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Congratulations to the Top 100 Nominees. All nominees attending the Gymnast of the Year Banquet will be recognized and will receive an award. The awards banquet will be held on February 8, 2020 at the Westgate Hotel and Resort, Las Vegas, NV. Click here for more details or to purchase tickets, click here (seats limited).

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Aila Kubota

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Alisya Dorman

  • Coaches: John Morgillo, Devyn Winner
  • Graduating Year: 2025
  • Moving to Connecticut from the UK in 2018, Alisya started gymnastics when she was 18 months old. She has found a great home at JAGs and greatly enjoyed her first competitive season in the United States as a level 7. She received the title of State and Regional level 7 AA champion. Her favorite apparatus is the floor exercise, but is learning to love the bars more and more. In what free time she has outside of training and school, Alisya reckons herself a Tik Tok star in the making and enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and fishing. She also loves to draw and watching Stranger Things. Alisya is currently competing level 8.

Alix Napholz - Arena GymnLevel 9

  • Coaches: Candy & Mike Kort
  • Graduating Year: 2025
  • Currently training Level 9/10, Alix Napholz was born on October 25, 2007, to Meegan and Tom Napholz. Alix got her start in gymnastics at the young age of just 18 months and wanted to follow in her sister’s footsteps of being a gymnast. In October 2013, Alix began competing level 2 as a six year old with Precision Gymnastics. Alix competed level 2 through the spring 2014 season and then went on to compete level 3 during the 2014-2015 season. Halfway through her level 3 season, Alix began training with Jersey Shore Elite. At the New Jersey Level 3 State Championships, Alix placed seventh on beam and eighth all around in a tough age division.
  • During the summer of 2015, Alix continued to train new skills and was able to skip levels 4 and 5 and went on to compete level 6 during the 2015-2016 season. Alix had a solid level 6 season and concluded her season at the New Jersey State Championships. As a level 7 during the 2016-2017 season, Alix began her season at the Jingle Bell Rock Meet where she won the floor title and placed fifth all around. Alix continued to improve her all around score throughout the season and had a personal best on floor at state where she earned the bronze medal with a 9.625.
  • Alix opened up her 2017-2018 level 8 season at the Kick-Off Classic where she placed third on beam and floor. Three months later, Alix competed at the New Jersey State Meet where she went on to qualify for the Region 7 Championships. Alix had her best meet of the season at regionals, placing fourth on floor and earning a 37.100 in the all around. Although regionals concluded Alix’s level 8 season, six weeks later Alix competed in the Auburn National Elite Qualifier. Alix finished the optional qualifier with a silver medal on floor and a bronze medal on bars. Currently, Alix trains 28.5 hours per week under coach Jacqui Strickland at Jersey Shore Elite Gymnastics. Alix started off the 2018/2019 season coompeting in the compulsory Elite qualifer at Parketts in PA. She missed the qualifying score and competed again at the Buckeye Classic in Ohio. Alix & her Coach decided to finish the season as a level 8 and start training for level 10. Alix competed at the Pink Invitational in Philadelphia and Placed 1st. on Bars, Beam, Floor & AA and 3rd. on Vault. She then competed in the toughest age division in the NJ state meet as a Jr.A She took 8th place on Floor with a 9.5 and finished with a 36.7 qualifying for the region 7 regionals. Unfortunatley due to a Patella fracture on her right knee she wont be able to compete. Alix switched gyms in July of 2019. She is currently training at Arena Gymnastics. She trains 20 hours per week and will be competing level 9 for the 2019/2020 season.

Alondra Maldonado

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Alyssa Gomillion

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Alyssa Van Allen

  • Coaches: Nikos Kentimenos
  • Graduating Year: 2020
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Amoree Lockhart

  • 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.

Anna Draper

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Ariel Posen

  • Coaches: Maggie Haney, Victoria Levine
  • Graduating Year: 2022
  • I am a 14-year-old gymnast competing Level 10 at MG Elite in Morganville, New Jersey. This past year I lived away from home with a host family because my family lived on Long Island and I believed that the coaches and gymnasts at MG Elite would help me achieve my personal best. I pride myself on being dedicated and determined in everything I do, so this decision did not surprise my family. It was hard living away from home, but it was worth it. I had a great season, thanks to my coaches, Maggie and Vicky, who truly know how to bring the best out of me.
  • I was 2018 Level 10 NATIONAL FLOOR champion and second on vault. I was also REGIONAL ALL AROUND (38.525) and BARS (9.85) champion and NJ STATE ALL AROUND, BARS and BEAM champion. I also got a 38+ on 5 meets this season and placed first All Around in 5 meets including Parkettes and Fantasia. I also received my highest level 10 beam score (9.8) at the Woga Classic. The icing on the cake was having my bars and beam scores on the top 100 and being nominated to the Top 45 Gymnasts.
  • I continue to upgrade all my skills and work hard to keep getting better. I especially love bars where my goal is to get a 10.0 and to be one of the best on bars in the country.
  • I have been very fortunate to have had many successful years in gymnastics. In 2015, I was Level 8 Region 6 Champion and placed first in All Around, Bars, beam and vault. I was also chosen to attend many Elite Developmental Camps. In prior years, I was also Level 7 All Around, Beam and Floor Champ and Level 6 All Around and bars champ. I have verbally committed to UCLA for the class of 2022/23 and can’t wait to be a Bruin!
  • I am very lucky to be surrounded by great coaches, family and friends that support my passion. Thank you for nominating me for the Top 45 Gymnast of the Year.

Ashlee Sullivan - WOGALevel Junior Elite

  • Coaches: Nataliya Marakova, Josh Jefferis
  • Graduating Year: 2025
  • 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.
  • 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.0
  • 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 competed in the Auburn National Elite qualifier. She earned her HOPES score for compulsory and optional. She participated in the 2018 HOPES Classic in Salt Lake City, Utah.1

Aspen Fears

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Audrey Carris

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Ava Goh

  • Coaches: Hannah Webb & Joshua Williams
  • Graduating Year: 2025
  • Simone Biles once said, " Be the best me." That is what I try to do each day. I am currently competing level 8 JO in Region 1, at a Northern California gym. I train 6 days a week through the good and bad, and injuries. I keep my goal in mind of being the best me. I really feel that the gymnastics has found me as much as I found it. From the time I was swinging in the park, I loved to tumble, swing, and flip. From the moment my Mom put me into a summer camp, I loved gymnastics. Thank you to all the amazing coaches who saw that I loved the sport, and worked to train me. I have been blessed with people who believe in me as much as I believe in my dream too. People say I am a good teammate, as I want each of my teamates to be the best them. I believe in team and helping each other and cheer our successes and giving hugs in our times of need. I remember watching the Olympics and dreaming of the day I get to do the amazing skills they make look so easy. Practice empowers you and gives you the confidence to believe in yourself. I believe in my dream of being a College gymnast one day. I want to study hard, and enjoy flipping as I always have. I have been honored to be nominated for GOTY. I was 2019 Level 7 #1 AA score in the nation as well as #1 in floor, and #1 in vault. I also was the 2018 Level 6 highest AA score in the nation too. I am training hard to be better than yesterday and to overcome the obstacles that come my way.

Ava Griffith

  • Coaches: Alison Vaughn, Staci Stevens
  • Graduating Year: 2025
  • Ava Griffith got her start in gymnastics at the age of two in mommy and me classes. When Ava turned four, she started to get bored in recreational classes and was invited to join the pre-team. Within a few months of pre-team, Ava joined the level 3 team just as she was turning six. Shortly after, Ava and her family moved due to her father's job in the Marine Corps. With no gyms closer than an hour, Ava tumbled at a local dance studio. After over two years of tumbling at the studio, her coach said that she needs to get into a gym, which is when Ava began training at Aftershock. Ava began competing Xcel Bronze in the spring of 2016 and finished first on vault, second all around, and third on beam and floor at the SoCal State Championships. After competing Xcel Bronze, Ava was moved up to level 3. Ava competed three meets of level 3 during the fall 2016 season, winning two of them. Halfway through her level three season, Ava's family moved to Brazil. After training for nine months in Brazil, Ava's family decided to send her to live with her aunt in Florida and train at Evo Athletics. During the 2018 season, Ava competed level 6 with Evo. At her first meet, the CGA Coaches Spectacular, Ava won the beam and all around titles. Ava continued to have a great season and went on to win the Florida State beam and all around titles. From state, Ava advanced to the Region 8 Championships where she won the beam and floor titles. Following her 2018 season, Ava's family moved to Rome, Italy and Ava joined them. During her time in Rome, Ava trained at Gymnastics Romana. In the fall of 2018, Ava and her family returned to California and Ava began training at Aftershock Gymnastics once again. Ava competed level 7 during the 2019 season and opened up her season at the Arizona Grand Invitational where she won the bars and all around titles. In March, Ava competed level 8 at International Gymnix and finished second on beam. One week later, Ava competed at the SoCal State Championships as a level 7 where she brought home a bronze medal on floor and fifth place finish in the all around. Ava concluded her season at the Region 1 Championships with a fantastic performance, earning her season highs on vault, bars, beam, and in the all around and winning the bars, beam, floor, and all around titles. Currently, Ava trains 34 hours per week under coaches Alison Vaughn, Staci Stevens, Imelda Gutierrez, and Daniel Guerrero at Aftershock Gymnastics. Ava is working on perfecting her Hopes skills and has a goal to qualify Hopes in 2020. In the future, Ava hopes to qualify elite and earn a college scholarship for gymnastics.

