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Sydney Morris - 1ST StateLevel 10 & Jr. Elite
Coaches: Slava Glazounov and Cleo Washington
Graduating Year: 2022
I began gymnastics when I was 3 years old. My first experience with gymnastics was at 1st Class in Maryland taking recreational classes. When I was 5, I switched to a gym close to home and started competing level 4 at the age of 6. When I was 7 I switched to Win Win gymnastics in Odenton and competed levels 5, 6 and 7. In 2014 I ended up back at 1st Class for my level 8,9 and first season of level 10. Last season I switched gyms once more and now train at 1st State Gymnastics in Delaware as a second year level 10. In 2016-2017 I competed HOPES Optional and level 10 and qualified to the HOPES Championships in Chicago and the Level 10 JO National Championships where I won gold on the uneven bars. This season I qualified to the Level 10 Regional Championships and JO National Championships again and this time I brought home a silver medal on bars and an All-Around high score for this competition. In January I qualified Junior Elite and went to the American Classic in July where I qualified to the US Championships in August. I am excited to continue my gymnastics career as a Junior Elite and will miss competing as a level 10. My dream is to go to the Olympics and I am one step closer! I love gymnastics so much and hope to continue to improve and be the best elite gymnast I can be!
As a third-generation competitive gymnast, Baylie began competing at the age of five. Following in her grandmother’s and aunt’s footsteps, she has won state and regional titles, but began so at an earlier age. Baylie’s first state title came at the age of six and her first regional title at the age of nine. Baylie was selected to the TOPs Diamond Team at the age of seven and the TOPs National A Team at the age of eight. After making the 2015 TOPs National A Team, Baylie became a regular at the NTTC, training on invitation to the Developmental Camps. As a nine-year-old she finished the 2017 season as the ninth ranked Level 8 gymnast in the country, scoring above 38.000 in every meet despite suffering an elbow injury only two weeks prior to the beginning of her season. Currently, as a ten-year-old, Baylie is training for the 2018 Level 9 and Hopes season under coaches Megan Haught, Egor Grebenkova, and Nataliya Marakova. She hopes to become a National Champion and a US Team member as did her grandmother in 1973.
Ashlee started gymnastics in a mom and tot class when she was 18 months old. Full of energy and never afraid to try something new, she quickly advanced and started competing Level 3 at age 6 with Texas Champion Gymnastics. She won 2nd All Around at North State. She then competed Level 4 and qualified for State. Coaches Anatoli Toropov and Gelena Helen Verucchi saw potential for advancement and started training her. In March 2015, she competed one meet during off season for Level 5, skipped Level 6, and started training Level 7. While in Level 7, Ashlee achieved Texas State Champion on Vault, Bars and All Around. After the season, although she loved her coaches, she decided to change gyms. She realized that gymnastics was something she wanted to pursue seriously and decided to set her goal for elite. Ashlee was lucky to find the perfect fit at World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA). The moment she stepped into the gym she was mesmerized by seeing past Olympians on the wall that had trained there. It was then that she realized her dream could truly become a reality with the help of the best coaches: Egor Grebenkova, Megan Haught and Nataliya Marakova. Her Level 8 season was the best by far. She scored her first 10.0 on bars at the City of Lights Invitational in Orlando, Florida and obtained the title Texas State Champion on Bars, Floor and All Around with a 39.000. Unfortunately, at Regionals, she rolled her ankle during her floor routine and was unable to continue competing. In 2018, Ashlee started her level 9 season at the California Grand Invitational where she won 1st on Bars; Texas Prime, 1st on Beam and 2nd AA; Buckeye Classic, 1st on Vault, Beam and Floor and 1st AA; WOGA Classic, 1st Vault Bars and 2nd AA. Due to an injury, she was unable to attend Texas State Championship and petitioned into Region 3 where she won silver on bars. After her level 9 season, Ashlee was selected to travel to Netherlands to compete at the International Ascension Gymnastics Competition with her WOGA teammates. Team WOGA took home gold. A week later, she completed in the Auburn National Elite qualifier. She earned her HOPES score for compulsory and optional. She is currently training for the 2018 HOPES Classic in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Level 9/10 - Rebecca trains at US Development Gymnastics Center II - Mahwah NJ under the direction of Sergei Vaitenok and Ana DeFlorio and one of her goals is to compete on a college team. Rebecca spends countless hours in the gym perfecting skills and routines. Gymnastics had both its challenges and triumphs over the years. Her determination to overcome injury was shown to be a great success when she placed 7th All Around and 2nd on beam at Eastern Championships. Rebecca is honored to be nominated as one of MSO Top 100 Gymnasts Of The Year.
Tyler Hambright (2023) - Bull City Gymnastics: Durham, NC.Level 8
Coaches: Stephen & Amanda Maness
Graduating Year: 2023
When I was 8 years old I decided I really wanted to learn how to do a back handspring so my parents signed me up for gymnastics. I quickly fell in love with all aspects of gym even though I started out just wanting to tumble. As a late starter to the sport, I have had to work very hard to catch up to teammates my age, but it has been a rewarding journey. Even though it took me 18 months to finally get that back handspring I wanted, I remained determined. I am so glad I didn't give up because things really took off from there. In the spring of 2017, on my 4th anniversary of beginning gymnastics, I finished the season as a Region 8, Level 8, First Place AA, Vault and Beam Champion. I look forward to what lies ahead in my training. Good luck to everyone this upcoming meet season!
