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Aiming for nationals: freshman Tristan Caudill competes in the VIP Classic gymnastics tournament

Freshman Tristan Caudill practices a handstand in a field.  Caudill pushed to try new things even when they seemed intimidating. “My coaches always tell me ‘get comfortable with being uncomfortable,’” Caudill said. “A lot of what you're going to do is stuff that you will not be comfortable with, but if you don't get comfortable with that, you're not going to progress at all.

Sophia Frobish, Staff Writer

March 31, 2020

Working on moves like double flips and twists, freshman Tristan Caudill attended the VIP Classic Trampoline and Tumbling (T&T) competition Feb. 27 to March 1 in hopes of qualifying for nationals.    Caudill started T&T in fourth grade after being influenced by his older sister Abby Caudi...

Freshman Paige Matthys-Pearce brings dedication and perseverance to Regionals

Matthys-Pearce shows off a skill she’s been working on to take to the regional competition April 13. Visualization and repetition are tools Matthys-Pearce uses to help her pin down her skills during practice, along with keeping a positive attitude. “I have a script written out that I say of all my mental cues, so I don’t get in my head and worry. I do this in practice too, so it’s the same. I really work to keep it more consistent. I started it this year and have already seen a huge improvement in my consistency,” Matthys-Pearce said. “During the routine I tell myself to just breathe and enjoy it because you don’t get to do gymnastics all your life. It’s a very limited time, so you’ve just got to enjoy it.”

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer

April 12, 2019

The gym is a blur of activity, a whirlwind of nerves, excitement and raw competition. In the midst of it all, standing proud in a pink and black sparkly leotard, is freshman Paige Matthys-Pearce: winner of the beam, vault and floor events in her age group at the 2019 Missouri State Gymnastics Championships. Matthys-Pearce...

Sophomore Abby Socha prepares for regionals

Sophomore Abby Socha does a cast handstand on bars at the World Class meet.

Gabby Leon, Staff Writer

April 5, 2017

After competing at over 50 gymnastics meets, spending countless hours at practice and learning different skills for over 13 years, sophomore Abby Socha has risen to level nine out of 10. “Level nine is pretty hard and I have been working on getting to level 10. It took me two years to get from ...

Parkour kids climb to new heights

Sophomore Austin Valenti practices his parkour stunts outside.

Nico Stranquist, Staff Writer

May 4, 2015

Batman can scale walls, jump across buildings and quickly hurdle over obstacles. In parkour, people practice stunts and maneuvers similar to those in the movies.

POW: Joe Roseman, 9

Working on a research project, freshman Joe Roseman uses a Chromebook in the library.

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer

November 24, 2014

“What are you thankful for this year?” “My new job.” “What do you do at your new job?” “I teach gymnastics at Olympiad West.” “Why did you apply for a job teaching gymnastics?” “I really enjoyed my classes and I wanted to help others become better gymnasts.” “How...

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