Avalon Campbell Level 10

  • Coaches: Terry Gray, Kathy Strate, Ryan Covo
  • Graduating Year: 2025
  • I am a 12 year old Level 10 at SCEGA Gymnastics. I came to SCEGA Gymnastics in 2015 as an 8 year old level 4 and a TOPs kid. My first year I made it to TOPs National Testing, and completed my Level 4 season as the SoCal State Beam and Floor Champion. In 2017 I scored out of Level 5 and moved to Level 7, and continued my TOPs journey. My second year I made TOPs B Team and invited to Development Invite Camp. For Level 7, I was the SoCal State Beam Silver Medalist and Region 1 Regional Beam Champion. I performed a 9.95 beam routine at the Long Beach Open!
  • In 2018, I moved on to Level 8 and did my last year in TOPs as a 10 year old. I was a TOPs A Team Member, attended A Camp and won Physical Abilities. I was the Level 8 SoCal State Bar Champion, and Floor Silver Medalist, and the Region 1 Regional Bar and Beam Champion, and the Floor and AA Silver Medalist. 0
  • In 2019, I competed as a Level 9. What a great season! I was the Level 9 SoCal State Beam Champion, Bars and AA Bronze Medalist. I went on to Regionals and had my best meet of the season! I was the Region 1 Regional Beam, Floor and AA Champion, Bars Bronze Medalist, with an AA score of a 38.275. And I hit my beam routine with a 9.90! I qualified to Westerns, but unfortunately due to illness, I was not able to attend. 1
  • This year I am working hard to compete as a Level 10! I had all my routines ready to go and broke 4 toes right before season started, but I am on a mission to get back to full strength as soon as possible! Awesome routines are almost ready to go again!2

Avery Kim

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Avery Schwarz - Capital GymnasticsLevel 9

  • Coaches: Zach Crumpton and Ira Vernaya
  • Graduating Year: 2026
  • Avery is an 11 year old gymnast competing for Capital Gymnastics in Cedar Park. She started competing in August of 2015 as a level 3 gymnast. In 2019, she competed level 8 as a 10 year old. Avery won the Texas State All-Around title with a 38.475 and claimed Vault gold and Bars silver. She had top 100 scores on vault, bars and the all-around for the 2019 season. She will be competing as a level 9 gymnast for the 2020 season.

Avril Crespin

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Ayumi Oshiro

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Brianna Bordalo

  • Coaches: Armen Astonian and Oksana Bystrova
  • Graduating Year: 2026
  • Brianna is a 12 year old Level 9 gymnast competing for San Mateo Gymnastics. Brianna began the 2019 season in Level 8 and moved up to Level 9 the meet before State Championships, scoring a 37.575 in her first Level 9 meet. She took 4th AA at State with a 37.625. At Regionals, she took 2nd AA with a 37.875 and qualified to Westerns. At Westerns, she took 3rd AA.

Brinlee Christensen - Olympus GymnasticsLevel 10

  • Coaches: Ryan Kirkham, Jessie McDonough, Tasmin Finn
  • Graduating Year: 2023
  • I’m 14 years old competing my first year of Level 10 this season. I’m honored to have been selected as a Gymnast of the Year nominee and thank all those that have helped me get to this point.
  • I had a great Level 9 season finishing first on Vault and third All Around at the Utah State Championships. I then qualified to the Western Championships after placing second on Vault, Bars and All Around at the Region 1 Championships. I then earned gold medals on vault and bars, a bronze medal on floor, and sixth all around at the Western Championships. A few other fun notable Level 9 accomplishments: 2019 Winter Classic I took 1st place, in my age division, with a 37.0 which also happened to be the highest all-around score of all Level 9’s in the entire meet. At the 24th Annual Northern Lights Classic I qualified to the event finals on bars and took 1st place.
  • I’m a hard worker, been told I’m easy to coach, I’m extremely humble and take pride in all that I do. I go to public school, in 9th grade, am enrolled in several honors classes, a straight A student, I have 4 sisters, love doing their hair, spending time with my family, camping, fishing, biking, and most of all just being a kid. Oh and I can solve a Rubik’s Cube in less than 2 minutes. I love going to and watching college gymnastics meets. I've not yet decided what I want to be when I get older, though I do know I want to attend college, hopefully on a scholarship, where I can also continue my love for gymnastics by competing at that level. Good luck to all the nominees, it's an amazing honor to be considered for such a notable award.

Brooke Gleichowski Level 10

  • Coaches: Mary Carlson, Alicia Boren, & Sergey Malakhov
  • Graduating Year: 2024
  • Hi! I'm Brooke and I'm a level 10 at Sun Country Gymnastics in Gainesville, FL. I am in eighth grade and super excited to compete my first season as a level 10! In my previous season, I qualified to level 9 Easterns where I won Beam (9.775) and got third in the all-around! My long-term goal in gymnastics is to earn a full ride scholarship for collegiate gym! Can't wait to see what this season holds!!

Brooklyn Arcenal

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Brooklyn Webster

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Cadence Gormley

  • Coaches: Marshall Long & Laura Toro
  • Graduating Year: 2023
  • hi! My name is Cadence Gormley and i’m a level 10 gymnast. I train 24 hours a week at Virginia International Gymnastics School. I’m a 14 year old freshman in high school, and this is my 3rd season as a level 10. I’m super excited for this gymnastics season because I can’t wait to show off my new skills and confidence. Most importantly though, I’m excited to become more consistent with my routines and have fun!
  • 9 years ago, when I was 5 years old, my friend in Kindergarten invited me to a birthday party at a local gym. Right then and there, something magical clicked and I instantly fell in love with the sport. I then signed up for classes at River City Gymnastics. Within the next few years, I somewhat flew through the levels and really started to gain my passion and focus for gymnastics.
  • This year, I’m working really hard to become super consistent and comfortable with my routines. While also adding new, challenging skills! A few goals I have for the future are to qualify for the Nastia Luikin Cup, qualify to JO Nationals again & place on podium, and qualify to the JO National Team. I’m also excited to look more into colleges to hopefully find the “one”! For, college gymnastics has always been a dream of mine!
  • Some of my most memorable highlights of my gymnastics career include: 2x State event champion, 2017 Eastern National qualifier, 2x Junior Olympic National qualifier, 2019 balance beam National Champion, & 2019 Region 7 All Star Team Member.

Caroline Bowns

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Cassidy Wo

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Chae Campbell

  • Chae Campbell is a level 10 gymnast from Metroplex Gymnastics.

Chloe Lashbrooke - Gold Medal Gymnastics

  • Coaches: Amanda Borden and Kristin Fanning
  • Graduating Year: 2019
  • Chloe Lashbrooke is a 4th year level 10 at Gold Medal Gymnastics in Chandler, Arizona. She is coached by Amanda Borden and Kristin Fanning.

Chloe Widner

  • Coaches: Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and Chris Burdette
  • Graduating Year: 2019
  • 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.

Chloe Womeldorph

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Christina Fallon

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Claire Gresham

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Courtney Shaw

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Daisy Stephenson - Texas Best Level 9

  • Coaches: Tricia Guertel, Alex Florea
  • Graduating Year: 2024
  • Daisy took her very first steps on a spring floor when she was a baby. She began her official gymnastics training at a YMCA in Northeast Wisconsin at 18 months old. When her family relocated to Texas in 2014, she was extremely fortunate to find Texas Best and Coach/Owner Tricia Guertel. Under the guidance of Tricia and Coach Alex, Daisy has excelled in both compulsory and optional competition. She is a consistent gymnast in both skills and scores. She is very detail oriented and works to perfect her skills with an eye toward competing at higher levels. Daisy especially loves performing and finishing with a smile. Daisy is honored and delighted to be nominated for Gymnast of the Year.

