Press Release: February 19, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2021


Chief Master Al Dilegge
Chief of Staff, Masters' Council
[email protected]



ATA International and the Songahm Masters’ Council Announces 2020 National Appreciation Award Winners


LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS (February 9, 2021) – ATA International and the Songahm Masters’ Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 National Appreciation Awards:

Ms. Penny Beddow-Wolf - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Master Karen Bennett – Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Master Sally Burke – Merritt Island, Florida, USA
Mr. Sean Callaghan – Jeanette, Pennsylvania, USA
Mr. Kevin Cano-Koscelek - San Diego, California, USA
Mrs. Elisha Coffrin – Bloomington, Illinois, USA
Mr. John Cook – Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA
Ms. Melynda Cordry – Morristown, Tennessee, USA
Master Lorne Davidson - White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
Ms. Rachel Dendy – Greenwell Springs, Louisiana, USA
Mr. Joao Folgado – Lisbon, Portugal
Master Pamela Gedman – Westfield, New Jersey, USA
Master Jude Grayson – Slidell, Louisiana, USA
Master Keegan Ireland - Oregon City, Oregon, USA
Mrs. Mary Johannesen – Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Ms. Emily Korinek – Monroeville, Pennsylvania, USA
Mr. Mike Moh - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA
Mr. Sean O'Dowd – Aberdeen, North Carolina, USA
Mr. Martijn Ooms - Rotterdam, Netherlands
Master Tony Rosa – Bartlett, Tennessee, USA
Master Robert Roy – Dracut, Massachusetts, USA
Ms. Sharon Rueckert – Peoria, Arizona, USA
Master Laura Sanborn – Chandler, Arizona, USA
Master Keith Shoup – Lemont, Illinois, USA
Mr. Adam Vandermeulen – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Mr. Jim Wade - Franklin Park, Illinois, USA
Mrs. Melissa Wenenn – Smithville, Missouri, USA
Master Susan Winter – Dayton, New Jersey, USA
Ms. Channah Zeitung - San Diego, California, USA

A Virtual Pinning Ceremony has been scheduled for March 6, 2021, with ATA’s Presiding Grand Master, Grand Master Soon Ho Lee, to award the winners with this prestigious award.

ATA International and the Masters’ Council commissioned the National Appreciation Award to be issued to deserving instructors per region or country internationally. The National Appreciation Award promotes merit by consistently displaying positivity, work ethic, and uplifting of his/her fellow instructors in the Spirit of Songahm over their career, especially this past year. Award winners serve as inspirational leaders to the ATA, they embody the core values of serving students and being committed to Songahm Taekwondo.

About ATA International
The ATA was founded in 1969 by Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee. The organization is internationally headquartered in Little Rock, AR and has called the state capital home since 1977. With active membership approaching 300,000 worldwide, ATA is North America’s largest martial arts organization dedicated to the discipline of Taekwondo. ATA is a pioneer in the martial arts industry because of its unique Songahm style curriculum.

For more information about ATA, visit www.ataonline.com.

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