Meet Kameryn Furiness – 2018 Graduating Senior

Kameryn Furiness is a Level 10 athlete training at Arena Gymnastics where she is coached by Ann and Valdi Kolasa.
She resides in Yardley, PA with her parents Dan and Laurie.
In the fall, Kameryn plans to attend college to study Biology.

Academic Achievements:
AP and Honors Student
National Honor Society
Spanish Honor Society
Academic Excellence Awards in Honors Physics and Honors English
Recipient of the 2017 Wesleyan University Book Award
4.7 GPA

Gymnastics Achievements:
2013 Level 8 State All Around Champion
2016 Level 9 State Floor Champion
2016 Level 9 State All Around Champion
2016 Level 9 Regional Bars Champion
2016 Level 9 Eastern National Qualifier
2017 Level 9 State Bars Champion

Words of Wisdom:
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated” -Maya Angelou

Meet Alyssa Christopulos – 2018 Graduating Senior

Alyssa Christopulos is a Level 9 athlete training at Paramount Gymnastics where she is coached by Ben Dungee and Katya Orlova.
She resides in Brachburg, NJ with her parents Peter and Stacy Christopulos.
In the fall, Alyssa plans to attend college to study Pharmacy.

Academic Achievements:
AP and Honors Student
Honor Roll

Gymnastics Achievements:
Level 8 Regional Qualifier (2014)
Level 9 Regional Qualifier (2015,2016,2017)
Level 9 Eastern National Qualifier (2017)
Level 9 Bars State Champion (2016)

Words of Wisdom:
“It’s not what you do, it’s why you do it”

8 Regional Information

2018 Level 8 Regional Championships Information

At the June 15, 2017 Region 7 Committee meeting the Committee discussed, voted on and passed the increase of the qualifying score to Level 8 Regionals to a 35AA.

  • All athletes who score a 35.00 AA or higher at their State meet will qualify to the Level 8 Regional meet in 2018.(This is in an increase to the qualifying score from last year).
  • ADDITION TO THE LEVEL 8 REGIONAL MEET FOR 2018: 1 PREMIER SESSION OF A STATE TEAM COMPETITION (See specific details on qualification below)
  • No petitions to Level 8 Regionals, No IES at Level 8 Regionals
  • Region 7 will provide a tank leotard for all competitors.
  • Region 7 will provide a Regional t-shirt to all competitors and coaches.
  • Age groups determined by the total athletes qualified and will be distributed as quickly as possible after the last State meet.
  • Awards for the top 25% in each age division.

STATE TEAM COMPETITION QUALIFICATION INFORMATION:

Also, at the June 15, 2017 Region 7 Committee meeting the Committee voted to add a ONE SESSION ONLY State Team Competition to the Level 8 Regional meet.  This will be a premier round of the competition and will be separate from all other sessions of the Regional meet weekend.

  • Qualification to the State team will consist of the Top 8 AA athletes, per State, regardless of age division (minimum of 35 AA).Again, this will be a one session, premier round of the top 8 athletes per State regardless of age.  Should be very exciting!
  • Please note that means you may not know if you have made the State team until the entire weekend of your State meet is complete.
  • Each State Chair will contact the coaches of the State Team qualifiers (we will also notify the 1st alternate) once all competition is complete for the weekend.
  • The State Team competition will most likely be Saturday evening.
  • Team and individual awards will be given.Team awards will be presented to the Top 3 teams (5 scores count/team).
  • 25% for individual event and AA awards will be given in 4 age divisions.
  • Region 7 will provide a tank leotard specific for the State Team competitors.
  • Region 7 will provide a Regional t-shirt to all competitors and coaches.
  • Any additional details will be posted on the Region 7 website as they become available.

Meet Simone Banen – 2018 Graduating Senior

Simone Banen is a Level 10 athlete training at North Stars Gymnastics where she is coached by Tony Gehman and Ashley Umberger.
She resides in Wyckoff, NJ with her parents Elliott and Mary Banen.
In the fall, Simone plans to attend George Washington University to study Mechanical Engineering.

