Jessica Jones, 17, a junior at Canfield High School, has qualified to Level 10 USA Gymnastics National Team Competition in Jackson Mississippi on May 9.
Jessica qualified to this competition last weekend by competing in the Regional Qualifier in Lansing, Mich. She placed second in her age group to qualify for the Senior B National Team. To qualify for the national team, an athlete must place in the top sixth in their age group. Jessica was one of only nine gymnasts from Ohio who qualified to Nationals of all age groups.
Jessica began gymnastics at the age of 3 at Youngstown Gymnastics Center. She began her competitive career at age 8. Jessica's coach saw something special in her as they began training her for competitive gymnastics. Jessica wanted to do everything perfect. Her consistent daily efforts allowed her to advance very quickly through the levels of gymnastics and also allowed her to participate in a special program conducted by USA Gymnastics National Staff Talent Opportunity Program Selection. This program tests young athletes on their physical abilities at a young age and allows them to advance to special training camps in Houston, Texas to work with the USA Gymnastics National Staff. Jessica qualified to these special camps at ages 9, 10 and 11.
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Jessica Jones of Canfield qualified to the USA Gymnastics National Team Competition in Jackson, Miss.
Although she spends more than 20 hours a week in the gym, Jessica maintains a 4.25 grade point average.
Jessica trains gymnastics year round, attending summer practices and special training camps in the off season. She also enjoys teaching the younger gymnasts at camps and clinics. Outside of gymnastics Jessica participates in Canfield school's Leo's club and activities of St. Christine's Church.
Jessica's accomplishments in gymnastics include many state, regional and national titles. Jessica is a level 10 gymnast. This is the top level of the Junior Olympic USA Gymnastics program. This is Jessica's fifth season competing at this top level. The past two seasons have ended in disappointment when she suffered from ischial tuberosity injuries both years around her state meets. These injuries kept her from competing in her state, regional and national meets the past two season. She is doing well and has made a come back with a great attitude and has set some high goals to reach this season including making the Level 10 National Team and making the Region 5 All Star Team. These accomplishments would allow her take an international trip with 12 of the best level 10s in the country, should she qualify.
Jessica has been offered, and has accepted a verbal full scholarship to Penn State University for the fall of 2015. Jessica will be eligible to sign this contract in November.
Jessica plans to study kinesiology and exercise science and plans to become a physical therapist or other form of sports medicine.