March Magic for Atlantic Dover

March began as a whirlwind for the girls of the Atlantic Gymnastics Dover Xcel team. Over the weekend of March 3rdand 4th Atlantic’s athletes were spread throughout the eastern coastline. Dover’s Bronze and Silver teams competed in the first annual Noha’s Invitational at the Hampshire Dome in —–, NH while the Gold, Platinum, and Diamond teams traveled to South Carolina to the Coastal Classic where they would test their grit against teams from all over the south. Atlantic was well represented in both competitions where all the girls put on their game face and let their hard work shine.

The Bronze team was divided into two age division: Junior and Senior. Izzy Rothwell and Maddie Bickford represented Atlantic in the Junior age group. Izzy was strong on bars keeping her legs glued together earning 1stplace with a 9.55. Maddie took 1st in the all-around with a 37.5. In the Senior group Annette Morris earned 1st place on floor with a beautifully executed routine. Lily Nutter, who has been working hard on bars, earned 2nd place. Hannah Dunbar took 1st on vault, beam and in the all-around. Hannah also earned the judge’s award on beam impressing them with her confidence. Additionally, Hannah earned the award for the highest all-around of the Bronze session! Kaylee Corman earned the judge’s award on floor for her flawless presentation and took 2nd place on beam. Mollie O’Connor earned 1st on bars with a 9.5. Anna Wolusky was strong across the board earning 2nd place in the all-around. Aaliyah Stancil was powerful on vault earning a 9.05. Gracie Blanchette showed off her strength on bars earning a 9.15. With ten Bronze team members competing, Atlantic coaches are proud to announce that as tricky as beam can be, there were no falls! The Bronze team earned 1st place!

Noha Bronze

It was Silver’s turn next to compete. There were six Silver’s representing Atlantic split into three age divisions: Youth, Junior and Senior. In the Youth division Sam Bishop was strong on floor performing her advanced tumbling pass earning 2nd place. Gracie Schmidt took 1st on floor showing off her fabulous dance. Katherine Indelicato, part of the Junior division, rocked the beam with a solid routine and took 1st place. Bea VanCampen took 1st on floor presenting a beautiful routine and also earning the judge’s award for finishing with a smile. In the Senior division Adurey Choate placed 1st on vault, floor and all-around. Evy Ashburner performed her round-off back handspring for the first time and earned 2nd on bars and beam. The Silver team finished in 2nd place.

Noha Silver

Atlantic’s Gold team was represented by four members: Annie Beikman, Renee Remick, Brooke Helliwell, and Savanah Hughes. The girls were divided into three ages divisions based on age but all scores contributed to the team overall regardless of age division. Savanah had a stellar performance on floor where she stuck her tumbling passes and impressed the judges for a 4th place finish. This was Renee’s first meet back after an injury and competed with complete composure. Renee earned 5th on bars with a 9.35. Brooke was consistent across the board taking 2nd place on bars, beam, floor and all-around. Annie was honored as a Senior competitor. She will be attending Keene State in the fall and will be truly missed. Annie was beautiful on beam after a shaky warm up and earned 2nd place while receiving 3rd in the all-around. The top three scores on each even contribute to the team total and the Gold team took 4th place with a total of 106.375.

Coastal Classic Gold

Overcoming injuries, and with other commitments finished, this was the first meet since the start in November Atlantic’s Platinum gymnasts represented with a complete team! The girls were excited but confident as they started their meet. Gianna Coppola, who has been focused on mastering her bar routine, earned 1st place scoring a 9.525. Tori Downey, always a confident competitor, showed her skills on beam earning 4th place. Bethany Howard, a powerful tumbler, wowed the judges with her Michael Jackson moon-walk on floor for a 1st place finish. With only three members, all scored contributed to the team total. The girls worked hard and walked away with a 2nd place Platinum finish.

Coastal Classic Platinum

This is Atlantic Dover’s first year with a Diamond team, the highest level of Xcel. Sarah Bieniek, Alexa Nelson, and Audrey Stuart, all dedicated young women, showed that hard work pays off. Sarah performed her more difficult vault and landed both during the competition, a huge success! She was rewarded with a 2nd place finish and a 9.275. Audrey and Alexa, both in the same age division, were neck and neck throughout the competition. Audrey took 1st on vault, bars and in the all-around while Alexa earned 1st on beam and floor. The Diamond team took home 1st place (with all three girls’ scores contributing to the team total) with a 110.3, beating out five other teams for the gold!

Coastal Classic Diamond

Atlantic will compete next at the A2X2 Invite hosted by A2 Gym & Cheer at the end of March.


What’s Going On This Week on the Seacoast 2/20/18

The Winter Olympics are in full swing! I am now nearly an expert in the rules of Curling! Can you believe that one of the Olympic Athletes from Russia’s Curling team tested positive for performance enhancing drugs?! I am not knocking curling, I am sure it takes a great deal of SKILL and certainly some flexibility but I am not sure about the amount of athletic ability it takes. How embarrassing to not be in good enough physical shape to be on a curling team with out taking PED’s.

The temperatures are warming up this week. Time to finally get the Christmas lights off your house. Before you get too excited about planting your garden remember that the AVERAGE snowfall totals for March is just over 10 inches. I know I plan on keeping the plow on the truck for at least a few more weeks.

