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Students succeed in Sidney's first ATA taekwondo black belt testing


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Students from the ATA Family Martial Arts School In Sidney pose after earning their new black belts. Front Row from left to right: Rishi Krishna, Anshu Giliyaru, Cara Tomsick, Julian Maytorena and Mitch Deer. Back Row: Sandra Virgalitte, Joseph Tomsick, Garrett Deer, Meghna Krishna, Mary Beth Tomsick, Linda Autrey and school owner Tony Virgalitte.

On Saturday, March 1, nine students from the ATA Family Martial Arts School in Sidney successfully tested for the rank of 1st degree black belt decided.

Participants were judged by their instructor, 4th degree black belt and school owner Tony Virgalitte, as well as 7th degree black belt Senior Master Ramsey Cross and 6th degree black belt Master Gary Betts, who traveled from Denver to observe.

The students successfully passing their black belt testing were: Linda Autrey, Mitch Deer, Rishi Krishna, Julian Maytorena, Meghna Krishna, Anshu Giliyaru, Cara Tomsick, Joseph Tomsick, and Mary Bet...

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