Coaches: Giovanna Romero, Manuel Narvaez, Pablo Narvaez
Graduating Year: 2026
Hi my name is Presley Duke! I am a ten year old gymnast at Oklahoma City Gymnastics. I am currently training for level 9 while working on skills for HOPES. Although completely surprised, I am so excited and honored to be nominated for gymnast of the year. I absolutely love gymnastics and the feeling of flying! My favorite events are the floor and vault. My time in gymnastics has been fun and has taken me so many places. I was part of the 2017 Oklahoma State Judges Cup team who took first place in Virginia Beach. I have been lucky enough to visit the US training center (The Ranch) several times. I am a two time national TOPS qualifier and was chosen for developmental invite camp earlier this year. I will attend my second developmental invite camp in November. I am so excited for the opportunity to train with the national coaches. It is very fun and inspiring!! Gymnastics has taught me so much about strength and determination. I have had severe severs this year and really had to overcome so much pain. I am feeling better and working hard to catch up and improve each day. I hope to make the national team someday and compete for the University of Oklahoma. In my time outside of the gym I enjoy being outside and spending time with my family. I have an eleven year old sister and a three year old sister.
Paris is a 1st year level 9 gymnast competing for High Point Gymnastics in High Point, NC - Region 8. Nick named "lil'p" because of her small stature but big determination! Paris hopes to obtain a Division 1 scholarship so she can continue after highschool to do what she loves!
Hi, I'm Kylee Burton from Metroplex Gymnastics in Allen, TX. I am currently a level 10 and I am in 8th grade attending PCAplus online. I love spending time with my family, friends, and dog! I train 31 hours a week with my teammates/best friends! Last season as a level 9, I finished first in the all around at the Texas State Championships with a 38.775. I also placed first on beam with a 9.725. I went to compete regionals, winning floor with a 9.575. After qualifying to J.O. Western Nationals, I competed in the JR 5 category, placing 2nd on vault with a 9.6 and 5th on bars with a 9.55. I finished my season winning floor with a 9.65, beam with a 9.625, and AA with a 38.425! My dream is to attend a major university on a full-ride gymnastics scholarship and to have the opportunity to compete for a National Championship! It would be a great honor and motivation to win the award of Gymnast of the Year!
Coaches: Marcus Harlin, Alicia Goodwin, and Kim Zmeskal Burdette
Graduating Year: 2025
Hi I am 10yrs old and a level 10 training elite.I have 2 brothers and 5 sisters.I am so excited to be nominated for this award!I have loved gymnastics as long as I can remember. I was one of a handful of gils to win both level 7&8 regionals in region 3.This season I placed 3rd in the AA,1st on beam,2nd on floor and 4th on vault at level 9 westerns! The highlight of the meet, however,was not how I placed, but that I hit my bar routine.My oldest brother John died in December right before my level 9 season started. It was very rough and my bars suffered.John was always one of my greatest fans! He traveled to most of my meets and told everyone that I would be in the Olympics in 2024.My mom,5 sisters ,and I moved to Texas in May so that I could pursue my dream of becoming an elite gymnast.My dad and older brother still live in Oklahoma,but plan to join us next year.My dream is to be chosen for national, world and Olympic teams one day. A few of my favorite skills are my Ariel lay on beam, my tkatchevs on bars, working on my double twisting lay out on vault.
2017 was Chloe's 3rd season as a level 10 gymnast. She trains at Texas Dreams Gymnastics under coaches Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and Chris Burdette. In 2017, Chloe was the Texas State AA champion, Region 3 AA champion, JO National floor champion, and was named to the JO National team for the 2nd year in a row. Chloe was also honored with the 2017 Texas USAG Optional Athlete of the Year award at the state banquet in July. Chloe is a junior in high school and is verbally committed to the University of Arizona. She lives in Frisco, Texas with her parents, brother and sister. In her free time, she volunteers at her church and for Frisco Love Pacs, an organization providing food for Frisco ISD students who need meal assistance when school is not in session. She also enjoys hand lettering and calligraphy, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
Coaches: Jon Lee, Mary Greene, & Rachel York-Hodgkins
Graduating Year: 2023
November Lenz is a Level 10 gymnast for Dynamo in Tulsa, OK. The past year, during the 2017 Season, November competed Level 9. During her 2017 campaign, she was the 2017 Oklahoma State Level 9 Jr 2 Champion, finished 1st AA at the 2017 Region III Championships in the Level 9 Jr 2 division, and concluded her season with 2nd AA at the 2017 Westerns Level 9 Jr 2 competition. The highest score she recorded during the season was a 38.650AA at the Metroplex Challenge in Texas, which was the highest Level 9 score at the event. Inclusive of the aforementioned events, during the 2017 season, November never finished a competition lower than second AA; 6 First Place AA Finishes and 3 Second Place AA Finishes. Previous to 2017, she was the 2016 Level 8 Jr A2 Region III AA Champion, 2015 Optional Oklahoma State Champion Level 6, and the 2015 Nadia Comaneci International Invitational Champion Level 6 9A and Nadia Comaneci Award recipient.
Hunter Dula is a level 10 gymnast competing for All American Gymnastics. She moved to Utah from North Carolina in October 2016. Two weeks after arriving, she broke her foot and was in a boot until the first week of January 2017. Hunter competed bars her first few meets of the season and then went on to place first All Around at the Utah State Championships (38.275) and 6th at Region 1 Regionals (38.0). She finished the season with a 10th place finish AA at Nationals (37.775) and 11th on bars and beam. Hunter will be joining the University of Utah Gymnastics team in 2018 on a full ride athletic scholarship. Hunter's father is military, and she has previously competed for Southeastern Gymnastics (NC), Rock Solid Athletics (TX), and Naperville Gymnastics (IL). Hunter has had several injuries including a broken elbow that she sustained just prior to the Nastia Liukin Cup in 2016. The injury wasn't identified until almost a month later and required surgery to properly heal. Hunter is a fighter and adversity has taught her that a warrior never gives up! You will always find Hunter at the gym working hard even when she is injured. She is a straight A student and loves math and science, and eventually she'd like to become a physical therapist and help athletes struggling with injuries. In her spare time, Hunter likes to do crafts, ride horses, and hangout with her family. Hunter loves being at All American and appreciates all of her coaches and teammates that have supported her throughout her gymnastics career.
