Meet Courtney Driscoll – 2019 Graduating Senior

Courtney Driscoll/Level 9
ENA Paramus Gymnastics
Coaches: Craig Zappa, John Wojtczuk, Amy Ramadani, Lou Levine
Home Town: Oradell, NJ
Parents: Dan & Jennifer Driscoll
Courtney plans to attend college to major in Business.

Academic Achievements:
Honor Roll all four years of High School
National Honors Society Member

Gymnastics Achievements:
2017 Level 9 State All-Around Champion
2017 Level 9 Regional Floor Champion
2x Eastern National Qualifier, 2015 & 2017

Words of Wisdom: “To be a champ you have to believe in yourself when no one else will.” – Sugar Robinson

Meet Ariyana Agarwala – 2019 Graduating Senior

Ariyana Agarwala/Level 10
Action Gymnastics
Coach: Magdalena During
Home Town: Edison, NJ
Parents: Dr. Atul and Zenith Agarwala
Ariyana plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania to major in Health Sciences.

Academic Achievements:
-Distinguished Honor Roll
-First Honor Roll
-AP Student
-Chinese Honor Society
-Member of NSHSS
-Donor and member of American Red Cross Society
-Maintained above 4.0 GPA

Gymnastics Achievements:
-2018 Level 10 Regional Qualifier 
-2018 Level 10 NJ States: 4th Bars
-2017 JO Nationals Beam medalist
-2017 Level 10 Regionals: 6th AA, 7th Bars; Beam
-2017 Level 10 NJ States Beam Champion and 5th AA
-2016 Junior Olympic National Qualifier 
-2016 Level 10 Regionals: 2nd AA; Vault, 3rd Beam, 4th Bars, 6th Floor
– 2015 Level 10 Regional Qualifier 
– 2015 Level 10 NJ States: 3rd Bars
-2015-2018: “Fall Athlete of the Year”
-2015-2018: NJSIAA GMC Champion
-2015-2018: NJSIAA Sectional Champion
-2015 and 2018 NJSIAA Bar Champion
-2014 Level 9 Eastern National Qualifier
-Level 4 State Champion and Record breaker 
-Level 5 State Champion
-Level 8 Beam State Record holder
-2016, 2017 & 2018 High School Varsity Gymnastics Captain

Words of Wisdom: “The key to success is through hard work and self-determination, not always by luck.”

Meet Vanessa Deniz – 2019 Graduating Senior

Vanessa Deniz/Level 10
Arena Gymnastics
Coaches: Ann and Valdi Kolasa
Home Town: Millstone, NJ
Parents: Mariela and Richard Deniz
Vanessa plans to attend the University of Oklahoma.

Gymnastics Achievements:
2008 Level 4 AA and Beam Champion
2009 Level 5 Floor Champion
2010 Level 6 Beam Champion
2012 Level 9 Regional Qualifier
6x Level 10 Regional Qualifier
2017 Level 10 States: 2nd Bars, 3rd Floor, 3rd AA
2017 Level 10 Regionals: 3rd Beam, 5th Bars, 5th Floor, 4th AA
2017 JO National Qualifier
2017 JO Nationals:7th Beam
2018 Level 10 States: Beam Champion, 2nd Vault, 3rd Floor, 2nd AA
2018 Level 10 Regionals: 1st Bars, 1st Beam, 1st Floor, AA Champion
2018 JO Nationals Qualifier
2018 JO Nationals: 4th Vault, 4th Bars, 4th Floor, 9th AA
2018 Region 7 All-Star Team Member
Full Athletic Scholarship to the University of Oklahoma

Words of Wisdom: God’s plans for your life will always be greater and more beautiful than all your disappointments. Never stop trusting. Never stop believing. Never give up. Your day will come.