Dana Imperial

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Dayana Nataren

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Delaney Fisher - Georgia Elite Gymnastics Level 10/Jr. Elite

  • Coaches: Pete Arenas and Cassidy Bernstein
  • Graduating Year: 2023
  • I am so humbled to be nominated for the 2018 Gymnast of the Year! My gymnastics career began in a mommy and me class at 18 months old. By 2yo I was climbing to the top of a 20ft rope to earn the right to pick a trinket from the treasure box. At 6yo I began competing Xcel silver at Gymnastix Training Center in Buford, GA. I advanced each year from Xcel silver to Xcel gold to Level 7,9, and 10. I was a member of the Georgia State Team for Xcel gold (2014) and Level 7 (2015). I also qualified Hopes compulsory in 2016 and 2017.
  • Unfortunately, Gymnastix Training Center discontinued their elite program in 2017 so I made the difficult decision to switch gyms. Jorgen Falk, co-owner of Georgia All Stars, took me under his wing for 4 months and gave me the encouragement I needed to continue the elite path. I finally found "home" at Georgia Elite Gymnastics in September 2017. I had an unforgettable 2018 season which began by earning my Jr. Elite compulsory qualifying score in Myrtle Beach, SC and placing 1st AA. The next elite qualifier was KPAC where I once again placed 1st AA and earned my Jr. Elite optional score and the chance to compete in the American Classic and US Classic. I had to pull out of the American Classic due to injury but fought hard to be ready for the US Classic. Unfortunately, a couple of uncharacteristic falls left me short of my goal but hungry for more.
  • I ended my 2018 JO Level 10 season at Nationals in Cincinnati, OH finishing 4th AA and being named to the JO National Team. I am so grateful for the non-competitive opportunities this year in gymnastics has given me as well. I attended the US Developmental Team Camp, the JO National Team Camp, currently representing Plum Practicewear as a Plum Ambassasor, modeled for the 2018 Ozone Leotard Fashion Show, modeled for Inside Gymnastics Magazine, mentoring young gymnasts, and meeting so many new friends! I believe in the future of USA gymnastics and know that God has a plan for me to be a part of it in some way. I can't wait to see where the path leads! For now, I am excited to focus on my elite career with hopes of earning a place on the 2019 National Team.
  • *Addendum: At the conclusion of my 2018 season I sustained an injury which gave me a lot of time to reevaluate my goals and priorities. I accomplished a huge goal I had set for myself but no longer felt the elite path was for me. I desperately missed competing with my "team". Competing in college has always been my long term dream. I feel that in order to reach my next goal I need to keep myself healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally. For me, that means competing JO and keeping the joy in the sport I fell in love with as a little girl. Everyone has their own story to write along the way...enjoy it and embrace the journey!

Elizabeth Gantner - Jaycie Phelps Athletic Center

  • Coaches: Dave Marus and Jaycie Phelps
  • Graduating Year: 2023
  • I am Elizabeth Gantner and I am 15 years old from Indianapolis, Indiana. I train at JPAC with my coaches, Dave Marus and Jaycie Phelps and I will be a first year Senior Elite in 2020. In 2019, I qualified junior Elite at the Biles Invitational placing second All Around and first on bars. I participated in Developmental camp at Flip Fest and the Junior Worlds Trials at EVO in Florida and then the American and US Classic. In 2018, I qualified to Level 10 JO Nationals where I placed on bars. I qualified Junior Elite at the Auburn Elite Qualifier placing first All Around and first on bars and beam. After an amazing level 8 season in 2016 which ended with 5 gold medals at the Region 5 championships, 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 my first year as a Senior Elite!

Ella Murphy Level 10/HOPES

  • Coaches: Adam Duncan and Sonia Haiou
  • Graduating Year: 2025
  • I am 12 years old and training level 10 and Hopes at WOGA in Frisco, TX. I am in the 7th grade and I currently train 30 hrs a week.. I started gymnastics when I was 6yrs old.

Emily Golden

  • Coaches: Aimee Boorman, Jason Collins, Jose Morales, Maria Iankova
  • Graduating Year: 2023
  • I studied the sport of gymnastics as a little girl, hoping one day to actually take classes. I would watch You Tube videos and stare at library book pictures; admiring the beauty of this sport. FINALLY, my parents signed me up, at the age of 10, for my very first recreation class! That was in February 2015. Since then, I have worked really hard to learn as much as I can in a short amount of time! I still study the sport and make goals for myself every season. It seems like yesterday, when I started learning basics on the equipment.
  • My first season to compete was in 2016 at Level 7. I was able to test out of Levels 2-6 in about 9 months!! My parents and I didn't really understand what that meant as it was happening, though. I just loved learning new skills and my coaches thought I was doing them technically correct. It didn't seem "special" at the time; it just felt "right."
  • In my level 7 season, it started fantastic! In two meets, I won floor and beam and earned 2nd All Around. Sadly, one day in practice, I fell and broke my elbow. I had to have major elbow surgery and 4 months of rehab. It was so frustrating! As soon as my season started, it was over. But, I fought hard and worked hard to keep a positive attitude, focusing on my future goals. Soon, I was training for Level 8 and moved to Sarasota, FL with my Coach. It was a really big decision and an exciting commitment for my whole family. All of my rehab, and hard work paid off in my Level 8 season in 2017!! It was the first FULL season I had ever competed!! I earned State Champion for Floor and Beam! At Regionals, I won the Floor and All Around Gold!! Last season, in 2018, Level 9 was incredible!! I continued to train hard and learn a lot of new skills. Competing these new skills was definitely challenging, but I embraced the challenge. All season, I was in the top 5 on every event. I won GOLD at every meet but one on floor and beam! I also won All Around at every meet with a high score of the season of 38.500!!
  • I am the Florida State Champion for Bars, Beam, Floor and ALL Around!! I am the Florida Regional Champion for Beam, Floor and All Around!! Easterns was an amazing experience and I felt so thankful to qualify and compete there. I had a great meet, earning a Silver medal on Floor and 5th All Around. I am currently training Level 10 and hope to qualify as a Junior Elite this 2019 season. Gymnastics continues to feed a deep hunger inside of my heart. That little girl, who just started not too long ago, is still hungry for more!!

Emma Otsu - Airborne Gymnastics

  • Coaches: Cleo Washington
  • Graduating Year: 2020
  • Emma Otsu started gymnastics at 2 years old. At 7 years old she achieved TOPS Gold. At 8 years old she made TOPS B Team. When she was 9 she moved to Brestyan's American Gymnastics and trained under Mihai Brestyan. Emma Otsu qualified to the 2014 and 2015 Eastern Championships as a level 9. She later moved to California and competed level 10. In 2017 she was named to the Japanese National Team and competed in several international competitions. In 2018 she qualified to Level 10 J.O. Nationals. In 2019 she was Region 1 Beam Champion. Emma attends Bridgeway Academy and has committed to UC Davis. As a senior gymnast, Emma strives to be a positive role model at practice and in life and works hard to set a good example and support her fellow teammates and friends both inside and out of the gym. Emma is honored to be nominated for MSO gymnast of the year.

Farah Lipetz

  • Coaches: Tammy Marshall
  • Graduating Year: 2022
  • 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!!!

Gabriella Andexser

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Genesis Rivera

  • Coaches: Ashot Gasparyan and Melia O’Quinn
  • Graduating Year: 2023
  • Genesis got started in gymnastics at the age of seven as she showed an interest in the sport and was very energetic as a child. Genesis began competing in the fall of 2015 as a level 4. At her first meet, Genesis won the floor title and took second on beam and in the all around. Three months later at the NorCal State Championships, Genesis took home silver medals on beam, floor, and in the all around. As a level 5 in 2016, Genesis had a fantastic season and won the vault, beam, floor, and all around titles at the NorCal State Championships. Genesis began her optional career in 2017 as a level 6 at the Red Heart 10.0 Invitational where she took second on bars and floor, and third all around. Genesis finished up her season at the NorCal State Championships where she had a great meet and won the vault, floor, and all around titles as well as second on bars and beam. In 2018, Genesis competed level 7 and went on to defend her state championship all around title as well as first on vault at state. Genesis also qualified to be a member of the NorCal State Team for the Region 1 Championships. At regionals, Genesis took second on vault and third on floor and in the all around. As a level 8 in 2019, Genesis began her season at the Lady Luck Invitational and came home with the vault title. Two months later at the NorCal State Championships, Genesis came in first on floor, second on vault, and third all around and qualified for the Region 1 Championships. Genesis had her best meet of the season at the Region 1 Championships taking first on vault, beam, floor, and in the all around and taking second on bars, concluding a great season. Currently, Genesis trains 24 hours per week under coaches Melia O'Quinn and Ashot Gasparyan at San Mateo Gymnastics. In the future, Genesis' goal is to earn a college scholarship to a top Division 1 gymnastics program.