I am currently training level 9 at Orlando Metro Gymnastics in Central Florida. I am a straight A student in all honors classes and also a member of the National Junior Honor Society. As a level 8 gymnast in 2017, my scores were listed in Americas Top 100 for vault(5x), uneven bars(2x), floor exercise(1x), and all-around(3x). I qualified to the Region 8 Championships and won the all-around title with a 38.600, while also earning gold medals on vault, uneven bars and balance beam and a bronze medal on floor exercise. I love the uneven bars and I’m working on my Pak Salto and upgrades such as blind changes, front giants, and double layouts for my dismount. I train 22.5 hours per week under coaches Jason Rawling and Carrie Loeser. I enjoy playing the piano, swimming, art, and being active in the community. Fun fact - I love creating seasonal and beach paintings. My goal is to become an elite gymnast as well as obtain a Division I college gymnastics scholarship. It is an honor to be in the Gymnast of the Year Top 45 Nominee pool. It would be a privilege to be recognized with the prestigious award of International Gymnast Magazine's - Gymnast of the Year. This would reflect my dedication to academics, community service, and my favorite sport gymnastics.
Madison Raesly-Patton aka MiRP - Texas DreamsLevel 10/elite
Coaches: Marcus Harlin, Alicia Goodwin, Kim Zmeskal-Burdette
Graduating Year: 2022
Madison Raesly-Patton was born on July 17, 2004 to Amanda and Shea Patton. Madison began gymnastics at the age of 9 when she took an introductory class at WOGA Frisco. On the second day of practice, Madison was moved up to the intermediate level, and by the third day she was moved up to the advanced level. By January 2014 at age 9, Madison competed one meet of level 3 in the TAAF program with Iarov Elite Gymnastics. After one meet of level 3, Madison moved up to level 4. In the Fall 2014 season, Madison competed level 5 and in the Spring of 2015, she competed one level 6 meet. In 2016, Madison competed one meet of level 7 at the Texas Prime Meet where she placed second on vault and third on floor. After the Texas Prime Meet, Madison moved up to level 8 and at her first level 8 meet, the Metroplex Challenge, Madison won the beam title with a 9.625 and placed third all around. At the 2016 Texas Level 8 State Championships, Madison finished 10th all around and qualified to regionals. Madison had her best meet of the season at the Region 3 Championships scoring a 9.700 on beam to take the beam title and taking home the bronze medal in the all around with a 38.050. Following the 2016 level 8 season, Madison began training with Texas Dreams. Madison began instantly improving, and at her first meet as a level 9, Madison won the beam title with a 9.725 and won the all around with a 37.775. Madison continued to have a solid season and at the Texas State Championships, Madison won the bars, beam, floor, and all around titles. Following her success, Madison competed at the Region 3 Championships and made the Region 3 Junior 3 Western National Championships Team. Madison had the meet of her life at Westerns; she won all four events and took home the all around gold with a 38.600. Madison became the first gymnast in history to win all five gold medals at Westerns and had the highest all around score out of all gymnasts at both Easterns and Westerns. Currently, Madison trains 32 hours per week at Texas Dreams Gymnastics under coaches Alicia Goodwin, Marcus Harlin, Kim Zmeskal-Burdette, and Chris Burdette. Madison is preparing for the 2018 season where she hopes to qualify elite. In the future, Madison hopes to earn a spot on the US National Team.
Another talented GAGE gymnast, Leanne Wong enjoyed an impressive 2017, saving her best gymnastics for the end of the season. Wong scored a season-best 38.075 all-around score to take second at regionals, including second place finishes on vault and uneven bars, first on balance beam, and third on floor exercise, an impressive competition no doubt. Wong followed it up with an amazing performance at JO Nationals, winning first all-around there before later qualifying elite at the Parkette’s Elite Qualifier.
Zia is a 10-year-old level 9 gymnast training for HOPES Elite. At age 6 she competed as a level 3 gymnast in Louisiana winning the state competition. The following season, Zia competed as a level 7 gymnast winning the Louisiana state competition and 13 at her first regional meet. During the 2016-2017 season, she won the level 8 Fruge award as the all-around winner at the Louisiana state competition and 4th place at Regionals. Zia attended 3 developmental invite camps during her career. Zia transition to Columbia, SC June 2017 due to her mother's military duty and now trains at Carolina Gymnastics under Coach Anna Sexton. Although she loves and misses her Louisiana gymnastics family, she is excited to compete with her new gymnastic's family, to grow, and achieve new skills. Her ultimate goal is to compete at the 2024 Olympics.
Cristal started at Gymcats when she was 6, and has worked with Cassie Rice and Jill Preston through her whole career. She has had a great gymnastics career in every event, and in 2017, won the AA at all her regular meets. She also was the highest Level 10 score at the Lady Luck meet in Las Vegas and qualified to the Nastia Cup. At the 2017 Nevada State meet, she won all events and the AA with a 38.375, and continued to do a great job at the Region 1 Championships with 2nd place AA, and is the regional bar champion. At the 2017 JO Nationals, she won the bars title, 2nd on beam and placed 3rd AA, and made the JO National Team! She's looking forward to her last Level 10 season this year and her goal is to graduate with an Advanced Honors Diploma from Green Valley High in Henderson, NV. She is committed to the University of Utah on a full ride scholarship, and will be starting there during the 2018-19 year. Thank you to MSO for considering her for Gymnast of the Year and placing her in the Top 45!!