Meet Samantha Kelly – 2019 Graduating Senior

Samantha Kelly/Level 10
TNT Elite Gymnastics
Coaches: Todd Weiss, Tom Krupa, Kristine Keppol and Chris Fennell
Home Town: Mullica Hill, NJ
Parents: Barbara & Gerald Kelly
Samantha plans to attend West Chester University to major in Kinesiology.

Academic Achievements:
National Honors Society
World Language National Society
Tri-M Musical Honors Society

Gymnastics Achievements:
2019- Level 10 State Qualifier
2018- Level 10 State and Regional Qualifier
2016- Level 9 State and Regional Qualifier
2015- Level 8 State and Regional Qualifier 
Committed to West Chester University for Gymnastics

Words of Wisdom: “It’s not about being the best.  It’s about being better than you were yesterday.” ~unknown

Meet Amanda Cashman – 2019 Graduating Senior

Amanda Cashman/Level 10
Arena Gymnastics
Coaches: Ann and Valdi Kolasa
Home Town: Belle Mead, NJ
Parent: Cecile Cashman
Amanda plans to attend the University of Georgia to major in Business.

Gymnastics Achievements:
Full Athletic Scholarship to the University of Georgia
2009 level 4 state AA champion
2012 level 8 regional qualifier
2013, 2014 level 9 national qualifier
2015, 2017, 2018 level 10 national qualifier
2015, 2017, 2018 region 7 all star team member
2016 Nastia Liukin Cup qualifier
2016 Nastia Liukin Cup 3rd AA, 1st FX
2017, 2018 level 10 regional AA champion
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 level 10 state AA champion

Words of Wisdom: Listen to your Mom.

Meet Shelly Katz – 2019 Graduating Senior

Shelly Katz/Level 8
Northern Elite Gymnastics and Cheer
Coaches: Jackie & Sergio Estrada, Kim Forrest, and Sue Fellini
Home Town: Long Valley, NJ
Parents: Andrea and Jason Katz
Shelly plans to attend Quinnipiac University to major in Physical Therapy.

Academic Achievements:
Honor and High Honor Roll throughout High School
National Honor Society
Spanish Honor Society 
Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish

Gymnastics Achievements:
Level 4 GFA National Champion team member
Level 5 Floor State Champion; State Record
Level 6 Floor and All-Around State Champion; New Floor State Record
Level 8 Floor State Champion; New Floor State Record
Commitment to Quinnipiac University’s Acrobatics and Tumbling Team

Words of Wisdom: “Trust the process” and always show your “true colors.”

Region 7 Pre-Season Prep Training Camp Info

Registration for the Region 7 Pre-Season Prep Training CampJuly 12-14, 2019 at Arena Gymnastics, Hamilton, NJ, is now open.  Please see the attached brochure for registration instructions HERE.

This camp is for JO gymnasts in Region 7, planning to compete Levels 8-10 in 2020.  It is a sanctioned event, and all athletes must attend with a coach.

New:  The Level 9/10s are scheduled for Fri/Sat and the Level 8s Sat/Sun.  

The schedule is listed in the brochure.  We will accept the first 100 per camp registered, with payment, on a first come, first served basis. We are excited about this outstanding event, and anticipate it filling quickly.  

The registration deadline is June 1, or sooner if the camp fills.  There are no refunds after June 1.

Thanks all, and best of luck with the rest of your season!
Linda Johnson/Region 7 JOCCUSA Gymnastics
Cell: (443) 569-9412

Level 6/7 Vault Info

Level 6/7 Vaulting
With all the new optional changes this year, the one that we seem to have the most discussion about is the Level 6/7 vault. Whenever a new concept comes along, there is a period of adjustment as we all strive to determine what the key components are and how they translate into a score – what makes a vault a 9.0 as opposed to an 8.0. During this time of adjustment, unfortunately as a result, sometimes scores may fluctuate. The same was true when the flat back vault was first introduced. 

