June 17, 2013 7:03 AM | James Stuber (Administrator)

In June 15th the Grand championship kickoff was held on Kelley's Island the kickers for this event were Henry Ashburn traveling all the way from Houghton Michigan a 12 hour trip and Joey  Strano from Chardon Ohio. Mr. Ashburn came for  whole weekend  kickoff Bike hike workout , Summer games and cookout. Mr. Strano could only make the kick off. He and his family came over on the ferry just so Joey could kick. Now that is KIA spirit and dedication by both students. The Grand champion kick off was held after the morning workout. both the kickers watched as Sensei Stuber demonstrated how they must kick for the one minute time frame. The counters this year were Sensei Salvadore, Sensei Jay Maki, Sensei Mark Rhodes  and Miss Stephanie Watts-Garcia. Three of the four counter are former Grand champion kickers. After the kick off was over it was announced the results would be announced at dinner later that night. Mr. Strano had other commitments so he had to leave but after dinner Sensei Guest was able to get reception on the phone when the announcement was made. Sensei Stuber announced the kick totals 64 kicks were counted by the two counters for one kicker and 67 kicks were counted for the other kicker by the other two counters. The kick off was very close. The announcement was made Mr. Henry Ashburn was the 2013 Grand champion kicker for this year and would take the cup back to Copper Country KI for the year. Congratulations to Mr. Ashburn and Mr. Strano for showing true KI dedication.

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