Lauren started gymnastics when she was 3 at a YMCA where she realized gymnastics was the sport she loved! When she was 4 she joined the pre team Level 3 at a local gym club. She began competing Level 5 when she was 7. She went on to win States every year at Levels 7, 8, 9, and 10 twice! During the 2017 season, Lauren competed her second year of level 10 and at the 2017 State Championships Lauren placed First in the All Around again as well as First on Vault, Beam and Floor, and Second on bars. Lauren also won the All Around at the Region 6 Championships as well as took First on Vault, Beam and Floor and Second on bars. From there Lauren qualified to her second JO Nationals. Lauren had a great meet at Nationals where she was crowned the National Beam Champion with a 9.650. Also during the 2017 season Lauren competed in a compulsory elite qualifier where she obtained the qualifying score for Junior Elite. Currently Lauren is working on upgrading her skills for the 2018 season. In the future, Lauren hopes to qualify elite and earn a college scholarship for gymnastics. ~Thank you for nominating me! Lauren
Hi! My name is Farah Lipetz and I'm a level 10/Elite gymnast training at Infiniti Elite in NY. I started gymnastics at 5 years old because my mom said I couldn't sit still......I loved it from that second on. I've had a really awesome career up until this point, but my proudest moments were this year when I won 1st AA in the Maccabi Worlds qualifier, 1st AA in my Hopes Elite qualifier, 1st AA at Regionals, NY State beam champion and 2nd AA, 8th place AA at the JO Women's Nationals and 3rd AA nationally on beam, finally getting to end the season by competing at the HOPES Elite Championship at the Karoli Ranch in Texas. I've been pretty busy, but am continuing to upgrade my skills and train really hard this year for Junior National Elite and Nationals. My goals this year are qualifying for P&G's and hopefully securing a college scholarship because my dream is to compete in college. Thanks for reading!!!
My name is Molly, but my nickname is Smalls. I started gymnastics when I was 8 years old, and now I am 12 and will be competing level 9 and HOPEs Elite this season. I train at Paramount Elite in Van Nuys, CA with two amazing coaches, Sarah Korngold and Liang Zhao, who encourage me and help me to do my best every day. Floor is my favorite event, but I do my highest skills on beam. My highlight of last season was earning the title of Region 1 Level 8 Beam Champion! I love my gym and my gym friends who are like family. I am so excited to be nominated for Gymnast of the Year!!
Hi! I am Olivia and I am a Level 9 gymnast at Edmond Gymnastics Academy (EGA) in Edmond, OK. In 2017, I was the Level 8, Region 3 floor champion and finished second on beam and third all-around as well as being the Oklahoma state all-around, beam and floor champion and third place finisher on bars. I was also a member of the Oklahoma Level 7 Judges Cup Team that won the National Judges Cup Team Invitational in 2017. I attend Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School where I am a member of National Junior Honor Society. I have one brother, Isiah, who is my biggest cheerleader at my gymnastics meets.
Now at the age of sixteen, she is one of the youngest gymnasts to garner such an extensive list of accomplishments. Bailey won the Florida Level 10 Optional State Meet at 10 years old. In the same year she qualified as a Junior Elite and spent the next five years of her career attending the Olympic Training Center in Texas during camp weeks. In 2014, Bailey qualified for the American Classics, the Secret Classics and then went on to give a great showing at that year's P&G Championships. Following P&G's Bailey verballed to LSU, accepting a full gymnastics scholarship to begin in 2019. In early 2016 she received a bronze medal on Bars from Marta Karolyi at the elite qualifier at the Olympic Training Center. Following some career changes, Bailey decided to drop back to Level 10 in order to concentrate on her LSU career. Her 2017 season started out with her becoming International Level 10 All-Around Champion at the Gymnix International in Montreal. At the Level 10 Florida State Meet she took the gold in both Floor and Vault, tying for first on Beam. Her season ended with Level 10 National Championships where Bailey took third All-Around in her age division nationwide. Closing out the 2017 season she ranks number 6th All-Around in the nation's top 100 and 4th on Floor.
Coaches: Yevgeny Marchenko, Sonia Haiou and Adam Duncan
Graduating Year: 2023
Hello, my name is Courtney McCann, nickname Court Short. I recently turned 12 years old, and I am training level 9 at WOGA Gymnastics under the direction of Yevgeny Marchenko, Sonia Haiou and Adam Duncan in Frisco, TX. I spend 7-8 hours/day training not only level 9 skills but also Olympic style skills. My favorite thing about gymnastics is learning new skills, and being with my teammates and coaches every day. Teamwork at WOGA is the key for all of us to reach our goals. I will be in the 7th grade 2017-2018, and taking advanced High School classes in Math through my school in my gym. I am a Junior National Honor Society Member. In my spare time I volunteer around the community to fulfill my JNHS hours.
Coaches: Beatrice Mihaila, April Pyle and Chris Brashier
Graduating Year: 2020
Amoree fell in love with gymnastics at an early age. While her mom worked in the front office of a local gymnastics club, Amoree would be in the gym flipping on and off the equipment, and learned a back handspring when she was just three years old. By age 4, she was on the competitive team. Since then Amoree continued to reach or surpass her gymnastics goals, winning the All Around at JO Nationals in 2016 and most recently verbally committing to the University of Oklahoma on a gymnastics scholarship.