Here is a list of things to do this week. Remember you can always check Seacoast Kids Calendar for a quick rundown of what’s going on and last minute things to do.

I am starting my annual spring diet. So of course I dream about sweets. If you are looking to satisfy your sweet tooth there are a few places to do a chocolate tasting.

Taza Chocolate Factory Tours
561 Windsor Street, Somerville, MA (617) 284-2232
Cost: $8/$6 per person
Hours: Monday–Sunday every week; Online reservations are required
Hop in your car and head south over the border and you’ll hit Taza Chocolate Factory in Somerville, MA, where they make 100% stone ground, Mexican-style organic dark chocolate. Tours here run 7 days a week (note: no chocolate production on the weekends), are approximately 60 minutes and length and are recommended for ages 10 and up due to the educational focus. On Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am, they offer the Cacao Scouts Kid’s Tour, a special abbreviated tour for families with children under the age of 10 for $6. The public tour costs $8 per person and online reservations are required by visiting or calling (617) 284-2232.

Harbor Sweets Factory Tours
Palmer Cove, 85 Leavitt Street, Salem MA
Hours: Tours are given on most Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00am. It’s best to call for information. (800) 234-4860
Cost: Free
In historic Salem, MA, you’ll find Harbor Sweets where employees still make all of their famous “Sweet Sloops” and other delicious candies by hand. Tours are offered weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am and are free to the public. Reservations are not required but it’s recommended to call first to confirm tour times. If you haven’t filled up on the samples, visit their old-fashioned shop next door and pick up some goodies for later. There’s plenty of family-friendly stuff to do in this great town so make a day-trip out of your visit! For info, visit or call (800) 234-4860.


Wilbur’s of Maine Factory Tours
174 Lower Main Street, Freeport, ME 04032
Cost: $3.50 per person
Hours: February 20, 21 & 24; 11:00am-2:00pm
If you’re headed up to Maine, visit family owned and operated Wilbur’s of Maine in Freeport for a factory tour. Take a hands-on tour of their facilities, learn the company’s history, eat a bunch of samples and even make your own candy. Cost is $3.50 per person and tours run every half hour. No reservations are required. They run tours monthly so visit for more info or call (207) 865-4071.

Tuesday  20 February  7:00 p.m.

The Disaster Artist

Portsmouth Music Hall
Cost: $9 – $12
Event Category:

Wednesday, 21 February, 2018    

Foodworks with Hannaford at CMNH

Children’s Museum of NH  6 Washington Street
Dover, NH 03820

 Are you or your child getting bored with the same on-the-go snacks such as containers of cereal or crackers? Join us to make and take home a variety of healthy on-the-go snack ideas that will spice up snacks for your whole family! FoodWorks is sponsored by Hannaford. Free with museum admission.

Thursday, 22 February  10:30

Story Time with the Animals at the NHSPCA

104 Portsmouth Avenue
Stratham, NH 03885

Phone: (603) 772-2921
Website: Click to Visit

So fun! Story Time with the Animals is for kidsages 2-5 years. Come join is in the Humane Education Classroom at the NHSPCA’s Learning Center for Pets and People every Thursday at 10:30am. Children listen to a story about an animal, color a picture of an animal and visit with REAL animals in the classroom (hamsters, bunnies, birds, chinchillas and sometimes kittens, awwww!). No registration is required. A donation of $5.00 is suggested and appreciated.

Friday, 23 February

Comic Hypnotist Frank Santos Jr.

Rochester Opera House
31 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867
(603) 335-1992
Cost: $22 – $24
Frank Santos, Jr. has been mesmerizing audiences for over 20 years with his spectacular display of mind bending antics that can turn any skeptic into a fan. No two shows are ever the same as the audience becomes the stars.
Under his hypnotic spell, audience members are more than willing to follow every command, from awkward to outrageous in the unpredictable, hilarious, laugh until your sides hurt R-rated comedy show. Santos is returning to our stage by popular demand for an eighth season.
The show starts at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) on Friday, Feb. 23. Tickets start at $22-$24.  Reserve tickets online or call the box office 603-335-1992, M/W/F from 10a.m.-5 p.m. and two hours before the show.

Saturday 23 February

Parents Night Out.
6:00-9:00 PM
$30 per child
Call to reserve your spot 603-433-0404

Monday 2/26- Friday 3/2

February Vacation Camps for children ages 3.5-12,
$30 per child, $15 for siblings
Call to reserve your spot 603-740-3547


Meet Results- Atlantic Dover

Atlantic Freezes the Competition at Frostbite Invitational

Atlantic Dover’s Xcel team competed at the Frostbite Invite hosted by Dudziak’s Gymnastics at Biddeford High School where teams from all over New England participated. Atlantic competed in all five Xcel divisions: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. Each division was evenly split into age groups: Youth, Junior, Intermediate and Senior.

