BY BRUCE BRANUM
The Greenville Standard
This past Saturday Georgiana’s High School played host to the Fundraiser for Ms. Dianna “Gracee” Sipper. The nine year old martial arts Phenom was selected to the U.S. Martial Arts Team to compete in the International Martial Arts Games to be held in London England in October of this year.
The day was filled with live music from many groups to include Robin McCombs Aces and Eights Band, New Vision and a large host of vendors, food and martial art demonstrations.
Head Coach and Director for the U.S. Team (Alabama) Seventh Dan Renshi Tommy Denson put on a remarkable display of board and brick breaking that truly awed the crowd. Coach Denson said, “It was an honor to be here and help support a team member.”
Dianna “Gracee” Sipper was honored by both the cities of Greenville and Georgiana. Greenville Police Chief Justin Lavvorn delivered and presented a Proclamation to Grace from the City of Greenville while Mayor Antone of Georgiana also presented Grace with a proclamation from the City of Georgiana and proclaimed that August 10th would be Dianna Sipper Day in Georgiana.
Grace’s karate instructor, Ray Van Cor, said, “I could not be prouder of ‘Gracee’, it is not everyday somebody gets the opportunity to compete on an International level like this. Just getting to the team is an exceptional honor.”
The latter half of the day was marred by torrential rains and a power outage but the event was successful. Mike and Vicki Sipper, parents of young Grace, extend their sincere appreciation and thanks to everyone who has helped, donated financially and given of their time to support Grace.