The USA Gymnastics website has two great educational webinars on the Level 6/7 vault. The first is Tom Koll’s presentation, “Women’s Junior Olympic Vault – Levels 6/7, where he discusses the expectations of the vault, shows a number of vaults in regular and slow motion, and states the deductions that would be taken in each phase. Here is the link:

The second webinar, “Complimentary Level 6/7 Vault Practice Judging Video – 2018 – 2022” does the same, but also shows a range of scores for each vault. Here is the link:

Both webinars are well done and will help us all to better understand the expectations and evaluation of the Level 6/7 vaults. 

Wishing you all a great rest of the season,
Bonnie Ann Synol/NJ-USA Gymnastics Education Representative 

Meet Sophie Eichler – 2019 Graduating Senior

Sophie Eichler/Level 9
Go for the Gold Gymnastics
Coach: Tim Rajkumar
Home Town: Short Hills, NJ
Parents: Robin and Joel Eichler
Sophie plans to attend the Washington University in St Louis.

Academic Achievements:
Graduating with Honors

Gymnastics Achievements:
2013 Level 6 States: 1st Place Bars, 4th AA
2014 Level 7 States: 2nd Place AA and Vault
2017 Level 8 States: 2nd Place Vault, 3rd Place Beam and AA
2017 Level 8 Regionals: 2nd Place AA
2018 USAIGC Gold States: 1st Place Vault, Bars, and AA
2018 USAIGC Gold Regionals: 1st Place Bars
2018 USAIGC Gold Worlds: 1st Place Bars, Beam AA
2019 Level 9 State Qualifier

Words of Wisdom: “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.”– Confucius

Meet Colleen Addario – 2019 Graduating Senior

Colleen Addario/Level 10
Premier Gymnastics
Coaches: Jen and Austyn Fobes
Home Town: Lincroft, NJ
Parents: Ellen & Jim Addario
Colleen plans to attend the University of New Hampshire to major in Primary Education.

Academic Achievements:
National Honor Society
High Honor Roll

Gymnastics Achievements:
2018 Level 10 States 2nd Beam; 6th Vault
    Regional Qualifier
2017 Level 10 States 3rd Beam; 5th Vault
    Regionals 3rd Beam 
    JO National Qualifier 
2016 Level 10 State Qualifier
         Regional Qualifier
2015 Level 9 States 4th Vault; 5th Floor
  Regional Qualifier 4 AA; 2nd Beam
Eastern National Qualifier 8AA; 2nd Beam; 3rd Floor 
2014 Level 9 States 4 AA; Beam Champion; 5th Vault
2013 Level 8 States 5 Vault
2012 Level 7 States 5th Floor
2011 Level 6 States 2nd AA; Beam and Vault Champion
2010 Level 5 States AA Champion ; Beam and Floor Champion
2009 Level 4 States Floor Champion
High School Gymnastics Captain 2 years
1st Team All Shore; 2nd Team All State
School Record Holder AA 38.9; Vault, Bars, Floor

Words of Wisdom: Don’t compare your life to others. Theres no comparison between the sun and the moon, they shine when it’s their time.

Meet Molly Stauffer – 2019 Graduating Senior

Molly Stauffer/Level 8
Rettig’s Gymnastics
Coaches: Kaitlyn Schulz and Jon Corbitt
Home Town: Bernardsville, NJ
Parents: Amy and Chuck Hendershot
Molly plans to attend college to major in Physical Therapy.

Academic Achievements:
National Honors Society
4 Year Honor Roll
Freshmen Year Academic Excellence
4 Year Scholar Athlete

Gymnastics Achievements:
USAG Levels 4-8 State Qualifier
JOGA Levels 3 & 4 State Qualifier
2016 JOGA Level 3 States: 2nd Bars, 5th AA
2013 JOGA Level 4 States: 6th Beam

Meet Alexandra Karpousis – 2019 Graduating Senior

Alexandra Karpousis/Level 10
TNT Elite Gymnastics
Coaches: Todd Weiss, Tom Krupa, Kris Moulder, Chris Fennell
Home Town: Voorhees, NJ
Parents: Karen and Tom Karpousis
Alexandra plans to attend University of Pennsylvania to major in Bio-Chemistry.