Academic Achievements:
Honors and AP Student
4.0 GPA
Honor Roll

Gymnastics Achievements:
2013 Level 10 States – 3rd AA, 1st Beam, 2nd Bars
2013 American Classic 4th AA – Qualified to become Junior International Elite
2015 Region 7 Level 10 Regionals – 1st Bars, 3rd Beam, 3rd AA
2015 JO National Region 7 Team Member and All Star Team Alternate
2016 Region 7 Regionals – 1st Bars
2016 JO National Region 7 Team Member
2017 Level 10 States – 1st Bars, 1st Floor, 1st AA
2017 Region 7 Level 10 Regionals – 1st Bars, 2nd Beam, 2nd Floor, 1st AA
2017 JO National Region 7 Team Member
Full Athletic Scholarship to George Washington University
3-Time JO National Qualifier 2015, 2016, 2017

Words of Wisdom:
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

Meet Sarah Houser – 2018 Graduating Senior

Sarah Houser is a Level 9 athlete training at North Stars Gymnastics where she is coached by Tony Gehman and Ashley Umberger.
She resides in Morristown, NJ with her parents Dee Houser & Phil Houser.
In the fall, Sarah plans to attend college.

Academic Achievements:
Honors & AP Student
Honor Roll
National Honors Society
Spanish Honors Society

Gymnastics Achievements:
2016 Level 9 Regional Floor Champion
2016 Level 9 States 2nd Place Floor
2018 1st Place All-Around & Beam at Garden State Classic

Words of Wisdom:
“No matter how much it hurts, how dark it gets or no matter how far you fall, you are never out of the fight.” – Marcus Luttrell

Meet Melissa Astarita – 2018 Graduating Senior

Melissa Astarita is a Level 10 athlete training at Action Gymnastics where she is coached by Magdalena During, Tatiana & Val Tcheremnykh and Natasha & Yuri Tokareva.
She resides in Morganville, NJ with her parents Natalie and Mike.
In the fall, Melissa plans to attend Penn State University to study Mathematics.

Academic Achievements:
High Honor Roll 2015-2018
4.2 GPA
Italian Honor Society

Gymnastics Achievements:
Full-Ride Scholarship to Penn State University
2017 Level 10 Regional Qualifier
2017 Level 10 NJ State: 5th AA, 1st Vault, 4th Floor
2016 Level 10 Regionals: 4th Beam
2016 HS Shore Conference AA Champion
2015 Level 10 Regionals: 5th Floor
2015 NJSIAA Vault Champion
2014-2017 3 Time HS State Sectional AA Champion
2014 Level 10 Regional Qualifier
2013 Level 10 Regional Qualifier
2013 Level 10 NJ State Floor Medalist
2012 Level 9 Eastern National Vault Medalist
2012 Level 9 Regional Vault Champion
2012 Level 9 Regional AA, Beam & Floor Medalist
2012 Level 9 NJ State Vault Bronze Medalist
2012 Level 9 NJ State AA, Beam & Floor Medalist
2011 Level 8 Regional Qualifier
2011 Level 8 NJ State AA, Vault, Bars & Beam Medalist

Words of Wisdom:
“Start unknown, finish unforgettable”

Meet Emily Ferrarese – 2018 Graduating Senior

Emily Ferrarese is a Level 9 athlete training at Go for the Gold Gymnastics where she is coached by Ashley and Tim.
She resides in West Caldwell, NJ with her parents Frank and Kathy Ferrarese.
In the fall, Emily plans to attend college to study Biomedical Engineering.

Academic Achievements:
Math honor society
Honors and AP student

Gymnastics Achievements:
Level 8
2015 regional qualifier
2016 regional qualifier, and 3rd AA, 3rd on vault and 2nd on beam at states
2017 state vault champion and regional qualifier
Level 4-9 state qualifier

Words of Wisdom:
“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today”  -H. Jackson Brown

Meet Rachael Lukacs – 2018 Graduating Senior

Rachael  Lukacs is a Level 10 athlete training at North Stars Gymnastics where she is coached by Tony Gehman and Ashley Umberger.
She resides in Hillsborough, NJ with her parents Steven and Laurie Lukacs.
In the fall, Rachael plans to attend University of Georgia to study Criminal Justice/Criminal Psychology.