Georgia Lassa

  • Coaches: Colden Raisher, Denise Pearlman
  • Graduating Year: 2024
  • Hi! My name is Georgia Lassa, I'm 13 years old and a level 9 gymnast at The Klub Gymnastics! My favorite event is floor because I like to show off my personality through my routine! I started gymnastics when I was six years old at a recreational center at the park for only 1 hour a week. The coach told my parents I was very strong and should try to look for a good gym. My parents did not know anything about gymnastics at the time, so they didn't know where to look for gyms. My dad past by one gym and we decided to give it a try. I tried out at Los Angeles School of Gymnastics and they put me into the team group. I started to train nine hours a week to get ready for level 2. My first level 2 meet and first time ever competing was on September 28, 2013. I competed the rest of the level two season getting lots of ribbons. I competed 1 level 3 meet with LASG and finished the rest of the level 3 season with All Olympia Gymnastics Center. I was level 3 state champion on Vault and second place All Around. I started the level 4 season at the end of 2015 and got a 9.8 on floor at the 2016 North Sectional Championships. I also got level 4 vault state champion. In level 5, I was floor and AA state champion. In level 6, I was floor state champion. Lots of amazing things happened during the level 7 season! I was vault, beam, and AA state champion! I also got to represent SoCal at the 2018 Level 7 Region One Championship. I got my highest All Around score at that meet with at 38.9. I moved to The Klub Gymnastics close to my level 8 season. I got Beam and Bars Regional Champion and second place AA at the 2019 L 8,9,10 Regionals. I am currently in level 9! I train 27 hours a week at The Klub Gymnastics. I love spending time with all my coaches and friends at gym and most of all spending time with my family at home. During my free time I do school, play board games with my little sister, and make TikToks. I am online public schooled in 8th grade. I don’t know what I want to study in College, but I hope to do College gymnastics in the future.

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Hailey Clark - Orlando Metro GymnasticsLevel 9

  • Coaches: Jason Rawlings and Carrie Loeser
  • Graduating Year: 2022
  • 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.

Hailey John - Orlando Metro GymnasticsLevel 10/HOPES Elite

  • Coaches: Jeff Wood & 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. Choreography done by Olga Dunaeva. 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. In 2017, Hailey qualified for the HOPES Classic and the HOPES Championship in Chicago where she earned bronze on beam! During the 2018 season, Hailey was 2nd AA (37.500) at the Level 10 FL State Championships, placing 1st on beam (9.500) and floor (9.575). She also qualified for JO Nationals with a 3rd AA score of 37.450. Hailey finished out the JO Season at the National Championships in Cincinnati with a 9th AA Score of 37.650. She also earned a silver medal on beam (9.675). It was a great first experience at JO Nationals! Hailey has been an honor roll student throughout middle school and into high school. Hailey has verbally committed to Auburn University.

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Jaelina Villicana - Gymnastics ZoneLevel 8

  • Coaches: Andrew Pileggi & Erin Pileggi
  • Graduating Year: 2025
  • Jaelina began gymnastics at 5yrs old in Vacaville CA. From the beginning, she exhibited such a joy for performing. She began competing in 2015 as a level 3 gymnast. At her first state competition for Northern California, she earned a second on floor and third on beam. As a level 4 in 2016, Jaelina started to show particular strength on floor and beam, earning many respective first and second place finishes on both events including vault and four all around titles through the season. At level 4 state, she finished fifth all around. As a level 5 in 2017, she began her season at the Dare to Dream Invitational where she earned a first on bars, floor, beam, and the all around title. She concluded her season as a state beam champion, second on floor, and third all around. Jaelina’s optional career began as a level 6 in 2018. Her first meet began at the California Grand Invitational with a first on floor. Through this season, she consistently earned top five finishes on all events. At state, she had a solid performance all around and earned a third place title on floor and beam. Her level 6 season concluded at her first Regional Championship for Region 1 with a remarkable first on bars, first on beam, and first all around regional title. In 2019, Jaelina had a notably accomplished season! Under the guidance of coaches Melia O' Quinn and Ashot Gasparyan of San Mateo Gymnastics, she competed level 7 and level 8. Her first Level 7 meet was Dec 2018 at the NorCal Judges Cup Level 7 State Team qualifier. At this meet, she earned first on vault, third on floor, and qualified first all around to represent Nor Cal for the National Judges Cup Level 7 State Team Challenge held in Kansas Mo in Jan 2019. Here, she helped her team win the first place team title. She earned first on floor and beam, third on bars, and third all around. Two weeks later, she began her level 8 season at the Lady Luck Invitational where she earned a second on beam and first on floor. Through her season, she continued to grow and evolve as a gymnast and contribute to her team in team placements. At state, she earned a second on beam and first on floor and a first all around state champion title. At Regional Championships, she took a second place floor title. Jaelina valued the experience of her 2019 season as the most memorable in her gymnastics career thus far, maturing as an athlete, and persevering through the rigors of gymnastics, commuting, academics, and physical growth. At this time, Jaelina is a second year Level 8 gymnast currently training under Andrew and Erin Pileggi at Gymnastics Zone in Napa Ca. She is excited about the new relationship and opportunity to continue to grow and develop under their expertise. Jaelina's short term goal is to continue to learn and progress to become a solid competitor on all four events with dedication and persistence through any hurdles along the way. Her long term goal is to be someplace she can thrive academically and be most relevant in college gymnastics. Jaelina is humbled and honored to be an MSO Gymnast of the Year nominee among so many other amazing gymnasts!
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Jansen Morris Level 10

  • Coaches: Marny Futch & Kambri Hoffman
  • Graduating Year: 2023
  • I am 15 years old and training Level 10 at Metroplex Gymnastics. I have been blessed to have been coached by some of the best in the gymnastics world, while I was at WOGA, including Laurent and Cecile Landi, Ryan Roberts, Janelle Evans, and Tatyana Shadenko. Now at Metroplex, I continue to receive world class training under Marnie Futch and Kambri Hoffman. At Level 9, I earned 1st on Beam and 2nd All Around, clinching a spot to Westerns. At Westerns, I medaled on Floor and Beam. 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.

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Jersey Bingman - World Class Gymnastic ~ VaLevel 9

  • Coaches: Tami Harrison, Rex Harrison, Beka Conrad
  • Graduating Year: 2024
  • I am a 14 year old gymnast competing Level 9 at World Class Gymnastics in Newport News, VA. I started gymnastics at 2 years old with a Mommy (Oma) and me class and never looked back.... it has become my passion and joy! I trained for 8 years at Riverview Gymnastic Center with the Flipateers Team in Newport New, Va. going from Superkids to Level 4 & 5 Team and scoring out of Level 3 at 5 years old. My first Optional year as a Level 6 was an all-time highest record for the Flipateers as I made the Top 100 gymnast of the year scoring an 38.500 AA 4th place at the 2016 Virginia State Meet placing on all events.
  • I competed Level 7 at Triple T Gymnastic Center in Suffolk Va. Following the same coaches from Flipateers Jami and Loni whom I have had since my first Level 4 competition at 6 years old. At the 2017 Virginia State Meet Level 7 scored a 37.875 AA placing on Floor.0
  • I am currently training at World Class Gymnastics in Newport News, Va. I competed Level 8 with a new team , new coaches and a much larger gym. It was a fabulous year placing 3rd at the 2018 Virginia State Meet scoring a 37.975 AA placing on all events and taking 1st place on Bars as the 2018 Virginia State Champion. This qualified me for my first Regional Meet at which I placed 2nd with a score of 38.00 AA, placing on all events. I am training for the upcoming season as a Level 10 and my training consist of 32 hours in the summer and 25 hours a week during school year. My coaches are Tami, ,Beka and Rex have taught me so much that it is immeasurable. The first meet of the season for Level 9 was a success placing 1st on Vault, Bar, and Floor, took 4th on Beam and place 1st in the AA. The Robin Cone Memorial meet was amazing as we all got to meet Peng Peng Lee!! UCLA Gymnast with the perfect score 10.00.1
  • I am in the 8th grade attending a Public Middle School with placement in an AP programs as an A and A/B honor roll student. I have maintained the honor roll throughout my Elementary School years and on into Middle School.2
  • When I am not in the gym or attending school my favorite thing to do is surfing. I absolutely love the beach and swimming!!!.3
  • To be nominated as one of Top 10 Gymnast of the Year in 2018 was an honor .!!. " If you can believe it, then it is possible" My dream is to become an elite gymnast and earn a spot on a Division 1 College Team. I understand the persistence and dedication this requires which I am willing to put in the work and time. Most of all I would like to Thank YOU for considering me as one of your nominees for GOTY 2019. Looking forward to an awesome season with my teammates who are my sisters!!! Just remember "Half of doing is believing that YOU can".4
  • This 2018/2019 season has come to a close and I've enjoyed every minute !!! The Virginia State Meet was a success placing 2nd AA 37.250 Level 9 Jr 13. My first Regionals was just as successful placing 1st AA 37.975 Level 9 Junior 4 for Region 7. This has qualified me for another first Easterns in Florida at which I placed 8th AA. Not bad for the many of first to have in one season..... For now its training, training, and more training with full speed ahead!! Can't wait to make more memories with my teammates and Coaches. 5