Academic Achievements:
National Honor Society
French National Honor Society
Eastern Student of the Month
Gifted and Talented Award Recipient

Gymnastics Achievements:
2019 – Level 10 NJ State Qualifier
2017 – Level 10 NJ State Qualifier
2015 – Level 9 NJ State and Regional Qualifier

Words of Wisdom: While this sport can be challenging, remember the invaluable lessons it taught you. Even when your years of gymnastics are long behind you, the dedication, work ethic and friendships it provided will stay with you forever.

Meet Savannah Jenks – 2019 Graduating Senior

Savannah Jenks/Level 8
Madison Area YMCA Rosettes
Coach: Ellen Gavin, Christina Lopez and Vladimir Peleksic
Home Town: Chatham, NJ
Parents: Sue and Ken
Savannah plans to attend Saint Joseph’s University to major in Elementary and Special Education.

Academic Achievements:
-National Honor Society
-Spanish National Honor Society
-Bell Award recipient
-Honor Roll

Gymnastics Achievements:
Boxes of medals, trophies, and ribbons will be put up into my attic, but the memories and accomplishments I achieved with my teammates and coaches will stick with me forever.

Words of Wisdom: “Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit.” -Mary Lou Retton

Meet Nicole Kane – 2019 Graduating Senior

Nicole Kane/Level 10
North Stars
Coach: Ashley Umberger
Home Town: Wyckoff, NJ
Parents: Suzanne and Michael Kane
Nicole plans to attend Penn State University to major in Athletic Training.

Academic Achievements:
Honor Roll
World National Honor Society

Gymnastics Achievements:
2016 Level 9 Eastern Nationals: 9th AA, 5th Bars
2016 Level 9 Regionals: 2nd AA, 1st Bars, 3rd Floor 
2016 Level 9 NJ State: 2nd AA, Beam & Floor, 4th Bars
2015 Level 9 Eastern Nationals: 6th AA, 1st Bars
2015 Level 9 Regionals: 1st AA & Bars, 2nd Floor
2013 Level 8 Regional Qualifier

Words of Wisdom: Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t. – Rikki Rogers

Meet Ariana Agrapides – 2019 Graduating Senior

Ariana Agrapides/Level 10
Premier Gymnastics
Coaches: Jen and Austyn Fobes
Home Town: Bayville, NJ
Parents: John and Danielle Agrapides
Ariana plans to attend the University of Iowa.

Academic Achievements:
National Honors Society 
4.0 GPA 
Honor Roll

Gymnastics Achievements:
2013 Level 10 States: 1st Vault, 2nd AA
– Regional Qualifier: 1st Vault, 3rd AA 
– JO National Qualifier: 2nd Vault, 9th AA 
– 2013 Junior National Vault Champion 
2014 Junior National Championship Qualifier 
2017 States: 3rd AA 
– Regional Qualifier: 2nd Vault, 3rd AA 
– JO National Qualifier 
2018 States: 3rd AA 
– Regional Qualifier: 1st Vault, 4th AA 
– JO National Qualifier: 6th Vault 
Attending the University of Iowa on a  full gymnastics scholarship

Words of Wisdom: “Everyone’s dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard” – Serena Williams

8/9/10 Pre-Regional NJ Clinics

There will be a Level 9/10 Clinic/Practice Meet for those gymnasts who qualified for Regionals on Sunday, March 31st at Devlin Gymnastics. See attached flyer. 

There will also be a Clinic for the NJ Level 8 Super Eight team on Saturday, March 30th at Devlin beginning at 2 pm. The Super Eight Team will be comprised of the 8 highest AA gymnasts from the Level 8 State Meet. 

Forms can be given to Bonnie Synol at your state meets. 

9/10 Clinic Flyer HERE
Clinic Registration Form HERE