The Bronze team was ready to go bright and early Saturday morning on February 10th. Lily Nutter, part of the Junior division, has been working hard perfecting her vault and earned 1st place. Lily performed well on the other three events and took home 1st place all-around. Maddie Bickford nailed her beam routine with a beautiful handstand placing 1st with a 9.35. Izzy Rothwell has beautiful presentation on floor and worked hard perfecting her tumbling passes, the judges agreed and Izzy earned 1st on floor. Aaliyah Stancil, part of the Senior division, had an aggressive run on vault and earned a 9.325. Anna Wolusky, always a tough competitor, had a strong handstand shape throughout her vault and took home 1st. Hannah Dunbar, a first year Xcel team member, remained calm under pressure earning 2nd for her bar and floor routine. Hannah took home 1st for her beautifully solid beam routine. Sierra Rose stayed strong on beam with a beautiful turn placing 3rd. Gracie Blanchette is a powerhouse on bars and earned a 9.325. Annette Morris has beautiful artistry on floor with strong presentation earning a 9.675 and 1st place. The Bronze team earned 1st place! Frostbite Bronze 2018.jpg
The Silver team was next to compete early on Sunday morning of February 11th. In the Youth age group, Amari Thornton, a first time Silver competitor, was amazing on floor. Her tumbling was flawless, earning 1st place. Gracie Schmidt placed 1st in the all-around with strong finish on each of the four events. Samantha Bishop has been working hard perfecting her routine on beam. Hard work pays off and Sam took home 1st place on beam with a 9.325. Katherine Indelicato, part of the Junior age group, was calm and poised during beam and nailed her cartwheel placing 1st. Averie Marcotte stole the show with her floor routine, her leap pass had beautiful execution and she took 1st with a 9.325. Sofie Gibson, also a first time Silver competitor, had the meet of her life. Sofie placed on each event and took home 1st on bars and in the all-around. Because of Sofie’s high all-around score (37.475) she was also awarded the Iceberg Award which is given to the gymnast with the highest all-around of the entire meet regardless of age. Kathryn Demerast was close on Sofie’s heels and took 2nd in the all around with a 37.35. In the Senior division, Bea VanCampen performed an amazing beam routine where she stuck her cartwheel, a skill she has been struggling with, and placed 1st with a 9.6! Cate Palmer shined on floor performing to 24K Gold by Bruno Mars taking 1st with a 9.45. She also earned 1st in the all-around. Evy Ashburner finished strong on beam with beautiful artistry for 2nd place. Audrey Choate was a strong vaulter and took 1st with a 9.6. Atlantic also took 1st place in the team division.
Frostbite Silver 2018.jpg
The Gold team came in ready to perform. Brooke Kelly, part of the Youth division, was tight and controlled on bars placing 3rd. In the Junior age group, Savanah Hughes had a beautiful cast on bars placing 2nd with a 9.5. Brooke Helliwell also performed well on bars with huge swings earning 1st place. Brooke also showed off her Footloose floor routine scoring a 9.45 for a 1st place finish. Sophie Lusenhop, part of the Intermediate age group, was aggressive in her front handspring vault earning 3rd place. Morgan Koskela had a great run and strong repulsion off vault for 4th place finish. Cadence Howard amped up her vault placing 2nd. In the Senior division Jillian Driscoll and Annie Beikman were top performers with Jillian taking 2nd place all-around and Annie earning 1st. The Gold team placed 1st! Frostbite Gold 2018.jpg
In the Platinum level Anya Marengo, part of the Junior division, performed her heart out on floor earning 2nd place. Gianna Coppola has been working hard improving her bar routine and earned 1st place. In the Senior division Bethany Howard competed on bars and beam due to an injury. Bethany pushed hard through her beam routine earning an 8.75. In the Diamond division, all the girls were part of the same age group. Sarah Bieniek attempted a new vault and earned an 8.8. Alexa Nelson flew high on floor with a 9.55 for 2nd place. Audrey Stuart stuck her beam routine with a beautiful acro connection earning 1st place. Audrey also received the Iceberg award for the highest all-around of the Diamond session!
Frostbite Plat Dia 2018.jpg
Atlantic will compete next in Myrtle Beach with their Gold, Platinum and Diamond gymnasts over the first weekend in March!

Dover JO Gymnasts Heat Up During Icy Competitions


Atlantic Gymnastics JO Level 3 and Level 4 girls have done a great job competing in back to back competitions over the span of two Saturdays. On February 3rd they competed at the Friendship classic hosted by Granite State Gymnastics and February 10th the girl competed in Maine at the Dudziak’s Gymnastics Frostbite Invite.


At the Friendship Classic, Avery Smith  our solo Level 3 gymnast and came in fully prepared. She rocked it on every event- scoring 9.6 on Vault for 1st place, 9.2 on Bars for 5th, 9.35 on Beam for 4th place, and 9.4 on floor placing her 2nd! Her  All Around score of 37.55 placed her 2nd !  The officials at this meet pick out one girl per session on each event to give a special award to for doing an outstanding job and Avery was given the Bars and Beam award!

