Two Wabash Valley Shuri-Ryu Karate Academy students were black belted on May 15, an honor bestowed upon them by Sensei Mike Castro (center). Rob Barton (left) and Tommy Music (right) traded in their brown belts when Castro decided that they had earned to move up in rank, according to Music. “It’s an honor to be promoted to black belt,” Music said in an interview with The Paper of Wabash County. “I cried. It’s seven years coming. Almost seven years that Mr. Barton and I have been coming down (to the dojo) anywhere from five to six days a week, one to two hours at a time. It’s been a long road to now and it’s an honor.” Photo provided
by Eric Stearley
On Thursday, April 24, Southwood High School senior Amy Bowman was one of 13 students in the state to be awarded the 2014 C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarship Award as part of the Brady Sports Achievement Awards, held at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis. Designed to reward exceptional student-athletes, the $2,500 scholarship is sponsored by IHSAA, Methodist Sports Medicine, the Indianapolis Colts, Sport Graphics, Inc., and WTHR-13.
Bowman’s 4.4 grade point average puts her at the top of the 2014 Southwood High School class. The daughter of Kevin and Kymber Bowman, Amy earned 10 varsity letters in high school: four in basketball, three in volleyball and three in track and field. She is a two-time Student Congress president, two-time county sportsmanship award winner for basketball, and a leader of both Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Peers Educating Peers. Bowman is also involved in 4-H and various church activities.
Hopeful students had to meet eligibility criteria to qualify for the award. Students had to be seniors enrolled in an IHSAA member school, earn at least one varsity letter, maintain a 3.0 grade point average or on a 4-point scale, and be nominated by their principal. Students also had to make a commitment to remain substance-free through the end of high school and could not have any athletic code of conduct violations or ejections from contests due to unsportsmanlike behavior.
More than 100 applications were submitted for the scholarship. A six-member panel selected the students to receive scholarships. Two panel members were IHSAA representatives, while the others represented the Indianapolis Colts, the Indiana Pacers, Methodist Sports Medicine, and the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Since 2004, the IHSAA has recognized 126 student-athletes with scholarships totaling $315,000. Bowman’s scholarship is named after former IHSAA Commissioner C. Eugene Cato, who held the position from 1983 to 1995. Cato was also assistant commissioner from 1976 to 1983. Cato passed away in 2008, and is remembered for his passion for athletics and his believe in the value of athletic competition in developing character. He is also known for his “Firm, Fair, and Friendly” approach.
In addition to the scholarship winners, members of the 1954 Milan High School basketball team, made famous by the 1986 movie Hoosiers were honored at the awards ceremony Thursday, along with the movie’s screenwriter and producer Angelo Pizzo.