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Early on Thursday January 19th, the TSBVI Wildcats made the long bus ride to Jackson, Mississippi to participate in the 2012 South Central Association of Schools for the Blind (SCASB) Wrestling, Cheer and Performing Arts Meet. 

Once there, the Wildcats made their presence known to the other schools participating.

The SCASB weekend kicked off with the Wildcat Choir, led by Jane Runquist, Yvette C., Jalisa T., Alisha M., Mohammed A., Cassandra J, Chiji I, Juan D., Emily N., Ian H., Amy F. and Isaac H., singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Rogers and Hammerstein, “Fix You” by Coldplay and “Bright Morning Star” by Will Schmidt.  The Wildcat Classical Guitar Class: Isaac H., Ian H., Alex A. and Pedro “PJ” N. played “El Chinanti” by Travis Marcum.

However, the Wildcats also had the chance to display their physical talents on the gym floor when the Cheer and Wrestling portion of SCASB started.  The Wildcat Cheer Squad, coached by Tammy Reed and Melody Ballentine, Cierra M., Alexa O., Naomi G., Brittany W. and Sarai H., brought the entire crowd to their feet with a tremendous display of team spirit and energy that earned them a Second Place Trophy. 

The TSBVI Mascot, Kierra M., earned a Second Place award with a rousing “You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream” routine!  And when competition on the mat started, the Wildcat Wrestling Team, coached by Mark Ramirez, John Castillo and Eric Pearson, proved they were up to the challenge as well. 

Amy F. earned Second Place at the 113lb Class.  Garion M. wrestling in the 120lb. Class, finished Third overall.  Pedro “PJ” N., wrestling in the 126lb. Class, took Second.  Isaac H.t, wrestling in the 132lb. Class, finished Fifth overall.  Zach Brown, competing in the 138lb. Class, wrestled his way to a Third Place finish.  Willie H. won the championship at the 160lb. Class.  Malik H., competing at the 220lb. division, took Second Place and Alex A. wrestled to a Championship at the 285lb. Class.  And as a team, the Wildcat Wrestlers earned a Second Place Trophy.

Overall, the TSBVI Wildcats displayed tremendous spirit, competitiveness and sportsmanship! 

Be proud of your Wildcats!

- Mark Ramirez