Hi my name is Hannah Hale and I competed Level 9 at Buckeye last year. As a senior, I am finishing out my gymnastics career by competing for my high school team at Worthington Kilbourne. I am going to attend Florida Southern College in the fall where I will play D2 lacrosse and study sports business. I have been a Buckeye gymnast for 11 years. I started as a Scarlett and Gray team member and then moved on to club gymnastics. This sport has been a huge part of my life and I will be forever grateful for all the opportunities that I’ve had because of it. Being a gymnast has taught me a lot over the years about commitment, motivation, hard work, and overcoming fear, especially on beam. Although floor is my favorite event, I am strong on beam and have earned state and regional titles. Beam has taught me the most about myself and about pushing myself to do things that I never thought I could do. It has taught me confidence, and to never give up. As I worked through all the frustration and self-doubt while learning new and scarier skills, especially on beam, thankfully my coaches were always there to support and push me out of my comfort zone. They convinced me that I could do almost anything if I believed it, as long as I stayed tight of course! I will definitely take with me all that I have learned from my coaches and this awesome sport that I will always love. I will most definitely miss some of my closest friends that I have made along the way, but most of all I will miss my coaches. They were like a second family to me. I grew up with them and sometimes spent more time with them than my own family. They taught me a lot of important life lessons and supported me through so many ups and downs. I will remember them forever and because of them, I am a better person and a stronger athlete. I will always be a Buckeye.
"Hi! My name is Sydney Hayashi and I will be graduating from Westerville Central High School in the spring. I started gymnastics when I was 2, and have been competing for the past 12 years. I am a fifth year level 10 and 3x national qualifier as well as regional beam champion in 2019! Throughout the years, I have made many so many great memories with my teammates that will last a lifetime. I will not only miss my teammates, but also my coaches who have watched me grow up and have become second parents to me. In the fall, I will be attending Michigan State University where I will be continuing both my academic and gymnastics careers. I cannot wait to see what my future has in store for me!!”
Ronnie Di Lorio
Hi! My name is Ronnie Di Iorio, and I will soon be graduating as an AP student from Dublin Jerome High School. I started gymnastics at four, and I joined Buckeye at the age of 10. I am a second year level 10, and I have placed top four on 3 events and the All Around at Eastern Nationals, and achieved both state and regional titles on multiple events. My coaches and teammates have supported and encouraged my growth, and I truly found a second home at Buckeye. I am forever thankful for the myriad opportunities I have been offered, the lifelong lessons, and my forever friends. After graduation I will be majoring in Political Science and French, and I plan to move forwards with gymnastics. I am excited to see what possibilities the future will bring, and I look forward to answering my next challenge with a smile.
"I’m Kendall George, and I’ve been a Buckeye Gymnast for 10 years. I’m a 6th year level 10 and a senior at Westerville Central High School. I’ve won many state titles as well as qualifying to level 10 Regionals each year and winning the Regional Beam title in 2018. I am also a two time JO National Qualifier. In my early years, I was a TOPS B Team Member. After graduation, I will attend Northern Illinois University on a full gymnastics scholarship to continue my academic and gymnastics careers. I want to study Sports Journalism/Broadcasting. I’m so blessed to have developed some of my greatest friendships here and memories that will last a lifetime. What I’ll miss most about Buckeye is my teammates and their constant support. I can’t wait for what my future holds!"
Olivia “LIV” Boone has been doing gymnastics since before she was 2 years old, spending eleven of the last eighteen years with Buckeye Gymnastics. She began competing with Buckeye at Level 4 starting in 4th grade and is now in her fourth year competing high school gymnastics for Olentangy schools. Liv’s favorite event has been beam, although she does well in vault and floor, too. Her most challenging event has always been bars! With Buckeye, she was an individual State Champion many times and qualified for regionals as part of Team Ohio three times. She’s competed on the Varsity gymnastics teams for Olentangy and Olentangy Berlin high schools, she’s been the MVG (Most Valuable Gymnast!) and an Individual State Qualifier for each of the last three years! And Liv is on target to accomplish this once more for her Senior year! She holds three school records with Olentangy High School & 4 school records so far with Olentangy Berlin but is on the way to breaking all of her own records this season! A superstition the last several years is that she HAS to put chapstick on right before any event, no matter what! Liv is a big believer in having to work for what you want and has achieved many goals with this attitude, much of it taught and lived doing gymnastics. After graduation, Liv plans to attend The Ohio State University majoring in nutrition. Liv would like to thank her coaches and teammates for pushing her to be her best and always encouraging her. She would also like to thank her parents for the countless hours they spent helping her get where she needed to be for practice and competitions and for being her #1 supporters.
My name is Avery Balser and I’ve been doing gymnastics since I was seven years old, this is my fifth year competing as a level ten. My favorite event by far is bars. After graduation, I will be attending Rutgers University on a full athletic scholarship where I plan to major in biology. My best memories from my time at Buckeye are the times spent with my teammates who also happen to be my best friends. Getting to travel all over the country doing what I love (gymnastics) with the people I love (my friends and family) has been an amazing experience. What I will miss most about Buckeye is spending everyday training with the best friends and the best coaches that I could’ve asked for. I will forever be thankful for my time at Buckeye!