Jewel Clark - Gymnastix Training Center Level 10

  • Coaches: Rachael Page, David & Michelle Pomerantz
  • Graduating Year: 2021
  • I am currently training Level 10 and I am verbally committed to Temple University. In the 2018-2019 season, I won Bars at State and won Beam at Nationals. In 2016-2017, I won Vault, Bars, and All Around at State and was a Georgia State Team Member. I also won Bars at Regionals. In 2015-2016, I won Beam, Bars and All Around at State and at Regionals I won Beam and All Around and was a Georgia State Team Member.

Jordyn Johnson

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Kalea Atkinson Level 8

  • Coaches: Tazmin Finn, Kyra Morgan, Jessica Duke
  • Graduating Year: 2025
  • I started gymnastics when I was 5 years old! I was just doing preschool classes at the time and not taking anything seriously. When I was 6 I switched gyms and did a year of recreational classes before moving up to level 3. I stayed at that gym for levels 3 and 4 and then I followed my coach to Olympus Gymnastics. I then competed at level 5. That summer I was going to repeat level 5 but I decided that I needed to work really hard to make level 6. I ended up competing level 6 and I had so much fun! Last season I competed at level 7, and I did very well! I made it on the Utah State team for the second year! And I ended up getting a 38 all around for the first time ever at the region 1 regional competition. This year I am competing level 8 and I am so excited to start the season off! Special thanks to everyone that has helped me to get where I am at, including all of my wonderful coaches!

Kaley Mckeon

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Kaliya 'Liya' Lincoln - Airborne Gymnastics, CaLevel 10

  • Coaches: Cleo Washington
  • Graduating Year: 2024
  • Kaliya Lincoln, also known as 'Liya', is a Level 10 gymnast from Airborne Gymnastics in Santa Clara, California.

Kate Menake

  • Coaches: Ashley Umberger
  • Graduating Year: 2023
  • Kate Menake got her start in gymnastics at the age of three in a toddler class. She loved to hang on the bars and took to the sport right away. Kate began competing in 2013 as a level 3 with Flippin Out Gymnastics and went on to finish third on bars and beam at the New Jersey State Championships. The following season Kate competed level 4, her final compulsory season, and had a great season. At three meets, Kate brought home the all around title and finished third on bars and fourth on floor at state. Following her level 4 season, Kate began training at North Stars Gymnastics and competed level 7 during the 2016 season. Kate began her optional career at the 1st Sectional and finished first on bars, beam, and in the all around. Throughout the rest of the season, Kate finished in the top 4 in the all around and went on to win the beam title and place fourth all around at the New Jersey State Championships. Competing level 8 during the 2016-2017 season, Kate began her season at Christmas On The Chesapeake where she won the bars and floor titles and finished second on beam and in the all around. In March, Kate competed at state where she brought home a silver medal on vault. From state, Kate qualified to the Region 7 Championships and finished first on bars. Kate competed her first year of level 9 during the 2018 season but unfortunately was only able to compete three meets during the season. Kate came back strong for the 2019 season beginning her season at the Garden State Classic where she won the bars title and came in second on beam. Two months later at the New Jersey State Championships, Kate brought home the gold medal on bars and bronze in the all around and qualified to regionals. At regionals, Kate had a fantastic meet and won the bars and all around titles as well as a second place finish on beam and punched a ticket to the Eastern Championships. Kate concluded her season at Easterns earning a silver medal on bars. Currently, Kate trains 25 hours per week under coach Ashley Umberger at North Stars Gymnastics in New Jersey. Kate's goal for the 2020 season is to qualify to JO Nationals and in the future she hopes to earn a college scholarship for gymnastics.

Kathryn Thaler

  • Coaches: Eddie Umphrey & Johnny Rae Schmelzer
  • Graduating Year: 2019
  • Gymnastics has been a key part of my life since I was three years old. Beyond gymnastics, it’s taught me life skills such as finding a love and passion for something, time management, setting and accomplishing goals, confidence and a responsibility for my own direction as a gymnast and person. I fell in love with the sport and started my gymnastics career at Bill Austin's Gymnastics in Sugar Land, TX. I spent the majority of my compulsory years at Iron Cross Gymnastics in Richmond, TX. After my level 6 season in 2011, I moved to Stars Gymnastics in Houston, TX and have been there ever since.
  • In 2013, I placed first in the all-around with a 38.925 and first on uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise at the Level 7 State Championships. I moved up to level 8 for the 2014 season where I placed third in the all-around with a 38.350, first on uneven bars and second on floor exercise at the State Championships. I qualified to the Region 3 Championships, finishing first in the all-around with a 38.450. I also placed first on balance beam, second on uneven bars and third on floor exercise. As a level 9 gymnast in 2015, I placed in the top ten in the all-around with a 37.250 and seventh on uneven bars scoring a 9.500 at the State Championships. At the Region 3 Championships, I finished second in the all-around with a 37.350, third on balance beam and floor exercise and fourth on vault. I qualified to the Level 9 Western Nationals in Spokane, WA where I placed seventh in the all-around with a 37.200 and sixth on balance beam and floor exercise.
  • At the level 10 State Championships 2016, I placed fifth in the all-around with a 37.775, second on uneven bars and fifth on floor exercise. I finished fourth in the all-around with a 37.875, second on uneven bars and third on balance beam and floor exercise at the Region 3 Championships, I qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Ft. Worth, TX. I was voted Gymnast of the Year by my teammates in 2014, 2016 and 2018. In 2017, I placed second on uneven bars and third on floor exercise at the State Championships. At the Region 3 Championships, I finished sixth in the all-around and first on floor exercise. I qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Indianapolis, IN where I placed 12th in the all-around with a 37.200, seventh on uneven bars and tenth on floor exercise out of 57 gymnasts. In 2018, I placed first on uneven bars, floor exercise and in the all-around with a 38.600 at the State Championships. At the Region 3 Championships, I finished second in the all-around with a 38.225, first on uneven bars and second on balance beam and floor exercise. I qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Cincinnati, OH, finishing in the top 15 in the all-around with a 38.000 and fourth on uneven bars. I attend Katy High School and have committed to Nebraska. GBR!