With four Level 4 competitors at the Friendship Classic; Ava Birarelli, Norah Knowles, Virginia Hudson, and Kaia Buensuceso- these girls also came ready to give it their best. On Vault, all the girls placed- Ava’s score of 8.925 placed her 2nd in her age group, Norah with an 8.975 placed 2nd in her age group, Virginia had an 8.6 putting her 9th, and Kaia came in 1st place with a 9.375! Ava and Norah placed 2nd and 3rd on Bars with an 8.9 and 8.8 respectively. Ava placed 3rd on Beam with an 8.8, Norah 8th and also got an 8.8, and Kaia placed 4th with a 9.05. Everyone stuck their beam routine! On Floor Ava again placed 3rd  with an 8.675, Norah received 2nd with a 9.0, and Kaia took 1st with a 9.325. Kaia’s excellent floor routine earned her the Judges award! Each girl placed in the All Around- Ava 1st 35.3, Norah 2nd 35.575, Virginia 12th 33.425, and Kaia 4th 35.4. The Level 4 girls earned the 3rd Place Team Award for their outstanding work at this Meet! Nice Job!

At The Frostbite Invite, Avery continued to do a great job representing Atlantic. She had her head in the game and came out on top at first place in the All Around with a total score of 37.35! She came in 2nd on Vault, Bars, and Beam, with scores of 9.425, 9.175, and 9.4 and took 3rd on Floor with a 9.35. Keep up the great work Avery!

The four Level 4’s came ready to work once again and had a great deal of competition. Virginia place 5th on Vault with an 8.85 and had a total all round of 33.825. Kaia placed 2nd on Vault with a 9.0 and 4th on Floor with an 8.95 and came in 8th for the All Around with a 34.675. Norah placed 3rd in the All Around with a 35.575, she placed 3rd on Vault 9.0, 2nd on Bars 9.225, and 6th on Floor 8.825. Ava came in 5th in her age group with a 35.85, she placed 8th on Vault 8.75, 3rd on Bars 9.425, and 8th on Beam 9.075. Nice work Level 4 Team!


Atlantic’s JO Team girls will begin preparing to compete at their State Meets. Be sure to keep an eye out for more news on these athletes!

Want to be an Elite Snowboarder- Join a gymnastics club!

Winter Olympics: Why are teenagers SO good at snowboarding?

Red Gerard
Red Gerard, was doing incredible “man-sized tricks” at the age of 10, attracting the attention of big-name sponsors.

They are not even old enough to vote yet but Americans Red Gerard and Chloe Kim are already Olympic champions.

Gerard, 17, upset the odds to take gold in the men’s snowboarding slopestyle at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, beating competitors as much as 12 years his senior.

Kim, also 17, dominated the women’s halfpipe field to take victory on day four of the Games.

But these teenagers are by no means anomalies in the wider snowboarding community.

Ski Sunday’s Ed Leigh, who has followed the sport’s progression for over 25 years says this is the way the sport is going.

“Experience certainly has its benefits but a lot of the older riders aren’t prepared to take the risks the youngsters are,” Leigh said.

“Some of the world’s best are as young as 13, and in controlled environments, they are capable of incredible feats”.

(Depressingly, the “older” riders to whom he refers are not even in their late 20s, by the way)

So why aren’t the so-called “world’s best” in Pyeongchang?

According to Leigh, Japan’s Kokomo Murase is “probably the best female snowboarder in the world right now, but at 13 it would be too soon to compete on this Olympic stage.

“It would be like putting a 13-year-old in a Formula 1 car”, Leigh said.

“It doesn’t matter how good they are at driving go-karts, you can’t give them that much power.”

Gerard, was doing incredible “man-sized tricks” at the age of 10, attracting the attention of big-name sponsors.

“But if you put a feather-light teenager on a course with jumps this size, in these windy conditions, it wouldn’t take much to blow them off course and that is how people get hurt” Leigh said.

“You need a mature decision-making process to keep you safe.”

This was evident during the women’s slopestyle final, where strong winds made for treacherous conditions. American Jamie Anderson – 26, a veteran in snowboarding terms – took gold.

Leigh said in his commentary: “It wasn’t about anyone’s best run, it was about who could survive and it’s no surprise that two of the three medals were made up of the most experienced riders.”

So where do they find these ‘kids’?

Funnily enough, scouts are no longer starting their search for potential Olympic champions on the slopes.

“The problem snowboarding has” Leigh tells us, “is that kids with ‘potential’ are probably slipping through the net all the time.

“Everyone kicks a football at a young age so you are unlikely to miss talent, but not everyone has the funds or the facilities to discover they could be good at snowboarding.”

So where can you catch them?

Answer: In gymnastics clubs.

“In the same way heptathletes were farmed into skeleton, we are going to see kids who have gymnastics or acrobatic backgrounds starting to get pulled into snowboarding.

“The snowboard skills can come later but kids these days need to show acrobatic prowess by eight or nine years old.”

So now you know.

Want to be an elite snowboarder?

Join a gymnastics club.

Max Whitlock
Could Max Whitlock have been an Olympic gold winning snowboarder if he’d been spotted at a young age?

Who are the teens to look out for in Pyeongchang?

The Japanese are a very young team. Hiroaki Kunitake, who turned 16 on February 10 and Yuri Okubo, 17, have both performed well in big air in recent months. Yuto Totsuka, 16, is also a contender in the men’s halfpipe.

The original favourite for the men’s slopestyle, Marcus Kleveland, 18 is hoping for redemption in big air. But can Gerard do the double?

American Hailey Langland, 17 won the women’s big air at X Games in 2017 so is one to watch in that event.