Academic Achievements:
High Honor Roll
High School Wall of Honor
National Honor Society 3yr member
Spanish National Honor Society member, President 2018 & Secretary 2017

Gymnastics Achievements:
Level10
7x state qualifier 2011-2018
4x state AA champion 2014-2016
5x State vault champion2012 2014-2017
NJ. State recorder Holder Jr A,B & Sr. A vault – 10.0. NJ State record holder in AA Jr A
7X Career vault score of 10.0
NJ Optional Gymnast of the Year 2016.
6x Region Qualifier 2011-2017
4x Region Champion 2014-2017
4x Region Vault Champion 2014-2017
Region Beam Champion 2015
Region Bars Champion 2016
6x National qualifier 2011-2017
3x National Champion 2014-2016
3x National Vault Champion 2014-2016
National Floor Champion 2016
4x  JO National Team member 2014-2016
4x NJ All Star Team Member2014-2017
5X Nastia Liukin Cup Qualifier 2014-2018
2014 Nastia  1st on vault & 1st on floor & 3rd on AA
2016 Nastia 1st on Vault,1st on floor& AA Champion
2017 Nastia  1st on floor & 2nd AA
2018 Nastia 1st on Vault
Full athletic scholarship to the University of Georgia

Words of Wisdom:
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Meet Sophia Restaino – 2018 Graduating Senior

Sophia Restaino is a Level 10 athlete training at North Stars Gymnastics where she is coached by Tony Gehman and Ashley Umberger.
She resides in Basking Ridge, NJ with her parents David and Leslie Restaino.
In the fall, Sophia plans to attend University of Pennsylvania to study Biomedical Engineering.

Academic Achievements:
National Honor Society
Honors, High Honors, Presidential Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) Student

Gymnastics Achievements:
2010: TOPS B Team
2011: Level 8 State & Regional Qualifier
2012: Level 9 State & Regional Qualifier
2015: Level 10 State & Regional Qualifier
2017: State, Regional and J.O. National Qualifier

Words of Wisdom:
“Never say never because limits, like fears, are often an illusion.” – Michael Jordan

Meet Olivia Raymond – 2018 Graduating Senior

Olivia Raymond is a Level 10 athlete training at North Stars Gymnastics where she is coached by Tony Gehman and Ashley Umberger.
She resides in Boonton Township, NJ with her parents Paul and Lisa Raymond.
In the fall, Olivia plans to attend George Washington University to study International Relations and Photojournalism.

Academic Achievements:
4.2 GPA
AP and Honors Student
GWU Presidential Academic Scholarship Award

Gymnastics Achievements:
2009 Tops “B” Team
3-Time JO Nationals Qualifier- 2014, 2016, 2017
2016 NJ Optional Gymnast of the Year
2016 Nastia Liukin Cup Qualifier & 2nd on Bars
Highest Level 10 All Around of 38.675 with 11 1st Place All-Around Finishes & 10 1st Place Finishes on Bars
2013 Level 9 Regionals-1st All Around
2013 Level 9 Eastern Championships- 3rd All Around
2014 Level 10 Regionals- 1st Vault, 2nd Bars & Beam, 2nd All Around
2015 Level 10 NJ States- 1st Bars, Floor, & All Around
2016 Level 10 Regionals- 1st Floor
2016 JO Nationals- 10th Bars, 4th Floor, 6th All Around
2017 Level 10 Regionals- 2nd Vault, Bars, & All Around
Full Athletic Scholarship to George Washington University

Words of Wisdom:
“Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Meet Raine Smith – 2018 Graduating Senior

Raine Smith is a Level 9 athlete training at North Stars Gymnastics where she is coached by Tony Gehman and Ashley Umberger.
She resides in Kendall Park, NJ with her parents Jennifer Smith and Louis Smith.
In the fall, Raine plans to attend college pursuing a Double Major – Kinesiology and Accounting.

