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Waltham's middle school world champ contender

Posted by Erica Noonan, Globe West June 6, 2008 01:04 PM

In this corner: a 14-year-old Kennedy Middle School student who has earned the right to compete in the World Amateur Kickboxing/Karate Organization Jr. World Championship in Naples, Italy.

His opponent: the cost of traveling there to compete among teens from 60 other countries.

Zachary Johnson has been training at Perry's Tae Kwon Do Academy on Moody Street since the age of 4, and the academy is holding a June 13 dinner and silent auction to help him fulfill his goal of competing.

Academy Head Instructor Reggie Perry said that Johnson won the 125-pounds-and-under class divisions in semi-contact and continuous contact tae kwon do during the United States Team Trials in Warwick, R.I., in April. The world competition is in September.

The items up for auction include Red Sox tickets, a Wii Fit console, Celtics and Patriots memorabilia, and a membership to the Boston Sports Club's Waltham location.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at the academy, 308 Moody Street. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased by calling the academy at 781-891-4800 or visiting in person Monday through Thursday between 3:30 and 8:30 p.m.

-- Stephanie V. Siek

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