New Zealand’s Zoi Sadowski-Synnott is 16 – she finished 13th in the women’s slopestyle but took the silver medal in the same event at last year’s World Championships. She also finished just outside the medals in the big air competition at that event so will be an outsider if the conditions are right in Pyeongchang.

Hiroaki Kunitake
Hiroaki Kunitake of Japan only turned 16 on February 10 but is competing in the men’s halfpipe

What’s Going On This Week? February 12

This is for the Dads. Mom’s and partners stop reading.

WEDNESDAY is VALENTINES DAY. Don’t blow it. Make your dinner reservations if you can get a sitter. If Not- make dinner! Buy some flowers. Enjoy your night!

Tuesday 13th February

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri  will be playing at the MUSIC HALL

A darkly comic drama from Oscar winner Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Oscar winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs with a controversial message directed at the town’s revered chief of police (Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson). When his immature second-in-command (Sam Rockwell) gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.

Cost: $9 – $12

Wednesday 14th February

The Rochester Performance & Arts Center will be hosting a Valentine’s Day family dance party on Wednesday, February 14th from 5:30-8pm. Celebrate love and romance with a special event the entire family can enjoy together.

The event will include a freeze dance competition, arts & crafts, games, prizes, treats, and more! There will be live music, entertainment, and a DJ. There will also be concessions provided by Sweet Peaches Candy & Confections as well as a cash bar for mom and dad.

The event is free for children under the age of 12 and only $5 for adults. Space is limited.

Wednesday, 14 February, 2018 05:30 PM – 08:00 PM

Thursday, 15 February, 2018

Students in grades K-5 are invited to Seabrook Library’s weekly one-hour LEGO Club.  Try out the weekly challenge or work on your own unique builds. Spring challenges will include ziplines, things that float and chain reaction challenges. Popcorn and juice are served.

Thursday, 15 February, 2018.  04:00 PM – 05:00 PM  Seabrook Library  25 Liberty Lane
Seabrook, NH 03874


Grown-up Play Date at CMNH: Messy Mayhem – Paint Night!

6 Washington Street
Dover, NH 03820

Play (and paint!) like a kid again at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s 21+ Throwback Thursday: Grown-Up Play Dates! February’s Throwback Thursday theme is “Messy Mayhem,” and we are really taking that to heart!

A local artist will be on hand to help you create your own masterpiece or add to our big collaborative canvas to hang in the museum. Other fun “Make & Take” art activities will be available as well! As always, 7th Settlement Brewery will serve beer, wine and a signature cocktail (cash bar) and the museum will dish out the fun as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Where else can you and your friends enjoy a cash bar, refreshments and a chance to leave an impression in a giant pin screen, or play a tune on a wall-to-wall Music Matrix?

Advance online tickets are $10 and will be $12 at the door. Grown-ups only please (21+) and ID is required.

Friday 16th February

Is your child looking to Improve her tumbling skills? Atlantic’s Dover facility will be offering a Tumbling workshop from 6:30-8:30 PM.  Contact JILL at or call the gym at 603-740-3547

Saturday 17th February

Sara Schaefer is a critically acclaimed stand up comedian, writer, and producer currently based in Los Angeles. She was recently the co-host of MTV’s late night show Nikki & Sara Live. Sara has appeared on @Midnight, John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Best Week Ever,andInside Amy Schumer. She won two Emmy awards for her work at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and has written for and Who Wants to Be A Millionaire. Sara recently wrote, produced, and starred in her new web series, Day Job. Her new radio show, Lies, produced by WNYC, will debut this summer. She is also currently a staff writer on Not Safe with Nikki Glaser.

The Music Hall Loft
131 Congress St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Cost: $20



Every Month Atlantic Gymnastics picks a Charity or Event to Sponsor. We are committed to making our community a better and no effort seems too small or task too large.

This month Atlantic Gymnastics is working to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Please help us reach our goal of $5,000 by participating in our Handstands for Heart fundraiser. Any participating students will be timed in a handstand before their class during the weeks of February 19th and the 26th. Competitive team participants will be timed during their practice. If your gymnast hasn’t gotten their handstand yet they can still participate!! We are looking forward to lots of handstands! The more students we have participating, the more funds we will be able to donate to this amazing organization.

Prizes for most amount raised, longest handstand, and most individual pledges.

If you have any questions please ask at the front desk or send us an email!
Stop by the front desk to pick up your pledge form or download form below.
Make sure you register and confirm your time slot for your final handstand time.


Everything you need to know about the Winter Olympics

The 2018 Winter Olympics are drawing near, and this iteration of the international games will include new events, new ways to watch and, most likely, new records.

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games, including when and where the Olympics will take place:

Where are the 2018 Winter Olympics?

An aerial photo shows a general view of the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium venue of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic games, in the town of Hoenggye on October 31, 2017. (Ed Jones—AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial photo shows a general view of the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium venue of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic games, in the town of Hoenggye on October 31, 2017. (Ed Jones—AFP/Getty Images)
Ed Jones—AFP/Getty Images)

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in PyeongChang in South Korea. After previous failed bids, the city beat Munich, Germany, and Annecy, France, as the venue for the upcoming games during the International Olympic Committee’s 123rd IOC Session in South Africa in 2011.

