US Budokai is incredibly proud of the success of the young men and women making up this years’ class of graduating high school seniors. Below we highlight each graduates academic and athletic accomplishments as well as their martial arts achievements and future plans. The major tenets of our teaching here at US Budokai: honor, dignity, pride and respect help to build strong character and self-discipline which lay the foundation for future success in all areas of life. Osu!
Keegan graduated from Christian Brothers Academy on June 1 as the salutatorian of his class. He was recognized with “The Brother Martin Hayes, FSC Humanitarian Award” for dedicated service to his fellow cadets at Christian Brothers Academy, and “The Kevin Murphy ‘73 Memorial Scholarship Award” for performance on the cross-country and track and field teams over all four years of high school. For academic awards, Keegan received “First in Merit: English”, “First in Merit: World Languages”, “Next in Merit: Mathematics”, and “Next in Merit: General Excellence”.
Keegan will be attending Villanova University on a Four-Year National Army ROTC Scholarship where he plans to double major in Finance and Business Analytics. Skinner’s further plans include attending law school and to earn both a law degree and a Doctorate in Business Administration. Upon graduation, Keegan will receive a commission into the US Army where he plans to serve as a lawyer in the Judge Advocate General corps.
Keegan has been a student of US Budokai since 2009 and is a candidate for third degree black belt in August
Matt graduated from Notre Dame Bishop Gibbons 7th in his class and a member of National Honor Society. Matt will receive an advanced regents diploma and was awarded: Distinguished Athlete Award for Football, New York State Attorney General Triple “C” Award for commitment, character and courage as well as the Society of the Mayflower Descendants in NYS Award for Achievement in History.
Matt will be attending Clarkson University with plans to major in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Matt also received 2 scholarships from Clarkson University.
Matt began his training at US Budokai in January 2008. He achieved the rank of second degree black belt in January 2016.
Arika graduated from Lansingburgh High School in the top ten of her class and is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, Varsity Bowling, and appears on the Knightly News. At graduation Arika was awarded Col. Filomena R Award, the Mary Ann Misel Award, she is the president of National Honor Society and graduated summa cum laude. Arika will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in the fall. She will major in Chemical Engineering.
Arika is also the current current USBA/WBA Junior Female World Competitor of the Year and also the North East Regional Junior Female Competitor of the year (2 years).
Arika first began her training at US Budokai in 2007 and earned her second degree black belt in December 2017.
Danielle graduated from Mechanicville High School with an Advanced Regents Diploma and maintained high honor roll throughout her high school career. Danielle also was honored as the recipient of the Maggie Murphy Memorial Scholarship.
Danielle plans to attend Hudson Valley Community College in the fall.
Danielle began her training at US Budokai in 2014 and has achieved the rank of 1st kyu brown belt. Danielle plans to continue her training at US Budokai and earn her black belt.