Welcome to the world, precious Kayelea Shaye Cabrales! Kayelea was born Dec. 13 at 12:39 p.m., weighed 5 lbs., 2 oz., and was 18 1/2 inches long.
Her proud parents are Heather Thomure and San Juan Cabrales Jr. Welcoming Kayelea are her beaming grandparents here on Earth, Marcillia and San Juan Cabrales Sr., and Pete and Rhonda Thomure, both in heaven; godparents Gelene Gaines and Gary Dillard; excited future babysitters and siblings John Eric, Jesse Adam, Cashous, Sebastian and Skyelynn; and fursister Chiquis. Congratulations Heather and San Juan!
Training with White Horse
White Horse Academy of Martial Arts has some good news to share! Black belt tests are held only twice per year, while rank tests are held every couple of months, and this most recent test was the school’s 157th rank test and the first black belt rank test in its new location on Pinemont Drive.
Congratulations to the following students: Mary Anne Burch is a 52-year-old mother and grandmother who was one of the first students to sign up at the new location. She holds a first dan black belt in Taekwondo from 15 years ago. She hasn’t trained since earning that black belt, so she opted to start over at white belt. She was promoted to eighth gup yellow belt.
Mindy and Javier Perez, 10-year-old brother and sister, tested for ninth gup orange belt. Romulo Diaz tested for seventh gup yellow belt.
Jacob Flores, a 16-year-old student at Heights High School, began training in White Horse’s after-school program at Travis Elementary when he was in pre-kindergarten. After a few years there, he moved to the main school to train and now teaches regularly at White Horse. Jacob tested for second dan black belt.
Jessie Flores, Jacob’s older brother, is a 17-year-old student graduating from Heights High School this year. He began training at Travis Elementary when he was in kindergarten. Like his brother, he moved to the main school to train after a few years and teaches regularly at White Horse. Jessie tested for second dan black belt. Jessie and Jacob’s mother, Cynthia, was tired of sitting on the bench watching while waiting for her boys in class, so she began training and is now a fourth gup purple belt.
Eric Bounds, now 28, began training with White Horse at age 3. He earned his first dan black belt in 2007, the same year he graduated from St. Pius X High School. He now teaches martial arts for WHAMA in the after-school programs at Regis Catholic School, St. Anne Catholic School, The Joy School, Sinclair Elementary and St. Theresa Catholic School. He tested for his second dan black belt. Joe Coym began training in 1994, now regularly teaches at WHAMA, and he tested for fifth dan black belt, which is master level.
Mollie Coym came to White Horse in 1993 as a 13-year-old brown belt. Now married to Joe and the mother of a 4-year-old daughter who is already training at White Horse, Mollie is now researching and learning to teach people with differences or challenges, whether physical or emotional. Her goal is to incorporate this into White Horse’s regular curriculum and to teach the program to its students and black belts. Mollie tested for fifth dan black belt, which is master level.
“Everyone here is enthusiastic about this because the name of our system is the ‘Universal Way’ and martial arts should be for everyone, including people with differences or challenges,” said Master Barbara Dickens, the White Horse owner.
Waltrip’s got talent
Mark your calendars for Waltrip’s Got Talent, a multi-school talent show!
WHEN: 6 p.m. Feb. 9th
WHERE: Waltrip High School, 1900 W. 34th St.
WHY: Senior class fundraiser
The schools in Waltrip’s feeder pattern as well as students at Waltrip have created a talent show full of fun and amazing talent. Students from Oak Forest Elementary, Stevens Elementary, Durham Elementary, Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet, Frank Black Middle School and Waltrip will be performing. This family-fun event has been organized by the students and Shelley Gillis, Waltrip’s dance teacher, and they invite the community to come out and enjoy an entertaining Friday evening. Tickets at the door are $7 for adults and $5 for children. Concessions will be available.