Z and Kayla StateEleven-year-old Hailey Richard holds the title of state champion on bars for Xcel Silver. She first began taking classes at Emeth five years ago at age six. Hailey’s favorite events are uneven bars and floor exercise. “To be a state champion it means a lot,” explained Hailey. “My coaches have helped me so much to get ready for the state meet.” Hailey has no plans to rest after her big accomplishment. She’s looking forward to attending the Kip Clinic today in an effort to reach her new goal of being able to perform a kip on the bars. “I know that working hard is going to make me a better gymnast!”

“Hailey has always been a super hard worker and a joy to coach,” said coach Nikki Arnold. “She always has done well and enjoyed bars, so it is cool for her to get her state title on that event and be recognized for all her years of hard work and dedication!”