Katie Finnegan - Apex Athletics

  • Coaches: Rob and Amanda Wing
  • Graduating Year: 2020
  • Katie Finnegan was born on May 14, 2003. Her parents enrolled her in dance , gymnastics and soccer classes at three years old. She loved gymnastics and started competing Level 5 in 2012 at 8 years old. She won AA title with a 37.975 at the New York Early State Championships.
  • Competing Level 6 for the 2013 season, she finished 1st AA with a 37.425 at the NYS Early State Championships. She tested out of level 7 in 2014 at the Manhattan Classic winning the AA title with a 38.375 and moved up to Level 8. At the NY State USAG Championships, she placed 1st AA with a 37.850, 1st on floor exercise and 2nd on uneven bars. She qualified for the Region 6 Super Team and finished 6th AA with a 37.925 and 3rd on uneven bars and floor exercise.0
  • At 12 years old, as a level 9 gymnast in 2015, Katie finished 2nd AA with a 38.050 and 1st on uneven bars and balance beam at the NY State Championships. She placed 1st AA at the Region 6 Championships with a 38.100. 1st place uneven bars, 1st balance beam, 1st floor exercise and 2nd place vault. Katie won the Level 9 Eastern Nationals AA Title with a 37.950 and placed 1st on vault and floor, 2nd on uneven bars and 7th on balance beam. During her Level 9 season, Katie was also competing at Elite Compulsory and Qualifiers, qualified at the Ranch for the Hopes Championship, and was planning to verbal her commitment with a Top 5 NCAA gymnastics team.1
  • Shortly after, in 2016, Katie left the culture of her gym and decided she needed a change. She dealt with the loss of her beloved grandfather, chose to stop homeschooling to go back to high school and found a new gym. 2018 was a fantastic first Level 10 season for Katie at Apex Athletics. She started competing Liukin Invitationals and came in 1st AA for her 4th NYS Championship. She came in 2nd AA for Region 6 and 7th AA with a 38.0 at Nationals in her first Level 10 Season. She also verballed with the University of Georgia on a full athletic scholarship for the 2022 season.2
  • In 2019, Katie had a perfect season. She came in 1st AA at every meet with her highest AA score of 38.625 at the Presidential Classic, and received her highest vault (9.825) and bar (9.850) scores as well. She earned her 5th AA NYS USAG JO Title, came in 1st AA Region 6 for the 2nd time, and placed 6th AA at Nationals with a 38.125, 3rd in bars (9.675) in her 2nd Level 10 Season. In July 2019, she received a call from the University of Georgia asking if she could graduate early to join them for the 2021 season and she said “YES!” So, with SO MUCH coordination from her school district, in her last JO season, at 16 years old, Katie will be completing her Junior year at Kings Park High School, her Senior year online, and graduating an entire year early while fulfilling her commitment to a seven meet competition schedule with her Apex teammates as New York’s most decorated gymnast.3
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Kayden Preikschat

  • Graduating Year: 2026
  • Kayden competed level 7 last year and is now a level 8 gymnast. She scored a 38.4 at state and won bars and vault. She went on to score high at regionals and she was the regional bars champion.

Kelise Woolford Level 10

  • Coaches: Victoria Levine To Edit
  • Graduating Year: 2026
  • When I was 5 years old, I watched Gabby Douglas compete in the 2012 Olympics. I was mesmerized, from that day on I have dreamed of the Olympics. I am the youngest of 5 children, and began telling my siblings I was going to the Olympics. To get support from my family and friends I taught myself to do back handsprings and aerials.
  • A few years later my parents took me serious and signed me up for recreational class at a local gym. After a few months, my mom decided I needed to be challenged more. She researched other gyms in the state and took me to North Stars where I began competing in less than 6 months. I competed level 4 successful, and became state champ on floor exercise and second overall. The following year I switched gyms and went to MG Elite, where I competed level 7 and finished 3rd overall at states. My third year competing has been the best by far. I successfully competed level 8, accomplishing several amazing goals this year. I managed to score a 39.025 at the Parkettes Invitational I came in 1st place on vault, floor and bars and 3rd on beam and 1st overall.
  • Woga Classic was another exceptional meet, I scored 38.925 and came in 1st on every event. My other meets were equally as exciting I scored 38's at all with the exception of 1, and placed 1st or 2nd overall at every meet. My first visit to Regional's was absolutely amazing I finished 1st on vault, beam and floor, and second overall. My proudest moment is ranking 2nd and 4th on America's top 100 level 8 gymnast. I am extremely honored to be a contender for gymnast of the year!

Kendall Torrens - Empire Gymnastics Academy

  • Graduating Year: 2026
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Kennedy Cochran

  • Coaches: Amanda Borden-Cochran, Kristin Fanning, Austin Kelly, Clayton Modic, Rilee Sauer
  • Graduating Year: 2025
  • Kennedy Cochran is 11 years old and currently training level 9 at Gold Medal Gymnastics in Chandler, Arizona. She began competing level 3 in 2014. Kennedy has placed at state every year she has competed and taken home 1st place AA in 2017 as a level 6 and 2018 as a level 8. At the end of her level 8 season, Kennedy was selected to be a member of the Level 8, 2018 Arizona State Team. Kennedy placed 1st with a 9.700 on floor at the 2018 Regional Championships. She is very excited for the opportunity to be considered as 2018 Gymnast of the Year.
  • Kennedy has trained at Gold Medal Gymnastics for her entire gymnastics career under the coaching of her mother - Amanda Borden and Kristin Fanning. Kennedys favorite event to compete is floor, however she enjoys training all events. Throughout her time competing, Kennedy has had the opportunity to travel to other states and attend camps and programs to further her training. While attending those camps, Kennedy has had the chance to be coached by other olympic athletes, olympic coaches, and college gymnasts. She feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from such influential people.
  • She is continually focusing on her training and nutrition in order to prepare herself for wherever her gymnastics career takes her. She has set a goal for herself to obtain a college scholarship. Outside of gymnastics she loves to travel with her family, spend time with her friends from school and gymnastics, draw, and go shopping with her mom!

Kieryn Finnell

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Kylee Burton - Metroplex GymnasticsLevel 10

  • Coaches: Kambri Hoffman, Justin Lea
  • Graduating Year: 2022
  • 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!

Kyra Burns - Xtreme Gymnastics - Lee's Summit

  • Coaches: Head Coach Alisha Robinson, Terin Humphrey, Jay Becker
  • Graduating Year: 2020
  • Hi, I'm Kyra! I started gymnastics at 3 years old at the YMCA in Joplin, MO where I started competing in a YMCA League at age 5. After moving to Kansas City, I started competing USAG Level 4 at age 6. I currently train at Xtreme Gymnastic and Trampoline in Lee's Summit, MO where in 2018 I finished my 4th year as a Level 10. Some of my Level 10 accomplishments include : JO National Qualifier - 2015 (NIT), 2016 (9th Vault), 2017 (5th Beam, 8th Vault, 18th AA), 2018 (1st Bars, 6th Beam, 1st AA); 2018 JO National Team Member; 2018 Region 4 Vault, Beam and AA Champion. Pushing through many different struggles, I am currently competing my 5th year as a level 10. I am verbally committed to the University of Missouri (Go Tigers!) on a full ride scholarship beginning in 2020-2021. After college I want to go into the medical profession and work with kids(and maybe coach gymnastics too). I currently work at my gym as a Girls Instructional and Xcel Coach and I also help with floor choreography for the Xcel Program. In my spare time I love to draw, make Pinterest crafts, spend time with friends and family and watch Netflix - especially Grey's Anatomy. Gymnastics has given me so many opportunities (like this one!) and taught me so many lessons (determination, commitment, and love) and I can't wait to see what the future holds!

Leeiah Davis - Evo Athletics Level 10

  • Coaches: Aimee Boorman
  • Graduating Year: 2022
  • 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.

Lilla Kuziemko - San Mateo Gymnastics

  • Coaches: Hanah Egan and Joshua Williams
  • Graduating Year: 2025
  • Hello, my name is Lilla and I am very excited to be nominated for Gymnast of the Year amongst so many great gymnasts. I am a full time middle school student and attend gymnastics practice 6 days a week. I amnestying currently competing level 8 for San Mateo Gymnastics. I started in mommy and me gymnastics at age 2 while watching my older sister at regular practice and knew gymnastics was for me! Luckily I got the chance to join the JO team and started competing level 3 at age 6. Gymnastics has affected so many parts of my life- it is so fun but is also full of hard work. I have learned to focus and not give up on skills that are challenging to me. I have learned to work through injury and how to balance a full school schedule and sports. I always try to improve my gymnastics for each day, meet and level. In my opinion, gymnastics is a sport that requiers perseverance because even if you don’t do as well as you wanted there is alway a chance to get better. The best reward of being a gymnasts working hard and seeing results. Some highlights have been representing Norcal at the National Judges Cup as a level 7, and being on the Norcal State teams (Level 6 and 7) at Region 1 Championships. My favorite times have been traveling with the Norcal Judges Cup team where I got to be on a team with other gymnasts from Northern California, and watch great gymnastics from all around the country. I also love traveling with my own club team and visiting other parts of the country!