Welcome to My Meet Scores Profile! I am thrilled to be nominated for the Top 100 athletes! I am currently training level 10 at WOGA Frisco under the best coaches Tatyana and Ryan. I hope to one day compete in the 2020 Olympics and in College. I maintain straight A's, take high school credit courses year round, and a member of the Junior National Honor Society. My teammates and their families are like my second family. I hope to compete in the Pan American Games in April of 2018!
Hi, I am Mikayla and I am currently training level 9 for the 2018 season. I train 22 hours a week at Central Coast Gymnastics in San Luis Obispo with my coaches Valentino Mutafov and Sunny Hulse. In level 8, I only scored below a 37 AA once, my highest AA score for the season was a 37.600. in 2016, I dislocated my knee and it set me back a few months as I missed all of summer up training! It was hard to get my strength and skills back up, but I persevered and worked through it. In level 7, I was the floor state champion for NorCal. My favorite events are, bars & beam! My teammates are the best and we love to cheer each other on. Most of us have been competing together since we were 7, so we are more like a family! My twin sister, Malia, is also a gymnast with me! You can follow me on Instagram at: gymnast.mikayla.2022
Hi! My name is Caitlyn but everyone calls me Figs or Figgy. I am a Level 9 at American Twisters in Coconut Creek, Florida. My favorite event is floor because I love to tumble. My best gymnastics memory is when I won level 8 states this year with a 38.175. I'm also a bars and beam state champion and a regional bar champion. I love my level 9 team, they are the best teammates to train with. They make me laugh everyday and make training fun. I love gymnastics more than anything else and I was so honored to be nominated for gymnast of the year!!
Hi my name is Margie and I started gymnastics when I was 8 years old. Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't. This year has been the hardest year mentally and physically. I love to challenge myself and brave my fears. Not sure that I have a favorite event, and vault has never been my friend; however I am working hard to see some improvement on beam and bars. After ripping two tendons in my wrist just before Regionals, I am proud of earing 2nd All Around at Regionals. This journey is only possible because of great coaches and a gym that believes in me.
Erin-Grace Caña - Kurt Thomas Gymnastics, TexasLevel 9/10
Coaches: Kurt Thomas, Beckie Thomas
Graduating Year: 2019
My name is Erin-Grace Caña and I am a competitive Gymnast at Kurt Thomas Gymnastics. I started Gymnastics four years ago when I was almost thirteen. The coaches at Kurt Thomas, such as Kurt and Beckie Thomas, are incredible and they have helped me to become the Gymnast I am today, despite the late start. They have taught me lessons I would never have learned on my own outside of Gymnastics. They have been with me through my best and my worst. In the 4 years that I have been at Kurt Thomas Gymnastics, they have taken me from receiving 2nd All Around at my only Level 3 meet, to winning the floor title at Western Nationals in Level 9 (2017). Each season with KT has brought its own accomplishments. In my entire career as a Gymnast so far, I have acquired 14 state titles, 6 regional titles, and a Western National title, ranging from Levels 4 through 9. Each competition and practice has been a learning experience. This season I hope to compete Level 10 and possibly qualify as an Elite. I am forever thankful to my amazing coaches at Kurt Thomas who gave me, a thirteen year old, a chance to participate in this sport. They have helped me grow and improve in more ways than I could have imagined. I have a new Instagram account, so if you would like to follow me, please look me at https://www.instagram.com/ecana.gymnast/
Sophia began competing in gymnastics at the the age of 5. She is a Level 9 gymnast currently training for Level 10 this coming year(2017-2018). Her favorite event is Vault and she loves flipping where ever she can. Sophia trains at Phoenix Gymnastics in Old Bethpage, NY five days a week with her teammates. Besides Gymnastics, her passions are art, traveling, and being a social butterfly. She ended her year with great success. She came in 1st place AA at States, Regionals and Nationals (level 9). She continues working towards her goals and becoming the best she can be.
I began my gymnastics career at the age of 4. I am being trained under the guidance of Julia and Barry Coss at Rochester Gymnastics Academy in Rochester, NY. I went on to qualify for TOPS 3 times, and made it to Developmental in 2015. Unfortunately, I broke my arm in 2015, had 3 surgeries and did not compete for the 2015-2016 season. I came back strong in the 2016-2017 season. Winning New York State Championships All Around with an overall score of 38.675, first place on vault, beam, and floor also winning Region 6 level 8 Regional Championships All Around with a score of 38.555, first place vault and floor. I am currently training level 9.
I am currently training for Level 9 and am the 2017 Level 8 Georgia State All Around, Bars and Vault Champion. I am the 2017 Region 8 Bars Champion. In 2016 I won Georgia State All Around, Bars, and Beam and Regional All Around and Beam. I have been a member of Team Georgia for the past 2 years.
Hailey John - Orlando Metro GymnasticsLevel 10/HOPES Elite
Coaches: Jeff Wood and Christi Mitchell
Graduating Year: 2022
Hailey is currently training Level 10/ELITE at Orlando Metro Gymnastics in Orlando, Florida. She trains under Head Coach Jeff Wood and Christi Mitchell. In 2017, during her first season as a Level 10 Gymnast, she ended the year 1st AA at the Florida State Meet, earning 1st on beam and floor. While completing her first season as a Level 10, Hailey continued working towards her goal of becoming an elite gymnast. Most recently in 2017, Hailey qualified for the HOPES Classic and the HOPES Championship in Chicago where she earned bronze on beam! Hailey has been an honor roll student throughout middle school. She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society.
