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April 2013 Newsletter

Our newsletter for April 2013 is packed! You’ll find much sought after information on evaluation week and summer registration. Also, don’t forget our info meeting about cheer tryouts on April 23 at 8 pm. Additionally, attend the Forever Kelton fundraiser being hosted at the gym. It is Friday, April 19 from 6:30-9:30 and costs $15 per child. All proceeds will be used to support NICU research as the St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

April 2013

Tryouts for All Star Cheer Fast Approaching

Informational Meeting

8 pm on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in the lobby of Gem City Gymnastics & Tumbling

An informational meeting will be held at 8 pm on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in the lobby of Gem City Gymnastics & Tumbling. We will explain competitive all star cheer, the USASF, and the tryout process. We will also introduce the coaches, learn about practices, and discuss the time commitment and costs. This is all for your information. Attending this meeting in no way requires you to tryout.

It was a little over a year ago when Hope Cernea and I got the green light to start an all star cheer program here at Gem City. For years Hope and I have split the responsibilities of the cheer tumbling classes offered at the gym. We thought it was time for these accomplished athletes to have their due in a competitive arena.

All Star Cheer 2012-2013

All Star Cheer 2012-2013

Hope had experience as a college cheerleader and all star cheer competitor, and I had well… no idea about what to expect exactly. We completed coaching certification through the USASF, watched many YouTube videos, held tryouts, christened the squad the Gem City Outlaws, and got to work. We’ve learned so much—me especially! (The concept of an eight count, for example.)

I’m excited to report that the Gem City Outlaws have far exceeded our expectations with their performance and dedication! (Please note our regular practices during the school year begin every Saturday at 8:30 in the morning, so these kids have sacrificed some sleeping in.) They recently placed 2nd at the Gateway Championship in St. Louis and received an award for best tumbling of all divisions and levels. We could not be prouder of them.

We’re a little teary eyed that our first all star season is coming to a close, but this next year will surely prove to be just as fun. We cannot wait to meet the athletes who decide to tryout for the 2013-2014 season. One Gem City cheer tradition we’ve decided to begin is the adoption of a new team name for each season. We were the Gem City Outlaws for the 2012-2013. We have a few ideas for the next squad, but we’re still ruminating and nothing is settled yet.

We hope to see you at tryouts!

Congratulations Level 6 & 7 Girls at Illinois State Championship!

super_6&7_artworkSMWe are proud of our many level 6 & 7 athletes, who competed at the Super 6 & 7 State meet in St. Charles, Illinois. These athletes were: Hannah Brunier, Lexie Destefane, Olivia Kaufman, Charleigh Koch, Lauren Stupavsky, and Georgia Graham. We are happy to inform you that Olivia Kaufman earned 8th on uneven bars while Charleigh Koch earned 10th place on the floor exercise.

Cheer Places 2nd, Wins Best Tumbling

The Gem City Outlaw cheer squad had a strong 2nd place finish at the Gateway Championship in St. Louis. They competed in the senior level 2 division against four other squads. We were proud of them as this was their first cheer competition ever!

We were especially proud of their award for best tumbling. This is given to the team with the highest average tumbling score of the entire day, which means Gem City out tumbled all other squads, including the level 5 teams.

Keep your eyes out for information in the next couple weeks if you or your child is interested in trying out for next year’s cheer squad!

March Pizza Fun Night

Gem City will host its next pizza fun night on Friday, March 22 from 6:30 to 9:30. There’s even going to be an Easter egg hunt. $12 members, $15 non-members.

*A parent or guardian must be present to sign a waiver.

PFN Easter

Level 4 Girls Finish Strong at St. Louis Classic

Gem City proudly congratulates our level 4 girls on their strong  performance!

Gem City's level 4 gymnastics team receives their trophy at the St. Louis Classic meet. | Photo by Cinda Barnes

Gem City’s level 4 gymnastics team receives their trophy at the St. Louis Classic meet. | Photo by Cinda Barnes

St. Louis Classic logo 2013
We’re so proud of our level 4 team. They earned a 111.75 for 2nd place at the St. Louis Classic this past weekend! They were only beat .55 points. Their performance was exceptional, especially considering the large number of other quality athletes at the meet.

They all really put in the time and hard work need to excel at the gym. Keep up the good work!

WGEM Films Athlete Profiles


WGEM filmed athlete profiles in preparation for the AAU Illinois State Tumbling Champion, which Gem City will host this May. It will be the second time our gym and the Quincy community hosted the state competition. The athlete profiles will air in the spring as the date of the competition approaches.2013-AAU-State

How We Begin Every Saturday Morning!

A little fun throwing with the cheer squad this morning! We ♥ tossing people above our heads and to the ceiling. And, this is how we begin every Saturday morning–with cheer squad practice!

If you’re interested in Gem City’s cheer squad be on the lookout for information in March!

Gem City Competes at Huge Edwardsville Tumbling Meet

On February 9th and 10th Gem City competed at the Tumbling & Trampoline Winter Circus meet. It was hosted by the YMCA of Edwardsville. It was a great meet that ran ahead of schedule. We really loved this. This was especially impressive considering over 900 athletes competed! Needless to say the competition was fierce, but we fared well.

Scroll dow to read the results. Oh! As an added bonus you’ll find a video of one of Mick Bramlett’s passes below! Enjoy.

Results Tumbling & Trampoline Winter Circus meet 
Maggie Schutte: 4th – 38.8
Ryan McElroy: 2nd – 24.1
Abbey Redd: 3rd – 37.0
Leslie Dhom: 1st – 37.5
Carey Rodas: 5th – 35.6
Kobi Cookson: 7th – 34.7
Jaden Essig: 6th – 36.0
Reagan Smyser: 1st – 37.6
Bella Soltwedel: 6th – 35.4
Emily Lennox: 8th – 33.0
Mick Bramlett: 1st – 35.8
Kadence Haskins: 4th – 35.2
Olivia Brown: 6th – 35.8
Shelby Turgeon: 7th – 33.6
Kennady Fleer: 5th – 32.5
Katelyn Nelson: 8th – 35.6

Gem City will be closed for Thanksgiving from Nov 27 to Dec 1.More details here.