Academic Achievements:
Honors, High Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) Student

Gymnastics Achievements:
Level 4 State Beam Champion
Level 4 State All-Around Bronze Medalist
Level 6 Atlantis Crown Bahamas Beam Champion
Level 7 State Beam Champion
Level 7 State Bars Bronze Medalist
Level 9 State Vault Champion
Level 9 State All-Around and Floor Silver Medalist
Level 9 State Bars Bronze Medalist
Level 9 Regional Qualifier
Level 9 Regional Vault Silver Medalist
Level 9 National Qualifier
Level 9 National Vault 4th Place Medalist
2018 Mallorca Gym Cup (Spain)

Words of Wisdom:
“Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.” – William Arthur Ward

Meet Angelina Minchillo – 2018 Graduating Senior

Angelina Minchillo is a Level 10 athlete training at TNT Elite Gymnastics where she is coached by Todd Weiss, Tom Kruppa and Chris Fennell.
She resides in Marlton, NJ with Edith Giordano.
In the fall, Angelina plans to attend the Quinnipiac University to study Physical Therapy.

Academic Achievements:
National Society of High School Scholars
National Honors Society Saint Thomas Aquinas Chapter
Honors with Distinction all four years of high school
Academic Achievement Awards in US History, Religion, Honors Algebra, Honors Geometry, Biology and Dance
Maria Goretti Religion Society
Sebastian Physical Education Society.

Gymnastics Achievements:
Scholarship to do Acrobatics and Tumbling at Quinnipiac University
State Qualifier Levels 4 through 9
Level 8
State and Regional Qualifier
Placed at Regional’s
Level 9
State and Regional Qualifier
Level 10 Event Specialist

Words of Wisdom:
Do not quit because of fears and anxiety, instead work hard and face them.

Meet Kelly Brady – 2018 Graduating Senior

Kelly Brady is a Level 9 athlete training at Paramount Gymnastics where she is coached by Ben Dungee and Katya Orlova.
She resides in Hillsborough, NJ with her parents James and Stacey Brady.
In the fall, Kelly plans to attend college to study Biology.

Academic Achievements:
Honor Roll

Gymnastics Achievements:
Level 8 Regional Qualifier 2016
NJSIAA Central 2 Sectional Champion Vault and Bars Champion 2016

Words of Wisdom:
“I never lose. I either win or learn.”

Meet Mariella Miele – 2018 Graduating Senior

Mariella Miele is a Level 10 athlete training at North Stars Gymnastics where she is coached by Tony Gehman and Ashley Umberger.
She resides in Basking Ridge, NJ with her parents Lisa and Valentine.
In the fall, Mariella plans to attend the University of New Hampshire to study Speech Therapy.

Academic Achievements:
Honor Roll
President of the USA Pride Club

Gymnastics Achievements:
Full Athletic  Scholarship to the University of New Hampshire
2014 Level 9 State Beam, Floor & AA Champion
2014 Level 9 Eastern AA national Champion
2015 Level 10 State & Regional Qualifier
2016 Level 10 State & Regional Qualifier
2017 Level 10 State & Regional Qualifier

Words of Wisdom:
Be thankful for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow.

Meet Stephanie Tripodi – 2018 Graduating Senior

Stephanie Tripodi is a Level 10 athlete training at North Stars Gymnastics where she is coached by Tony Gehman and Ashley Umberger.
She resides in Doyestown with her parents Christine and Pete.
In the fall, Stephanie plans to attend Arizona State University to study Film and Media Production.

Academic Achievements:
Honors Student
Deans Scholarship for Arizona State University

Gymnastics Achievements:
Level 8 State AA Champion
Level 8 Regional Qualifier
Level 9 Regional Qualifier
Level 9 Regional Floor Champion
Level 9 National Qualifier
Level 9 National Floor Champion
Level 10 NIT Qualifier

Words of Wisdom:
“Great moments… are born from great opportunity.” -Herb Brooks