiddler on the Roof. He also takes guitar lessons and sings karaoke. Despite his numerous accomplishments, Caden is a very humble, gregarious, and outgoing young man who is known for putting others first, being a positive role model, and for encouraging others to succeed.   You will probably see him assisting in classroom instruction or in any other venue involving peer mentorship.

Claire B

Green Belt

Claire is a 7th Grade A Honor Roll Student and has been studying Tang Soo Do for the past 2 years. She currently holds the rank of Green belt and is a 2014 AAU NC State Champion. Claire is a member of the Middle School SGA and is also on the Middle School Praise Band. She is also a violinist with the Snyder Youth Orchestra and was voted 2014 MVP for the Middle School Girls Basketball Team.