While PyeongChang has never hosted an Olympics, Seoul hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics. This upcoming event will be the first time South Korea has hosted a Winter Olympics. More than 100 miles east of Seoul, PyeongChang County is located in the Gangwon province of South Korea in the Taebaek Mountains. PyeongChang’s elevation makes it a popular destination for hiking and skiing. Many of the events will be held at Alpensia Sports Park, which is part of the popular Alpensia Resort in the county.

When will the Olympics start?

The Olympic games will begin on February 8, 2018, and end February 25, 2018. While the games’ Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday, February 9, the first competitive events will happen on February 8.

What sports are in the Winter Olympics?

The Winter Olympics will feature 15 sports with individual and team events. A number of the sports take place on the slopes: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, Nordic combined, ski jumping and snowboard. The rest take place on ice: curling, bobsled, figure skating, hockey, luge, short track, skeleton and speed skating.

Within the 15 sports, there will be 102 events where athletes will have the chance to earn a gold, silver or bronze medal for their countries. In 2018, six new medaled events were added to the schedule. Those events include a team event for alpine skiing, mixed doubles curling, men’s and women’s big air for snowboarding and men’s and women’s mass start for speed skating.

Which U.S. athletes will be competing?

Erin Hamlin of the United States celebrates winning bronze medal in the Women's Luge Singles on Day 4 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sliding Center Sanki on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Alexander Hassenstein—Getty Images)
Erin Hamlin of the United States celebrates winning bronze medal in the Women’s Luge Singles on Day 4 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sliding Center Sanki on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Alexander Hassenstein—Getty Images)
Alexander Hassenstein—Getty Images)

The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang will have the highest number of athletes ever to compete in a Winter Games. Organizers said 2,925 athletes from 92 countries will compete this year.

Two hundred and forty-two of those athletes are competing for Team USA — about 12 more than those who did in Sochi in 2014.

While it is a record for the Winter Olympics, the number of those participating is still smaller than the number of athletes who regularly participate in the Summer Olympics. In Rio in 2016, more than 10,500 athletes competed, with 558 of them representing the U.S.

Here’s a list of athletes who will compete Team USA at the 2018 Olympics:

Alpine Skiing:

Men: Bryce Bennett, Tommy Biesemeyer, David Chodounsky, Ryan Cochran-Siegle, Mark Engel, Tommy Ford, Jared Goldberg, Tim Jitloff, Nolan Kasper, Ted Ligety, Wiley Maple, Andrew Weibrecht

Women: Stacey Cook, Breezy Johnson, Megan McJames, Steven Nyman, Alice McKennis, Laurenne Ross, Resi Stiegler, Jacqueline Wiles

Mikaela Shiffrin: Shiffrin will be the returning slalom champion this year, after being the youngest champion in that event in Olympics history in Sochi in 2014. At age 22, she currently has the second-most World Cup wins by an American woman — behind Vonn.

Lindsey Vonn: After injuries kept her out of the 2014 Olympics, Vonn is gearing up for a triumphant return. In 2010, she was first American woman to ever win the gold medal in the 2010 downhill race. She has also won four overall World Cup championships.


Men: Lowell Bailey, Tim Burke, Russell Currier, Sean Doherty, Leif Nordgren

Women: Emily Dreissigacker, Susan Dunklee, Clare Egan, Maddie Phaneuf, Joanne Reid


Men: Hakeem Abdul-Saboor, Codie Bascue, Nick Cunningham, Chris Fogt, Chris Kinney, Steve Langton, Sam McGuffie, Sam Michener, Justin Olsen, Carlo Valdes, Nathan Weber, Evan Weinstock

Women: Aja Evans, Lauren Gibbs, Jamie Greubel Poser, Elana Meyers Taylor

Cross-Country Skiing:

Men: Erik Bjornsen, Patrick Cladwell, Simi Hamilton, Logan Hanneman, Reese Hanneman, Noah Hoffman, Tyler Kornfield, Andy Newell, Scott Patterson

Women: Sadie Bjornsen, Rosie Brennan, Sophie Caldwell, Jessie Diggins, Rosie Frankowski, Annie Hart, Kaitlynn Miller, Caitlin Patterson, Kikkan Randall, Ida Sargent, Liz Stephen


Cory Christensen, Aileen Geving, Becca Hamilton, Tabitha Peterson, Nina Spatola Roth, Tyler George, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner, Joe Polo, John Shuster

Figure Skating:

Karen Chen, Madison Chock, Madison Hubbell, Mirai Nagasu, Alexa Scimeca Knierim, Bradie Tennell, Evan Bates, Nathan Chen, Zach Donohue, Chris Knierim, Adam Rippon, Vincent Zhou

Maia and Alex Shibutani: The siblings are three-time World medalists, earning bronze in ice dancing in 2017. They appear to be the new pair to watch, after 2014 Sochi gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White announced they would not compete to defend their title in PyeongChang.