Lily Pederson Level 10/Junior Elite

  • Coaches: Bart and Lori Roskoski
  • Graduating Year: 2024
  • Hello! My name is Lily Pederson, I am 12 years old and in my second year as a level 10/HOPES gymnast. I train at Flips Gymnastics in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. My coaches are Bart and Lori Roskoski.
  • I started taking classes at Flips when I was 6 years old. I made it to team level 3 when I was 7 years old. At 8 years old I moved to level 4 and qualified for state. When I was 9 years old I moved up to level 5 and again qualified for state, where I won the floor state championship for my age group. That same year I skipped level 6 and was moved to the level 7 team, which had already started their season. I trained with the level 7 team for about 2 weeks before competing in my first level 7 meet, where I qualified for state again! After level 7 state I moved to level 8. Our level 8 team had an undefeated season, capping it off by winning the state championship, Flips first ever!0
  • I was also named to the Minnesota Super 8 team that year. After level 8 regionals were over I began working on my level 9 skills, with my goal to compete as a level 9 and make it back to regionals and then to Westerns. I ended up scoring out of level 9 at my first meet of the season and moving directly to level 10. I was 11 years old, Flips youngest ever level 10 gymnast! While competing as a first year level 10 I was also training for my first year in HOPES. I managed to not only qualify to regionals as the youngest level 10 in the state of Minnesota but I also made it to nationals!! I placed 5th in the all around at my very first ever nationals!! I also qualified to the HOPES Classic, where I placed 2nd and advanced to the HOPES Championship.
  • At the HOPES Championship I placed 4th and was named to the HOPES National Team!! That summer I was invited to the USAG developmental training camp in Tennessee. I have been attending camp ever since. My goals for 2019 are to make it back to nationals again and this time finish even higher. I have already qualified to the HOPES Classic for the second year. My goal for HOPES is to win the HOPES Classic and the HOPES Championship. My goals for 2020 are to qualify as a Junior Elite and make it to the USAG Championships and to be invited to national training camp. My long-term goals are to receive a scholarship to a D1 school and to compete for the USA at the Olympics in 2024 or 2028!!!

Lorelei Dalton - Flight School GymnasticsLevel 9

  • Coaches: Chris Kelly and Loana Cruz
  • Graduating Year: 2023
  • I began gymnastics when I was 4 because I was climbing the walls and tumbling in the furniture. My coach came over to find out why I was in a Rec. class after the first week. I moved to pre-team and kept learning skills. I didn’t join the team until I moved gyms to my current gym Flight School Gymnastics in Torrance, CA. I really enjoy learning new skills. I think my favorite event is bars, but I love all the events. I love training and hope to continue through college. I have two brothers that are always there to support me along with my parents. I attend San Pedro High School Visual and Performing Arts Magnet class of 2023. I am a freshman with honors classes and one of only two 9th graders in the honors Algebra 2 class. I currently have a 4.0 GPA.

Lundyn Van der Toolen - Olympus GymnasticsLevel 10/Jr. Elite

  • Coaches: Ryan Kirkham & Jessie Mcdonough
  • Graduating Year: 2024
  • Lundyn Vandertoolen is a gymnast from Olympus Gymnastics in UT. She competed level 10 last year and was the state Champion. She is pushing to qualify Jr. Elite this year. 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. Follow me on instagram at @lundynv2024

Lydia Rak

  • Coaches: Armen Astoian and Oksana Bystrova
  • Graduating Year: 2025
  • Lydia started competing Level 3 just before her 8th birthday. The following year she competed Levels 4, 5 and 6 and also 9 y/o TOPS testing, earning a spot on the TOPS B team. At 10 Lydia competed Level 7 and also made the TOPS A team, earning third place in physical abilities at camp. In 2018 she competed Level 8 and did well, taking second place at States and in the Region 1 championships. In 2019 she competed Level 9 and had a fantastic season, averaging almost 38 AA, but her Regional meet did not go as well and she earned a 37.4 AA, falling short of what was needed to qualify for Westerns. In addition to gymnastics, Lydia loves math and is active in the National Charity League. Lydia aspires to do gymnastics in college.

Madison Farris

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Mia Vigil

  • Coaches: Hanah Webb and Joshua Williams
  • Graduating Year: 2024
  • I am a level 8 gymnast competing for San Mateo Gymnastics. I was introduced to gymnastics at the age of 8 at a summer camp and fell in love with the sport. Shortly after the summer camp I was invited to compete for a team. My journey has been both fun and challenging, I started the sport much later than most of my teammates and have worked hard to build the strength and technique needed to learn new skills. I am thankful for my coaches who have pushed me to do my best and my amazing teammates who I have been blessed to share this journey with. As a level 7 I accomplished one of my goals which was to represent NorCal as a member of the State Team. As I look back it’s the journey that I am most proud of. Hard work and perseverance always pays off. In the future, my long term goal is to earn a college scholarship to a top Division 1 gymnastics program.

Milana Sliusar Level 9

  • Coaches: Armen Astoian, Oksana Bystrova
  • Graduating Year: 2026
  • Following an elbow injury in May, she is cleared to come back in late August. She is currently training to repeat level 9.
  • During the National TOPs Testing at Olympic Training center she got invited to Developmental Invite Camp.0
  • That year she also competed level 4 in spring and level 5 in fall. 1
  • 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 making State Team.2
  • 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. 3
  • That year she attended all 3 Developmental Invite Camps (with an invitation to come back in 2017).4
  • 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). 5
  • In June 2017 Milana joins Developmental Camp led by Valeri Liukin and National Coaching Staff at Olympic Training Center in Texas.6
  • Two weeks following the camp Milana injures her left knee and withdraws from training for 10 months, missing 2018 season.7
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  • Due to the injury MIlana had to turn down invitations to join July and October Developmental Camps.

Miley Ler Level 9/Hopes

  • Coaches: Nick Cedillo and Tasha Beale
  • Hi! I'm a level 9 gymnast training Hopes at Pearland Elite. Last season, in level 8, has been my favorite so far since it started with making the National TOPS Team and going to TOPS camp with 4 of my teammates! I'm the most proud of my improvement on beam- I took first place at Level 8 State in Texas. I also, got 2nd on Floor, 3rd on Vault, and 4th on Bars, finishing 2nd AA! I made the Top 100 on beam, twice on floor, and in the all around. It was a really great season. Right now I'm taking a season off to let my back heal from an injury, but I can't wait to get back to training level 9, and hopefully Hopes for next year.

Miya Kowta Level 8

  • Coaches: Ruwei Jiang and Amber Lyftogt
  • Graduating Year: 2026
  • I am training level 8 at Victory Gymnastics and started competitive gymnastics at the age of 8. I competed level 7 last year and made the Southern CA state team for regionals. Our team placed 2nd and I was regional champion on vault.

Molly Neinstein - Wallers GymJam Academy

  • Coaches: Stephen McCain, Iryna Krasnianska, Chris Waller & Alex Waller
  • Graduating Year: 2023
  • My name is Molly, but my nickname is Smalls. I started gymnastics when I was 8 years old. I am now 14, and I am competing Level 10. I train at Wallers GymJam Academy in Santa Clarita, CA with amazing coaches, who always support me and who encourage me and push me to do my best every day. Floor is my favorite event, but I do my highest skills on beam.

Mya Witte

  • Coaches: Jana Bieger
  • Graduating Year: 2023
  • Hi, I'm Mya! I'm 14 and I’m a Junior Elite. I am a member of the National Developmental Team. I qualified junior elite at the 2019 Buckeye Classic and then won the Biles Invitational. I qualified to US Championships at the Junior World Trials. I finished first on beam at the American Classic and 5th on beam at US Championships.

Nevaeh DeSouza

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Niya Randolph - Go For It USA

  • Graduating Year: 2023
  • My name is Niya. I am from Gymcats. My favorite events are bars and vault.


