Homerville, GA. 11/1/2016 Karate South Martial Arts Academy of Homerville announces Clinch County High School freshman, Michael “Joey” Deyorio as the winner of its inaugural, Youth First Scholarship. The scholarship includes one year of class tuition, uniforms, and sparring equipment.
“We’re thrilled to announce our winner and excited for Joey. Not only is he a great young man whose shown considerable determination and desire in martial arts, but he’s also got a lot of raw talent. We’re confident he’ll be a wonderful ambassador for our school, Homerville, and art of Tang Soo Do.” says Sean A. McCoy the owner of Karate South.
Deyorio who initially attended karate classes through a free trial program, wanted to attend full time. He and his family began the process for the karate school’s scholarship. His application package which included letters of recommendation from his parents, teachers, and other community figures also included an essay where he cites his reasoning as the ideal candidate as, “I love being able to push myself to a new level and to do something I never thought I could do. I like coming to class each week and being able to kick higher, stretch further, and practice forms.”
Other scholarship requirements included excellence in academics which were no issue for Deyorio who maintains an A-B average in all of his classes. Additionally, he’s a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and participates in other various community activities with hobbies including Parkour and listening to music.
Along with others students from the karate school, Deyorio is expected to participate in the 2017-2018 tournament season and compete in both Olympic style sparring and Poomsae (Forms) throughout the southeast and nationally. Still seeking to award a similar scholarship, Karate South has an additional spot for a female between the age of 8 to 17.
“We put out that we had two spots available for one male and one female on a scholarship in the spring. We received a few incomplete submissions and phone calls here or there but nothing met and exceeded our expectation. We’re looking for a dedicated, hardworking, and deserving young lady and certainly hope that the local community can help us spread the word.” continues McCoy.
Karate South Martial Arts Academy opened for business in December of 2015 at 15 East Plant Avenue in Homerville and offers classes in Tang Soo Do, Olympic style sparring, and self-defense for all ages. The school is a member of the United Tang Soo Do Federation that includes dozens of other schools and martial arts clubs located across the United States as well as South Korea. Owned and operated by husband and wife pair Sean & Tanya McCoy, the school is actively seeking new students and offers regular promotions and varying discounts for state, local government, and other civil service workers. For more information on classes or their available scholarship opportunities visit the school’s website at http://www.karatesouthmaa.com/ or call 912-385-0208.