Freestyle Skiing:

Men: Aaron Blunck, Mac Bohonnon, Alex Ferreira, Nick Goepper, Alex Hall, Gus Kenworthy, Jon Lillis, Eric Loughran, Troy Murphy, Emerson Smith, McRae Williams, Bradley Wilson, David Wise, Torin Yater-Wallace

Women: Maddie Bowman, Ashley Caldwell, Caroline Claire, Annalisa Drew, Tess Johnson, Jaelin Kauf, Jaelin Kauf, Devin Logan, Keaton McCargo, Kiley McKinnon, Madison Olsen, Morgan Schild, Brita Sigourney, Darian Stevens, Maggie Voisin, Casey Andringa

Ice Hockey:

Men: Mark Arcobello, Chad Billins, Jonathon Blum, Will Borgen, Chris Bourque, Bobby Butler, Ryan Donato, Matt Gilroy, Brian Gionta, Jordan Greenway, Ryan Gunderson, Chad Kolarik, David Leggio, Broc Little, Brandon Maxwell, John McCarthy, Brian O’Neill, Garrett Roe, Bobby Sanguinetti, Jim Slater, Ryan Stoa, Troy Terry, Noah Welch, James Wisniewski, Ryan Zapolski

Women: Cayla Barnes, Kacey Bellamy, Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Kali Flanagan, Nicole Hensley, Megan Keller, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux, Gigi Marvin, Sidney Morin, Kelly Pannek, Amanda Pelkey, Emily Pfalzer, Alex Rigby, Maddie Rooney, Haley Skarupa, Lee Stecklein

Long Track Speedskating:

Men: Shani Davis, Jonathan Garcia, Kimani Griffin, Brian Hansen, Emery Lehman, Joey Mantia, Mitchell Whitmore

Women: Heather Bergsma, Brittany Bowe, Erin Jackson, Mia Manganello, Carlijn Schoutens, Jerica Tandiman


Men: Justin Krewson, Chris Mazder, Taylor Morris, Matt Mortensen, Andrew Sherk, Jayson Terdiman, Tucker West

Women: Summer Britcher, Emily Sweeney

Erin Hamlin: A three-time Olympian, Hamlin was the first ever female American luger to win a medal in luge after taking home bronze in Sochi.

Nordic Combined:

Ben Berend, Bryan Fletcher, Taylor Fletcher, Jasper Good, Ben Loomis

Short Track Speedskating:

Women: Maame Biney, Lana Gehring, Jessica Kooreman

Men: J.R. Celski, Thomas Hong, John Henry Krueger, Ryan Pivirotto, Aaron Tran


Matt Antoine, John Daly, Katie Uhlaender, Kendall Wesenberg

Ski Jumping:

Men: Kevin Bickner, Michael Glasder, Casey Larson, Will Rhoads

Women: Nita Englund, Sarah Hendrickson, Amy Ringquist


Men: Nick Baumgartner, Jonathan Cheever, Chris Corning, Mick Dierdorff, Ben Ferguson, Red Gerard, Chase Josey, Hagen Kearney, Kyle Mack, AJ Muss, Jake Pates, Ryan Stassel, Mike Trapp

Shaun White: A two-time Olympic gold medalist, White is focusing this year solely on the halfpipe. Though he won the event previously, White placed fourth in Sochi. The athlete also has the record for the most X Games gold medals.

Women: Jamie Anderson, Kelly Clark, Arielle Gold, Faye Gulini, Arielle Gold, Lindsey Jacobellis, Jessika Jenson, Hailey Langland, Rosie Mancari, Julia Marino, Maddie Mastro, Meghan Tierney

Chloe Kim: Though she was too young to compete in Sochi, Kim could leave a huge mark on the halfpipe for Team USA. At the 2016 U.S. Grand Prix at age 15, Kim became the first woman to land back-to-back 1080s on the halfpipe, in an event where she scored a perfect 100 points.

After finishing fourth at the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Jan., Ashley Wagner, an American figure skating, did not qualify this year despite being an Olympics favorite.

How can I watch the Olympics on TV?

NBC will once again broadcast the Olympics — but this time, the network is changing it up. For the first time, NBC will broadcast the Olympic Games live in all time zones. In the past, U.S. viewers had to wait to watch delayed tape of the events — with the most anticipated events often appearing during primetime. This meant many viewers were susceptible to spoilers before having a chance to see the competition unfold.

The games will be broadcast on TV on NBC Universal networks, including NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and USA Network. The games can also be live streamed or watched on demand on, as well as on the NBC Sports app.

In November, NBCUniversal announced its preliminary TV schedule, saying it would stream 2,400 hours of these games — a record for the NBC in its streaming of Winter Olympics games. Coverage of the games will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN — which will air mixed doubles curling.

“There will be more live hours of Winter Olympics coverage in PyeongChang than ever before, and for the first time at a Winter Games, NBC will broadcast live across all time zones to the entire country, creating a unique national collective experience for this event,” Jim Bell, the president of NBC Olympics Production and Programming, said in a statement.

You can expect to watch the Olympics on NBC for the foreseeable future. The network has ownership of the rights for the games through 2032. However, the network’slongtime primetime anchor Bob Costas will no longer fill that role. Mike Tirico will take Costas’s place.

Will Russia compete in the 2018 Winter Games?

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended Russia from the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang following a systematic, state-supported doping scheme that allowed its athletes to use performance-enhancing drugs. The suspension affects the Russian Olympic Committee, but individual athletes from the country will be invited with a chance to compete “under strict conditions” and under the title “Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)” instead of their flag. Still, Russian Olympic leadership and the flag itself will not be recognized at the Games, per the conditions from the IOC.

