Gym: All American Flames
Age Group: Junior A
Favorite Quote: “If you don’t work for it, you don’t deserve it.”
Favorite Super Hero: Wonder Woman
Favorite Food: I love anything to do with chocolate
Favorite Color: Bright Pink
Favorite Actor:I do not have a favorite actor or actress – but my brother played a convincing Linus in my church’s version of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
Tell us about your experience competing at level 10 regionals in 2019, compared this experience to past Regionals or Level 9 Regionals if this was your first year of 10. At Level 10 Regionals, I started on bars hoping I could start out my meet great. However, I fell on my jaeger, but I finished the rest of my routine cleanly. I quickly reminded myself that “it’s not over until it’s over.” Next was beam. My beam warm-up could not have been any better than what it was. But as soon as I mounted the beam, I was way too aggressive with my series and fell a second time. Right as I landed my dismount, I again had to remind myself that “it’s not over until it’s over.” Then I went to floor knowing I needed to do something special, and that is exactly what I did. I performed my best floor routine of the entire season. Going to vault I was telling myself that I still had a chance to make it to Nationals. I hit Tsukahara Lay-Full and I was on my way to Nationals. I think that this year’s Regionals was a lot more eventful than last year, and I learned that you cannot give up because you never know what the outcome might be.
Talk about moving into Level 10 the challenges and success over the last year.I feel like my transition from 9 to 10 went pretty smoothly. I soon learnedthat level 10 skills were very difficult, but I also learned to overcome those challenges and kept going. I had some success at my first meet, and used that to help me get through the obstacles I knew I would have to face. At the Derby Classic, I kicked the bar on a jaeger during warm-ups, which made it hard to walk, but I still competed bars. I ended up making my bar routine, my beam routine was rough, and I scratched my last two events: vault and floor. This happened less than two weeks before my state meet. I am using challenges like these for my future as a level 10 gymnast.
What are you most looking forward to about nationals?At Nationals, I am really looking forward to representing Region 5 and I am super excited to be a part of an amazing team.
How does it feel to represent Region 5 on a national stage? Representing Region 5 nationally is super exciting because only a few gymnasts get to go. It has been a dream of mine to make Level 10 Nationals. Competing for Region 5 at Nationals feels very special.
What is your most memorable moment in gymnastics besides qualifying to JO nationals? My most memorable moment before this year’s Regionals, is when I qualified for Level 9 Eastern Nationals last year.
What is the most powerful piece of advice you have received and how has it specifically impacted your gymnastics? My most powerful piece of advice is, “Enjoy The Journey.” Gymnastics is supposed to be fun, and this advice has helped me enjoy my gymnastics even when it was hard for me.
Tell me something interesting about yourself….special talents, hobbies, interesting facts etc Here are some interesting facts about me: I have a twin brother named Zachary. He is 2 minutes older than me. An interesting thing I did in 2018, was to pedal my bicycle across the state of Michigan from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron with my brother and dad. One creepy fact about me is that my eyelashes are two different colors – my friends find that pretty strange.