Silliman Institute’s mascot, Willie the Wildcat, is also known as senior Trace David, 17.

David performs as Willie at Silliman games and events.

David was chosen as the National Cheerleading Association’s All-American Mascot while attending a camp in the summer, said Katy Hayes, of Silliman. As a result, David was invited to perform in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl ’s pregame show Jan. 1 in Orlando, along with about 40 junior high and high school mascots and more than 1,450 cheerleaders and dancers from around the United States.

“This was a great experience for Trace and a proud day for Silliman,” Hayes said.

In addition to being the school’s mascot, David plays on the Silliman baseball team. He is the son of Stephanie David.