  • Coaches: Ashley Umberger, Faith, Heather
  • Graduating Year: 2024
  • Olivia started gymnastics at the age of 3 at The Little Gym in Scarsdale, NY. By 5 years old, Olivia was doing standing tucks and displaying tremendous talent in the sport. Someone at her recreational class recommended that she try competitive gymnastics. At this age she was great at tumbling but had no idea where gymnastics would take her.
  • Fast forward to 2017 -- Olivia was pretty set on quitting gymnastics. She had just finished her first level 9 season. She felt down and defeated about not living up to her own expectations. Olivia's parents wanted to try one last thing before they let her leave gymnastics forever -- they changed gyms. The decision to take her over an hour away from home to North Stars Gymnastics Academy in NJ, would be a big sacrifice but worth the try. The first 30 days at Olivia's new gym were rough. There was so much for Olivia to learn and revamp before the season began. She was not used to this type of practice or work ethic. Every day she was nervous to point of headache and it seemed to be the end of gymnastics for such a gifted girl. It was heartbreaking. Something happened after that 30-day trial. Olivia was excited again. She couldn't wait to get to practice. She was talking about her future in gymnastics again. North Stars had turned Olivia into her alter ego, "STORM," once again! (A powerful nickname for such a humble girl).
  • The 2017-18 gymnastics session began and Olivia was off to a great start. She still struggled on certain events but overall looked like a rock star. Olivia's coaches were slowly building her confidence back up. Mid season, Olivia was on a roll but then two weeks before the NJ State competition, BAM, she landed short in her double back tuck, spraining her ankle. She missed the two gymnastics meets leading to States and wasn't sure if she could perform all events at the meet. Olivia went to States and fell on floor, and beam. It was a shaky meet! She managed to qualify for the Regionals competion next. At Regionals, Olivia was ready and got her record high scores on vault, floor and AA. She now was feeling ready for Eastern Nationals. Walking into Nationals, Olivia turned to her mom and said "I'm not nervous. I'm going to win." She went out there and did just that! Olivia won floor and the AA at Eastern Nationals.
  • Olivia feels good about her future in gymnastics, and has set some big goals. Still driving over an hour each way to the gym she now calls home, Olivia is grateful for the support on the path ahead. Winning Gymnast of the Year would be an honor for a regular, degular, schmegular girl from the Bronx just trying her best to reach her goals.

Olivia Vandevander

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Paileigh McNett

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Riley Gray

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Sarah Lee

  • Coaches: Antoaneta Angelova, Fernando Villa, Adam Kessinger
  • Graduating Year: 2025
  • Hi! I started competitive gymnastics at the age of 8. I am training level 10 at West Coast Elite Gymnastics. Last season, I competed level 9 and won 1st at Regionals, and 3rd at Westerns. I am currently 12 years old, and a 7th grader in online schooling.

Sasha Fujisaka

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Sophia Esposito- Phoenix Gymnastics, NY

  • Coaches: Zvonimir Bosnjak and Tatiana Abramova
  • Graduating Year: 2023
  • 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.

Tatum Anderson Level 9

  • Coaches: Giovanna Romero & Manuel Navarez
  • Graduating Year: 2023
  • HI, I'm Tatum & I started gymnastics at the age of 2. It took me a few different invitations to join the competitive team at my gym. It was a beautiful pink leo with rhinestones that finally won me over and after competing & winning AA at my first meet I was hooked! I am now training level 10 at Oklahoma City Gymnastics in OKC, OK. My amazing coaches Giovanna (Gou) Romero & Manuel Navarez push me to do my best & to reach my goals.
  • In 2018, I was the top qualifier for the Oklahoma team that represented our state at the National Judges Cup State Challenge in Portland, OR. I finished 2nd AA at that meet & the Oklahoma team finished 4th. I also received the Nadia Spirit award at the Nadia Comaneci Invitational presented by Nadia herself. As a level 7, I finished 2nd AA at my state meet and ended my season as the Region 3 Bar and Floor champ and 2rd in the AA. As a level 8, I placed 1st AA at all but two of my season meets & qualified to regionals again. At regionals I finished as the Region 3 Sr A bar & floor champion as well as finishing 3rd in the AA with my season best score. As a level 9, I placed 1st AA at state, 4th AA at regionals, and went to Westerns placing 2nd on Beam & 4th in the AA.
  • Gymnastics has taught me so many things. I have learned about discipline & determination, that sometimes things are hard but fighting through brings so much joy, that courage is not being scared but continuing despite the fear, that the rewards far outshine the disappointments & that failure is only the beginning of success. Gymnastics is so much more than what you see in the Olympics & I am so grateful to be able to be a part of it. I have been blessed to be a part of an amazing gym with an awesome group of girls that have encouraged & continue to encourage me along my journey.
  • My long term goal is to compete in college & be able to give back to my sport through coaching & judging. It is such a great honor to be nominated for Gymnast of the Year!!! I feel that God has given me a great talent & I hope to give Him all the glory!

Taylor Russon

  • Graduating Year: 2020
  • Taylor Russon is a level 9 gymnast from San Mateo Gymnastics.

Tia Agdeppa Ravara - San Mateo Gymnastics

  • Coaches: Melia O'Quinn and Ashot Gasparyan
  • Graduating Year: 2020

Tirzah Wise

  • Coaches: Tammy and Sorin Salcianu, Trevor Rubino, Cheri Shipp
  • Born in Richland, WA in January 2004, Tirzah started attending gymnastics classes with her daycare provider at age two because “she had too much energy” and was climbing the door frames. She started in toddler gymnastics at Garland’s Gymnastics Academy in Kennewick, WA and progressed with Coach Brett Garland and Coach Erin Piel to their pre-team class. When she was five, she transitioned to the TOPs program at Mid-Columbia Gymnastics with Coaches Todd Sawyer and Jeanine Ruby and began homeschooling through Seton Home Study School starting with kindergarten. She began competing in level five when she was seven. Tirzah qualified for TOPs National Testing and traveled to the Karolyi Ranch at ages 8, 9, 10 and attended TOPs development camp at the ranch at age 9.
  • As Tirzah moved up through J.O. levels 7, 8, and 9 she never lost sight of her dream to become an elite gymnast. With the help of Coach Angie Jefferson at All-American Gymnastics in Richland, WA, and at the advice of national coaching staff, in 2016 she attended a try-out at Salcianu Elite Gymnastics in Henderson, NV. Subsequently, she and her family moved to Nevada in September of 2016 to begin training with Tammy and Sorin Salcianu and their team in Henderson, NV. In February 2019, she qualified junior elite compulsory at the Rocky Mountain Qualifier in Salt Lake City, UT. Currently she is training level 10/elite with coaches Tammy and Sorin Salcianu, Trevor Rubino, and Cheri Shipp, and working towards junior elite optional qualifiers in June 2019.

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!

Vivienne Larsen

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Whitney Bjerken - Georgia Elite GymnasticsLevel 10

  • Coaches: Pete Arenas, Myia Hambrick
  • Graduating Year: 2023
  • Whitney Michelle Bjerken was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 4, 2005. She was a speedy delivery and has not slowed down since. Whitney has two brothers and one sister, Sterling (18), Braxton (13), and Blakely (11). She also has a dog named Houston. Whitney played soccer and took ballet like everybody else when she was 3 and 4 years old, and then her mom put her into cheerleading. Whitney loved cheerleading and found out she was pretty good at doing cartwheels and the splits. As a result, Whitney decided to try gymnastics after the cheerleading season was over...and she has never looked back. Whitney is now a level 10 gymnast at Georgia Elite Gymnastics and is in the gym 5 days a week. Whitney loves gymnastics and she has always been a hard worker. These two facts combined with excellent coaching has led Whitney to great success in the sport to date. Whitney has won the All-Around Georgia State Championship 4 times and has won the Region 8 All-Around Championship twice. When Whitney was just 5 years old, her family started uploading videos of her gymnastics meets on YouTube so that her grandparents, who live in Minnesota, could watch her compete. Whitney’s videos were discovered on the internet and some of her videos started to go viral. Whitney continued to make videos and now her YouTube channel has more than 1.24 million subscribers with over 465 million views. Whitney tries to make videos that will help girls understand the world of gymnastics, or at least her experience in it. Whitney is also a talented musician who plays the piano, guitar, and writes her own songs. She released her debut album in December, 2019 entitled Disappear. Like almost every competitive gymnast, Whitney has had her share of injuries through the years. Unfortunately, she acquired osteochondritis dissecans of the capitellum in her right elbow in 2018 which eventually let to surgery. She missed the 2018 competition season and had to endure a year long recovery from the surgery. She fought back and returned to form just in time for the 2019 competition season. Whitney had an incredible year winning the All-Around at The Gala, her first meet back. In fact, she hit every routine of the entire season, until her final bar routine at JO Nationals where she overshot her pak. Unfortunately, Whitney’s osteochondritis dissecans returned in her right elbow and she had reconstructive surgery in December of 2019. Whitney was presented with the option to retire from the sport, but laughed at the thought of it and plans to be back and better than ever in 2020. "You may see me struggle, but, you will NEVER see me QUIT."

Zaven Cooper

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