Meet Olivia Lowe – 2018 Graduating Senior

Olivia Lowe is a Xcel Diamond athlete training at Devlin Gymnastics coached by Kaitlyn, Donna, Ali, Kelly, April, Jamie B, Joe, Mary and Jamie S.
She resides in Wall, NJ with her parents Jamie and Ed.
In the fall, Olivia plans to attend Rhode Island College to major in Business Management.

Gymnastics Achievements:
2005 Level 5 Floor State Champion
2017 Xcel Diamond Bar Champion
2017 Xcel Diamond Team Champion Member
2018 Xcel Diamond Team Champion Member

Words of Wisdom:
You may see me struggle, but you will never see me quit.

Meet Julia Chinni – 2018 Graduating Senior

Julia Chinni is a Xcel Diamond athlete training at Madison Area YMCA coached by Christina Lopez and Ellen Gavin.
She resides in Madison, NJ with her parents Stephanie and Brian Chinni.
In the fall, Julia plans to attend Villanova University to major in Nursing.

Academic Achievements:
National Honors Society

 

Meet Maya Chalker – 2018 Graduating Senior

Maya Chalker is a Xcel Diamond athlete training at Madison Area YMCA coached by Ellen Gavin and Christina Lopez.
She resides in Madison, NJ with her parents Richard and Emi Chalker.
In the fall, Maya plans to attend University of Michigan.

Academic Achievements:
National Honor Society

 

Meet Shayna Lynn – 2018 Graduating Senior

Shayna Lynn is a Xcel Platinum athlete training at Devlin Gymnastics coached by Kaitlyn Grasso, Donna Tirrell, Ali Mitch, April Sayre, Jamie Berkheiser and Jamie Solheim.
She resides in Howell, NJ with her parents Michelle and Scott.
In the fall, Shayna plans to attend Rutgers University to major in Psychology.

Academic Achievements:
Rebel Scholar Award

Gymnastics Achievements:
4 Year Varsity Gymnast – Howell HS
2017-2018 Captain

Meet Alexandra Abeal – 2018 Graduating Senior

Alexandra Abeal is a Xcel Diamond athlete training at Devlin Gymnastics coached by Kaitlyn Grasso, Donna Tirrell, Ali Mitch, April Sayre, Jamie Berkheiser and Jamie Solheim.
She resides in Brick, NJ with her parents Anthony and Eleni.
In the fall, Alex plans to attend Stockton University to major in Elementary Education with a Special Education Minor.

Academic Achievements:
Honor Roll

Gymnastics Achievements:
4 Year All Round Varsity Gymnast for Brick Township High School
2  High School Years as Team Captain
Shore Conference and State Regional Qualifier all 4 years
Devlin Club Gymnast since the age of two

Words of Wisdom:
“Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.”

Meet Elena Gies – 2018 Graduating Senior

Elena Gies is a Xcel Diamond athlete training at Devlin Gymnastics coached by Kaitlyn Grasso, Donna Tirrell, Ali Mitch, April Sayre, Jamie Berkheiser and Jamie Solheim.
She resides in Howell, NJ with her parents Lisa and Don.
In the fall, Elena plans to attend Stevens Institute of Technology to major in Engineering.

Academic Achievements:
Commended Student for National Merit Scholarship
AP Scholar
NHS Member
Top 10 at Manalapan High School

Gymnastics Achievements:
JOGA State Qualifier
JOGA 5 State Champion
Xcel State Qualifier
Xcel Regional Qualifier

Words of Wisdom:
You can’t always be honest, and you can’t always be kind, but if you have the chance to be honestly kind, then make sure to take it.

Meet Audrey Biss – 2018 Graduating Senior

Audrey Biss is a Xcel Platinum athlete training at Giant Gymnastics where she is coached by Margaret Witt and John Skorski.
She resides in Sparta, NJ with her parents Pamela and Ken Biss.
In the fall, Audrey plans to attend Stevens Institute of Technology to major in Physics.

Academic Achievements:
Salutatorian of Sparta High School Class of 2018
National Merit Finalist
Member of the National, World Language, and Math Honors Societies

Gymnastics Achievements:
Four-time State Championships Qualifier

Meet Jessica Hoff – 2018 Graduating Senior

Jessica Hoff is a Xcel Diamond athlete training at Giant Gymnastics where she is coached by Jason.
She resides in Hackettstown, NJ with her parents Brian and Sharon Hoff.
In the fall, Jessica plans to attend college to major in Law Enforcement.

Academic Achievements:
Nominated for NYLF: Law and CSI
Straight A student at Warren Hills
Member of Streak Nation which helps in community events
Member of Junior Executives
Math, Science, and Spanish honor and AP student

Gymnastics Achievements:
2017 Platinum state all around and bar champion
2017 3rd place all around regional champion

Words of Wisdom:
“When life throws you a curve ball you have three options… duck, get hit, or swing”

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”

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