I am a rising Level 9 gymnast at AIM Athletics in The Woodlands, Texas. My family and I moved to Texas from North Carolina in 2016. I was blessed to find an amazing gym and Coaches at AIM. My Level 8 year far exceeded my expectations. Coming out of states with an AA of 38.775 I was excited to work hard towards regionals. After hard work and focus I ended the year as Regional AA Champion with a 38.175 and Regional Floor Champion with a 9.675. I have been working hard in the "off season" on my Level 9 skills and AIMing high to qualify for HOPES. I am the oldest of 3 girls in my family and I have 2 dogs. When I'm not in the gym I love to hang with my family and dogs.
Sophie is an incredible young lady and an inspiration to everyone in our gym. She has overcome a very difficult situation and has turned into a champion! During the 2015 season Sophie was a level 9 superstar winning the AA at Pink Ribbon and Nadia Comaneci International Invitational and a vault State Title. However, during April of the same year, something terrible happened. Sophie was in a car accident that resulted in injuries to both of her arms. Sophie had to have surgery on both arms, one at the end of 2015 and another at the beginning of the next summer. She had to stay off of her hands for almost a year but that never stopped her from coming to the gym every single day and giving 100% effort in what she could do. Right after she was cleared from her second surgery Sophie came back mentally stronger than ever, working so hard that all of her efforts finally paid off when at the 2016 Westerns she became the Level 9 Westerns Vault Champion. We are all so proud! In addition to being resilient, Sophie is a wonderful teammate that always encourages others to do to their best. She is very dedicated to her sport and has very high expectations for herself in and out of the gym. Sophie maintains a 4.0 GPA in her junior year of high school and continues to work hard towards her ultimate goal of being a collegiate athlete. Everyone at JAG is very proud of her! Keep it up Sophie, you are extraordinary!
In her senior year before heading off to Stanford, Rachel Flam made it a season to remember with some very strong and consistent performances throughout the year. Flam finished atop the podium in the all-around on five separate occasions in 2017, including first all-around wins at state, regionals, and JO Nationals, a truly remarkable feat. Flam’s highest all-around score of the season came at the WOGA Classic with a staggering 39.275, one of the few gymnsts to even score over a 39 throughout the year. Flam is from Houston, Texas and is an incoming freshman at Stanford.
Having just finished an impressive club career as a former elite and top level 10, WOGA’s Lauren Farley is now an incoming freshman at Michigan. In 2017 though before heading to Ann Arbor, Farley impressed throughout the season, putting up a huge 9.9 on vault for first at the Texas Prime Meet, continuing her strong vaulting with a third place finish at the WOGA Classic and at her Texas state meet. Farley also shined on the balance beam and in the all-around, taking first on beam at WOGA Classic and state and second at regionals and JO Nationals, while also finishing second all-around at state and third at JO Nationals. Farley’s best all-around score of the season was a strongly impressive 38.675, from the Dallas, Texas native.
After a breakout 2015 season on the elite scene and a injury-ridden 2016, Nia Dennis of Legacy Elite decided to move back to Level 10, an insanely successful decision from the incoming UCLA freshman. In 2017, Dennis incredibly never placed lower than second all-around at a meet, with first place all-around wins coming on six different occasions including at state, regionals, and JO Nationals, with her best overall score of the year coming at nationals as well with a huge 38.800 all-around. Dennis is from Chicago, Illinois.
The sister of London 2012 alternate Sarah Finnegan and committed to LSU just like her elder sibling, Aleah Finnegan out of GAGE in Missouri is a beautiful gymnast, with her elegant lines on balance beam her signature. Finnegan posted her season-high all-around score at her final meet of the 2017 season, winning first all-around at JO Nationals with an impressive 38.300 overall and a second place finish on the vault and balance beam as well. Finnegan is 14 years old and from St. Louis, Missouri.
Leeiah Davis was born on June 24, 2004 in Winter Haven, FL to Demetrius and Martha Davis. She has three siblings; Darneisha, Dakahree and Jase. Leeiah's dad is a longtime solider in the United States Army, so Leeiah and her family relocated several times the last few years.Leeiah was flipping all over the place and jumping off everything, so her mom decided to enroll her into gymnastics. She began her gymnastics career at A.S.D Gymnica Vicentiana in Vicenza, Italy. When she was living in Italy, she participated in the Series C Championships.In 2013, Leeiah and her family moved back to the United States. Leeiah trained at GymKix Gymnastics in Copperas Cove, TX from 2013-2015. When Leeiah was at GymKix Royals, she qualified to the 2015 Level 7 State Championships. Following her 2015 season, Leeiah and her family relocated to Maryland. Leeiah had a solid level 8 season at Win-Win Gymnastics where she placed sixth in the all-around and second on vault at the State Championships. She qualified to the Region 7 Championships, finishing seventh on vault. In the summer of 2016, Leeiah moved to Hill's Gymnastics.Leeiah competed level 9 in 2017 where she placed third in the all-around and first on uneven bars at the State Championships. At the Region 7 Championships, she finished fifth in the all-around with a 37.275. She qualified to the Level 9 Eastern Nationals in Lansing, MI where she placed sixth on vault with a 9.500. In June 2017, Leeiah and her family relocated to Florida, so she started training at EVO Athletics in Sarasota, FL.