The decision comes after a three-year investigation into Russian doping before and during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, where Russia won the most medals of any other country. The report found “the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russia,” according to the Olympics.

While Russia often dominates the Winter sports arenas, their absence could have a substantial impact on the competition — and who comes out on top.

Will North Korea compete at the 2018 Olympics?

North Korea plans to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang this year — a decision made after the first talks between the country and South Korea in more than two years.

The delegation would include athletes, officials and a cheer squad. The International Olympic Committee had extended its October deadline to allow for North Korea to enter to compete in the games. North Korean figure skating team Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik qualified for the Olympics back in September 2017, but it will be up to North Korea’s Olympic Committee to decide whether to send them to PyeongChang, their coach told the New York Times.

The country first competed in the Olympics in the 1964 Winter Olympic Games in Innsburck, Austria. Its second appearance came in 1972 at the Summer Olympics in Munich. After that, North Korea regularly competed in the Summer Olympic games and participated in about half of the Winter Olympic games.

However, North Korea boycotted the Olympics held in Seoul and did not participate in Sochi. In a 1987 plot to disrupt the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Seoul, North Korean agents placed a bomb on a Korean Air flight that killed all 115 people on board.

In his New Year’s Day speech ahead of the talks between the two countries, North Korea leader Kim Jong-un said he wished to send a delegation to South Korea for the games. “We sincerely hope that the South will successfully host the Olympics,” he said, according to the New York Times.

Are there any other controversies ahead of the Olympics?

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of Sweden defends his goal as Sidney Crosby #87 of Canada closes in during the Men's Ice Hockey Gold Medal match on Day 16 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Pool—Getty Images)
Henrik Lundqvist #30 of Sweden defends his goal as Sidney Crosby #87 of Canada closes in during the Men’s Ice Hockey Gold Medal match on Day 16 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Pool—Getty Images)
Pool—Getty Images)

With just a few months until the Opening Ceremony, the Winter Olympics has not sold as many tickets as expected — potentially due to a series of North Korea weapons tests, according to the Associated Press. South Korea is hoping for more than 1 million spectators — including 750,000 locals — to enjoy the 2018 Winter Olympics, but only 52,000 locals purchased tickets during the first phase of sales from February through June 2017. Lee Hee-beom, the president of the organizing committee in PyeongChang, told the AP it is unlikely North Korea would interfere with the Olympics, since some of the nation’s athletes could potentially compete in the events.

Also, the National Hockey League announced it would not participate in the Winter Olympic Games — which means the league won’t provide accommodates for its athletes and will not include a break for the Olympics in the 2017-2018 NHL season schedule. The decision came after a dispute with the International Olympic Committee over whether the IOC would cover the costs incurred by NHL players participating in the event, as the IOC had done in the past. The IOC decided not to pay these costs in 2018. The NHL did not participate in the 1988, 1992 or 1994 Winter Olympics due to the interruption required in its schedule.

What is the official Winter Olympics mascot this year?

Following several decades of tradition, the 2018 Winter Olympics has its own mascot. “Soohorang,” an animated white tiger, is the symbol for the upcoming Olympics. In Korea, the white tiger is known as the country’s “guardian animal,” according to the Olympics’ website.

The name “Soohorang” is a combination of several Korean words meant to symbolize the Olympics and the mascot. “Sooho” means “protection” in Korean; “rang” comes from the Korean name for tiger, “ho-rang-i,” as well as the folk song “Jeong-seon A-ri-rang,” the traditional song of the Gangwon Province, which is where the Olympics will take place.

This photo taken February 4, 2017 shows the mascot for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, a white tiger named "Soohorang", in the town of Hoenggye in Pyeongchang.
This photo taken February 4, 2017 shows the mascot for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, a white tiger named “Soohorang”, in the town of Hoenggye in Pyeongchang.
Jung Yeon-Je—AFP/Getty Images

The tradition of having an Olympic mascot started in Grenoble during the 1968 Olympics with “Schuss,” a skier. Mascots now generally take the form of an animal, with some Olympic Games opting for several mascots to represent the special event.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, “Vinicius,” a combination of a cat, monkey and bird, was the mascot and symbolized wildlife found in Brazil.

Which country won the most medals in the 2014 Sochi Olympics?

Silver medalist Maxim Vylegzhanin of Russia, gold medalist Alexander Legkov of Russia and bronze medalist Ilia Chernousov of Russia celebrate in the medal ceremony for the Men's 50 km Mass Start Free during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Ryan Pierse—Getty Images)
Silver medalist Maxim Vylegzhanin of Russia, gold medalist Alexander Legkov of Russia and bronze medalist Ilia Chernousov of Russia celebrate in the medal ceremony for the Men’s 50 km Mass Start Free during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Ryan Pierse—Getty Images)
Ryan Pierse—Getty Images)


In the last Winter Olympics, Russia came out on top with 33 medals. The United States earned the second-most with 28, and Norway came in third with 26.

Where will the 2020, 2022 and 2024 Olympics be held?

The next Winter Olympics, in 2022, will be held in Beijing, which hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008. The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo, and the 2024 Summer Olympics will be held in Paris. Los Angeles will host the 2028 Summer Olympics. The host city for the 2026 Winter Olympics has not yet been determined.