San Jacinto College students recently competed in the Kume International Karate Championship at the College, capturing nine medals and competing among hundreds of others from across Texas, Colorado, El Salvador, Cuba and Venezuela.
Cody Scurlock, Danielle Geisel, and Laura Pon each took home bronze medals in the kata division and bronze medals in the kumite (sparring) division. Thanh Dinh won a silver medal in kumite and a bronze medal in kata, and Jason Hartenstein won bronze in kata. Anthony McIntyre and Justin Cevallos also competed in their divisions.
In addition to competing, Scurlock was named recipient of this year's Physical Education Department San Jacinto College Scholarship. He also serves as the San Jacinto College Martial Arts Club president and will graduate from San Jacinto College this May and transfer to the University of Houston this Fall.
The karate tournament was sanctioned by the USA National Karate-do Federation (USA-NKF). Others in attendance included karate officials from the Texas karate federation, as well as Spain and Mexico karate federations.
The next karate tournament at San Jacinto College is scheduled for May 9.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.