Coaches: Lisa Spini, Bob Peterson, Neela Nelson, Bruce McGehee, John Enrico & Kari Ward
Graduating Year: 2020
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: USAG Most Outstanding Gymnast State Of Arizona 2016. 2017 LV 9- Flames 1st A/A, Fiesta Bowl 2nd A/A, Winter Sun Invitational 1st A/A, State 4th A/A, Regionals 2nd A/A, USAG Western National Qualifier, Region One Team Champion 2017, Top 100 Beam Score in the Nation. I've been involved in gymnastics since the age of three. My mom decided to take me to our local gym as I was an extremely energetic child. From the Mommy & Me classes to tumbling, I was on my way to Pre Team, then climbed up to Compulsory, ultimately obtaining that Optional goal. I’m currently training level 10 to compete in 2018. Gymnastics has always had a special place in my heart because it something that has defined me growing up. It’s where I have met my closest friends and created unforgettable memories. It’s how I became disciplined and it has shaped and influenced me into the person I am today. I owe a lot to this sport.Whether in school or in sports, I strive for perfection in my education and my training. I’m a hard worker and I listen. I’m driven & determined. I believe I would be an asset to a prominent college and a valuable member of their gymnastic team.
I'm an Xcel Diamond gymnast, training level 9 at Precision South Gymnastics Academy in Georgia. I started gymnastics when I was 4 and have loved gymnastics ever since. :) I won Level 8, Region 8 Regionals in 2017, as well as on the vault and floor. I am the level 8 Georgia State All Around Champion for 2017. I also won the 3rd place All American award for level 8 in 2017. My favorite event in practice is Bars, but at competitions it's floor. I'm in seventh grade in Warner robins, GA, Participating in the honors program. My goal is to become a UGA Georgia Gym Dog, and to meet Aly Raisman. My favorite things are swimming, hanging with my family, working at my family's restaurant, going to school, going to the beach, and of course, doing gymnastics. I'm so happy I was chosen for this spot! I think I can encourage other gymnast to work hard and to stay committed to what they love, even when it gets tough. :) For example, I was injured all Summer and came to the gym to condition, and practice Bars almost every day. Now that I'm healed, I'm coming back with even more confidence than I had before. And even more Passion to keep coming to the gym, and try my best!!!
My name is Gabriela Batol but my nickname that everybody calls me is “Molly”. I started gymnastics when I was 2 years old and got on to the competitive team when I was 6. In December, I will turn 12. For my whole 8 years of gymnastics, I have trained at Kona Aerials gymnastics in Hawaii under the supervision of Nanette Guiffrida. I am super excited to be one of the top 100 nominees and am also super excited to be the only gymnast from Hawaii to be nominated in this amazing award. As I moved up in level, I also matured and improved each year. During my last season while I competed as a level 8, I made it to Regionals and made it to the level 8 All-Star team and scored a 10 on beam at the collegiate-style meet. Also, during the individual competition, I got 2nd AA. This year I am looking forward to the challenges of training as a level 9. Thank you to all of my coaches and teammates at Kona Aerials for supporting me!
Coaches: Tara Pasiakos, Colin Hill, and Ivan Ivanov
Graduating Year: 2019
My name is Sydney Lopez and I am a level 10 gymnast at Elite Gymnastics Academy. I am a junior in high school and have been involved in gymnastics since I was 3 years old. From a very young age I have learned that perseverance, comradery and good sportsmanship builds great gymnasts. With this mindset, I have set the goal to participate in gymnastics at the collegiate level.
My name is Emily but they call me Emmy Lou. I am training Level 9/10 at Texas Dreams with Michelle Ernst, Marcus Harlin, and Ned Lang. I love gymnastics because it is fun and I love seeing my team everyday. My favorite event is floor, but don't tell my bars or vault coach. I hope someday I can inspire other girls like the girls that inspire me.
Milana started gymnastics at the age of 5 by enrolling in a recreational class. She soon was invited to join pre-team, and began her competitive career at the age of 6 at San Mateo Gymnastics. As she turned 7, Milana was invited to join TOPs group. During the National TOPs Testing at Olympic Training center she got invited to Developmental Invite Camp.That year she also competed level 4 in spring and level 5 in fall.Milana became an absolute all-around champion at 2015 NorCal level 5 South State Championships showing the highest score of the meet (300 gymnasts total), and made State Team.In 2016 at the NorCal levels 6 & 7 South State Championships at the age of 8 Milana once again showed the highest AA score of the meet (450 total gymnasts), and again made State Team.That year she attended all 3 Developmental Invite Camps (with an invitation to come back in 2017).In spring 2017 at age 9 Milana had a strong level 8 season, making State Team, and bringing home AA silver from Region 1 levels 8-10 Regional Championships (with the highest AA score of all fellow level 8 NorCal gymnasts).In June 2017 Milana joins Developmental Camp led by Valeri Liukin and National Coaching Staff at Olympic Training Center in Texas.Two weeks following the camp Milana injures her left knee and withdraws from training. Now 4 months later she is still recovering, but she is expected to come back strong for 2018 season. Due to the injury Milana had to turn down invitations to join July's and October's Developmental Camps.
I have been involved in gymnastics since I was 7 years old, am now at Level 10 and I LOVE IT! My favorite part is flying from bar to bar and understanding that when I work hard, I can accomplish ANYTHING I desire! I am most proud of receiving the Betty Roberts Heart Award from Oklahoma USAG. This award honors gymnasts who have shown heart and are an inspiration to the sport of gymnastics despite the challenges. My biggest fear is being in another Tornado like the one that tore apart our gym in 2015..lol! I have ambitious goals to be a student athlete in college and compete at the university level.
I am 12 years old and training Level 9/10 at WOGA. Previously coached by Laurent and Cecile Landi, I recently started training under Igor and Marina Vernyi and am very excited to grow and progress under their guidance. As a Level 8 in the 2017 Texas State Competition, I placed 3rd on Vault and Bars, 2nd on Floor, 1st on Beam and 2nd All Around. I started tot gymnastics classes with my mom and dad when I was 18 months old and have been doing gymnastics ever since. When I was 7 years old, I competed in my first meet on September 8, 2012. I was Level 4 and placed 6th on Vault and Bars, 5th on Beam, 1st on Floor and 4th All Around. I loved competing so much and knew that gymnastics was something that I wanted to keep doing and getting better at for a long time. Through the years, I tried lots of different sports and activities including soccer, softball, ice skating, dance and karate. While I had fun trying out different things, I never felt the drive and love for them like I do gymnastics. I am so grateful to be a part of the amazing gymnastics community and feel so blessed to be able to do what I love every day.
My name is Alexis but most people call me Lexi. I competed level 9 last season, and am currently training level 10 at Olympus Gymnastics in Utah. I placed first at all of my meets this past season including 1st all around at Regionals, and 1st all around at Westerns with a personal best of a 38.575!
Lundyn Vandertoolen is a gymnast from Olympus Gymnastics in UT. She competed level 9 last year and was the state Champion. She also qualified Hopes Elite this year and took 4th at the Hopes Championships. She is the youngest of 4 girls. Lundyn loves to wear her footie pajamas in the gym. She started gymnastics at the age of 5. Lundyn has a very quite voice and a sweet personality. She loves to eat a Bacon Cheeseburger from Five Guys after her meets. She is very superstitious.
My name is Payton Bellows and I have been doing gymnastics for 17 years. I have been a level 10 for 5 years and will be attending the University of Arizona in the fall of 2017 on a full athletic scholarship.
Hi, I'm Mya! I'm 11 and this is my first season of level 10. I am also a Hopes Elite qualifier for 2016 and 2017. I am on the National Developmental Team so I go to Texas every month to work with the National Coaching Team. This season I was 1st at the 2017 Brestyans Las Vegas Elite qualifier for both Optionals and Compulsories, and 2nd AA at Hopes Classic at the Ranch. I have always loved gymnastics and I am so lucky that I get to travel to compete in meets all over the country.
Maya has been competing for Capital Gymnastics in Cedar Park, TX since she was eight years old. She has consistently appeared on America's Top 100 scores, totaling 23 times in the span of 8 years. She has won the all-around at the Texas State Championship twice, once in 2010 and again in 2016. In 2017, she placed first all-around at the J.O. National Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana, along with claiming second on bars and third on floor. This performance earned her a spot on the J.O. National Team. Throughout the majority of the 2017 competition season Maya was ranked top 5 on floor. Her personal best, a 38.8 all-around, was achieved early on in the 2017 season. Her goals for the 2018 season include earning a 39.0 all-around, qualifying for the Nastia Liukin Cup, and defending her national title. She has committed to the University of California, Berkeley for the class of 2018.
At the age of 4.5 year's old, Myli Lew was put into the Hot Shot's group and was doing 3 hours of gymnastics a week. She was slowly learning TOPs skills. At the age of 6, Myli began competing level 3 where she made the NorCal South State Team 2nd place all around. Myli made TOP's Diamond Team in 2014 and was also on the NorCal South State Champion for Level 4 placing 1st all around. After competing level 4, Myli competed one level 5 meet off season. She was the only level 5 off season gymnast to compete from her gym and won 1st place all around. Myli also made TOPs National A Team in 2015 and attended her first Developmental Invite camp in Feb '16. Myli was the NorCal South State Champion for level 7 in 2016 and represented level 7 NorCal South State Team at Regionals where she was 1st place all around. Myli has attended Developmental Camp twice so far in the later part of 2016. Myli can't wait to learn more skills. She has met a lot of great gymnasts from other gyms on my journey and loves being able to connect with them on social media since they live far away.
I finished last season at Region 6 regionals, winning all around, beam, and vault, and at Eastern Championships, winning all around and beam and placing on all the other events as well. This year, I am a level 10 and I look forward to great season.
I am Elizabeth Gantner and I am 12 years old from Indianapolis, Indiana. I train at JPAC with my coaches, Dave Marus and Jaycie Phelps and I hope to qualify Junior Elite in 2018. After an amazing level 8 season in 2016, my coaches and I decided I would compete level 10 and try to qualify Hopes in 2017. Early in the year, I competed one meet at level 9 and achieved my elite compulsory score before competing my first level 10 meet at Metroplex in Texas. In February, I made my Hopes Optional score at the Brestyans Qualifier in Las Vegas. In my second ever level 10 all around meet in Orlando, I went 4 for 4 and qualified to the Nastia Liukin Cup with a 38.175. I followed that with another 38+ all around at our own JPAC Midwest Showdown. I had an amazing time at the Nastia Cup even though it wasn't my best meet. I went on to States, Regionals, and JO Nationals where I was State and Regional beam champion and finished third on beam at JO Nationals. I am thankful for all of the support from my family, my coaches and my teammates and look forward to 2018.
I am a Level 10 gymnast at Azarian Gymnastics. My coaches have helped me very much in my gymnastics career and I am very thankful for them. I also have a brother named Shane who is a level 10 gymnast at Azarian. I would love to do gymnastics in college one day, and I'm excited to have more experiences in my gymnastics!
Bronwyn Hoffman - All Olympia Gymnastics CenterLevel 8
Coaches: Galina Marinova & Artur Akopyan
Graduating Year: 2024
I am a native Californian, living my whole life in Los Angeles near the beach. Being the middle child of 3 kids, makes me more independent and competitive at whatever I do! I love swimming and hanging out with my friends and family. My teachers say I am the sweetest, most focused student and love having me in class. I started pre-team in gymnastics when I was 4 years old and haven't looked back, even though I am still one of the smallest girls in my Level 8 Group, don't let my size deceive you! Training 20+ hours a week is fun...everyday I work harder than the last.